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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Coldplay Accused of Stealing Song. AGAIN!

From E! Online.com
By Erik Pedersen


Original Posting June 17, 2008

Did Chris Martin & Co. swipe the melody for "Viva la Vida," the group's new song on those iTunes commercials?

The Brooklyn band Creaky Boards seems to think they did. And the tune in question?

It's called, "The Songs I Didn't Write."

Oh, the irony...

Creaky Boards singer Andrew Hoepfner posted a YouTube video that combines both "Viva la Vida" and "The Songs I Didn't Write" with text in which he claims he and his band thought they saw Martin in the audience when the Creaky Boards played the CMJ festival in October 2007.

"We were flattered when we thought we spotted Chris Martin in the crowd that night. He seemed pretty into it!...Maybe TOO into it," writes Hoepfner.

A rep for Coldplay denied the accusations, telling the Guardian that Coldplay cut a demo for "Viva la Vida" in March 2007 and that Martin couldn't possibly have been at the CMJ show because he was in London recording.

Hoepfner has not yet responded to an email request for comment.

Somehow we think we'll hear more about this, but give it a listen and decide for yourself.

UPDATE: From FOX NEWS Saturday December 6, 2008
Did Coldplay Steal Their Big Hit from Joe Satriani?

Joe Satriani, the famed and respected guitarist, has filed suit again Chris Martin and Coldplay.

The issue: that their soaring, magnificent song, “Viva La Vida,” also the title track from their Grammy-nominated albumof the same name, is plagiarized.

Satriani says a major portion of the song comes from his 2004 instrumental, “If I Could Fly.” The song is on his 10th album, “Is There Love in Space?” Listen to it and decide for yourself. And a You Tuber has already done the comparison work if you’re interested. Yikes!

Frankly, the similarity is shocking. It’s not going to take a musicologist very long to testify on this one. Not only are the two strikingly similar, the melody, the chord structure is surprisingly reminiscent of “Viva La Vida.” Listening to it, you can only wonder why it wasn’t a hit in the first place. That, of course, is another story altogether!

The Coldplay record is credited to all four members of the group. So the question will be, which one of them heard “If I Could Fly” and transposed it over to the group, either by accident or intentionally.

In the meantime, this should pose a dilemma for the Grammy Awards. One listen to that link above by the committee that bestowed nominations on Coldplay and they’re going to be in a bind. Of course, the obvious answer is to let the courts decide the outcome. But right now the Grammys are set up almost as a coronation for Coldplay come February 8th. It’s not good.

YOU LISTEN AND DECIDE if Coldplay Stole From Joe Satriani.

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