Thursday, 14 November, 2019

Underwood accused of copying song for National Football League intro

Adrian Cunningham | 20 June, 2019, 07:10

The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court noted that Underwood's "Game On" even carried the same title as the song singer Heidi Merrill of Newport Beach, California, put on an internet music video two years ago. She released an album, Home Grown, in October of 2015.

A singer and a group of songwriters claim in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday that Carrie Underwood's "Game On", theme song for "Sunday Night Football" is actually ripped off from a song that the plaintiffs wrote back in 2016 and unsuccessfully pitched to Underwood's production team.

So far, Underwood's camp has not commented on the situation.

In the suit, Merrill says she submitted the song to Underwood's producer Mark Bright - who passed on using it - at an event in Nashville in August 2017, according to TMZ.

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The lawsuit claimed that the song that introduced 17 NFL Sunday night games through the season beginning in September 2018 "is substantially - even strikingly - similar, if not identical", to the song Underwood's team had rejected. In an interview with local NBC affiliate KSNB in Hastings, Neb., Merrill said the song was inspired by her Nebraska roots. "We assume that there will be significant damages".

Interestingly, some National Football League fans were not pleased with Underwood's new theme song when it debuted back in the fall of 2018.

And in 2016, Underwood and fellow country artist Brad Paisley were sued by songwriter Amy Bowen, who claimed that Paisley's duet with Underwood, "Remind Me", featured elements purloined from a song of the same name that Bowen had written.

According to Forbes, Underwood has sold more records than any other victor of American Idol, with over 15 million records to her credit. Sign up here for Yahoo Entertainment & Lifestyle's newsletter.