September 16th, 2014 by Keith
In an unusual twist to an already unusual situation Robin Thicke apparently lied about writing "Blurred Lines" (2013) for which he was previously called out on for its similarity to Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give it Up" (1977). And in turn sued the Gaye camp for those claims to protect himself. So did he even write the track? Well he certainly wanted credit for it. Here are some quotes I grabbed from this article on Mashable
"I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio," he said. "So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I — I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I — because I didn't want him — I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song."
Here are the two tracks in full:
Marvin Gaye - "Got to Give it Up" (1977)
Robin Thicke - "Blurred Lines" (2013)
For the original post about this check out Robin Thicke Sues Marvin Gaye
For more Pharrell Williams on this site check out:
Diet Coke vs. Pharrell Williams
Ed Sheeran "Sing" (co-written by Pharrell) vs. Yacht vs. The Rolling Stones
September 10th, 2014 by Keith
OK, OK.. this isn't for the music. I'm breaking my rules on the site for the first time. But just wanted to share this video lookalike. Apple's new "Perspective" ad is a great play on an awesome visual perspective technique. It appears that it's all one continuous take as well. But wait, didn't OK GO just make something just like this?? I'm guessing the folks planning the Apple ad were pissed when OK GO's music video came out. They were probably in the middle of shooting or planning theirs. Maybe they even delayed the release of it because of OK GO.
Apple - "Perspective"
Published on Sep 9, 2014
OK GO "The Writing's On the Wall"
Published on Jun 17, 2014
I recently wrote up OK GO on the site for this song which sounds A LOT like New Order's "Tempation".
"OK Go vs. New Order (And Damian Kulash is in that "First Kiss" video)"
Lawrence (check out his music)
sent a Business Week this link to me regarding this. It looks like OK GO actually pitched their concept to Apple who then turned them down. Wow.
Apple's ways of seeing things isn't different enough, says Andy Gershon, manager of the band OK Go.
It's entirely plausible that someone would be inspired to make a similar video. But that's not what happened, Gershon says. He says the band met with Apple in April to pitch that visual concept as a potential video collaboration. Apple declined, so the band made its own video. Apple then hired 1stAveMachine, the production company behind OK Go's video, to make a video for its iPhone launch event; it also used the same director. Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment. "The videos speak for themselves and you can draw your own conclusions," says Gershon.
Gershon says OK Go is exploring its legal options, but it may not have many. Taking someone's idea and adapting it for your own purposes in this manner is generally not a violation of copyright law, says Mark Lemley, a professor at Stanford Law School. There is some precedent in state courts for so-called idea submission cases, where someone who has pitched an idea in private has sought relief when that idea is used without their involvement. But Lemley says it's not clear whether OK Go would prevail in this instance, especially in the absence of a non-disclosure agreement between the two sides. "You could imagine circumstances where there's a legal claim here, although I think it's unlikely to succeed," he says. "That said, from a PR perspective, I'd say it wasn't a smart move by Apple."
- "OK Go: Apple Ripped Off Our Video", BusinessWeek.com
September 9th, 2014 by Keith
It has come to my attention from various sources that there is a saxophone
epidemic on our hands. I think the interesting thing about it is that the saxophone has always played an odd role in pop music. You have your Kenny G., the late Clarence Clemons (of Bruce Springstein's outfit), INXS's Kirk Pengilly and a slew of other sunglass-wearing guys swaying in the background waiting for their time in the spotlight. I never really thought the saxophone was consider cool in rock and hip-hop but somehow it creeps in there from time to time. Is it making a comeback?
So I can't decipher if today's artists are using this instrument ironically in their music or not (I'm guessing a yes for Macklemore).
Let's have a listen to some saxophone soundalikes:
(note: one of the producers on "Problem" is Max Martin. He has made numerous appearances on this site
[mini_player audio="/music/ariana_grande-problem.mp3" artist="Ariana Grande" track="Problem" year="2014"]
[mini_player audio="/music/macklemore-thrift-shop.mp3" artist="Macklemore" track="Thrift Shop" year="2012"]
Some similarities here as well:
[mini_player audio="/music/jason_derulo-talk-dirty-to-me.mp3" artist="Jason Derulo " track="Talk Dirty" year="2013"]
In a previous post I compared Macklemore vs. Le1f
[mini_player audio="/music/le1f-wut.mp3" artist="Le1f" track="Wut" year="April 2012"]
[mini_player audio="/music/macklemore-thrift-shop.mp3" artist="Macklemore" track="Thrift Shop" year="August 2012"]
I thought it was fitting to bring The Beastie Boys into the mix. Their song "Brass Monkey" features a sample from Wild Sugar. I included them both here:
[mini_player audio="/music/wild_sugar-bring-it-here.mp3" artist="Wild Sugar" track="Bring it Here" year="1981"]
[mini_player audio="/music/beastie_boys-brass-monkey.mp3" artist="Beastie Boys" track="Brass Monkey" year="1986"]
And finally in I thought there was a hint of the melody and rhythm of C&C Music Factory's famous track in Grande's riff.
