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Technically, an out-of-court settlement doesn’t mean that Radiohead is guilty. The second chord is b MAJOR not minor as you have written …. I mean, I am no famous songwriter, but i have a small collection of songs that i had to throw away because somebody pointed to me they sounded very similar to songs I had never heard before. Listen to both songs on WhoSampled, the ultimate database of sampled music, cover songs and remixes. And here’s Lana del Rey’s just-released ‘Get Free’: Lana del Rey responded to Radiohead’s attorneys and told them that ‘Creep’ wasn’t an inspiration for ‘Get Free’ (though of course she’s familiar with the iconic song). Compare "The Air That I Breathe" by the Hollies above with Radiohead's "Creep" below. Accordingly, he lost the copyright case, leaving a questionable precedent in its wake. They settled out of court. It was written by songwriters Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood. I feel likewise about Led Zeppelin and "Stairway," even though a jury disagrees with me. Nearly all blues songs follow a I, IV, V pattern, so I guess no one can ever write a typical blues song again and the 1000s of blues artists in the last 80 or so years should be sued by the Robert Johnson estate. In … That’s exactly what happened to George Harrison, who was found guilty of plagiarizing the Chiffons’ ‘He’s So Fine,’ even though he wasn’t thinking of the song when he wrote, ‘My Sweet Lord’. But here’s where copyright cases can get tricky. Maybe the answer is Radiohead. can’t copyright a chord progression – good luck to Lana, G Bm C Cm ive wrote a song dyou wanna sue me? “Creep”and “The Air That I Breathe” are similar. Lana del ray will lose. 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Here’s one that hasn’t been subject of a claim but could – Lennon’s Beautiful Boy was a rip off of Jeff Lynne’s ‘Big Cheif Wooly Bosher’ https://youtu.be/i2BKh2GW7wA, creep has about 6 seconds that sounds like “air that I breathe” Lana has a whole song that sounds like creep. The verse is obviously nearly identical, but the chorus is not. Here’s a Detailed Breakdown of Radio Monitoring Companies, An Insanely Detailed Discussion About the Music Modernization Act, Steven Van Zandt: ‘Streaming Is a Disaster for Artists. Radiohead admitted to copying the song but ok. this is like the Led Zep and Spirit lawsuit – a frivolous lawsuit based on a severe lack of understanding music theory – the RH and LdR songs use chord progressions and a melodic rhythm that share certain stylistic attributes because the progression tends to suggest it based on prior usage – but plagiarism? Amazing what the brain digs up when you least expect it. Both Hammond and Hazlewood received a writer’s credit on ‘Creep’. If I had never heard bohemian rhapsody and by chance came across the same song while writing, somebody would point to me: look, this has been done before, only much better and, by the way, you cannot sing and your guitar playing sucks. That sounds like “something, I breathe in the air, something, by, I think “The Bee Gees (? Due to similarities to "The Air That I Breathe", Radiohead was successfully sued for plagiarism. These songs have vaguely similar chord progressions, whereas The Air that I Breathe/Creep have a nearly identical melody. That was a stretch and it seems they just did not have good representation in court. at SAME THAT TUNE. )”, or sumptin’. What a dumb ass load of bullshit all 4 money fu all!!!! According to Time, Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood successfully sued Radiohead for lifting elements for "Creep" from “The Air That I Breathe,” a 1974 song the duo wrote for English pop group The Hollies (Pitchfork says the two bands reached an out-of-court settlement). lmfao how many songs follow this chord progression? And it’s pretty much inconceivable that not Lana nor anyone else involved with the project could recognize the sound of one of the most popular songs in the last 30 years while they wrote, rehearsed, played, recorded, and mixed it. You can see Lost in Music's summary of the Lana Del Rey and Radiohead case here. ©2020 The Fader, Inc. All rights reserved. Radiohead wrote 'Creep' in the late 1980s and it was their first single release in 1992. Maybe it was only a few times. I could have won that for them! But Harrison admitted that the song might have been dancing in his subconsciousness when he wrote ‘My Sweet Lord’. Basically, Radiohead was pushed into a corner — and given the similarity between ‘Creep’ and ‘The Air That I Breathe,’ there’s a strong chance it … Yeppers, they all used the same sequence of 4 chords (G B C Cm, or