Results for - I Could Swear I've Heard This Song Before
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1. Sitting in a coffee shop the other day with friends, a song came on that I thought I instantly knew. But, much to my surprise, it only sounded like a song I knew. That made me think that while some songs have been taken to court over similarities, why are some not pursued. Take a listen to this song, (specifically the chorus at approx. 1 minute into the song) and tell me if you think it sounds like "California Dreamin" by The Mamas & The Papas?
Very much so
Not at all
Did not listen to the video
2. These songs have all been taken to court over striking similarities. Which of these cases are you familiar with?
The Doors were ordered by a UK court to pay royalties to The Kinks for using a similar riff from "All Day and All of the Night" in "Hello, I Love You."
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" was accused of plagiarizing the Gap Band's "Oops Upside Your Head" in 2018.
In July, 2019, a court found that Katy Perry's 2013 single "Dark Horse" stole from a Christian rap song called "Joyful Noise," released by musician Marcus Gray under the name Flame.
Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused" caused them to be sued by Jake Holmes, who also wrote a song called "Dazed and Confused."
Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" was said to be a plagiarized version of the band Spirit's song "Taurus."
Radiohead's "Creep" was the basis of a lawsuit that alleged the band plagiarized the Hollies' "The Air That I Breathe."
Ed Sheeran was accused copying Matt Cardle's song "Amazing" "note-for-note" in his hit single "Photograph."
Robin Thicke was accused of plagiarizing Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" with his hit "Blurred Lines."
All of them
None of them
3. Talk about "blurred lines", ripping off a song is very different from sampling a song. In music, sampling is taking a portion of a song or instrumental recording and using it in another new song. It is very common in hip-hop and rap, and the relationship in that genre of music is integral to many of the best known hip-hop songs. Sometimes it is done so well, you don't even realize it's a sample. Can you name any songs that use sampling?
One or two
4. Here are some of the best known songs that used sampling. Which of these songs are you familiar with?
'Paper Planes' -- M.I.A. -- samples 'Straight To Hell' by The Clash
'My Name Is' -- Eminem -- baseline samples 'I Got The...' by Labi Siffre
'Gold Digger' -- Kanye West -- samples 'I Got A Woman' by Ray Charles
'Ready Or Not' -- The Fugees -- samples 'Ready Or Not Here I Come' by The Delfonics
'I Know You Want Me' -- Pitbull -- samples 'Street Player' by Chicago
'Hip Hop Is Dead' -- Nas -- samples 'In-A-Godda-da-Vida' by Iron Butterfly
'Blue Sky' -- Common -- samples 'Mr Blue Sky' by Electric Light Orchestra
'Champion' -- Kanye West -- sampled 'Kid Charlemagne' by Steely Dan
' Stan' -- Eminem -- sampled 'Thank You' by Dido
All of them
5. A 1960s track called "Amen, Brother" by The Winstons is the most-sampled track in history. More than 2,000 songs have sampled a particular drum beat from "Amen, Brother" that's now known as the Amen Break. It has even been used in the "Futurama" theme song, on the title screen of "The Powerpuff Girls," on "SimCity 4," even in Jeep ads. Do you think a drum break can actually be considered a sample in music?
11/23/2019 Music 2346 29 By: Harriet56