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Ciara’s new single, “I Bet” entered Billboard magazine’s “Hot 100” singles chart at the number 95 position. But it sounds like Ciara and her team can expect a call from Jermaine Dupi’s lawyers before a congratulatory call arrives. While discussing the recent “Blurred Lines” ruling against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, Dupri referenced “I Bet,” saying he now finds himself in a similar position to the Marvin Gaye Estate.

“Ciara’s new single is a complete rip-off of Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad,’Dupri told Yahoo. “I’m clear on what I made, and I’m clear on how music influences people, and I’m clear on chord changes and how people move things. … It might not be as evident as the ‘Blurred Lines’ situation, but I believe the same thing happened to me.”

Dupri added he plans to reach out to Ciara and her team and ask that he, Usher, and producer Bryan-Michael Cox be credited and compensated. Harmony “H-Money” Samuels is credited as a co-writer and producer of Ciara’s “I Bet.” None of Ciara’s representatives have responded to the matter yet.

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