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Lawsuit Targets Universal Music Over Sample in Mary J. Blige’s “Real Love”

Universal Music Group (UMG) faces a legal battle over a sample used in Mary J. Blige’s iconic 1992 hit “Real Love,” as Tuff City Records files a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement.

The complaint, filed on Thursday, accuses UMG’s publishing division of using an unlicensed sample from the 1973 funk song “Impeach the President” by the Honey Drippers, known for its distinctive drum break. Despite repeated warnings from Tuff City Records, UMG allegedly ignored the issue.

While Mary J. Blige is not named in the lawsuit, UMG’s ownership of the masters to “Real Love” complicates the legal matter. Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Tuff City Records has pursued legal action over the “Impeach the President” sample, having sued Sony Music and Def Jam in 1991 over similar issues.

In other news, Mary J. Blige recently shared her personal journey of overcoming self-doubt and embracing self-love during an appearance on TODAY With Hoda and Jenna. Reflecting on her past struggles with insecurity, Blige expressed newfound confidence and pride in herself, emphasizing the importance of self-acceptance and self-celebration.

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