Lady Antebellum vs. The Alan Parsons Project

February 16th, 2011 by

Thanks to “sodapop” for submitting a comment about this one.

Lady Antebellum took home Song of The Year at the 2011 Grammy Awards for their song “Need You Now”.  In 1982 British progressive rock band The Alan Parsons Project released “Eye in the Sky” which shares a resemblance to the “Need You Know” melody. Have a listen!

Lady Antebellum -  “Need You Now” (2009)
The Alan Parsons Project – “Eye in the Sky” (1982)
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13 Responses to “Lady Antebellum vs. The Alan Parsons Project”

  1. avatar Polarbear says:

    of coarse ! i knew i heard it before !

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  2. avatar Kate says:

    This was bugging me for MONTHS!! When I first heard Need You Now, I thought it was a remake of another song!

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  3. avatar dxman says:

    “Eye in the Sky” sounds way more like “Living in the City” from the video game Sonic R than “Need You Now.”

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  4. avatar dwaine says:

    they do have the same beat i would have not realize that tell you brought it to my attention

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  5. avatar Keith says:

    I am a member of the Recording Academy (60′s recording artist, writer) I went to the Grammy’s and Lady Antebellum won song of the year, I was shocked, not just because of better songs, but the melody was not original. I couldn’t remember the song (big hit Eye in the Sky), but I was sure they must have taken an old song and changed the words. Well all I had to do was Google and a lot of others thought the same. They took credit for writhing the tune! Not since George Harrison ripped off “He’s So Fine” and changed it to “My Sweet Lord” have I heard one so close; (Harrison lost in court on that one). Most song writers have enough pride, that they do not purposely steal, but do so unwittingly and have it in their subconscious in my opinion.

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    Keith Reply:

    Hi Keith, Thanks for your input on this. If you have anything else to share in your professional experience, definitely drop me a line!

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    Keith Reply:

    My thrill at the Grammys was congratulting Neil Young on his first solo Grammy, and conversations with Scott Bennett of Brian Wilson’s recent CD’s. THANK YOU FOR THIS GREAT WEBSITE!

    I am in Rockabilly Hall of fame inductee 200 as Keith O’Conner and as Torkays. See rockabillyhall.con
    Recorded for Stacy Records. Also for King as one of few whites as Keith Murphy and the Daze. Also Polydor in UK. Latest song Tiddlywink on German group Black Raven CD and Vinyl Rock in Threes. My song on new comp album out of UK Electric Coffee House. Also see my later bio on 60sgaragebands.com

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  6. avatar Pino says:

    It’s “too late to apologize” for cribbing from OneRepublic. “I can only imagine” what MercyMe’s lawyers might do.

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  7. avatar Sarah says:

    Please help! The Lady A song Things People Say sounds like an 80s song as well. Just the beginning part. Its been bugging me!

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    Keith Reply:

    Hi Sarah, I just took a listen. I’m not sure what it might be. Maybe somebody else here could help!

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  8. avatar Shurik says:

    Give me a break, people. Of course it’s a ripoff.
    You think that if someone wants to rip off a song they would do it in the same key and tempo? Different octave, tempo and key doesn’t mean the song is original if the melody is the same.

    The idiot who said that there are only 12 notes in Western music should study a little math, namely the formula for permutations.
    For 12 notes, the formula would be: 12! = 1x2x3x4x5x6x7x8x9x10x11x12 = 479,001,600
    That’s over 479 million people. And I’m only considering combinations of notes. You also have to consider the length of notes (whole, half, quarters, etc.), the time signature and other factors. The odds of someone independently coming up with the same melody, a combination of the same musical phrase, are astronomical.

    By the way, Lady Gaga ripped off “You and I” from “What’s up” by 4 Non Blondes and Coldplay (“Yes”) ripped off Joe Satriani (“If I could fly”). If I were Alan Parsons, I’d be pissed.

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  9. avatar Michael says:

    I am a songwriter who’s had songs on the radio and I’m telling you that record companies ENCOURAGE their artists to write and record songs close to something that’s been a hit already and artists want to be ON the radio so bad that they’ll do it! It’s all about MONEY, especially in Pop, Contemporary Christain and Country. Every songwriter and artist wants a hit on the radio and they don’t care how they get it. It’s all a bunch of crap which is why I don’t listen to the radio anymore. Labels and publishers tell their writers and artists to “write a song like this”. There’s a saying in the record business: If you hear a good song, write it’. Enough said.

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    Keith Reply:

    Hi Michael,
    Thanks for the perspective. It’s a tough place to be as an artist and sometimes it might seem like the only way to “make it” is to give in. I would think some artists can at least use that initial “sellout” hit to jumpstart their career. It’d be nice to make a living doing something you love but when you compromise yourself, eh, that’s a different story.

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