Did Lana Del Rey Rip Off Radiohead’s ‘Creep’?
The band is considering suing Del Rey for copyright infringement following the release of her No. 1 2017 album, Lust of Life, on which they say the final track "Get Free," bears too much similarity to their own Pablo Honey song. You can listen to Del Rey's song above, and Radiohead's below.
According to an unnamed source in The Sun, "Both teams are trying to thrash it out behind the scenes to prevent it going to court. ... It’s understood that Radiohead’s team are hoping for the band to either receive compensation or be credited on the list of songwriters to receive royalties." Currently, credit for the track goes to Del Rey, Kieron Menzies and Rick Nowels.
UPDATE: If Del Rey's January 6 tweet acknowledging the legal wrangling is to be believed, the case is indeed headed for court. "It’s true about the lawsuit," she wrote. "Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing - 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."
Comments on the YouTube page for Del Rey's video are littered with references to the two songs' similarities. One YouTube user writes "This is a carbon copy of Radiohead 'Creep'! And that's why it's good..." while another agrees, "It is this meant to sound like 'Creep' on purpose? Because it's kind of a blatant rip." Yet another YouTuber writes "Radiohead's 'Creep' wants its melody back." But not everyone is in agreement. "I'm really really trying to hear 'Creep' and I can see how it's reminiscent but she definitely did not rip that song off lol common [sic] now," wrote another user.
Ironically, Radiohead has previously been on the end of such a suit over the same song. "Creep," the band admitted, was inspired by the Hollies' 1974 tune "The Air That I Breathe." The writers of the earlier song, Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood successfully sued Radiohead and are now credited in the liner notes, and share royalties with the band.
Listen to Radiohead's 'Creep'