These lawsuits involving uncleared samples are still coming thick and fast and they aren’t exclusive to hip hop. Madonna and frequent collaborator Shep Pettibone recently won their case over a supposed “hidden” sample in their hit single, Vogue. The case was opened in July this year by VMG Salsoul, who claim the track Love Break, was used on Vogue and could only be found with new technology. Oh, the irony. But the judge ruled in favour of Madonna and Pettibone saying the court found that “no reasonable audience would find the sampled portions qualitatively or quantitatively significant in relation to the infringing work, nor would they recognise the appropriation”. I tend to agree with this summation as a couple of horn stabs hardly warrants a full on lawsuit and royalties. Hell, I could have done that on a horn myself.
Stream Vogue below and head over to Whosampled to hear the samples in question.
(via Music Week)