Did Lana Del Rey Steal “Creep”?

Corey Ocasio, Writer

Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey may have just intertwined herself in a potential lawsuit with the English rock band Radiohead. Almost six months after the release of the singer’s critically-acclaimed album Lust for Life in July, she has since been accused of borrowing elements from the group’s hit “Creep” to use towards her benefit in a song of her own.


The album’s sixteenth and final track which is titled “Get Free” has been circulating throughout the media due to its alleged similarity to the 1993 classic “Creep” by Radiohead despite the fact the singer has claimed that she wrote with the composition herself. Del Rey has publicly come out and confirmed allegations of a potential lawsuit between the two parties over copyright infringement.


The singer took to social media to announce the legal trouble she has allegedly been facing with the group on January 7.


“It’s true about the lawsuit. Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing,” Del Rey said in a Twitter post, “I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.”


Whether or not the song “Get Free” draws heavily from Radiohead’s “Creep” varies from person to person with mixed opinions all around the board but the one thing that most listeners, such as dedicated fan Ieza Vega, can reach a consensus on is that both songs do have a similar sound.  


“I don’t really know if Lana Del Rey’s songs sounds like it was inspired by the the other band’s [Radiohead] song,” Vega, 11, said, “but they do kinda share a similar style.”


Since claims of potential legal action have been taken against the singer Lana Del Rey, fans have been in uproar and have publicly expressed resentment and backlash towards Radiohead. However, the rock group’s publisher has refuted allegations of filing a lawsuit against the singer on the band’s behalf and claimed they never demanded full ownership of royalties from the song leading to confusion among the general public.


“To set the record straight, no lawsuit has been issued” Warner/Chappell, the group’s publisher,  stated, “and Radiohead have not said they ‘will only accept 100 percent’ of the publishing of “Get Free.'”


Yet the rock group has expressed that they would like to be acknowledged for inspiring the song and have been pursuing songwriting credits alongside Del Rey, Rick Nowels, and Kieron Menzies.


Homero Barragan, who has been a fan of the singer’s music and artistry since middle school, disagrees and does not think that the group should get any profits stemming from the song considering the fact they were sued for the same issue by The Hollies, another rock band, in the past.


“Why they [Radiohead] would want any recognition from the song is what really bothers me,” Barragan, 12, said. “Because I don’t think that she would ever copy someone else’s work and the other band was struggling with the same situation before so it’s hard to believe them.”


This is not the first time that a singer from today’s generation has dealt with accusations of borrowing elements from a previous hit to create their own record. Last year, Ed Sheeran was accused of using elements from girl group TLC’s hit “No Scrubs” in his song “Shape of You”. Nonetheless, these occurrences highlight the difficulty of having originality and unique artistry new musicians are facing in today’s generation.


“Now in this day and age I feel like it’s hard for artists to come up with something original,” senior and a fan of the alternative genre of music Jackie Fonseca said. “So I’m not at all surprised that another artist is being caught up in this situation.”


Since the accusations of copyright infringement against Lana Del Rey were confirmed by the singer herself preceding Radiohead’s denial of the claims, people are puzzled as to what side they should believe in the predicament and whether legal action will occur or not in the future. It is only up to a listen by the courts to decide whether or not the two songs sound similar enough for Del Rey to have to share song credits with Radiohead.