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Former New Orleans Bounce Group Sues Beyonce, For Alleged Copyright Infringement

A one-time quartet of New Orleans-area bounce musicians are suing Beyonce, Jay-Z and Big Freedia for alleged copyright infringement and unfair trade practices over the use of the phrase “release a wiggle.”

The federal copyright suit, filed Wednesday (May 22) in the Eastern District of Louisiana, accuses Big Freedia of poaching the phrase in her 2014 single “Explode.” The plaintiffs claim Freedia took it from a 2002 song called “Release A Wiggle” produced by the New Orleans-area quartet Da Showstoppaz.