In a lawsuit filed in a Los Angeles, federal court on March 4, songwriters Jordan Vincent, Rosco Banlaoi and Christopher Miranda allege Dancing With A Stranger has the same title, chorus and composition as a song they wrote in 2017.
The complaint, which was obtained by Rolling Stone, read: “The hook/chorus in both songs — the most significant part and artistic aspect of these works — contains the lyrics ‘dancing with a stranger’ being sung over a nearly identical melody and musical composition.”
The lawsuit goes on to show a side-by-side comparison of the two songs and further alleges that the track’s accompanying music videos are also similar.
“A girl dancing alone is not an obvious visual theme for a music video titled ‘Dancing With a Stranger,’ tending to dispel any notion that this similarity is a coincidence,” it adds.
“When the extraordinary musical similarity between the songs is also factored in, it becomes even more apparent that it is impossible that the infringing composition and sound recording were independently created.”
Neither Smith nor Normani has commented yet on the lawsuit.
Check out the two songs in question below.