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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Thieving Coldplay's Pop Shame

You can fool the masses, Chris Martin, but you won't fool D'luv!

Revered rockers Coldplay saw their upcoming fourth album Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends added to iTunes Tuesday for pre-order, with title track "Viva La Vida" tacked on as a freebie.

But! One listen and I couldn't help noticing the striking resemblance "Viva La Vida" has to French pop starlet Alizée's 2003 jam, "I'm Fed Up." 

Witness, children! (NOTE: The original fan vid for "Viva La Vida" got yanked from YouTube, so I replaced it with one of a home DJ remix someone made -- it still contains the basic melody of the original.)

Hmmm. No wonder there's a French flag on the cover of the album. Too bad Chris Martin couldn't come up with lyrics as classy as "Legs up for hours, my goldfish is under me," though...the amateur!

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  • At 2:02 PM, Blogger donasonica said…

    pretty much the same song!
    cool you noticed...poor coldplay! And they're both really bad songs I would say ;-)

  • At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Jesse M said…

    NOT the same song. Similar, but not the same. I don't think we'll see a lawsuit over this one. Coldplay's is the cleaner, more defined and better produced song as well.

  • At 6:23 PM, Anonymous abner said…

    It's definitely a very similar beat. The chord progression is really a common one, but the use of strings etc makes it striking. However, the melodies really are not similar and that's the only thing rock songs differ in. There are only about 5 chord progressions on modern pop radio and this is one of them.

  • At 6:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It is not coincident. The two songs are not just similar. When you play them together, you can hear clear cord. Therefore, it is technically transformed with the knowledge of music theory!

  • At 5:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Coldplay must have copied the song. No question about it.

    I wonder if C bought the rights to the song?
    Otherwise it is EMBARRASING. A lot.

    Note: they can never copy her looks. Man - most beautiful girl in the world.

  • At 11:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Apparently y'all know nothing about music! The only thing that sounds similar in the song is the progression, but this progression is used in thousands of songs. Yes it is an unoriginal progression. But in reality is there such thing as original? NO!!!

  • At 3:28 PM, Blogger onefingerraised said…

    Please. I agree with the last guy...some chord progression, completely different melody. Martin's song sounds much more like the "The Songs I Didn't Write" alleged plagiarism, as well as the Satriani fiasco.

  • At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Joe Satriani is feeling sorry for himself. What a loser.

  • At 4:18 PM, Anonymous Julian said…

    Pretty helpful data, lots of thanks for your post.
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