Looks like Lizzo is under the microscope again, this time with allegations of copyright infringement coming from dance music legend CeCe Peniston, who is accusing Lizzo of using about 40 seconds of her hit song “Finally” in her latest single “Juice.” The singer took to social media and the issue went viral:

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@bendaworld sent me this video and this is a clear example of #copyrightinfringement Cece Peniston versus @lizzobeeating y’all check this out and btw I love her music #tbt #juice #absolutvodka #finally #thetea #royalties #atlanticrecords #umpg #lizzo #lizzojuice #intellectualproperty

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Peniston then explained why she believes there is copyright infringement:

“For everybody who thought I was exaggerating on my claims of #copyrightinfringement please go check out the article I’m the the #3rd person who has said something @lizzobeeating #cecepeniston #lizzo #music #yaayumsong #finally #mysong just for the record and so you understand … anytime anybody uses a song over 7 seconds thats using a “portion” of their copyright , Lizzo not only takes over that , she’s used several times adding up to about 40 seconds , its my lyric it’s written down as well , it’s the signature to the opening in my song #finally and all commercials are using it from the “Adlib “ section because they know it’s catchy sooo “#notjustanadlib it’s a check !!!! @umpg @atlanticrecords”

Lizzo, whose star has been rising in the past few years, released her album Cuz I Love You on Atlantic Records with the song in question being one of its standout hits, its message of self-love and body positivity winning over millions of fans. 

Peniston’s “Finally” came out in 1991, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Top 100 and going on to becoming one of the most seminal dance music songs in history. One of the most discernible parts is a riff Cece does which Lizzo replicates. 

Here is a side-by-side video comparison of the two tracks: 

The ad-libs referenced by Peniston are on the chorus of “Juice,” when Lizzo sings:

Gotta blame it on my juice
Ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee
Blame it on my juice, blame it, blame it on my juice
Ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee
Blame it on my juice, blame it, blame it on my juice

This is not the first accusation against Lizzo, as songwriters Justin and Jeremiah Raisen allegedly wrote the opening line of “Truth Hurts” without credit or monetary compensation. 

Sunday morning on the “Morning Express” on CNN Headline News, world-renowned blogger Jawn Murray, who is one of the “40 Power Players Under 40” in the industry, discussed the copyright infringement accusation by CeCe Peniston against Lizzo. 

Murray said, “It’s CeCe’s signature and is the opening of her song “Finally”, and is used several times in her song, just as it’s used in Lizzos song “Juice”. Peniston had also used this signature in prior bodies of work before “Finally” became a #1 Billboard hit. 

Billboard Magazine acknowledged CeCe Peniston’s claimed copyright infringement dispute with Lizzo in an article published on October 18th, 2019. 

It has been noted several times lately, as people are expressing that Lizzo’s whole career has been made successful using the original content of other artists. 

When asked, Peniston said that this is not a personal issue with Lizzo, but an ongoing issue, not just for herself but other artists as well. In her Instagram post, CeCe ends with “btw, I love her music.” 

The main question here is did Lizzo know what she was doing, or was it deliberate copyright infringement? What do you think?