Published Jun 06, 2011Well, isn't this familiar. In recent years, Coldplay have repeatedly been accused of plagiarism, with previous accusers including Cat Stevens, Joe Satriani, Andy J. Gallagher, Creaky Boards and Sammie Lee Smith. Now, the sensitive British rockers are being accused of ripping off their latest single, "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall."
As we pointed out when we first posted the track, the new single samples Peter Allen's "I Go to Rio." That riff was subsequently used in "Ritmo de la Noche," a dance track performed by Chocolate and later Mystic. This led to online commentators accusing Coldplay of stealing the song.
Luckily for Chris Martin and co., they have the law on their side. "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" actually uses an approved sample, and Peter Allen and Adrienne Anderson are credited as co-writers. A spokesman for Coldplay explained [via the Guardian], "Chris was inspired to write the song after watching the film Biutiful by Alejandro González Iñárritu. In the film, there is a nightclub scene in which a track ['Ritmo de la Noche'] is playing in the background, based on 'I Go to Rio.'"
Listen to all three songs in question -- "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," "I Go to Rio" and "Ritmo de la Noche" -- in the embedded videos below.
Meanwhile, Coldplay continue to work on their new album, so don't be surprised if the future holds even more plagiarism claims for the Brits.