The 42-year-old Jermaine Dupri, who has co-written and co-produced No. 1 hits such as Carey’s “We Belong Together” and “Always Be My Baby,” Usher’s “Burn” and Monica’s “The First Night,” said he is “50/50” about the “Blurred Lines” case because he understands both sides. He says he’s currently in a similar situation: Dupri claims R&B singer Ciara’s latest song, “I Bet,” is too close to Usher’s “U Got It Bad” – the massive 2001 hit that Dupri also co-produced – for comfort.
“Ciara’s new single is a complete rip-off of Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad,'” Dupri said. “I’m clear on what I made and I’m clear on how music influences people and I’m clear on chord changes and how people move things. … It might not be as evident as the ‘Blurred Lines’ situation, but I believe the same thing happened to me.”
Dupri said he, Usher and producer Bryan-Michael Cox all noticed the similarities immediately. And he said “I Bet” also sounds like R&B singer Tamia’s “Still,” another song he produced.
Dupri said he plans to contact Ciara and the producers of “I Bet,” which was released in January and has peaked at No. 27 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart, and ask that he, Cox and Usher be properly credited.
A personal representative for Ciara referred questions to a label spokeswoman. That spokeswoman did not return email and text messages seeking comment.