Rick Astley is suing Yung Gravy for allegedly ripping off the singer’s voice from his most popular hit. Astley filed a lawsuit on Thursday in Los Angeles accusing Gravy’s Billboard Hot 100 single Betty (Get Money) of using an impersonated version of his voice from the 1987 hit, reported TMZ.
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Ashley claimed that Gravy and his producers, including, Dillon Francis “conspired to include a deliberate and nearly indistinguishable imitation of Mr. Astley’s voice throughout the song.” He is also suing Nick Seeley, also known as Popnick, the vocal impersonator. According to TMZ, Gravy licensed the instrumental to the song but not Astley’s voice and Astley says that he didn’t give anyone permission to do so.
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The lawsuit also cites an August 2022 Billboard interview with Gravy, where he admits he “basically remade” the famous voice because “it makes it easier legally.”
Seeley, Dwilly, and EDM A-lister Dillon Francis are listed as producers on Betty (Get Money), however, it’s unclear whether the latter two have been named as defendants. Astley is suing for millions of dollars, according to a TMZ report.
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Never Gonna Give You U was a top hit for Astley in 1987, and it would appear from time to time in the internet age as may be the corniest video of all time. It initially became number one on the charts in the UK, becoming the biggest song in 1987.
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Eventually, it reached the top spot around the world, including in West Germany and the United States. The song famously underwent a renaissance in the 21st century thanks to the ‘Rickrolling’ meme. Betty has been Gravy’s most successful song so far, reaching Gold in the US, Canada, and Australia.
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According to the lawsuit, Astley claims the experience has ruined any future opportunities for him to collaborate with other artists, and he is seeking millions of dollars from Gravy.