Top 10 Rip-Offs in MusicThese are music stars who whose celebrated works were actually stolen. Some even have Grammies for these stolen works.
I don't know why did they even rip off other artists. All the ripped of song's lyrics were mediocre. Especially Whole Lotta Love, "You need love, I need love. We all need love" blah blah. Boring. Their original lyrics were far better than that. Kashmir, Stairway to Heaven, Tangerine etc. The only artist I have seen who ripped off to become bad.
Led Zeppelin is no stranger to song theft. Their first song 'Whole lotta love' was admitted by them to have been stolen from ''Willie Dixon". Front-man, Robert Plant said that it was the successful ones that got caught.Dixon got paid and shares song writing credit.
As good as they are, there's no denying they ripped off a LOT of people.
I agree this band is one of the biggest plagiarizers ever. I get that Led Zeppelin plagiarized a lot as well, but at least they did not steel every single song, like Coldplay does. And at least Led Zeppelin got better with not plagiarizing their music later on in their career. Coldplay's early work was nothing but a rip-off of U2, and Radiohead. While their more recent work is just ripping off all the rest of the modern pop/alt/indie rock bands out there. I will never get the hype behind this band for many reasons, but one of the reasons is defiantly is the fact that they are one of the most unoriginal bands ever.
The song 'Ice, Ice Baby' got us singing but it sampled the David Bowie - Queen song 'Under Pressure'. Vanilla got sued though he denied copying anyone.D.J Mario also sued for songwriting credit and a settlement was reached.
They have ripped of several songs Baba o Riley, We Will Rock You, Pour Some Sugar on Me, Should I Stay or Should I Go and several more I made a list about it.
A lot of tears and law suits have followed Madonna's career - by others. Songs like 'Like a virgin', 'Vogue' and many others have had court cases tied to them, some of which have been settled inside or outside court.
Sam's song 'Stay with me' more than borrows from Tom Petty's 'I won't back down'. Sam and his co-writers claimed not to know Petty's song but with lawyers intervening, Petty and his co-writer now get song writing credit and royalties.
So many law suits for copyright infringement have followed Jay Z. Toni Braxton asked for a remake of a song. Next, thing Jay Z and Beyonce were singing 'Me and my girlfriend' (Bonny and Clyde) and smiling to the bank.
Since her 'Destiny's Child' days, her name has been attached to songs she did not write. It continued in her solo days. Then,the law suits started pouring in. Even her ex- band mate, Kelly Rowland said that their names were put on songwriting lists, so they could get royalties and hand them to their manager - Beyonce's father. He is not her manager anymore but the law suits have continued with each new album.
The song 'Blurred Lines' got Marvin Gaye's family suing because it sounded like Marvin's 'Got to give it up' and Pharrel and co. had to pay up. Even the video for 'Happy' was a stolen concept. Anne Marsen had a 24hr of fun video 4 years earlier and 'Happy is a rip off of that video; from the choir robes to the hallway dancing and general spontanaiety. Marvin Gaye's family says that 'Happy' sounds like Marvin's 'Ain't it peculiar' and are thinking of suing.
The song 'Bittersweet symphony' by The Verve was taken from 'The last time' by the Rolling Stones. It opened up many court cases and the Rolling Stones themselves were to later be sued for a song theft of their own!
The Isley Brother's song 'Love is a wonderful thing' was recorded by Michael Bolton who used everything up to the title yet claimed not to know the song. He was sued and gave up the royalties and 28% of album profits.
Harrison's song 'My sweet Lord was considered a rip-off of the 'Chiffon's song 'He is so fine'. After much argument he had to pay up but in a remarkable show of goodwill, the Chiffon's recorded their own version of 'My sweet lord'.
Ripped of 'Every Breath You Take' by the Police for that god awful song 'I'll be missing you'
See the Hail to the King Album an album filled with ripoffs of other songs
Hail to the king was a cool album, but I think it was more of a tribute then a rip off album
His song "Ghostbusters" was considered a plagiarized work of Huey Lewis' "I Want A New Drug." I believe that they settled out of court.
Accused of ripping off from Chuck Berry (The true king of rock), Muddy Waters, Big Momma Thornton and more.
Recorded over 500 songs... none were original.
Why is he the king of rock and roll, someone remind me
Anaconda ripped off Sir Mix a Lot's Baby Got Back.