Nicki Minaj had a huge hit on her hands with 2012's "Starships," which topped out in third place on Billboard's Hot 100 last year. But an artist named Clive Tanaka, described as "mysterious" and "reclusive" in the media, thinks the 30-year-old rapper and her collaborators ripped off his 2011 song, "Neu Chicago."
No one knows Tanaka's real name or place of residence, but he filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Chicago charging Minaj with copyright infringement. The lawsuit says that Minaj's collaborators -- producer RedOne and writers Carl Falk, Wayne Hector and Rami Yacoub -- are citizens of Sweden who might have been there when "Neu Chicago" was prominently featured on TV and radio.
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