Justin Timberlake’s Record Label Sued Over ’Suit & Tie’

Justin Timberlake’s Record Label Sued Over ’Suit & Tie’

'70s R&B band says imprint didn’t pay to sample vocals.

Published January 7th

Justin Timberlake’s record label is being sued over “Suit & Tie,” TMZ reports. Two of the three members in ‘70s R&B band Sly, Slick and Wicked filed suit against Universal Music Group claiming the imprint unlawfully sampled vocals for Timberlake’s 2013 comeback single.  

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The Cleveland band was formally signed to James Brown’s People Records. Timberlake’s track samples SS&W’s 1973 single “Sho Nuff,” which was written and produced by Brown.

According to their lawsuit, Universal paid to sample the music but not the vocal performance. Further, SS&W members attest that they weren’t paid when “Suit & Tie” was licensed for a Bud Light commercial. 

The Jay Z-assisted “Suit & Tie” led Timberlake’s third studio album, The 20/20 Experience. The single sold more than 3 million downloads and won a Grammy for Best Music Video.    

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Written by Latifah Muhammad

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