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B.o.B.’s 2010 single, “Airplanes,” causes Lawsuit

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

The one bright spot of 2010 for Grand Hustle was the emergence of B.o.B. Hoping to become a rap star, he was signed by Grand Hustle in 2009 and was given a release date by the label when he built enough buzz. B.o.B. came out of the gate making hits, first with his “Nothin’ on You” single and later “Airplanes.”

During the summer of 2010, B.o.B. dominated the game with his Haley Williams-assisted single. The song proved to be popular with fans and critics, rising to number two on the Billboard Hot 100. Once the video was released, it also became popular, as it appeared on several networks, including BET and MTV.

When B.o.B. thinks of “Airplanes,” it should bring back good memories. However, now, when the producers think of the song, it may give them headaches. Jeremy Dussolliet, Tim Sommers, and others are being sued for copyright infringement by Christine Dominguez, a songwriter who said she was cheated out of royalties and is not credited on the song.

Dominguez claims, on the lawsuit filed on January 23, that she was asked to supply musical contributions to two versions of the song. The versions of the song were both unfinished. Still, Dominguez claims she created the melody for the song and wrote the hook. Along with creating the melody and the hook, Dominguez also claims she did background singing and countermelodies on the track. In the lawsuit, Dominguez states her contributions were omitted from the song in order to keep the profits of the song to themselves.

While B.o.B., the lead artist on the song, is not mentioned in the lawsuit, Christine Dominguez is seeking compensation from all who profited from the song she claimed to have written.

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