Hip hop band Black Eyed Peas has once again been hit by a plagiarism lawsuit over their new song,
I Gotta Feeling
. A Texas songwriter Bryan Pringle filed papers in a federal court in Santa Ana, California on Thursday, alleging the group based their chart-topping song on his track,
Take a dive
Pringle said he copyrighted his single in 1998 and submitted demo material to Interscope Records, UMG Recordings and EMI over a period of 10 years. He alleges the music executives admitted receiving the demos, but had no interest in signing him as an artist.
His case comes on the same day a suit against the group dating back to January was refiled. Musician Phoenix Phenom launched a copyright infringement case against the band, alleging the rhythm and lyrics from her track,
, were copied in their hit,
Boom Boom Pow
The documents for both cases, which are being handled by the same law firm, allege UMG Recordings, Interscope Records and members of the Black Eyed Peas engaged in ‘a pattern and practice of intentional copyright infringement with respect to the unlawful copying of songs of unknown or lesser-known artists’. They now seek damages, including profits made by the band.