Exclusive: Songwriter Sues Over B.o.B’s#### Single “Airplanes”


(AllHipHop News) A songwriter has filed a lawsuit against a production duo who claimed sole responsibility for producing B.o.B.’s#### single “Airplanes.”

Christine Dominguez filed a lawsuit against Jeremy Dussolliet (Kinetics) and Tim Sommers (One Love), who produce under the name Kinetics & One Love.

The lawsuit, which was filed January 23 in United States District Court of New York, claims that Dominguez co-wrote the smash single, but received no credit and was cut out of all royalties.

According to the lawsuit, in September of 2008, Kinetics & One Love asked Dominguez to create a melody and other musical contributions for two unfinished recordings called “Airplanes.”

Dominguez claims that Kinetics & One Love e-mailed her an unfinished version of the track and she recorded her contributions to the sound recordings.

The lawsuit claims that Dominguez created the melody and the chorus for “Airplanes,” including background vocals, countermelodies and other contributions.

“In a transparent effort to keep all the credit and earnings for themselves despite Dominguez’ substantial contribution to the joint work, defendants omitted her from the listing as the author of “Airplanes” on the 2010 release and elsewhere. Nor have defendants accounted to Dominguez for revenues derived, either from the 2010 release, or any other source.”

Dominguez claims that the pair thanked her and gave her credit for her contribution to the song on an obscure, 2009 CD Kinetics & One Love: Fading Back to Normal, which contained an alternate version of the song.

In 2010, the producers authorized the release of two versions of “Airplanes,” which was on B.o.B.’s#### album B.o.B. Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray.

A remixed version of the track also featured superstar rapper Eminem.

The lawsuit claims that the Dominguez and Kinetics & One Love could not reach an agreement regarding her appropriate share of the revenues, as joint authors of the song.

Dominguez is suing for unfair competition, unjust enrichment, copyright infringement, and failure to account for revenues derived from sampling or other use of the song.

Dominguez is seeking revenues derived from CDs, digital sales, ringtones, ringbacks and other sources of potential income from “Airplanes.”

B.o.B. is not named in the lawsuit, just the producers.

Check out the lawsuit below: