Songwriter Awarded $44 Million in Lawsuit Over Usher’s Hit Song

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A Philadelphia court sided with Daniel Marino over claims that he was never compensated for writing Usher's 2004 hit “Bad Girl.”
Paula Rogo Oct, 22, 2018

A songwriter who claims he was robbed of profits from a 2004 Usher song has been awarded over $44 million in damages.

According to Rolling Stone, Philadelphia songwriter Daniel Marino claimed that he was cut out of profits to “Bad Girl,” a song recorded by Usher for his 2004 multi-platinum album Confessions.

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Originally named “Club Girl,” Marino claimed that he created a majority of the song, including the “guitar hook, tempo and chord progression.”

A jury at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas last week awarded Marino $44.35 million, $27 million of which will come from his co-writer William Guice in compensatory and punitive damages. Another $17.35 million will come from Dante Barton, owner of Destro Music Productions.

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As a result of the ruling, Marino now owns a third of the song’s ownership rights, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Usher wasn’t named in the suit.