A federal judge has determined that Dua Lipa must face a lawsuit accusing her of plagiarizing her 2021 hit song Levitating from a 1979 disco song.
The case was brought by songwriters L. Russell Brown and Sandy Linzer, who claim that Levitating overlaps "compositional elements" with their song Wiggle
and Giggle All Night. The plaintiffs claim that the two songs have a similar melody, rhythm, and structure.
In a judgement issued on Tuesday, US District Judge Katherine Polk Failla stated that the plaintiffs had identified "just enough facts" to establish their claim of copyright
infringement. According to Failla, the court could not "foreclose the possibility of plaintiffs meeting the undeniably high bar of proving striking similarity."
Lawyers for Lipa and her record label, Warner Records, have not yet responded to the verdict.
Lipa has been accused of copyright infringement before. In 2022, she was sued by the reggae band Artikal Sound System,
who claimed Levitating plagiarized their song Live Your Life. In June 2022, a judge dismissed the lawsuit.