Josh Groban Was Accused of Stealing 'You Raise Me up' — inside the Reason and Lawsuit Update

Junie Sihlangu
Aug 09, 2020
03:30 A.M.

Most people know and have heard Josh Groban's hit song "You Raise Me Up." Another musician has come up claiming the song was stolen from him.


A 2018 legal battle was still ongoing over Groban's famous track, "You Raise Me Up.” An Icelandic singer, Johann Helgason, alleges the song was stolen from his original work.

Helgason’s publishing company has filed a lawsuit against Warner Music, Universal Music Group, and Spotify in regard to the claim. The Icelandic singer claims to have written “Söknuður” (Nostalgia) in 1977.

Josh Groban signs copies of his new album "Stages" at Barnes & Noble bookstore on May 8, 2015, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images

Josh Groban signs copies of his new album "Stages" at Barnes & Noble bookstore on May 8, 2015, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images



The song was said to be “hugely popular” at Icelandic funerals. According to Helgason, Norwegian musician, Rolf Løvland, a Norwegian composer, visited Iceland at some point and fell in love with “Söknuður.”

Løvland then wrote his own song called "You Raise Me Up" which came out in 2001. Two years later, Groban covered the song and made it a massive hit.



The star sold 6 million copies in the US. However, he isn’t named as the defendant in Helgason’s lawsuit but he does believe the track was ripped off.

The Icelandic musician is asking for unspecified damages and Groban’s song to stop being played. In April 2020, US District Judge Andre Birotte threw out the “Söknuður” case claiming the findings were unreliable.



Helgason had hired the expert musicologist, Judith Finell, to defend his case. However, judge Birotte stated: “The Finell Reports fail to describe reliable principles and methodology.”



He also said her case, “fail[ed] to apply such principles and methodology to the facts, and fail to properly apply the extrinsic test, rendering the Reports unreliable, unhelpful, and inadmissible.” The Performing Rights Society of Iceland (STEF), analyzed “You Lift Me Up” and “Söknuður” and discovered a 97% similarity between the songs.


Despite this in March 2020, Groban sang the song during a Billboard Live At-Home performance that he hosted. The event was for him to raise some money for Meals on Wheels America.

The company is a nonprofit that provides nutrition and helps to eliminate isolation to elderly people.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

How Did Taylor Swift Become Famous? Her Evolution from Aspiring Teen Songwriter to Award-Winning Pop Icon

May 19, 2022

Alicia Keys Grew up without a Dad after He Abandoned Her — Meet the Singer's Mother Who Raised Her Alone

May 13, 2022

Brad Paisley 'Stalked' Kimberly Williams after Falling for Her While Relaxing with His Girlfriend

April 25, 2022

Billy Ocean Turned 72 Recently - Meet His Wife Judy Who He Has Been Married to for 43 Years

January 25, 2022

Bruno Mars Had to Live In a Zoo After Parents’ Divorce – He Slept in 1 Bed With His Dad & Brother

April 05, 2022

Michael McKean Remembered Annette O'Toole Was Called His Wife Before Their First Kiss and 22 Years of Marriage

February 05, 2022

Dolly Parton Was Another Man's Wife & Not Kenny Rogers' 'Type' - They Had 'Tension' & Shared Stages for Years

February 12, 2022

Inside Adele's Post-divorce Relationship with Ex-husband despite Sparking New Engagement Rumors

February 10, 2022

LeAnn Rimes Once Sued Her Father for Taking $7 Million from Her, Yet Forgave Him before Her Wedding

March 15, 2022

Loretta Lynn Fought for Her Beloved Husband Though He Called Other Women into Their Bed

October 04, 2022

Reba McEntire & Boyfriend Were Friends for 29 Years — She Felt Like a 'Giddy Teenager' When They Began Dating

February 26, 2022

Dolly Parton Was Born into Poverty with 11 Siblings — She Is Always Proud of Her ‘Trash’ Background

February 20, 2022

Inside Loretta Lynn's Massive Ranch Where Her Husband Stayed with Other Women While She Was Touring

May 02, 2022

Inside Neil Young’s Love Story: His Wife Pegi Was ‘a Wonderful Mother’ Who Lost Battle with Cancer

February 07, 2022