The Top 10 Rip-Offs In Music History

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Did Ray Parker Jr. Rip-Off Huey Lewis?

4. The Accused: Ray Parker, Jr., “Ghostbusters”

The Original: Huey Lewis & The News, “I Want A New Drug”

The Case: Ray Parker, Jr. might not be afraid of any ghosts, but he certainly was afraid when he showed up in court after getting sued by Huey Lewis. You see, back in the early 80s, Lewis had been working with Columbia Pictures on composing a theme song for their upcoming film Ghostbusters, but backed out of the project when the producers for Back To The Future came calling. So imagine Huey’s surprise when he heard Ray Parker, Jr.’s “Ghostbusters,” which sounds nearly identical to Lewis’ hit “I Want A New Drug.” The case was settled out of court, Huey got a paycheck, but then was countersued by Parker in the early ’00s after Lewis blabbed about the settlement on an episode of Behind The Music. Our bad, Huey!

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