Demi Lovato sued by Sleigh Bells


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)


The Offspring vs. Linkin Park vs. Tears For Fears

Linkin Park New Divide vs. The Offspring

Submitted by Travis.

Given the history of The Offspring on this site Travis and I were both a little surprised to see a band sounding LIKE The Offspring rather than the other way around. Check out the main riff on Linkin Park’s 2009 “New Divide” and The Offspring’s 1997 “Gone Away”. After listening to the both of these I also certainly hear Tears for Fears “Mad World” especially in “New Divide”. Maybe that’s what the guy on the turntable in the band is actually playing :)

Linkin Park - "New Divide" (2009)
The Offspring - "Gone Away" (1997)
Tears for Fears - "Mad World" (1982)

And overall “New Divide” and “Gone Away” have very similar verse instrumentation.

Linkin Park - "New Divide" (2009)
The Offspring - "Gone Away" (1997)


Muse vs. The Offspring

Muse vs. The Offspring (Again)

Belle & Sebastian vs. The Offspring


MIKA’s Lollipop was lifted right from a Jackie Chan film


Thanks to Darren for sending in this great, obscure soundalike.

OK, it’s not really Jackie Chan singing (at least I don’t think it is) but this is the closing credit song to a 1983 Chan film called “Winners & Sinners“. I found a German translated version on YouTube but I think the song is still in Chinese. MIKA‘s “Lollipop” chorus sounds EXACTLY like this melody. Check it out:

MIKA - "Lollipop" (2007)

Winners and Sinners - "End Credit" (1983)

I also noticed the overall derivative nature from the 1958 classic “The Lollipop Song“. Perhaps these are both a nod to this classic. Have a listen:

Ronald and Ruby - "Lollipop" (1958)

Here’s the full movie of  “Winners & Sinners” (translated to German). Start at the end credits around 1h28m59s or just click here.