U2 accused of stealing musician's song
A British songwriter and guitarist is claiming that rock band U2 and lead singer Bono stole one of his songs for their 1991 album Achtung Baby.
In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court, Paul Rose said U2 lifted elements of his song Nae Slappin for their track The Fly while they were looking for new inspiration.
The lawsuit said U2 heard his song after signing with Island Records in 1989, the same year Rose provided a demo tape to recording studio executives.
After recording the song on a demo tape in 1989, Rose circulated it through his agent to several senior executives at Island Records, the suit said.
It's alleged that Rose's song was “played and repeatedly listened to in the Island Records office".
The suit claims that U2's The Fly's “dance beats, distorted vocals and hard industrial edge sounded nothing like typical U2” because it was allegedly written by Rose.
Rose is seeking songwriting credit for The Fly and US$5 million dollars in damages and lawyers' fees.
A well-known musician in his own right , Rose has 12 solo albums to his name.