wherever transposed). Shortly after Radiohead hit big with “Creep,” the band was sued by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood. I'm the founder and publisher of Digital Music News, the authority for people in music. The linked to archive with Hammond's quote says it was the publisher of The Air That I Breathe who sued Radiohead, not Hammond and Hazlewood. And secondly, they successfully sued Radiohead for the song Creep, receiving a monetary settlement along with co-songwriting credit. In Canada, the song peaked at number five on the RPM magazine charts. The Air That I Breathe was co-written in 1972 by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood. Or wait…was she “inspired” by Neil..? It is included in Radiohead… The Hollies' "The Air That I Breathe" Andrea James. And they would be right. The audio engineering for "The Air That I Breathe" was done by Alan Parsons. In an interview, Parsons mentioned that Eric Claptonsaid the first note of "The Air That I Breathe" had more soul than a… Discover why Creep sounds like The Air That I Breathe. I get that Lana’s song is a direct ripoff. Also Radiohead still get a portion of the song writing credit, even after the lawsuit. Googled it, and it led me to the Hollies singing “The Air That I Breathe” and I thought, holy frick (I actually said f#ck) they are so frigging similar, which took me to this article. My coverage focus spans streaming platforms, artist royalties, format disruption, the vinyl resurgence, copyright battles, startup struggles, and financing/m&a. Radiohead took elements from the 1972 song "The Air That I Breathe"; following legal action, Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood are credited as cowriters. Reading the News (App) on my iPad — from WIRED about (Facebook) Messenger, which directed me to the Trailer for “The Social Network” which (I FRIGGING LOVE THAT MOVIE) and the theme song is “Creep” by Radiohead. Hear a side-by-side comparison of these two songs and 1000s more (even post your own!) "Creep" is the debut single by English alternative rock band Radiohead, released on 21 September 1992. Hell, yeah they’re almost identical. Sometimes I think intellectual property is not property at all. Although, Radiohead, don’t you have enough money? That doesn’t always constitute a win. Take a listen to this track from the Hollies, recorded in 1972 (the track subsequently became a hit in 1974). }. Thumbnail photos: Jim Dyson/Getty Images and Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images. This song was a major hit for The Hollies in early 1974, reaching number two in the United Kingdom. However, I was listening to a jazz song the other day. Which means they earn a percentage of every publishing dollar generated by ‘Creep’ (and that’s a lot of dollars). The Moon Loungers demonstrate how the chord progression for "Creep" is pretty similar to the earlier song. This time, Radiohead has accused Lana Del Rey of stealing their song, ‘Creep,’ on her recently-released ‘Get Free’. Beethoven’s 5th in C MAJOR is a totally different beast! So what? Fans of Radiohead may be surprised to know that the band’s first real hit, “Creep,” was actually inspired by The Hollies’ song “The Air That I Breathe.” Radiohead was so inspired by the hit written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood that the duo successfully sued Thom Yorke et al. A list of fundraisers you can support right now. What a Top Music Industry Attorney Thinks About the Rise In Copyright Trolling — Our Latest Podcast, ‘Bone Conduction’ Headphones Don’t Go Over Your Ears — But Still Transmit Sound to Your Inner Cochlea. Lana’s verse is a direct rip off. there’s a big difference between creep and the air that i breathe. "Creep" used a chord progression taken from "The Air That I Breathe" in its verse, and a melody from the latter in the bridge following the second chorus. The songs' creations are decades apart – 'The Air That I Breathe' was written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazelwood in 1972, and became a global hit for The Hollies in 1974. As I was singing to myself, all of a sudden it hit me. Hello! }, −  five  =  2 .hide-if-no-js { All of which raises the question: should the Hollies be suing Lana Del Rey instead of Radiohead? In fact, Radiohead was originally threatened with an aggressive lawsuit from Hollies authors Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood. But why is Radiohead even suing? Basically, Radiohead was pushed into a corner — and given the similarity between ‘Creep’ and ‘The Air That I Breathe,’ there’s a strong chance it was blatantly copied. 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