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Voices & Vibes: Augusta artist Blue Marley to sue Lil' Wayne for $15 million

AUGUSTA -- Augusta artist Blue Marley of Done Deal Enterprises suing Lil' Wayne, Universal Music Group, Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment for $15 million over an alleged copyright infringement of the 2010 Billboard hit "Bedrock."

The similarities of the two songs lie in the titles and the chorus.

The song was first published around April 27, 2009, by Done Deal. According to court documents, William Keith, a producer for the Georgia based label, created the original composition in an Atlanta studio where he was present with a another engineer, Carl Shackelford, a producer for Cash Money Records and Young Money.

The record allegedly shared hands among Shackelford, Shannon Houchins, a then Universal Music Group employee and producer for So So Def, Nigil Mack, an A & R for Universal Motown, and finally the employees of Cash Money Records.

In July 2009, Blue Marley released "Bedrock" as a single on TuneCore.

The infringement was made when Lil' Wayne and Young Money released their version of the song near November 2009. The song, which featured on Young Money's debut album, "We Are Young Money," has sold over 3 million copies since March 30, 2011.

Blue Marley and his label are scheduled to go to court against Lil' Wayne and the other music entities Oct. 12.


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