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Lizzo Has Been Accused of Plagiarizing "Truth Hurts" Lyrics Again

Lizzo Has Been Accused of Plagiarizing "Truth Hurts" Lyrics Again

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Songwriter and producer Justin Raisen took to Instagram to publicly address the credit dispute.

Lizzo has been accused for the second time of plagiarism over her chart-topping single “Truth Hurts.” The breakout song recently spent six weeks as No. 1 on the Billboard 100 chart.

Producer and songwriter Justin Raisen recently took to Instagram to share a video comparing “Truth Hurts” to a song he allegedly wrote with Lizzo and others back in 2017 titled “Healthy.” Both of the songs feature the opening line “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that b*tch,” and the melody is also the same.

The Instagram caption further details Raisen’s account of the lack of attribution for the song:

“We were never contacted about being credited for the use of the parts of “Healthy” (melody, lyrics, and chords) that appear in “Truth Hurts”. After reaching out to Ricky Reed and Lizzo’s team about fixing it, we put the song in dispute in 2017 when it came out. We’ve tried to sort this out quietly for the last two years, only asking for 5% each but were shut down every time.”

Justin also went on to share that he was making the accusation public due to “emotional distress.” Yet he made it clear that he was not doing so to “throw any negativity toward Lizzo’s momentum and movement as a cultural figure.”

Lizzo was previously accused of plagiarism in February of last year by British singer Mina Lioness for allegedly stealing the “100% that b*tch” lyric which Mina originally shared on Twitter in February 2017. The singer called out Lizzo on Twitter to which Lizzo replied sharing she’d never seen the tweet and was actually “inspired” by a meme she saw on Instagram.

Take a look at Justin Riesen’s Instagram post below.

 

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The Truth about “Truth Hurts” On April 11th, 2017, we wrote a song called “Healthy” w/ Lizzo, Jesse St John, and Yves Rothman at our studio. “I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch” was taken from “Healthy” and used in “Truth Hurts”. We were never contacted about being credited for the use of the parts of “Healthy” (melody, lyrics, and chords) that appear in “Truth Hurts”. After reaching out to Ricky Reed and Lizzo’s team about fixing it, we put the song in dispute in 2017 when it came out. We’ve tried to sort this out quietly for the last two years, only asking for 5% each but were shutdown every time. Coming forward publicly to family, friends, artists, and colleagues seems to be the only way at this point in relieving some of our emotional distress caused by this. The last thing we want to do is throw any negativity toward Lizzo’s momentum and movement as a cultural figure. If we believe in what she’s preaching, believing in ourselves & our own voices is something we thought she’d understand. Shout out to the singer Mina Lioness ( @minalioness ) for tweeting “I just did a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch”. A meme of that came up in our writing session & inspired the lyric and melody we wrote together. If Ricky and Lizzo’s team decide to settle this dispute with us, we would like to share some of the proceeds with Mina for her influence on Healthy. The clip below shows a video & photos from the day we wrote “Healthy” along with the comparisons between the two works. All the Love, Justin & Jeremiah Raisen #lizzo #truthhurts #healthy #billboard

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