After receiving massive backlash for her decision to put Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the cover of Vogue, Anna Wintour is feeling the sting again, as her company is now being sued over the online video that promoted the April photo shoot.
Former child R&B musician from the 70’s, who filed a lawsuit against West last year, alleging the rapper snagged one of his songs for a track on his latest album “Yeezus,” is hot on the heels of Vogue for using the tune in a behind-the-scenes video featuring the couple.
As per Vogue’s website, the “exclusive video takes you on set with the happy family,” displaying various images of the duo caressing and embracing each other with their baby North in tow. The photos were all taken by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz.
At 12 years old, Ricky Spicer was the lead singer of the 1960s American soul group “The Ponderosa Twins Plus One” when he recorded the song “Bound” for their “2+2+1=” album. Spicer claims he was shocked when he heard his voice in the West title “Bound 2,” sampled exactly as he recorded it in 1972.
On April 17, the 56-year-old Ohio man, filed official documentation against Vogue’s publisher, Conde Nast Entertainment, in Manhattan Supreme Court. According to the papers, Spicer alleges, his voice can be heard in the background five times during the duration of Kanye West’s tune “Bound 2.”
“Mr. Spicer’s voice is used substantially throughout the video, comprising approximately 44% of the vocals,” the lawsuit says.
Ricky Spicer is seeking unspecified compensation.
Lawsuit Filed Against Vogue Over Kardashian/West Cover Shoot Video