Yung Gravy Sued By Rick Astley Over "Never Gonna Give You Up"

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Although Gravy's song "Betty (Get Money)" was wildly successful and shared, it seems the artist behind the original isn't rick-rolling around.

Rick Astley is suing Yung Gravy for sampling his voice on "Never Gonna Give You Up" on "Betty (Get Money)." While the song brought Astley's hit to a new generation, it seems they didn't work out the rights issues. Of course, it's not like Astley's original hit was unheard of, as people still troll each other online with it.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 18: Yung Gravy performs onstage as Pizza Hut and Airrack break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for World’s Largest Pizza to launch the Big New Yorker on January 18, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Pizza Hut)

According to a TMZ report, the English artist filed suit on Thursday (January 26). Moreover, he claimed that Gravy wrongfully featured and an impersonation of his performance on 1987's "Never Gonna Give You Up." Also, the lawsuit involves Yung Gravy, his producers (including Dillon Francis), and the impersonator Nick Seely, also known as Popnick.

Furthermore, Astley stated that these collaborators "conspired to include a deliberate and nearly indistinguishable imitation of Mr. Astley's voice throughout the song." In addition, he said that he never gave any of them permission to impersonate his voice. However, this lawsuit carried more curious repercussions. Astley also said that Gravy ruined any chance of him collaborating with other artists in the future. Sad to say it, but looks like Rick Astley isn't hopping on a remix anytime soon.

However, the "C'est La Vie" artist did license the instrumental to "Never Gonna Give You Up," just not the vocal performance. While this saved him from larger problems, it seems he knew of what he was getting into. Moreover, the lawsuit references several occasions where Gravy acknowledged the complicated legal situation he was getting into with the song. For example, in an interview with Billboard, he said he "basically remade" Rick's voice, "because it makes it easier legally."

If you live under a rock (or off the Internet), "Never Gonna Give You Up" is Rick Astley's biggest hit. It also reached No. 1 on the charts, and is most well-known today as an Internet joke that you can read more about here. Meanwhile, "Betty (Get Money)" marked Yung Gravy's most successful song so far. Overall, it's a clash of the titans, and Astley is suing for millions of dollars.

Still, what do you think of Rick Astley suing Yung Gravy for copyright infringement regarding their two biggest songs? Whatever the case, let us know in the comments down below. Also, as always, come back to HNHH for the latest in music law, copyright, and cheeky samples.

About The Author
Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.