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Justin Bieber and Skrillex aren’t alone: These 9 songs sound so similar it’s scary


You probably heard that someone was trying to sue Justin Bieber and Skrillex for claiming that they copied another song to make ‘Sorry’.

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That ‘somebody’ is Casey Dienel aka White Hinterland, who claims that Bieber and Skrillex copied her single ‘Ring The Bell’ which was originally released in 2014.

We can definitely hear the similarity and we’d be a bit concerned if we were in White Hinterland’s shoes. Fortunately, Skrillex has now proved via Instagram how he created that portion of the track.

Phew! So that’s sorted. It seems to be all a happy coincidence.

But Justin and Skrillex aren’t the first people to be told off for having strikingly similar songs. Here’s some more pop stars who have been accused of stealing their songs.

1) Sam Smith – ‘Stay With Me’ (2014) & Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – ‘I Won’t Back Down’ (1991): Petty noticed this himself but he wasn’t upset, stating “these things happen”. Being the good guy he is, Sam gave Tom a co-writing credit on ‘Stay With Me’

2) One Direction – ‘Night Changes’ (2014) & The Script – ‘I’m Yours’ (2008): Danny O’Donoghue of The Script was apparently quite upset when he heard ‘Night Changes’ because of how similar the chorus sounded to The Script’s own ‘I’m Yours’ but no formal accusation was made.

3) Katy Perry – ‘California Gurls’ (2010) & Ke$ha – ‘TiK ToK’ (2009): Many of Katy and Kesha’s fan both noticed how similar these two singles sound but as they were both produced by Dr. Luke, it’s kind of inevitable.

4) Lady Gaga – ‘Born This Way’ (2011) & Madonna – ‘Express Yourself’ (1989): One of the bigger claims of copying in recent years, so much so it caused a long-standing feud between the two pop stars, with Madonna calling Gaga “reductive” in one of the shadiest (and most iconic) moments in pop history.

5) Beyoncé – ‘Halo’ (2008) & Kelly Clarkson – ‘Already Gone’ (2009): Here’s where things get a little tricky. So, Kelly claims she started working with producer Ryan Tedder “before he was working with anyone else.” Beyoncé recorded ‘Halo’ after and released it as a single before Kelly released her album, so Kelly pushed for ‘Already Gone’ to be removed from the album but was told it was too late by her label. A feud between Kelly and Ryan soon started and Kelly was further disappointed with her label for releasing ‘Already Gone’ as a single after ‘Halo’ had already been released.

6) One Direction – ‘Best Song Ever’ (2013) & The Who – ‘Baba O’Riley’ (1971): Rumours were swirling that The Who’s Pete Townsend was planning to sue One Direction and fans quickly pounced on him. But Pete said he was a fan of the song and that, “the chords I used and the chords they used are the same three chords we’ve all been using in basic pop music since Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry made it clear that fancy chords don’t mean great music – not always.” Is that a sly read?

7) Robin Thicke – ‘Blurred Lines’ (feat. T.I. & Pharrell) [2013] & Marvin Gaye – ‘Got To Give It Up’ (1977): Who knew a song would cost $7.4m? That’s how much Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams had to pay Marvin Gaye’s estate for apparently copying one of his songs. Phew!

8) Coldplay – ‘Clocks’ (2002) & David Guetta – ‘When Love Takes Over’ (feat. Kelly Rowland) [2009]: There’s definitely some similarities in those piano keys, isn’t there…

9) Beyoncé – ‘Irreplaceable’ (2006) & Chris Brown – ‘With You’ (2007) & Leona Lewis – ‘Angel’ (2007) & Jordin Spark – ‘Tattoo’ (2007) & Rihanna – ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ (2007) & many more…: Oh Stargate, how do you get away with this?

Are there any songs you think sound familiar? Have we missed any? Let us know @maximumpop

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