Singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman has won her case against hip-hop star Nicki Minaj over Chapman's claims that Minaj took her work without permission.
According to documents filed in California's federal Central District Court on Thursday, Chapman has accepted Minaj's offer of judgment in the case, and she will receive $450,000 from Minaj. As a result, the two have avoided going to trial.
Chapman originally filed her lawsuit in Oct. 2018, saying that Minaj's song "Sorry," a collaboration with Nas, used both the lyrics and vocal melody from one of Chapman's songs, "Baby Can I Hold You," which was released in 1998.
According to Chapman's suit, Minaj's team sent a formal request in July 2018 to use Chapman's song, noting that Minaj intended to "interpolate" Chapman's work (that is, re-record the melody and lyrics of the song, rather than sample Chapman's existing recording). Chapman's publishing representatives turned down the request days later. According to the suit, Chapman believes that Minaj had already recorded "Sorry" before the clearance request was made.