Tracy Chapman Sues Nicki Minaj Over Radio Leak

By Bill Donahue (October 23, 2018, 9:05 PM EDT) -- Singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman hit Nicki Minaj with a copyright lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court on Monday, claiming the rapper illegally sampled a 1988 song called "Baby Can I Hold You" and then leaked it to radio DJs after failing to clear the rights.

Chapman, best known for her chart-topping 1989 hit "Fast Car," says Minaj used the "most recognizable and memorable" portions from "Baby" in a song called "Sorry" that was originally going to be included on Minaj's August album "Queen."

According to Chapman, Minaj's representatives reached out to clear the rights to the song only after it had already...

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