James Arthur has finally addressed reports that The Script are suing him over similarities between two of their songs.
The X Factor winner reportedly used a similar melody and tempo from one of the band’s hit singles.
James released his comeback track ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ in 2016, and The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue has claimed that the song rips off their 2008 hit ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’.
However, during his BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge appearance, James took the opportunity to address the situation in a freestyle rap.
The singer covered Jorja Smith’s Blue Light, and added his own verse by rapping, “Did you see – tho’ desperate men call for desperate times. But they will never see a single flipping dime of mine.”
He continued, “I’m dynamite; every single line I write, inspired by life. You can get your lawyers to indict me. You rich fellows that jealous you would spite me.”
“You should know I never follow The Script. I rip it up and I flip it; I’m from the gutters of Britain. I went from nothin’ to millions, my fingers up in the system.”
According to TMZ, The Script are being represented by famed lawyer Richard Busch, who previously worked with Marvin Gaye’s estate on the lawsuit against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ song Blurred Lines.
In a statement to Billboard, Richard Busch said, “It’s widely known Mr. Arthur was dropped by his record label for public controversies, which caused a break in his career.”
“It wasn’t until the release of ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ that he achieved worldwide success.”
Richard filed the suit in Los Angeles back in May, and according to reports, the filing claims that James approached the band to “talk about ideas for a comeback song” after he was dropped from Syco in 2014, but they turned down the meeting.