Justin Bieber and Skrillex are being sued indie artist White Hinterland for their 2015 hit “Sorry”
Recording artist Casey Dienel, known by her stage name White Hinterland, is suing Justin Bieber and Skrillex for their unauthorized use of vocal loops for their hit song “Sorry.” Heard at the song’s intro, the very distinct female vocals can be heard in the intro of both “Sorry” and Dienel’s own 2014 song “Ring the Bell.” And while the two samples are not exactly the same, both open the song in a very similar fashion.
The indie artist contacted Bieber last December, requesting he contact her, but was largely ignored. On her Facebook post, Dienel claimed she poured “blood, sweat, and tears into writing and producing “Ring the Bell,” and I am proud of the finished product, which Rolling Stone listed as one of its “favorite songs, albums, and videos.”
“I offered Bieber’s team an opportunity to have a private dialogue about the infringement, but they refused to even acknowledge my claim, despite the obviousness of the sample. Justin Bieber is the world’s biggest artist, and I’m sure that he and his team will launch a full attack against me. But, in the end, I was left with no other option. I believe I have an obligation to stand up for my music and art.”