Published May 08, 2009With plagiarism claims flying at Coldplay left, right and centre, drummer Will Champion has gone on the defensive and denied all accusations that the band have ripped anyone off with their hit "Viva La Vida."
In an interview with HamptonRoads.com, Champion said Coldplay "haven't done anything wrong," insisting the band did not jack Yusuf "Cat Stevens" Islam or Joe Stariani, who has filed a lawsuit against the group.
"It's tough when people accuse you of stealing something when you know that you didn't," Champion says. "So, we accept that it's part of the territory and know it is only for some reason, God only knows why, the successful songs that seem to be the ones that are accused of being stolen. So, you go figure it out." (The Satch filed his lawsuit one day after "Viva La Vida" was nominated for the "Song of the Year" Grammy Award.)
Champion went on to say the whole thing is very subjective, telling the interviewer that some kind of musical similarities between artists and songs are inevitable. "There are only eight notes in an octave and no one owns them. And there are probably about 12,000 songs that feature the exact same chord progression," he says. "I think it lies on an intent to steal, which we certainly have never done and never would."