Cat Stevens: 'Coldplay stole my song!'

Singer accuses Chris Martin and co of ripping him off

Coldplay and The Killers - joined by special guests from U2 and Take That - played a rare joint gig in London this week (February 18). With all the acts rushing across from the nearby BRIT Awards ceremony to play the intimate charity show in aid of War Child - and also marking the launch of newly rechristened O2 Shepherds Bush Empire - the gig kicked off well after 11pm (GMT), with The Killers taking to the stage first.
Cat Stevens has said that he believes that Coldplay's hit 'Viva La Vida' is a take-off of his own song, 'Foreigner Suite'.

Coldplay recently denied accusations by guitarist Joe Satriani, who claims that the band ripped him off for the song – but Stevens has since told The Sun that it's he who the band had been taking inspiration from.

"There's been this argument about Coldplay stealing this melody from Joe Satriani," he said. "But, if you listen to it, it's mine! It's the [1973 song] 'Foreigner Suite', it is!"

Stevens did not suggest that he would take legal action against the band.

In 2003 The Flaming Lips agreed to split royalties for their song 'Fight Test' with Stevens after it was deemed to be similar to his 1970 hit 'Father And Son'.

Blog - Coldplay vs Cat Stevens: plagiarism or coincidence? Judge for yourself.

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