A U.S.spokesperson for Audi has responded to the lawsuit filed in Hamburg Regional Court in Germany thisweek by Eight Mile Style LLC, Eminem's publishing company. The Germanautomobile manufacturer is being sued for using an unauthorized sample ofEminem's Academy Award-winning song "Lose Yourself" from his film "8 Mile."
The Audi spokesperson told Yahoo! Music that the video thathas sparked the debate is not a commercial. "The video referred to is not anadvertisement," he said via email. "Also, this does not involve Audi ofAmerica. The video was not shown here in the U.S." The spokesperson added thatdue to the legal nature of the matter, he could not comment further.
In the European spot for the 2012 Audi A6 Avant, aprofessionally-dressed man drives the luxury vehicle through a city as thememorable guitar rift and snare taps from "Lose Yourself" play in thebackground.
The song choice and the video concept have also drawncomparisons to a 2011 Super Bowl advertisement Eminem made for Chrysler.
"We believe Audi not only used 'Lose Yourself' to sell theirproduct without permission, but their spot actually feels inspired by elementsof Chrysler's commercial campaign," a spokesperson for Eight Mile Style toldBillboard.
In Eminem's advertisement for the Chrysler 200, a facelessdriver tours Detroit,showing both the rundown and flourishing parts of the city. The marquee on the town'slandmark Fox Theater reads, "Keep Detroit Beautiful," a reference to Eminem's2009 song "Beautiful." The rapper is revealed as the driver of the car.
The 2012 Audi A6 clip is a more pristine version of theChrysler 200 spot.
According to Billboard, Chrysler had not announced any plansto also file a suit against Audi.
Eminem wasn't the only pop star involved in a conflict thisweek. His "Love The Way You Lie" duet partner Rihanna received flack for herviolent new video, "Man Down." But otherwise, other A-list musicians had a morepositive week. Lady Gaga sold more than one million copies of her "Born ThisWay" album. Pink and her husband, Carey Hart, welcomed the birth of their babygirl. And Kanye West paid respects to the late iconic poet Gil Scott Herron byperforming at his funeral.
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This Week's Top 5Music News Stories
1) Get Lost -- Eminem publisher claims Audi used song withoutpermission
2) Over 1 Million Served -- Lady Gaga sells more than 1million in first week
3) Pink Thursday -- Pink gives birth to baby girl
4) Pieces Of A Man -- Kanye West performs at Gil Scott Heronfuneral
5) Hard -- Rihanna defends message of controversial "ManDown" video
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