Rapper Post Malone has now settled a copyright lawsuit over his 2019 hit song ‘Circles’ and has just about avoided having to go to trial. The suit arrived when a songwriter claimed he had co-made the beat for the song with Malone and did not receive the proper credit or any compensation.
Now it appears that the lawsuit has been dealt with just as the court was preparing to select a jury for a trial. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, however. In the suit, plaintiff Tyler Armes, a Canadian musician, made a reference to a recording session that took place in 2018.
During that session, Armes had allegedly written the keyboard chords and guitar melody to ‘Circles’, and made a “significant” contribution to the bassline. According to Armes, each of those features of the final version of the song were “note for note rhythmically and melodically identical” to the earlier version.
Post Malone later responded (per HipHopDX), “It is an age-old story in the music business that when a song earns the type of runaway success that ‘Circles’ has garnered, an individual will come out of the woodwork, falsely claim to take credit for the song, and demand unwarranted and unearned windfall profits from the song.”
Listen to the song below.