Coldplay’s Chris Martin: ‘Being sued is inspiring’

Frontman says lawsuit has inspired him to write better songs

Coldplay frontman has declared that being sued for alleged plagiarism has inspired him to become a better songwriter.

The band have been sued by guitarist Joe Satriani, who is claiming that their song ‘Viva La Vida’ rips off his 2004 song ‘If I Could Fly’. However, Martin has said he has harnessed the experience to better himself.

“Some people are suing us at the moment and although it was initially a bit depressing, now it’s become really inspiring,” he said in an interview for Coldplay‘s official website,


He added: “You think, ‘Right, if everyone’s trying to take away our best song, then we’d better write 25 better ones’. And so just at the point where I was thinking about getting fat and becoming complacent, I’ve been finding more inspiration. Now we’ve got more to prove than ever before.”

Satriani isn’t the only musician who has made accusations against the band. Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) recently accused them of ripping his music off.

Earlier this month Coldplay drummer Will Champion recently strongly denied that the band had plagiarised any other artists.