Beyonce's "Baby" Suit
07/14/2005 1:35 PM, E! Online
Beyonce Knowles' destiny these days looks to be in the courtroom. A Minneapolis musician has filed a copyright-infringement lawsuit, accusing the "Naughty Girl" diva of swiping a song, MTV reports.
The suit, filed in Houston Tuesday by singer-songwriter Jennifer Armour, claims the Destiny's Child frontbabe ripped off lyrics and hooks from Armour's "Got a Little Bit of Love For You," for "Baby Boy," which featured dancehall reggae star Sean Paul and topped Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the summer of 2003.
Armour says her track was written months before the release of Knowles' solo album debut, Dangerously In Love, which contained "Baby Boy." The complaint alleges Knowles, 23, stumbled upon the tune after Armour shopped it around the music biz.
A hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 28. Neither Armour nor her lawyer were immediately available for comment; there was no immediate response from the Knowles camp, either. This isn't the first time the bootylicious Grammy winner has been accused of song stealing.
In October 2003, Beyonce, hermanager-father, Matthew Knowles, and Destiny's members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams were slapped with a $200 million copyright-infringement suit by a Miami-based producer, who claimed they had pilfered one of his pieces for their 2001 mega-hit "Survivor." Terrence "T-Robb" Robinson said he sent in his song "Glorious" to the elder Knowles in June 2000; he said he didn't realize it had been taken until he heard it on a commercial.
Legal woes aside, Beyoncé and her bandmates are keeping plenty busy on the road promoting what will likely be their final album together, Destiny Fulfilled. The trio, who announced in January that they planned to split and embark on solo careers, appeared at the Philly installment of Live 8 on July 2 and then kicked off the North American leg of their McDonald's-sponsored Destiny Fullfilled tour in St. Louis on July 9. The 34-city trek is scheduled to wrap up in Vancouver Sept. 10--just in time to get ready for that court date. Ė yahoo