Controversy over Carry Underwood song "Remind Me"
When country music star Carrie Underwood won the award for best video for her song "Good Girl" at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville in 2012, she also won the collaborative video of the year award with Brad Paisley for "Remind Me".
The song had been recorded as a duet between Paisley and Underwood for his 2011 album "This Is Country Music," and garnered over 1.000.000 views on Youtube.
The song would go on to receive double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and sold over 2,000,000 copies.
The country music world would reel in shock when a young Nashville songwriter, Amy Bowen filed a $10 million lawsuit alleging that Paisley had plagiarised her song "Remind Me."
“I heard a song a couple months ago / It was Carrie Underwood on the radio / It reminded me of a poem my brother wrote / Back in second grade / I know she didn’t steal it, but so what / We lawyered up and sued her butt"
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, Taste of Country
A song by any other name?
Amy Bowen, known as Lizza Connor, accused the songwriters of having stolen her song, also titled "Remind me."
Bowen lodged her claim in the federal court in Nashville, and Judge Aleta ruled that there were grounds for a case.
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Too close for comfort, ruled the Judge
According to Judge Aleta, Bowen has plausibly shown that the lyrics, associated melodies, intonations, and usage of the two songs were close enough to question a copyright infringement.
Songwriter demanded millions in compensation
Bowen named Paisley, Underwood, and Sony as defendants and demanded 10 million dollars in compensation for the alleged theft of her work.
Victory for the country stars!
Nearly 3 years later, the court ruled in favor of Paisley and Underwood, dismissing Bowden's allegations and confirming the originality of "Remind Me."
An "American Idols" superstar
Underwood rose to fame when she won the 4th season of "American Idols" and became one of the most successful female country stars of the decade,
She has won seven Grammy Awards, ten Billboard Music Awards, fourteen Academy of Country Music Awards, twelve American Music Awards, eight Country Music Association Awards; and as a songwriter, she has also received a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Underwood is married to NHL player Mike Fisher, and they have one child together.
In August 2018, Underwood and Fisher announced that they were expecting their second child together.
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