U2 is being sued by a British songwriter for stealing musical elements for their song “The Fly” featured on their 1991 album Achtung Baby.
The songwriter, Paul Rose, filed a lawsuit Feb. 27th in a Manhattan federal court. The lawsuit alleges that U2 heard Rose’s song after they signed with Island Records in 1989, which happens to be the same year he shared a demo of “Nae Slappin” with studio executives at the label.
Rose seeks songwriting credit on the U2 song and $5 million in damages and lawyer’s fees.
Have a listen to the songs and see what you think.