Hard-Fi: ‘Our new single sounds a lot like Jay-Z’s ’99 Problems”

But Richard Archer insists it’s different enough to avoid being sued

Hard-Fi singer Richard Archer has admitted that Jay-Z‘s track ’99 Problems’ was the inspiration for the band’s new single ‘Good For Nothing’.

The Staines outfit premiered the track on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show in April as the first taster from their new album ‘Killer Sounds’, which is expected to be released later this year.

In an interview with BBC Newsbeat, Archer confessed that he’d been listening to Jay-Z while writing the song, which is why it sounded “a lot” like ’99 Problems’ – but he also insisted he’d made “enough changes not to be sued”.


He said: “When I wrote the tune, I wrote the tune to ’99 Problems’. That was the sample I used just to get it off the ground, so that’s why it probably sounds a lot like ’99 Problems’.”

Hard-Fi recently confirmed that they would be playing their first London show in over three years, as they prepare to headline London’s HMV Forum on September 23.