Recently some of England’s most popular acts like Disclosure, Sam Smith and AlunaGeorge have been in the hot seat due to allegations of stolen lyrics. French songwriter Katie Farrah Sopher filed a suit claiming ownership of the lyrics from Disclosure’s “Latch” featuring Sam Smith, “You and Me” featuring Eliza Doolittle and “White Noise” their collaboration with AlunaGeorge. Sopher claims the lyrics are from a notebook that was stolen and sold by her ex-boyfriend Sean Sawyers.
After so many rumors swirling around, Disclosure finally felt the need to address the allegations and make an official comment on their Facebook page:
Just wanted to post a little something for our fans who may have read the blogs in the last couple of days and help clear up some speculation that has been circulating, to do with whether or not we wrote the lyrics to some of our songs.
Firstly we want to make it very clear that every Disclosure song we have put our names to has been written by us. We sometimes write lyrics and melodies along-side whoever the featured singer may be (i.e. Sam, Eliza etc) and the great Mr. Jimmy Napes, but that is it. When we do, we always make sure everyone gets proper credit. We take great pride in our self sufficiency, our work and the way we work, and it’s incredibly frustrating when someone tries to take that away from us, by claiming we stole even one word or one note of our music from anyone.
We’d much rather be working on more music than commenting on these type of things, but it felt like we had no choice…
So, just to be clear, all allegations made against us to do with this subject are completely false, as anyone we have ever worked with will back up. We didn’t get into this industry to steal other people’s ideas and we haven’t – we are musicians, artists and producers.
In better news… Album 2 is niiiiicely underway! :)
In the thick of all the bad news surround Disclosure, they were able to end their statement with a bit of hope. For fans still awaiting more music from the duo, apparently that will be happening much sooner than later.