Dance music legend CeCe Peniston claims that singer and rapper Lizzo used “about 40 seconds” of her hit song “Finally” for Lizzo’s latest hit “Juice.”
Lizzo, whose star has been rising in the past few years, released her album Cuz I Love You on Atlantic Records with the song in question being one of its standout hits, its message of self-love and body positivity winning over millions of fans.
Peniston’s “Finally” came out in 1991, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Top 100 and going on to becoming one of the most seminal dance music songs in history. One of the most discernible parts is a riff Cece does which some say Lizzo replicates.
Here is a side-by-side video comparison of the two tracks along with another post from CeCe on the subject:
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@bendaworld sent me this video and this is a clear example of #copyrightinfringement Cece Peniston versus @lizzobeeating y’all check this out and btw I love her music #tbt #juice #absolutvodka #finally #thetea #royalties #atlanticrecords #umpg #lizzo #lizzojuice #intellectualproperty
“For everybody who thought I was exaggerating on my claims of #copyrightinfringement please go check out the article I’m the the #3rd person who has said something @lizzobeeating #cecepeniston #lizzo #music #yaayumsong #finally #mysong just for the record and so you understand … anytime anybody uses a song over 7 seconds thats using a “portion” of their copyright, Lizzo not only takes over that, she’s used several times adding up to about 40 seconds, its my lyric it’s written down as well, it’s the signature to the opening in my song #finally and all commercials are using it from the “Adlib “ section because they know it’s catchy sooo “#notjustanadlib it’s a check!!!! “
CeCe Peniston made her allegations on the heels of another plagiarism claim: Lizzo’s 2017 hit song “Truth Hurts” has a pair of songwriters saying she took parts from an earlier track they had all worked on together called “Healthy.” Yet another songstress has also made claims that the main verbiage of “Truth Hurts” was originally written by her.
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The Truth about “Truth Hurts” On April 11th, 2017, we wrote a song called “Healthy” w/ Lizzo, Jesse St John, and Yves Rothman at our studio. “I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch” was taken from “Healthy” and used in “Truth Hurts”. We were never contacted about being credited for the use of the parts of “Healthy” (melody, lyrics, and chords) that appear in “Truth Hurts”. After reaching out to Ricky Reed and Lizzo’s team about fixing it, we put the song in dispute in 2017 when it came out. We’ve tried to sort this out quietly for the last two years, only asking for 5% each but were shutdown every time. Coming forward publicly to family, friends, artists, and colleagues seems to be the only way at this point in relieving some of our emotional distress caused by this. The last thing we want to do is throw any negativity toward Lizzo’s momentum and movement as a cultural figure. If we believe in what she’s preaching, believing in ourselves & our own voices is something we thought she’d understand. Shout out to the singer Mina Lioness ( @minalioness ) for tweeting “I just did a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch”. A meme of that came up in our writing session & inspired the lyric and melody we wrote together. If Ricky and Lizzo’s team decide to settle this dispute with us, we would like to share some of the proceeds with Mina for her influence on Healthy. The clip below shows a video & photos from the day we wrote “Healthy” along with the comparisons between the two works. All the Love, Justin & Jeremiah Raisen #lizzo #truthhurts #healthy #billboard
Grammy winner and House producer Maurice Joshua observes that “everyone nowadays is trying to copyright phrases, you’re still gonna have to get paid for that no matter what. Lizzo didn’t just come up with that ad lib hook, she had to have heard that form CeCe’s record. That line, that adlib run is CeCe’s.”
R&B singer India Arie commented in CeCe’s post, “I thought she interpolated it intentionally and paid you for it. I hate that ANY one would not automatically KNOW this IS a signature of yours. Clearly. But as musicians I guess we hear it more clearly.”
Photo: Andy Witchger [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
It sounds like Lizzo was inspired by the song Cece (Finally), and not to copy the vocals & music, they have trixed a bit . Unfortunately, that’s what happens in the music business. You “borrow” a little here and there. i hope that the artists/ labels /music business gives creed to the original artist ect.
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