Post Malone is being sued over a songwriting dispute regarding his hit single “Circles.”
According to Complex, Tyler Armes filed the lawsuit against Malone early Tuesday, claiming he was a big part of the recording process.
The lawsuit acquired by TMZ states that Armes worked on the record in August 2018 with producer Frank Dukes in a session put together by Malone’s manager.
Armes claims that he helped put together majority of the song. The documents state that he “co-wrote the chords and the bass line for the song.” He even helped contribute to the main guitar melody of the record, the outlet reports.
According to Armes, negotiations took place in August 2019, the month the song was released, and he was offered 5 percent of publishing with no public writing credit. He tried to push for a better deal but to no avail.
Now, Armes is attempting to sue in order to be listed as a co-writer on the song.
Armes is also asking for a royalty check for the No. 1 record as well as future proceeds.
But in response, Malone is now countersuing Armes, according to TMZ.
Malone says that Armes shouldn’t be credited as a co-writer, because he “didn’t contribute anything to the song,” calling Armes’s suit an “age-old story in the industry.”
According to Malone, Armes not only missed several sessions where they worked on the song. Though he was present for the first session, he didn’t contribute any of the music or lyrics, Malone said.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
According to the suit, Armes not only falsely claimed to take credit for the song, but the whole situation is random and unwarranted.
In an Instagram post from August 2019, Armes celebrated the release of ‘Circles,’ while congratulating everyone involved in the process.
“Honored to have worked on this incredible song “Circles” with @postmalone and @frankdukes,” he wrote in the caption. “A year ago, we ended up in an all-night studio session in Toronto. We Jammed on different instruments for a few hours and built the beat. Post laid down the rough vocals a few hours after, we knew immediately it was a special song and a whole new vibe! Crazy energy in the room! Congratulations to the whole team @drelondon @louisbellmusic @billywalsh @myjeanious for knocking it out of the park. “Hollywood’s Bleeding” available Sept 6!”
Other writers listed on the song, according to ASCAP, are Louis Russell Bell, Adam King Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Richard Post, and William Thomas Walsh.