GEORGE Ezra has been forced to compensate royalties from his smash-hit Shotgun after a little-known thespian indicted him of duplicating a tune.
Derek Ryan gets seven-and-a-half per cent of a income from a balance — final year’s third best-selling song.
The allotment came after Irish thespian Derek, 35, pronounced a strain was identical to his 2014 balance Flowers In Your Hair.
Millionaire George, 25, insisted he had never listened of Derek’s strain before penning Shotgun in a Barcelona apartment.
But his lawyers concluded to compensate Derek royalties in a tip deal.
A source said: “Shotgun put George behind on a map, going 3 times Platinum in a UK and flattering most earning him his Best Male Brit.
“Label bosses concurred a territory of Shotgun has a likeness to a carol tune of ‘Flowers’.”
Country thespian Derek expelled his tenth record final year.
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