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Led Zeppelin Getting Sued Over “Stairway to Heaven”

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Bloomberg BusinessWeek recently published an article that indicates the wheels are in motion for Led Zeppelin to have a day in court for their most famous tune. Zeppelin has been all over ThatSongSoundsLike.com from the beginning. In all of this talk about Stairway and Tauraus everyone seems to overlook Dolly Parton’s “We Used To”. Here’s an excerpt from the Bloomberg article. Music and more links below.

[Randy] California [of the band Spirit] doesn’t seem to have griped about Stairway‘s genesis, at least publicly, for decades. Finally, citing the gigs they played together, California told journalist Jeff McLaughlin in the winter 1997 issue of Listener magazine that Led Zeppelin had filched his song. “I’d say it was a ripoff,” California said. “And the guys made millions of bucks on it and never said ‘Thank you,’ never said, ‘Can we pay you some money for it?’ It’s kind of a sore point with me. Maybe someday their conscience will make them do something about it.” On Jan. 2, 1997, California drowned while rescuing his 12-year-old son from a rip current in Hawaii.

Now the late California’s allegation may get its day in court. Andes and the trust that handles California’s royalties say they’re teaming up to seek credit for Stairway. They’re working with Francis Alexander Malofiy, a Philadelphia lawyer whose cases include a pending suit against the singer Usher over the writing credit for the song Bad Girl, which Usher is fighting [EDITOR'S NOTE: I'll have to check this one out]. Starting in June, Led Zeppelin is preparing to cash in anew on Stairway and other hits by releasing all its albums in deluxe, remastered vinyl and CD editions. Malofiy says he is going to file a copyright infringement lawsuit and seek an injunction to block the rerelease of the album containing the song.

The idea behind this is to make sure that Randy California is given a writing credit on Stairway to Heaven,” says Malofiy, 36, who says he grew up with posters of Led Zeppelin on his bedroom wall. “It’s been a long time coming.”

-source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Spirit - "Taurus" (1968)
Led Zeppelin - "Stairway to Heaven" (1971)
Dolly Parton - "We Used To" (1975)

Ben wrote a great post that covers A LOT of Led Zeppelin soundalikes.
Led Zeppelin vs. The World

Led Zeppelin vs. Chicago vs. Green Day vs. The White Stripes

Coheed and Cambria vs. Led Zeppelin

Devo vs. Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin vs. Rage Against the Machine

And just for fun, here’s that great scene from Wayne’s World.

UPDATE: Beastie Boys vs. GoldieBlox

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

A few months ago I posted about a controversial advertisement created by girl-tech startup company GoldieBlox. They posted a really great ad on YouTube which was unfortunately comprised of a parodied version of The Beastie Boys’ classic “Girls”. After all of the controversy it looks like GoldieBlox has swapped the music in a revised version of the ad.  Unfortunately I don’t have the original ad to share so if you haven’t seen it just play “Girls” over it but replace the lyrics with lyrics like the below.

Beastie Boys threaten to sue toy company GoldieBlox for copyright infringmenent

You can read more about the legal wrangling on BusinessWeek.com

My favorite quite from this article:

“We’re not going to argue the merits of the cases here. It’s complicated when, on one side, there are the beloved Beastie Boys, including the estate of Adam “MCA” Yauch, who died last year of cancer and whose will prohibits use of his music in advertising.  “

Regardless of fair and whatever the song was being used to advertise I believe there are some basic creative principles that were being ignored by GoldieBlox. They could have asked for permission. But I guess the saying goes “Better to ask forgiveness than seek permission…” (??)

 

Dr. Luke vs. The World

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Dr. Luke vs. The World

Lukasz Gottwald (aka Dr. Luke) is making headlines this week as Ke$ha checks in to rehab for an eating disorder. Word is he has a history of verbal abuse. I’ll leave that news to the experts at People Magazine. A Ke$ha fan has even created an online petition called “Let Ke$ha have creative freedom“.

So let me take this opportunity to present a compilation of Dr. Luke produced tracks over the years and the songs that they sound like. Enjoy!

 


Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) has been racking up the hits in the last few years for artists like Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Ke$ha. He’s also been at the center of numerous copyright infringement cases. And of course made many appearances on ThatSongSoundsLike. I thought it might be interesting if I compiled a bunch together in one post. Enjoy!

