The Greatest’ lyrics from the first single from ‘The Great Escape’ may have been stolen by an unknown producer who used the song’s name and the songwriter’s name, according to a new report.
The songwriter, who goes by the name of “Barry” and is credited on the song, has been told he can’t use the title on any future albums, according a report from the Los Angeles Times.
Barry is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter who has collaborated with artists including the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Bon Jovi, the Beach Boys and Madonna.
He has been working on the album, which will be released on March 16, 2019.
“I was told that the song was stolen by someone with a different name,” Barry told the Times.
“That is why I am in shock, especially after the fact, because I don’t know who did it.”
The report said Barry had contacted the company behind the song for assistance in finding a new copyright holder.
A spokesperson for the songwriting company told the Los Angles Times: “We are not aware of any unauthorized use of the song by Barry and his company, and have never been in possession of the album.
It was previously produced by Barry.”
A spokesperson at Universal Music Group declined to comment.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said it had received a complaint about the song.