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Will Champion baffled by plagiarism accusations against Coldplay

Published: Monday, May 11, 2009, 16:45 [IST]

Washington, May 11 (ANI): 'Coldplay' drummer Will Champion has revealed that the allegations that his band has stolen melodies from guitarist Joe Satriani and Yusuf Islam have left him baffled. He emphasizes that the band have not stolen any melodies, and that he finds it unbelievable that Joe and Yusuf are actually contemplating taking a legal action against Coldplay.

"It's tough when people accuse you of stealing something when you know that you didn't, Contactmusic quoted Will as telling Hampton Roads.com. Will further said that the fact that always hit songs were dragged into controversies baffled him even more.

"We accept that it's part of the territory and know it is only for some reason, God only knows why, the successful songs that seem to be the ones that are accused of being stolen," he said. "There are elements of our music that I've heard in other people's music... There are only eight notes in an octave and no one owns them. And there are probably about 12,000 songs that feature the exact same chord progression," he added.

Joe Satriani recently claimed that the band's 'Viva la Vida' hit ripped off his 'If I Could Fly', while Yusuf Islam declared Coldplay used his 1973 song Foreigner Suite for inspiration.

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