One Direction's new song "Steal My Girl" has been an instant success with Directioners, but it's causing major controversy outside the fandom! Paramore's Hayley Williams accused its songwriters of copying a New Found Glory song, and the catchy track has also faced criticism for its alleged similarities to the Journey song, "Faithfully."
Thankfully, one of the track's songwriters squashed the rumors that 1D plagiarized their newest single.
"When we sat down and played the piano lick, nobody had any references in their head about what they wanted to write or anything," Julian Bunetta explained in a recent interview. “At the end of the day, the lyric and the melody have nothing to do with any other song that I have ever heard. Sometimes there’s only so many things you can do with a piano at that tempo."
While he acknowledges there might be similarities between all these songs, Julian says they didn't consciously rip them off.
"There is an age-old saying that great minds think alike so, naturally, sometimes people are going to write on the same inspirational wave lengths and come up with things that are similar and it wasn't anyone's intention to do that at all," he said.
That's good to know! It's probably just a coincidence that "Steal My Girl" has parts that remind people of other tracks.
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