Almost a decade after Usher scaled the charts with the R&B-pop groover “Caught Up,” he’s being sued for allegedly stealing the song.
TMZ reports that three men, Zacharia Edwards, Mitch Moses and Vince McClean, wrote a song called “Caught Up” – about a guy “caught up” in love – in 2002. Two years later, Usher’s “Caught Up” – about pretty much the same thing -- hit No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and charted worldwide.
The Usher song, from his diamond-certified “Confessions” album, is credited to songwriters Ryan Toby, Andre Harris, Vidal Davis and Jason Boyd.
The trio suing Usher claims they played “Caught Up” for someone at Arista Records – Usher’s label – and the song made its way to L.A. Reid, then CEO of the label. Edwards, Moses and McClean never heard back from Arista, but two years later – again, in 2004! -- heard Usher’s song on the radio.
They’re suing for unspecified damages.
Here is a reminder of the Usher song since it came out, you know, almost 10 years ago.