Coldplay: ”Viva La Vida’ not copied from Brooklyn band’

Band weren't even in US when alleged plagiarism occurred

Coldplay have declared that there is no way that they could have stolen the melody for one of their new songs from an unknown New York band.

Creaky Boards claimed Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’ sounded very similar to their own track, ‘The Songs I Didn’t Write’ in an online video.

They also added that the British band’s frontman Chris Martin had attended one of their gigs and had “enjoyed” their set.


However, a spokesperson for Coldplay has told NME.COM there is no chance the melody was copied, even inadvertently.

Firstly, ‘Viva La Vida’ was written and demoed in March 2007, seven months before Creaky Boards claim Martin was at their gig.

Secondly, having checked back in the Coldplay frontman’s diary, it turns out he was in AIR Studios in London when the October 2007 gig took place, so they believe it was a case of mistaken identity.

Meanwhile, the band are set to play a free gig at London‘s Brixton Academy tonight (June 16) – see NME.COM for a live report later today.

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