Nicki Minaj has agreed to pay $450,000 to Tracy Chapman to settle a copyright lawsuit, according to documents. Chapman sued Minaj back in 2018 saying that the rapper’s song “Sorry” infringed on a copyright for her own composition, “Baby Can I Hold You,” first released in 1988. “Sorry” was an unreleased Minaj track that heavily sampled “Baby Can I Hold You” and was leaked and played on a radio show by New York DJ Funkmaster Flex. “Sorry” also featured rapper Nas and was intended for Nicki Minaj’s first album “Queen,” but didn’t make the cut. The initial lawsuit claimed that at least half the song borrowed from Chapman’s lyrics and melody and that Minaj’s team made multiple requests to license “Baby Can I Hold You,” but only after Minaj had already recorded it.
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