[mini_player audio="/music/cnc_music_factory-everybody-dance-now.mp3" artist="C N C Music Factory" track="Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" year="1990"]
[mini_player audio="/music/ariana_grande-problem2.mp3" artist="Ariana Grande" track="Problem" year="2014"]
Attention! If you want to listen to 10 hours of THE MOST EPIC SAX OF ALL
then hop over to
Also worth checking out:
"The 25 most awesome saxophone songs of all time" at DeathAndTaxes
September 8th, 2014 by Keith
Thanks to Eleanor for submitting this one
After some quick googling it looks like this one was in and out of court. I'm sure The Black Eyed Peas
' team of lawyers outnumbered Pringle's 100 to 1 on this. I had a hard time finding any info about Pringle so if anyone has anything please post in the comments.
Bryan Pringle in 2010 sued the Black Eyed Peas and several co-defendants, including record labels EMI April Music Inc. and Interscope Records; French DJ David Guetta, who co-produced several Black Eyed Peas songs; and several music publishing companies.
Pringle contended that the hip-hop group had ripped off “Take a Dive,” which was copyrighted in 1998, particularly a “guitar twang” melody, or “hook,” that he added in a dance version of the song he composed in 1999. However, Pringle could not obtain copyright registration for the dance version because it was deemed to not be substantially different from the original, according to his complaint.
- read more at law360.com
[mini_player audio="/music/the_black_eyed_peas-i-gotta-feeling.mp3" artist="The Black Eyed Peas" track="I Gotta Feeling" year="2009"]
[mini_player audio="/music/bryan-pringle-take-a-dive.mp3" artist="Bryan Pringle" track="Take a Dive" year="1998"]
I also found this more recent info. I'm not sure how these legal fees work but all I can seriously think is WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IS THIS WHAT PEOPLE ARE SPENDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON??!
LOS ANGELES (CN) - A federal judge awarded Black Eyed Peas songwriter will.i.am $1 million in costs and attorney's fees for defending against a claim that the band infringed copyright in the 2009 hit, "I Gotta Feeling."
The judge awarded another $1.3 million in attorney's fees to the band's producer, and $50,000 to the record label.
- Read More HERE
August 28th, 2014 by Keith
Eleanor just submitted 5 Seconds of Summer
and this Plain White T's
track which followed a note by Mark that pointed out "Thorn Tree in the Garden" by Derek and the Dominos
(which featured Eric Clapton and the original "Layla" recording). I think the Dominos
track is a bit of a stretch so I edited two phrases in the verse together to emphasize the melody. It seems that if you're writing a sad acoustic ballad this is a good go-to melody.
[mini_player audio="/music/5_seconds_of_summer-amnesia.mp3" artist="5 Seconds of Summer" track="Amnesia" year="2014"]
[mini_player audio="/music/plain_white_ts-hey-there-delilah.mp3" artist=" Plain White T's " track="Hey There Delilah" year="2005"]
[mini_player audio="/music/derek_and_the_dominos-thorn-tree-in-the-garden2.mp3" artist="Derek and the Dominos" track="Thorn Tree in the Garden" year="1972"]
August 26th, 2014 by Keith
Thanks to William for this one
There is a Dutch singer-songwriter duo called Nick & Simon
and they wrote a song called Julia
. Then they made 154 versions of the song. I don't have time to listen to any more than the one that William sent my way but it sounds just like Green Day
's "When I Come Around". Do the other 153 versions sound like other songs as well??
[mini_player audio="/music/nick_and_simon-julia.mp3" artist="Nick & Simon" track="Julia" year="2013"]
[mini_player audio="/music/green_day-when-i-come-around-_verse.mp3" artist="Green Day" track="When I Come Around" year="1994"]
"Nick & Simon released many different versions of the song, each with another female given name as title. Eight versions were released on CD, but on iTunes 154 versions were released (see different versions). Nick & Simon established a record in the Guinness Book of Records with this song, because they released 155 singles on one day. This has never been done before.
The single debuted at the peak position in both the Dutch Top 40 and the Mega Single Top 100.The song became the first number-one single for Nick & Simon in the Dutch Top 40 and the first number-one debut in that chart since Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" in 2011. "Julia" was the tenth number-one single for the duo in the Mega Single Top 100." - Wikipedia
Check out some other Green Day posts on this site:
Green Day vs. Night Ranger
Green Day vs. ELO vs. Scott McKenzie
Green Day vs. Blink-182