Another artist claims Coldplay borrowed unattributed material for one of its hit songs. Cat Stevens (now Yusuf Islam) says that the band’s "Viva La Vida" is suspiciously similar to his 1973 song "Foreigner Suite." "My son brought it to my attention and said: ‘Doesn’t that sound like ‘Foreigner Suite?’" the singer-songwriter told Reuters by phone from his home in London. "The song definitely sounds like it.…It has such logical chords and the melody has to be what it is." Islam is not alone in claiming credit for a Coldplay tune. The Brooklyn-based band Creaky Boards said last year that "Vida" sounded like their "The Songs I Didn’t Write," while guitarist Joe Satriani is suing Coldplay, claiming that "Vida" lifts portions of his song, "If I Could Fly." Asked if he, too, would take legal action against the British band, Islam replied, "It depends on how well Satriani does."
May 5 2009 01:04 AM ET
Cat Stevens: That Coldplay tune sounds like mine
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