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TRACY CHAP­MAN (right)has sued rap­per NICKI MI­NAJ, who may now have to say more than “Sorry” for al­legedly copy­ing the US folk singer’s lyrics and a melody with­out her per­mis­sion.

Mi­naj’s al­bum “Queen” was ul­ti­mately re­leased in Au­gust with­out the song “Sorry,” which Chap­man claims was par­tially lifted from her own 1988 hit “Baby Can I Hold You.” Chap­man said in a law­suit filed re­cently that Mi­naj and her agents made “mul­ti­ple re­quests” start­ing in June 2018 to li­cense the song — af­ter “Sorry” had al­ready been recorded.

Even though Chap­man “re­peat­edly” re­jected those re­quests, Mi­naj — real name Onika Tanya Maraj — then pro­vided a copy of “Sorry” to a pop­u­lar New York DJ on ra­dio sta­tion HOT 97, the suit al­leges.

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