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Nicki Minaj Facing Copyright Infringement Lawsuit over "Starships"

Image courtesy of MyPinkFriday.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of MyPinkFriday.com (via ABC News Radio)

Nicki Minaj has been sued by an artist who claims her hit song "Starships" borrowed from one of his tunes.

According to the Chicago Tribune , Clive Tanaka alleges in his copyright infringement lawsuit that there are substantial similarities between "Starships" and his composition, "Neu Chicago," which was released in 2011. That would be a year before Nicki released "Starships" as a single.

It's unclear how much Tanaka is seeking in his lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in a Chicago court.

Tanaka is actually the plaintiff's performance name. The Chicago artist's birth name is unknown, according to the Tribune .

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