There’s a fine line between sampling a song and straight ripping off someone else’s artistic integrity. Imitation is recognized as the highest form of flattery – but at what point does it go too far?
Most recently, Madonna finally spoke out about her insane influence of Lady Gaga, with focus on ‘Born This Way‘ and it’s similarity with Madge’s 1989 hit ‘Express Yourself’. And in the spirit of that buzz – we’re delighted to bring you a little sampling, thirteen songs that famously ripped off others (and were pretty successful in their own right). Some of which dealt with court settlements and others were able to slip through the legal cracks. For those arguing that the likes of Hammer and Vanilla Ice had the right to sample – both were busted by the predecessors for their use. Ice even argued in an episode of VH1′s ‘Behind the Music’ that it was completely original and the sampling accusations were bogus.
Tell us what you think! Below are thirteen examples, first being the song that ripped off the following song:
Jennifer Lopez “On The Floor (Ft. Pitbull)” VS. Los Kjarkas “Lloranda se fue”
Songs are constantly forming in his head, and he was taught from a young age a very interesting way of dealing with it.
“Ever since high school I was taught to pay attention to the little noises and musical daydreams in my head, and to learn how to catalogue them mentally in musical terms so that I wouldn’t forget them,” the 54-year-old told andPOP. “You follow the creative musician in your head so you don’t have to depend on your fingers.”
Satriani does this by assigning each note in, for example, the classic “do re mi fa so la te do” scheme with a number from one to eight. He memorizes the specific number scheme, and then later relates each back to its respective note to retrieve his melody.
“If you’re sitting in a cafe and all you have is a napkin and your girlfriend’s eyeliner, it’s going to be tough to write that down,” Satriani said with a laugh.
Aside from being an amazing musician, Satriani recently tapped into another creative facet when he joined the team behind his latest DVD, Live in Paris: I Just Wanna Rock, which was released on Feb. 2 (a two-disc live CD was also released). Acting as producer of the DVD, he had a major role in its production.
Coldplay’s music is about as unconfrontational as a banana. And yet somehow, their entire career has been plagued with criticism and controversy from the music world and beyond.
Aside form vicious accusations of being “soft-rock” and the next U2 (which, I have to point out, aren’t exactly negative qualities when you are raking in millions of dollars and married to Gwenyth Paltrow), Coldplay were accused last year of ripping off said soft-rock from Deep Purple, no less.
The lawsuit was filed in December by none other than guitar god Joe Satriani, who claimed Coldplay padded their massive hit “Viva la Vida” with large parts of his song “If I Could Fly.”