Minn. woman sues Beyonce for `stealing' song

July 16, 2005|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

Jennifer Armour of Shakopee, Minn., is suing R&B star Beyonce for allegedly stealing one of her songs to produce the 2004 hit "Baby Boy."

Armour's federal lawsuit, filed this week, accuses the singer of copyright infringement. "The music will definitely speak for itself," Armour said Thursday.

Armour's lawyer advised her to deny all requests to hear her original song "Got a Little Bit of Love for You" which Armour says too-closely resembles Beyonce's "Baby Boy."

She claims she recorded the song in early 2003 with producer Theo Forest, who then circulated the tune to record labels and other producers looking for songs. Recipients allegedly included Beyonce's label, Columbia Records, and her manager/father, Matthew Knowles.

Publicists for Beyonce and Columbia Records declined to comment on the lawsuit.

"Baby Boy" appeared on Beyonce's Dangerously in Love album, which has sold more than 4 million copies.

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