Justin Timberlake & Universal Music Group Sued Over "Suit & Tie" Sample
If one were to think back to the winter of 2013, when Justin Timberlake got the ball rolling on his two-part 20/20 Experience LP with the relentless and infectious strut of "Suit & Tie." The track went on to sell 3 million copies as a single, resurrecting the The Future Sex Love Sounds singer as something much greater than just blue-eyed r&bibbity.
Those that dabble in source material, know that the horn hits and some of more submerged vocals in the mix are borrowed from the James Brown-produced '70s soul cut, "Sho' Nuff" by Sly, Slick & Wicked, which was licensed out by RCA for the use of the sample. Now, according to TMZ, the group has filed a lawsuit claiming that they've yet to be compensated for use of the vocal portion and are particularly looking to get their share of revenue from RCA's licensing of "Suit & Tie" to Anheuser-Busch for a Bud Light commercial.
So, yeah, it doesn't exactly look too promising for JT at the moment, but we don't imagine this'll go the "Blurred Lines" route (which, oddly enough, came out just a month after "Suit & Tie,") but it's certainly something to keep an eye on. Hear both Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" along with "Sho' Nuff" down below and chime in on who's biting who in the comment section.