Thursday, October 21, 2021

90’s Singer CeCe Peniston Accuses Lizzo of Copying Her Ad-libs from ‘Finally’

INDIO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 21: Lizzo performs onstage at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 21, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Coachella)

*Add 90s singer CeCe Peniston to the growing list of artists claiming Lizzo copied their work.

Peniston took to Instagram recently to bring attention to Lizzo’s hit track “Juice” and how it takes ad-libs from her 1992 song, “Finally.”

Peniston shared a video of the two songs side-by-side, writing: “this is a clear example of #copyrightinfringement. Cece Peniston versus @lizzobeeating, y’all check this out and btw I love her music.”

CeCe is specifically referencing the “ya ya ee” ad-lib Lizzo uses in her song: “Gotta blame it on my juice/Ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee.”

Even soul songstress India Arie commented on the post: “I thought she interpolated it intentionally and paid you for it. I hate that ANY one would not automatically KNOW this IS a signature of yours. Clearly. But as musicians i guess we hear it more clearly.”

See CeCe’s full IG post below. 

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For everybody who thought I was exaggerating on my claims of #copyrightinfringement please go check out the article I’m the the #3rd person who has said something @lizzobeeating #cecepeniston #lizzo #music #yaayumsong #finally #mysong just for the record and so you understand … anytime anybody uses a song over 7 seconds thats using a “portion” of their copyright , Lizzo not only takes over that , she’s used several times adding up to about 40 seconds , its my lyric it’s written down as well , it’s the signature to the opening in my song #finally and all commercials are using it from the “Adlib “ section because they know it’s catchy sooo “#notjustanadlib it’s a check !!!! @umpg @atlanticrecords

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Peniston explained on Instagram Wednesday, citing the Complex article about the matter, and noting:

“For everybody who thought I was exaggerating on my claims of #copyrightinfringement please go check out the article I’m the the #3rd person who has said something @lizzobeeating #cecepeniston #lizzo #music #yaayumsong #finally #mysong just for the record and so you understand … anytime anybody uses a song over 7 seconds thats using a “portion” of their copyright , Lizzo not only takes over that , she’s used several times adding up to about 40 seconds , its my lyric it’s written down as well , it’s the signature to the opening in my song #finally and all commercials are using it from the “Adlib “ section because they know it’s catchy sooo “#notjustanadlib it’s a check !!!! @umpg @atlanticrecords.”

In a follow-up post she added, “This is a really a sensitive issue ..I love #lizzos music and artistry , my concern is that lyrics and melody that I wrote in my song #finally are now a part of her song “ juice “ and I would like for us to resolve this in a positive manner.”

CeCe is the third person to come forward with plagiarism allegations against Lizzo. 

In an IG post, songwriter and producer Justin Raisen accused the singer of lifting the famous opening line from her “Truth Hurts” track: “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100 percent that bitch.” Raisen alleges the line comes from a song he wrote called “Healthy” with Lizzo back in 2017.

British singer Mina Lioness is also claiming rights to the opening line.

Lizzo’s lawyer, Cynthia Arato, has denied their allegations, BBC reports.

“Although it has become all too commonplace for successful artists to be subjected to these type of opportunistic claims, it is nevertheless disappointing that after all of her hard work, Lizzo has to respond to this specious claim,” she said.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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