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Pete Yorn responds to Echo Friendly over crediting dispute
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Pete Yorn has responded to Brooklyn band Echo Friendly after they claimed he “exploited” them with a cover of ‘Worried’

The American singer is releasing a collaborative EP called ‘Apart’ with actor Scarlett Johansson on June 1. The pair previously released an album called ‘Break Up’ together in 2009. Echo Friendly allege that ‘Bad Dreams’, the first single to land ahead of the new EP, is a direct cover of their 2014 song.

Bad Dreams, an album by Pete Yorn, Scarlett Johansson on Spotify

The band say that while they have “zero legal claim” they believe that Yorn misled them about his intentions. Echo Friendly say that they granted Yorn 25% of the band’s publishing rights for the cover, on the basis that he would be adapting ‘Worried’ into a new composition. They also believed that they would be credited as songwriters. However, at time of writing, Echo Friendly are not credited on streaming services.

“It’s a bummer because you would think there would be more solidarity between songwriters and that maybe the bigger artist would make sure the little indie band didn’t get screwed,” wrote Echo Friendly’s Jake Rabinbach on Facebook.

A Facebook account that appears to belong to Pete Yorn has now commented on Rabinbach’s post. In the comment, Yorn links to a previous video interview in the run-up to ‘Apart’s release, in which he discusses his love of Echo Friendly’s music.

“Of course I want to bring attention to the band,” he wrote, “and always planned to so when we do actual press for the record. Record is out June 1 and that is when more press will be out.”

Rabinbach responded thanking Yorn for drawing his attention to the video, but added: “considering our publishing concession, it would have meant a lot to us if anyone had linked to us in the original roll out.” Yorn later replied. “I am disappointed that you are attacking my integrity and coming after me for what I would have thought was a positive thing for everyone involved,” he retorted.

Yorn and Johansson’s label, Capitol Music Group, are yet to respond.

08/05/2018 21:50:03
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