One Direction Address The Clash Plagiarism Rumours!

3 years ago

One Direction have finally spoken out about the plagiarism claims they were hit with after fans noticed that the opening riff of their track Live While We’re Young sounded like the riff from The Clash’s Should I Stay Or Should I Go.

The boys have revealed that they are aware of the similarities – and that it was intentional!

One Direction found themselves at the centre of copying claims following the release of Live While We’re Young – with many fans accusing the band of lifting large parts of the song from the infamous Clash track.

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Band members Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson have now opened up about the controversy, insisting the similarities are deliberate.

Harry Styles told the BBC, "It was kind of on purpose though. It's a great riff."

He also confirms their popular hit What Makes You Beautiful features a nod to Grease song Summer Nights, adding, "It's a bit like the first single where the opening riff sounds similar to a certain film..."

Louis Tomlinson added, "I assume it must be quite difficult to do a unique riff now because there have been so many songs - surely there's only so many riffs you can pull out?"

Do you agree with Louis?

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