EXCLUSIVE: 'I can't look like a copycat of J-Lo!' Explosive texts reveal Lady Gaga BEGGED to be credited on Jennifer Lopez's song Invading My Mind to avoid being called 'unoriginal' because it sounded too similar to her hit Judas
- Chicago-based singer Rebecca Francescatti sued Lady Gaga in 2011 for copyright infringement over the pop star's hit song, Judas
- The songwriter claimed it was based on her own song 'Juda' which she worked on with recording engineer Brian Gaynor, who then 'passed the track onto Gaga'
- Judge originally ruled in Gaga's favor, but Francescatti appealed the decision and the case was finally settled out of court
- But now DailyMail.com can reveal the explosive texts in the court documents sent by Lady Gaga which claims she 'lied' to Jennifer Lopez in a 'cover up' to save her own reputation
- The revelation of the texts was part of Francescatti's argument intended to paint Gaga as someone who is capable of copying another artist.
- The Poker Face singer was worried Judas sounded too similar to J-Lo's Invading My Mind, and pushed her producer to credit her on the song
- 'Maybe if u gave me credit on both songs it would avoid comparison? I'm very concerned I will get accused of being unoriginal,' she said in a text to producer
Explosive texts from Lady Gaga's six-year copyright battle with a little-known artist over her hit song Judas expose the pop singer's desperate plea to be credited on Jennifer Lopez's album to avoid being labeled a copycat, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Chicago-based singer/songwriter Rebecca Francescatti sued the Poker Face singer in 2011 claiming Judas was based on her own song 'Juda,' which she wrote in 1999.
The 43-year-old alleged in her lawsuit that she worked on the track with recording engineer Brian Gaynor, who subsequently passed the track onto Gaga.
A judge originally ruled in Gaga's favor, but Francescatti appealed the decision and the case was finally dismissed by Francescatti two months ago after she and the Born This Way singer agreed on a settlement.
'Copycat': Months after Lady Gaga settled her six-year copyright infringement case over her hit song Judas, text messages have emerged revealing the pop star asked to be credited on Jennifer Lopez's song
However, documents from the lawsuit obtained by DailyMail.com reveal Gaga demanded credit for co-creating songs on J-Lo's 2011 album, Love?, to avoid any misconception that she copied Lopez's song, Invading My Mind, because of its similarities to Judas.
The texts have been made public for the first time in court filings, which exposes Gaga's own ruthlessness in the music industry, as she had also counter-sued Francescatti - a penniless musician and artist - for $1.4 million in legal costs, which was ultimately thrown out.
In court documents obtained by DailyMail.com Francescatti's attorney William Niro called the pop star 'a liar' and reveals texts between Gaga, 31, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, and her producer RedOne, who was also working with Jennifer Lopez at the time.
Rebecca Francescatti, 43, sued the pop singer in 2011 alleging Judas was a rip off her own song 'Juda' which she had worked on with one of Gaga's producers
Previously, these texts had been kept sealed as part of an agreement Gaga's lawyers had with the judge.
In the lawsuit, Gaga claimed she decided to name her song Judas after her split with entrepreneur Speedy in May 2010. She said she thought of him as 'Judas' because, 'he's the betrayer of all things, you know, because Judas is the biblical betrayer of all things.'
Illinois district judge Marvin Aspen ruled in Gaga's favor back in May 2014, saying the two tracks didn't sound similar enough to infringe on Francescatti's copyright.
But Francescatti appealed that decision at the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
She argued that the original ruling was invalid as it should be heard by a jury preferably made up of people with music experience, rather than being seen by a single district judge with limited experience.
The revelation of the texts was part of Francescatti's argument intended to damage Gaga's credibility and claimed she did not create Judas independently.
After Gaga heard J-Lo's Invading My Mind, she immediately feared that people would accuse her of being a 'copycat' and 'unoriginal,' according to bombshell text messages.
