"Coldplay denies plagiarism allegations
December 10, 2008 - 8:19AM
British band Coldplay has denied allegations it plagiarised a song from an American rock guitarist on its latest chart-topping album.
Guitarist Joe Satriani has sued members of Coldplay, claiming the band's smash hit Viva la Vida copied parts of one of his songs.
But in a statement on Coldplay's website on Tuesday, the band said any similarities between its music and the American guitarist was "entirely coincidental".
"If there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him," the band said.
"Joe Satriani is a great musician, but he did not write or have any influence on the song Viva la Vida. We respectfully ask him to accept our assurances of this and wish him well with all future endeavours."
Satriani, known for his instrumental compositions, alleges Viva la Vida had "copied and incorporated substantial original portions" from his own track If I Could Fly, recorded on an album released in 2004.
Satriani's lawsuit, filed last Thursday in the federal court in Los Angeles, demands damages and "any and all profits" related to the alleged copyright infringement.
A representative for the band was not immediately available for comment.
Coldplay's latest album Viva La Vida, released in June, has topped the charts in Europe and the United States.
The recording helped Coldplay win seven nominations for the 2009 Grammy awards last week.
Well? What do you guys think?
Pretty damn blatant if you ask me! But how awesome is that Coldplay/Satriani mashup?! Actually makes Coldplay sound good! :O