Tracy Chapman Wins $450k in Copyright Lawsuit Against Nicki Minaj | 22 Words

Nicki Minaj has agreed to pay Tracy Chapman $450k over their copyright dispute that began back in 2018.

Here's the full story...

Almost three years after the copyright lawsuit began between Nicki Minaj and Tracy Chapman...

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It has finally been settled.

For those who've been living under a rock, let's take a little walk down memory lane.

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In 2009, Nicki Minaj was discovered by rapper Lil Wayne, who helped start her career off with a bang.

Wayne signed her to his Young Money Entertainment and soon after, Minaj was featured on Yo Gotti's "5 Star B*tch."

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Soon after, she was featured on smash hits "BedRock" and "Roger That," which both charted on Billboard's Hot 100, cementing Minaj as a titan of the rap game.

And, in 2010, Minaj released her first album.

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It was titled Pink Friday and it debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 list. The album, while still very hip-hop focused, was more pop-forward than many of her fans expected - this crossover helped her gain fans from all over the musical spectrum and kept her songs on Top 40 radio.

Minaj was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards that December...

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And, despite not winning, she was nominated and won an MTV VMA award for Best Hip-Hop Video for her song, "Super Bass."

In 2012, arguably her biggest hit was released.

"Starships" was played on literally every radio station ever for what felt like an eternity. That's not just my opinion, it's scientific. You couldn't get into an elevator, wait in a waiting room, or shop for groceries without hearing "Starships were made to fly-y-y-y-y-y-y!!!" that year.

Based on that success, Minaj headlined her own tour through 2012...

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But scandal never traveled far behind her. In October of that year, a video leaked that showed Minaj in a fight with songstress Mariah Carey during the American Idol auditions... Yikes.

Her next album, The Pinkprint, was released on December 15th, 2014.

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It debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 but the album was plagued by scandal, the biggest of which surrounded the music video for her song "Only." According to the Anti-Defamation League, the video contained all kinds of Nazi-related imagery that was insensitive to Holocaust survivors. That's a big no from us.

But as of recent, it is her personal life that has been stealing the spotlight.

Nicki Minaj has been in a relationship with Kenneth Petty for a while now - she even went as far as changing her Twitter handle to "Mrs. Petty" after rumors were circulating that the two had fully committed to each other.

But then, fans started speculating if the singer was pregnant...

A series of replies to her fans have triggered pregnancy rumors, including ones that claimed she was "going to post a pic of her baby bump" in a few months.

Here's the tweet from a few months ago:

She claims the "world isn't even ready yet..."

And trust me, we really weren't ready for our wigs to be snatched like that...

As promised, Minaj announced that she was expecting her first child along with a series of gorgeous pictures of her baby bump.

And naturally...

The internet went up in flames over the announcement.

And if you weren't excited enough, here are the photos she posted along with the announcement:

Here's the first one showing the rapper in a yellow wig while holding her stomach.

And the second also played on her iconic look...

But despite her outfit and blue hair, all we can focus on is her adorable baby bump.

And here's the last one she posted to her Instagram:

Within an hour of her announcement, these posts received millions of likes, as well as congratulations from fans and friends alike including Sam Smith, Halle Berry, and Jesy Nelson.

We couldn't be happier for Nicki Minaj and her partner...

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And the news soon followed the Nicki had given birth on September 30th, 2020.

Nicki has been pretty tight-lipped about motherhood ever since and has remained pretty quiet...

Though we don't blame her, motherhood is hard!

With the new big changes in her life, it seems Nicki is keen to settle things from her past.

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As she has finally settled the copyright dispute with Tracy Chapman that has been ongoing since 2018.

The case was first filed by Chapman in October 2018 and stemmed from Minaj's usage of Chapman's "Baby Can I Hold You" to make her song "Sorry" feat. Nas.

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A usage that was refused by Chapman who is known for not allowing others to sample her music.

Although "Sorry" was dropped from Minaj's album, a copy of the unreleased track was played on air by DJ Flex, a New York radio personality.

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It has since gone on to be widely available online.

When filing the case, Chapman accused Minaj of providing DJ Flex with the track.

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A claim that both Minaj and Flex have denied.

Minaj's legal team argued that an artist should be able to create work based on existing material without fearing legal action from the original artist when pursuing a license.

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But despite the argument, Tracy Chapman has now won her case.

According to Federal Court documents that became available on Thursday, Chapman has accepted $450,000 from Minaj.

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The Hollywood Reporter claims that Chapman will not be responsible for any costs associated with the suit.

This means the copyright dispute between the pair is settled...

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With the pair no longer required to proceed to a trial. For more on Nicki Minaj, keep scrolling...