She told her producer, RedOne - whose real name is Nadir Kyayat - who was also working on Lopez's Love? album that she must have a producer and writer credit on the album so that it would rule out any possibility of her being accused of copying the track.
Lopez, 48, apparently had no idea about when or how Gaga was involved in her album.
When news of the so-called collaboration went public, Lopez told Access Hollywood: 'I didn't (get to meet Gaga) and I wish I could have. RedOne, who collaborates with her on a lot of her music, worked with me on this album.
'He played me different ideas and different things and one of the ones that I responded to, actually a couple of them, he was like: "Just so you know, I worked with Lady Gaga writing those."
'And I was like: "Really? Is it OK if I do them and make them my own?" and he was like, "Absolutely". So I kind of lucked out.'
Gaga had argued that she got the idea to write her 2011 song Judas after going through a break up and viewed her ex-boyfriend as Judas because 'he's the betrayer of all things'
One month before its release, Gaga pressured her producer to change Jennifer Lopez's song Invading My Mind because of the similarities between the two (pictured: Judas music video)
But Gaga's text messages with RedOne reveal she urged the producer to change Lopez's track or credit her for the song.
'It is undisputed that the alleged creators of Judas [...] worked together to prevent the public from drawing any comparisons between Judas and a song entitled Invading My Mind performed and recorded by Jennifer Lopez shortly before the release of Judas in April 2011,' the papers state.
'The [texts] between Germanotta and Red One are revealing and informative. This exchange between Red One and Germanotta took place about one month before the public release of Judas,' the papers state.
The conversation began on March 17, 2010, when Gaga sent a text message to RedOne saying: 'We need to update Judas beat..it sounds to (sic) much like Jlo 'invading'... redone!!!! We have a big problem.'
Hours later, around midnight, Gaga continued: 'Red.. It is exactly like judas I can hear that the same midi was used and moved around.
'U have to change the track for her..even the FORMAT is the same ....,' she said.
'And its (sic) on perezhilton.com as a leak
'And peeople (sic) will say I stole from jlo! 'I love judas SO MUCH but I can't look like a copycat of JLO!!!!'
Later that morning, a frantic Gaga sent another message to RedOne asking if Lopez's song has been changed.
She went on to say: 'I am very concerned about this JLo thing
'Iʹm afraid you and I are gonna look bad
'What if people say Iʹm unoriginal because of this?
The Poker Face singer eventually convinced RedOne to give her credit on J-Lo's Invading My Mind, but Lopez was seemingly unaware of Gaga's involvement
After their text message exchange, RedOne took to Twitter to announce Lady Gaga had 'produced/wrote' Jennifer Lopez's track
'I am so afraid
'I played it for a few more people They were worried.
According to court papers, Gaga finally suggested a plan to RedOne that evening.
'Maybe if u gave me credit on both songs it would avoid comparison? …. Iʹm very concerned I will get accused of being unoriginal.
'But if u credit me on both records ..oneee for production, one for writing it will certainly help w the comparisons.
RedOne eventually agreed and replied: Embrace!!!! It ONLY will make you look credible and masssssive!!!! .... Trust me.
'Germanotta replies: IF and only IF u give me production credit on invading my mind, ill give [her Hypnotico record] Because this was if anyone notices similarities, I can say "I worked on that record [with RedOne]"
To which Red One responded: 'OF COURSE!'
Producer RedOne, whose real name is Nadir Khayat, had been working with Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez at the same time
Gaga then replied: 'Ok. I don't think I will do, duet, but I will give her the record if u SWEAR to give me the deserved credit on invading my mind.
Shortly after, the producer took to Twitter to announce Lady Gaga 'Produced/Wrote with me TWO records for @JLo, 'Invading my Mind' and another one coming SOOON!!! OMG!!!.!'
Documents show Germanotta admitted she had 'never spoken to Jennifer Lopez,' and RedOne testified admitting she had done 'no work' on the song.
