(CN) - R&B superstar Usher is facing a copyright claim from a Miami DJ who claims the song "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)" is nearly identical to one of his own.
Aubrey "DJ Mixx" Davis sued singer Usher Raymond IV, Sony Music Entertainment and nine other defendants in federal court in Miami.
DJ Mixx claims Usher's song "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)" from the 2010 album Raymond v. Raymond copies his own song, "Let's Go." Usher released "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)" as a single in December 2009. It reached number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topped out at number two on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart, according to the complaint.
DJ Mixx says he wrote the song in 2008 and sought collaborators to add lyrics when somebody passed the song along to Usher and his colleagues.
"While the defendants, or some of them, attempted to hide their obvious use of the composition in the infringing work by making minor changes, the harmonic progression of the composition and infringing work are identical," DJ Mixx claims.
Other defendants besides Usher and Sony include Richard Butler Jr. pka Rico Love, Andrew Harr pka Dru Brett, Jermaine Jackson pka Mayne Zayne (no relation to the former member of The Jackson Five), Algernod Washington pka Plies, EMI Music Publishing Group North America Holdings Inc.; EMI April Music Inc.; Notting Dale Songs Inc.; Trac-N-Field Entertainment and UR-IV Music Inc.
Dru Brett and Mayne Zayne are collectively known as The Runners, according to the lawsuit.
DJ Mixx is seeking $150,000 in statutory damages, as well as the destruction of the allegedly infringing work.
Miami attorney Michael Trauben of Singh, Singh & Trauben is representing DJ Mixx.