Former child soul singer Ricky Spicer is suing Condé Nast Entertainment after his voice was used in a online video that promoted Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's appearance on the cover of Vogue.
The 56-year-old, who is from Ohio, filed the documents on April 17 in Manhattan Supreme Court, the New York Daily News reported. In the papers, Spicer says his voice can be heard in the background five times as Kanye West's song "Bound 2" plays.
"Mr. Spicer’s voice is used substantially throughout the video, comprising approximately 44% of the vocals," the lawsuit says.
According to the suit, Condé Nast did not ask for Spicer's permission to use his voice for the video, and he received no payment.
In December, Spicer filed a lawsuit against Kanye West. In the documents for that suit, Spicer says he recorded the lyrics to the song when he was 12, working as the lead singer of the music group the Ponderosa Twins plus One, Billboard reported. According to the music industry magazine, Spicer said his voice was used in the background of the song without his permission and sampled exactly as he recorded it in 1970. He added that he has yet to be compensated for the use of his voice on the hit track.
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Vogue's press office has yet to comment on the suit.