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Blige is sued over 'stolen music'

Mary J Blige
The song Work That was used on an iPod advert

R&B singer Mary J Blige is being sued for $2m (1m) by a US music production company which says she stole a song she used on her latest album.

Drama Family Entertainment says its copyright was infringed on the song Work That from her Growing Pains album.

The lawsuit claims the song, which featured on an iPod commercial, was created by a producer who worked for the company.

A lawyer for Ms Blige was unavailable for comment.

Drama Family Entertainment bosses claim the track was taken from its catalogue of songs.

It is alleged they hired producer Theron Feemster to record hits for their own artists, but instead he gave tracks to the Grammy-winning singer.

Company lawyer Brian Caplan told the New York Daily News that Drama Family Entertainment "owned the music yet the music was used without permission in a Mary J Blige release recording".

Growing Pains, which was released last year, is Blige's eighth studio album.

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