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Keith Hopkin started ThatSongSoundsLike in 2007 because he wanted to have a place where people can discover the similarities that weave through pop music . Keith was a founding member (drums) of the band Asobi Seksu. More recently he played drums in a Weezer tribute band called The Blue Album Group.
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Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Sued by Funk Band Collage Over ‘Uptown Funk’

Bruno Mars on ThatsSongSoundsLike.com

“Uptown Funk” collaborators Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars are being sued for alleged copyright infringement, according to TMZ. Collage, a funk band that released music in the early 1980s, filed the complaint.

The group claims “Uptown Funk” and its own 1983 song “Young Girls” are “almost indistinguishable” and states that Ronson and Mars have previously mentioned being influenced by early ‘80s Minneapolis electro-funk and soul music.

The complaint, obtained by Pitchfork, specifies the following: “Upon information and belief, many of the main instrumental attributes and themes of ‘Uptown Funk’ are deliberately and clearly copied from ‘Young Girls,’ including, but not limited to, the distinct funky specifically noted and timed consistent guitar riffs present throughout the compositions, virtually if not identical bass notes and sequence, rhythm, structure, crescendo of horns and synthesizers rendering the compositions almost indistinguishable if played over each other and strikingly similar if played in consecutively.”

Billboard has reached out to RCA, the record label that released “Uptown Funk,” for comment.

source: Billboard.com

Collage – “Young Girls” (1983)

 

Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars (2014)

 

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Demi Lovato sued by Sleigh Bells

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A few weeks ago Demi Lovato was sued by Sleigh Bells. Sleigh Bells is pointing out the similarity of Lovato’s 2015 track “Stars” and their 2010 track “Infinity Guitars”.

“A comparison of the two songs reveals that, at the very least, the combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as 3 quarter beats and a rest, with the bass drum providing a counter-rhythm to the hand claps, is at least substantially similar in both works,” stated the complaint.

The complaint, which was obtained by The Times, alleges that the similarities between the two tracks “transcend the realm of coincidence.”

“The signal decay and other sonic signatures in each of the songs are comprised of and contain virtually identical content, and analyses of the two songs reveal that they are, at least in part, substantially similar, virtually identical, or identical.”

source: LA Times

Have a listen!

Demi Lovato - "Stars" (2015)
Sleigh Bells - "Infinity Guitars" (2010)

 

Ed Sheeran being sued for “Thinking Out Loud”

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It seems that Ed Sheeran is getting sued again. This time the heirs of Ed Townsend, who co-wrote the lyrics to “Let’s Get It On” in 1973 and created its musical composition are suing Ed Sheeran for the similarity of Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” and Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” (2014). Have a listen!

Ed Sheeran - "Thinking Out Loud" (2014)

Marvin Gaye - "Let's Get it On" (1973)

Heirs of the composer for Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” are suing British musician Ed Sheeran, claiming his hit song “Thinking Out Loud” copies core elements of the late soul singer’s 1973 track.

The copyright infringement lawsuit was filed on Tuesday by the heirs of Ed Townsend, who co-wrote the lyrics to “Let’s Get It On” in 1973 and created its musical composition, according to the complaint filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York.

Representatives for defendants Sheeran, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and Atlantic Records did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The lawsuit, which asks for damages to be assessed at a jury trial, argues that the harmonic progressions, melodic and rhythmic elements central to “Let’s Get It On” formed the structure of Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.”

“The Defendants copied the ‘heart’ of ‘Let’s’ and repeated it continuously throughout ‘Thinking,'” the lawsuit said.

“The melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic compositions of ‘Thinking’ are substantially and/or strikingly similar to the drum composition of ‘Let’s.'”

Grammy Award-winning Sheeran has become one of Britain’s top-selling artists in the past two years, and has written and co-written tracks for artists such as One Direction, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber.

The lawsuit came two months after California-based musicians sued Sheeran for $US20 million over his hit song “Photograph” in an unrelated case.

Gaye’s family last year successfully sued R&B recording artists Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for copyright infringement in another unrelated case over their hit single “Blurred Lines,” winning a $US7.4 million judgment.

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Have a listen!

Marvin Gaye – “Let’s Get It On” (1973)

Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” (2014)

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