Legendary soul group The O’Jays are tired of companies using their music without consent. The soul music superstars just filed a lawsuit against Crown Royal Whiskey over the use of their biggest hit “For the Love of Money.” The O’Jays claim the liquor company ripped off a portion of their song for a commercial featuring NBA legend “Dr. J” Julius Irving.
They also claim the use of “For the Love of Money” humiliated them. The song was used in the TV spot with an unidentified rapper dropping new lyrics about Crown Royal for the ad. The two original members of the group Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, Sr. said the the rapper had limited ability to carry a tune, and spit a “self-aggrandizing childish rap.”
Williams and Levert are asking the court to award them more than a million dollars in damages. A judge has yet to make a ruling.
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