Singer Jaimie Ciero is going after titan Disney, as well as Demi Lovato and Idina Menzel, saying that they allegedly stole his song and revamped it into the hit “Let It Go” which is used in the animated movie Frozen.
The song that Ciero is referring to is called “Volar”, which he wrote. It roughly translates to “Fly” in Spanish. A song that he recorded back in 2008, he believes that his version heavily influenced the song that Idina Menzel sang in the movie and Demi Lovato covered on the soundtrack for the film.
One of Ciero’s primary complaints is that the song performed so well and it has enjoyed “a huge international success reaching millions of listeners and landing on numerous charts of the most popular, top-performing songs.”
The amount he is suing for is undisclosed but he claims that the songs are incredibly similar in structure, hooks, note combinations, melodies, lyrics, textures, and themes.
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Frozen was a monster smash hit and made over a billion dollars at the box office, which makes it one of the top-grossing animated films of all time. In 2014, the film won the Academy Award for best animated feature and “Let It Go” won for best original song.
So if there is any validity to his claims, he clearly lost out on being recognized as apart of a huge song that did well commercially and won the ultimate prestigious award in the industry.
Robert Lopez, who is the co-writer for “Let It Go”, is actually the youngest of the 12 people who have achieved EGOT status. This means they have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. Lopez also accomplished this feat in just a decade.
It is unclear how the singers, Idina Menzel and Demi Lovato, being named in this lawsuit may affect them. They both obviously have received a portion of the film’s earnings as well as whatever their agreed upon rate to sing the song was.
Either way, the song has come to mean so much to so many and is a positive, steadfast anthem about perseverance and moving on.