Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are laughing all the way to the bank right now. Following last year’s bogus lawsuit—in which songwriter Amy Bowen (known professionally as Lizza Connor) claims the superstars ripped off her own material for their No. 1 hit “Remind Me”—the two singers take direct aim at the creatively concocted story with a new song called “High Life.”
Lifted from Paisley’s forthcoming album Moonshine In The Trunk, the mid-tempo track doesn’t go about the topic subtly. “I heard a song a couple months ago. It was Carrie Underwood on the radio,” he croons on the second verse. “It reminded me of a poem my brother wrote back in second grade. I know she didn’t steal it, but so what…”
But, oh no, it doesn’t stop there: “We lawyered up and sued her butt. These days we figure we pretty much get paid to go away.”
“High Life” is constructed as a story-song, a type of structure that has become prevalent in country music’s rich history, and also includes references to Chik-Fil-A, trampolines and other “low life” antics. You can listen to the tune below.
In case you missed the lawsuit shenanigans, here is a brief recap: Bowen, allegedly composed a song (also called “Remind Me”) in 2008. She then performed the song at a writers-round workshop, at which John Kelley Lovelace and Charles DuBois attended. A few years pass, and Paisley, DuBois and Lovelace meet for a songwriting session and pen their own “Remind Me”; it was later recorded in early 2011. Years later, after Paisley and Underwood’s hit went platinum and became a huge at radio, Bowen decides it’s time to get her moneys worth, ultimately taking her claims to federal court. In December 2013, Judge Aleta Trauger ruled for the lawsuit to move forward, stating “Bowen has plausibly shown that, taken in combination, the lyrics and associated melodies, intonations, and usage could be sufficiently original to constitute protectable material.” [Quote via Hollywood Reporter]
The two singers later denied these claims of copyright infringement, in papers via RadarOnline. “Defendants (Paisley and Underwood) deny any wrongful conduct, omissions, infringement or any other activities alleged by Plaintiff in this District or elsewhere or that they are liable to the Plaintiff for any claims,” the response reads.
Of course, this doesn’t mean Paisley and Underwood are guilty, but they could face trial at some point. Or maybe not.
Previously, Underwood and Paisley have also performed together on “Oh Love,” from Paisley’s 2007-released 5th Gear.
Regardless, take a listen to Paisley and Underwood’s “High Life” for giggles:
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