Yet, Gaga believed she was entitled to credit for producing and writing Invading My Mind because she 'inspired' the song.
Francescatti's attorney claimed: 'RedOne and Germanotta lied to cover up the use of substantially similar music in two songs, Judas and Invading My Mind.'
The revelation of the texts was part of Francescatti's argument intended to paint Gaga as someone who is capable of copying another artist.
After the case was settled out of court, Francescatti spoke publicly for the first time at the level of 'bullying' and 'intimidation' she'd received from Gaga, her so-called 'Little Monster' fans - which included death threats and calling her a 'dumb w***e' - but how she refused to give up the fight.
She told DailyMail.com: 'The abuse was astounding, I had to address that bullying. It was everything - phone calls, emails, social media.
'There's one screen capture I took: Death to Rebecca Francescatti and her family.
'I was actually scared. People in the industry want to get close to her, any acquaintances will back away from you, she has all the power,' she said.
LADY GAGA'S TEXT MESSAGES
Lady Gaga, March 17, 2011 : 'We need to update Judas beat..it sounds to (sic) much like Jlo "invading"…[RedOne]!!!
'We have a big problem
'Red.. It is exactly like judas
'I can hear that the same midi was used and moved around
'U have to change the track for her..even the FORMAT is the same
'And its on perezhilton.com as a leak
'And peeople (sic) will say I stole from jlo!
'I love judas SO MUCH but I canʹt look like a copycat of JLO!!!!
Later that morning, on March 18, 2011 beginning at 5:19:36 AM, Gaga says:
'Is the Jlo song being changed?
'I am very concerned about this JLo thing
'I'm afraid you and I are gonna look bad
'What if people say Iʹm unoriginal because of this?
'I am so afraid
'I played it for a few more people
'They were worried.
At this point, Lady Gaga suggests her plan to RedOne:
'Maybe if u gave me credit on both songs it would avoid comparison?
'. . .Iʹm very concerned I will get accused of being unoriginal
'But if u credit me on both records ..oneee for production, one for writing it
'will certainly help w the comparisons
RedOne replies: 'Embrace!!!! It ONLY will make you look credible and masssssive!!!!
'IF and only IF u give me production credit on "invading my mind", [I'll]
'give [her Hypnotico] record
'Because this was if anyone notices similarities, I can say "I worked on that
record w [RedOne]"
Red One: 'OF COURSE!
'I donʹt think I will do, duet, but I will give her the record if u SWEAR to
'give me the deserved credit on invading..
'I swear !!!!!
Francescatti added that she decided to keep the lawsuit under wraps because she did not want to turn it into a 'circus.'
'But, ever since 2014, I've lived with the specter of a $1.4 million lawsuit for attorney fees, that's not been an easy way to live,' she said.
'That was draconian, it's absurd considering my lifestyle, it was obviously geared at other songwriters to keep their head down and shut up, scare them off, put the muzzle on.
'That's been the most abhorrent part of how this has been played out, it's the threats, intimidation and domination,'
'The law needs to change as it doesn't bear in mind how digital technology can change a track at the click of a button. Basically, it's like saying it's OK to steal a car and sell it for parts, as long as the original owner can't identify the car,' she said.
Francescatti revealed she is now making an art exhibit about the lawsuit, and had previously written a now-deleted essay where she referred to Gaga as a 'faker' and 'wanna-be.'
'Lady Gaga released Judas as her song, and when I heard it, I felt a hard cold stone in the pit of my stomach… The chances of the [above] similarities occurring between two works that share the same bass player, recording engineer, and 'writer' (at least in the case of 'Judas') would be like getting struck by lightning five times in the same place on the same day.
'But only one of us attended the circus-like depositions, so you'll have to believe me when I say Lady Gaga/Stefani's recounting of how she got the idea for Judas would be enough for any sane individual (not being paid off) to side with me.'
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