Nike’s Air Jordan basketball shoes are causing a legal mess for celebrity, Miley Cyrus and Colorado artist Yella the Triple Threat.
Colorado-based artist Ariella Asher, with the stage name Yella the Triple Threat, sued Miley Cyrus in federal court Wednesday for allegedly ripping off her 2012 song, “J’s on my Feet.”
Asher first published her original song “J’s on my Feet” on Sept. 4, 2012, as part of “The Big Bang” mixtape. According to the lawsuit, “The Big Bang” isn’t associated with the origin of the universe but instead, “a song [that] is extremely tight or just unbelievably awesome.”
Fortunately, Asher’s music was registered with the U.S. Copyright Office.
However, months later, Cyrus released “23” a song with a similar chorus. The chorus on both songs repeats “I got J’s on my feet” referring to Nike’s coveted Air Jordan basketball shoes.
Asher seeks $150,000 in damages per infringement, which are “ongoing as both the infringing composition and sound recording ‘23 (J’s on my Feet)’ and “Bangerz” continue to be marketed, distributed, performed, licensed for sale, available for digital downloads, ringtones, mastertones, motion pictures, advertisements, and other exploitations.”
Cyrus isn’t the only celebrity the lawsuit is targeting from the track, Mike Will Made It and Wiz Khalifa are named as other “writers, composers, producers, record labels, manufacturers, distributors, publishers, performers, and concert promoters” credited with creating and benefiting from “23.”
Additionally, prior to the release of the album, Cyrus also “changed her image to a hairstyle which is strikingly similar to Ms. Asher’s photograph in the artwork for the promotional mix “The Big Bang.”
Asher is represented by our own, Douglas Richards. For more information about the lawsuit read the full article at Courthouse News Service.