Justin Bieber, Dan + Shay Accused of Stealing ‘10,000 Hours’ in New Lawsuit

Justin Bieber, Dan + Shay Accused of Stealing ‘10,000 Hours’ in New Lawsuit

Justin Bieber and Dan + Shay are facing a new copyright lawsuit that claims they copied large parts of their Grammy-winning country hit “10,000 Hours” from a decades-old song.

In a complaint filed Thursday in Los Angeles federal court, a company called Melomega accused the stars of stealing the “core portion” of their hit song from a little-known 1980 song called “The First Time Baby Is A Holiday.”

“Defendants’ theft is impudently bold,” the company wrote, also naming Warner Music Group as a defendant. “One need only listen to ‘First Time’ and the infringing ‘10,000 Hours’ to discern the unmistakable similarities between the songs.”

Melomega said their claims against Bieber and Dan + Shay have been corroborated by a musicologist named Dr. Alexander Stewart, who analyzed the two songs and reached the “ineluctable conclusion that defendants stole plaintiff’s song.”

“’10,000 Hours’ is not just substantially similar to ‘First Time’; Defendants copied, in minute detail, the most important, core portion of plaintiff’s song, which includes the chorus, verse and hook,” Melomega wrote. “The similarities are so striking that ‘10,000 Hours’ simply cannot have been independently created.”

Released in October 2019, “10,000 Hours” debuted at No. 4 on the Hot 100 and spent two weeks atop the Country Airplay chart. The track eventually won Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 2021 Grammy Awards.

“The First Time Baby Is A Holiday,” meanwhile, was written by Palmer Rakes and Frank Fioravanti, the latter of whom later formed Melomega. It’s unclear when the song was first released, but the composition was registered at the U.S. Copyright Office in 1980. According to the lawsuit, the song was released in 2014 by Sony Music unit The Orchard.

Reps for Bieber and Dan + Shay (whose real names are Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) did not immediately return requests for comment.

Justin Bieber, Dan + Shay Accused of Stealing ‘10,000 Hours’ in New Lawsuit Justin Bieber and Dan + Shay are facing a new copyright lawsuit that claims they copied large parts of their Grammy-winning country hit “10,000 Hours” from a decades-old song. In a complaint filed Thursday in Los Angeles federal court, a company called Melomega…