Another claim against a Coldplay track

June 2009

Music Publishing

Following on in the heels of Joe Satriani, Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) is accusing Coldplay of plagiarism claiming that the lead track off the band’s most recent album, ‘Viva La Vida’, borrowed notes from his epic ‘Foreigner Suite’ for the newer song. He told that his son had drawn his attention to the similarities between the two songs, and admitted that he might taking legal action in relation to his copyright claim, but said he would wait to see how the Satriani action went first and said to the Sun (yes indeed)  “There’s been this argument about Coldplay stealing this melody from Joe Satriani,” adding “But, if you listen to it, it’s mine! It’s the Foreigner Suite. It is!”.  A spokesman for Coldplay maintains that ‘Viva La Vida’ was written solely by the band and indeed Will Champion, Coldplay’s drummer said “It’s tough when people accuse you of stealing something when you know that you didn’t … we’re confident we haven’t done anything wrong” adding “For some reason, God only knows why, the successful songs that seem to be the ones that are accused of being stolen …. so you go figure it out.” Despite these comments, Champion also seemed to accept the similarities between Coldplay’s song and the others saying “There are elements of our music that I’ve heard in other people’s music ….”but it’s kind of … I don’t know. It’s interesting, but a very difficult thing to define” making the case that “There are only eight notes in an octave and no one owns them. And there are probably about 12,000 songs that feature the exact same chord progression. I think it lies on an intent to steal, which we certainly have never done and never would. So it’s unfortunate but it’s the way people are. That’s that.”

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