One Direction vs. Queen

One Direction - "Rock Me - produced by Dr. Luke" (2012)

Queen - "We Will Rock You" (1977)

Avril Lavigne vs. Peaches

Original Post

Avril Lavigne - "I Don't Have to Try - produced by Dr. Luke" (2007)

Peaches - "I'm the Kinda" (2003)

Daughtry vs. The Asphalt

Original Post

Daughtry - "Feels Like Tonight - produced by Dr. Luke" (2006)

The Asphalt - "Tonight" (2005)

Chrissy vs. Ke$ha

Original Post Here

Chrissy - "My Slushy" (2006)

Ke$ha - "Tik Tok - produced by Dr. Luke" (2009)

Kesha vs. Flo Rida vs. Taio Cruz

Original Post Here

Taio Cruz - "Dynamite - produced by Dr. Luke" (2010)

Flo Rida - "Good Feeling - produced by Dr. Luke" (2011)

Ke$ha - "Die Young - produced by Dr. Luke" (2012)

Pink vs. The Veronicas

The Veronicas - "4ever - produced by Dr. Luke" (2005)

Pink - "U + Ur Hand - produced by Dr. Luke" (2006)

Avril Lavigne vs. The Rubinoos

Orginal Post Here

Avril Lavigne - "Girlfriend - produced by Dr. Luke" (2007)

The Rubinoos - "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" (1979)

Britney Spears vs. Jermaine Jacksin

Original Post Here

Britney Spears - "Hold it Against Me - produced by Dr. Luke" (2011)

Jermaine Jackson - "When the Rain Begins to Fall" (1984)

Katy Perry vs. t.A.T.u.

Orginal Post Here

Katy Perry - "E.T. - produced by Dr. Luke" (2011)

t.A.T.u. - "All The Things She Said" (2000)

Justice vs. Ke$ha vs. Miley Cyrus

Original Post Here

Justice - "The Party" (2009)

Ke$ha - "Tik Tok - produced by Dr. Luke" (2009)

Miley Cyrus - "Permanent December" (2010)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs vs. Kelly Clarkson

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Maps" (2/2004)

Kelly Clarkson - produced by Dr. Luke - "Since U Been Gone" (12/2004)

Have a nice day!

Polish station has own take on “CatrianiPlay”

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Check this out: a Polish radio station called RMF has a series called ‘Gdzies to juz slyszalem’, which translates to ‘Somewhere I Heard That Before’. For their 9th installment, they’ve focused on the same oft-repeated melodic figure as heard on Keith’s ever-expanding CatrianiPlay post/video. Sure they’ve got an enthusiastic host, a bunch of view screens and some nice clips, but you have to wonder where they got the idea.

Here’s their video:

Here’s ThatSongSoundsLike’s

RMF video found at JoeMonster.org

Ke$ha vs. The Residents

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Kesha vs. The Residents

Seems like Ke$ha’s live show is borrowing from The Residents.

In the world of pop plagiarism controversies, all eyes are on Ke$ha. A brouhaha has erupted over her current tour, which has a costume design element that looks to have been freely borrowed from a historic rock band’s signature visuals….

Ke$ha “won’t have a comment on this,” one of her reps told us. But the Residents definitely have some thoughts. They don’t do interviews — in fact, they’re such fans of anonymity that they won’t even allow their faces to be seen, which helps explain the eyeball costumes. But they did allow someone to speak for them.
More on Yahoo Music

 

Listen to some Ke$ha soundalikes on this site.

 

 

Newsflash: Study shows all pop music sounds the same

Friday, July 27th, 2012

This article just came across my news feed (sans the Bieber photo). But I am imagining this is how Biebs would react.

Justin Bieber on ThatSongSoundsLike.com

I would like to see the study they mention. But for now you can just hear these examples and more on this site.

Update: here is a link to the study:
http://www.nature.com/srep/2012/120726/srep00521/full/srep00521.html

Source:
http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/07/26/us-science-music-idINBRE86P0R820120726

(Reuters) – Comforting news for anyone over the age of 35, scientists have worked out that modern pop music really is louder and does all sound the same.

Researchers in Spain used a huge archive known as the Million Song Dataset, which breaks down audio and lyrical content into data that can be crunched, to study pop songs from 1955 to 2010.

A team led by artificial intelligence specialist Joan Serra at the Spanish National Research Council ran music from the last 50 years through some complex algorithms and found that pop songs have become intrinsically louder and more bland in terms of the chords, melodies and types of sound used.

“We found evidence of a progressive homogenization of the musical discourse,” Serra told Reuters. “In particular, we obtained numerical indicators that the diversity of transitions between note combinations – roughly speaking chords plus melodies – has consistently diminished in the last 50 years.”

They also found the so-called timbre palette has become poorer. The same note played at the same volume on, say, a piano and a guitar is said to have a different timbre, so the researchers found modern pop has a more limited variety of sounds.

Intrinsic loudness is the volume baked into a song when it is recorded, which can make it sound louder than others even at the same volume setting on an amplifier.

The music industry has long been accused of ramping up the volume at which songs are recorded in a ‘loudness war’ but Serra says this is the first time it has been properly measured using a large database.

The study, which appears in the journal Scientific Reports, offers a handy recipe for musicians in a creative drought.

Old tunes re-recorded with increased loudness, simpler chord progressions and different instruments could sound new and fashionable. The Rolling Stones in their 50th anniversary year should take note.

(Reporting by Chris Wickham)