Tracy Chapman Wins Copyright Suit Against Nicki Minaj, Rapper To Pay $450,000 In Compensation

Tracy Chapman has won $450,000 (£331,413) after reaching a settlement over a copyright dispute with Nicki Minaj which began in 2018.

The Fast Car singer started a legal battle against the rapper for using a sample of her track, Baby Can I Hold You, in 2017 hit Sorry.

The unreleased track was eventually dropped from Nicki’s Queen album, released in 2018, but a copy did the rounds and was later played on air by DJ Flex on Hot 97 radio.

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At the time, Minaj stated in documents that it was ‘fair use’, a common practice of using existing work to help develop new music.

The 37-year-old explained that her team made ‘several requests for permission’ to license the song, which Tracy disapproved.

According to documents filed in a California federal court this week, Chapman and her team have accepted the $450,000 offer that Minaj and her team tendered in December.

The sum includes all costs and attorney fees related to the case.The documents released  Thursday stated the pair would not proceed to a trial later this year.

Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj recently shared the first picture of her baby son with fans online.

The rapper welcomed her first child with husband Kenneth Petty in October, but in the first few weeks of his life, she kept the baby out of the spotlight.Photo Credit: Getty

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