Ariana Grande can’t catch a break. The “Seven Rings” is now being sued by a Las Vegas artist who claims copyright infringement over an image that was used in the singer’s “God Is A Woman” video. Vladimir Kush alleges that a scene featuring a woman in a candle flame is “nearly identical” to works he painted and copyrighted in 1999 and 2000.
Attorneys representing the artist and his company, Kush Fine Arts Las Vegas, filed the lawsuit in the US District Court in Nevada on January 31. According to TIME, Kush is pursuing unspecified monetary damages and a court order to remove the video from the internet. Grande has yet to comment on the lawsuit.
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The four-minute video has been seen approximately 200 million times on YouTube since it was posted last July. The lawsuit lists Grande under her birth name Ariana Grande-Butera, as well as Universal Music Group, the video director, the producer and the production company. Kush’s lawyer is Mark Tratos, who represented magician Teller, of Penn & Teller, in a 2012 copyright lawsuit he won against a Dutch entertainer who stole one of his magic tricks and sold it online.
The singer will release her new album, Thank U, Next, tomorrow. It arrives six months after her last effort, Sweetener, and will feature the titular hit single, and "7 Rings." Grande was in the news last week when she got a tattoo for "7 Rings," but rather than getting the title on her hand in Kanji characters, the tattoo read “small charcoal grill.”
In other Ariana news, the singer has reportedly pulled out of performing at the Grammy Awards, which will be held this Sunday, after a disagreement with the show’s producers. Sources say Grande may not even attend the show after she felt “insulted” by producers, who wouldn’t allow her to perform her single “7 Rings.”
After coming to an agreement, which would allow Grande to perform the single as part of a medley, the 25-year-old backed out of the show completely since producers wanted to select a second song for her to sing. The source claims that no such demands were made of other performers at the show.