There are only so many notes musicians can choose from, so we understand that certain singles will sound like others. But some musicians sound a bit too much like others to simply be "sampling" (and many have the copyright infringement lawsuit to prove it).
Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" is one of the summer's most viral smash hits, so it may shock you to learn she quite possibly lifted the melody from a 2006 song called "Happy Mode" by the Korean pop band Koyote. Songwriter Joo Young Hoon has said he is consulting with a specialized lawyer.
They're the Beatles. Why would they need to steal from anyone, right? Right??? Wrong, apparently. Influential rock musician Chuck Berry sued John Lennon in 1973 under the premise that the Beatles' hit "Come Together" borrowed both lines and melodies from Berry's song "You Can't Catch Me."
Well, this is tricky. I mean, it's quite clear that J. Lo's "On the Floor" sounds similar to the song "Lambada" by French pop group Kaoma. But, honestly, the song has been covered so many times (17 or so, by our count), that it's hard to distinguish what got the green light and what didn't. However, "On the Floor" has also been accused of borrowing from Hispanic singer Kat DeLuna's 2010 single "Party O'Clock" and Romanian musician Edward Maya's 2009 club hit "Stereo Love."
"Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" is arguably Rod Stewart's most recognized song, so it's a shame he borrowed a pretty significant part of it from someone musician Jorge Ben's 1976 song "Taj Mahal." Stewart admitted the hook was the same, although he asserted it was simply a matter of "unconscious plagiarism." As part of the suit against Stewart, he agreed to donate a portion of his song's proceeds to UNICEF.
We all know and love Radiohead's classic '90s anthem "Creep," right? Would you be surprised to learn Thom Yorke was taken to court over it? Although Yorke admitted at the time that he was inspired by the Hollies' 1973 song "The Air I Breathe," he didn't outright give them credit for just how inspired he was by their tune. When the Hollies filed suit, Radiohead was ordered to give them co-writing credit.
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