Coldplay Plagiarism Claims Now a Cat (Stevens) Fight

Yusuf "Cat Stevens" Islam joins fray, accuses Chris Martin & Co.'s "Viva La Vida" of ripping off one of his classic tunes

By Gina Serpe May 04, 2009 6:32 PMTags
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Forget the peace train. Yusuf Islam might be eyeing the gravy train, joining the growing list of artists accusing Coldplay of plagiarism when it comes to "Viva la Vida."

The singer, previously known as Cat Stevens, hasn't said he will make like Joe Satriani and launch legal action against Chris Martin & Co. over the perceived musical mooch, but the easy-rocking icon did complain to Britain's Sun that the Grammy-winning hit's melody bears an uncanny resemblance to the piano tinkling on his own 1973 tune.

"There's been this argument about Coldplay stealing this melody from Joe Satriani, but, if you listen to it, it's mine!" he is quoted in the tab. "It's the 'Foreigner Suite,' it is!"

The alleged similarity occurs roughly 14 minutes and 33 seconds into the 18-minute opus.

While it's obviously not the first (or even second) time Coldplay has been accused of copying tunes, it's also not the first time Islam has pointed the finger at a major act. Back in 2003, the Flaming Lips agreed to split royalties with the singer-songwriter after it was determined that their song "Fight Test" was a bit too similar to "Father and Son."

Now take a listen to both songs after the jump and tell us what you think.

Foreigner Suite - Cat Stevens
Viva la Vida - Coldplay

(Originally published May 4, 2009, at 9:52 a.m. PT)


Coldplayed Out

Tell us, who ripped off whom?
Coldplay plagiarized Joe Satriani
Coldplay plagiarized Cat Stevens
Coldplay plagiarized Creaky Boards
Joe Satriani plagiarized Cat Stevens
Creaky Boards plagiarized Joe Satriani
No one. There are only so many melodies; similarities are bound to occur