Kelly Clarkson has denied plagiarising Jimmy Eat World following claims that her new track ‘Heartbeat Song’ is very similar to the band’s song ‘The Middle’, from their fourth album ‘Bleed American’ released in 2001.
Listen to the two tracks below.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Clarkson said: “I didn’t write the song, I just sang it. But I didn’t catch that. Nobody behind the scenes did. What’s funny is that I was a huge fan of that Jimmy Eat World album! We actually thought our song sounded like The Postal Service – that was our big concern. I thought it was really cool of Jimmy Eat World to say, “Hey, no harm, no foul.” There are only so many chords.”
Clarkson also expressed her sorrow for Pharrell Williams, following a US court’s verdict in March that the ‘Blurred Lines’ single with Robin Thicke ripped off Marvin Gaye’s 1977 single ‘Got To Give It Up’. The pair were ordered to pay $7.3m (£4.8m) to Gaye’s family following the ruling at the US District Court in Los Angeles.
“I felt so bad for Pharrell when he got sued – he’s a huge fan of Marvin Gaye, and you know he didn’t mean to rip him off,” Clarkson told the magazine. “And he’s the sweetest guy ever. It sucks.”
Clarkson achieved her third Number One album in the US this March, after her seventh album ‘Piece By Piece’ sold 97,000 copies to enter the Billboard Top 200 in the top spot. ‘Piece By Piece’ entered the chart at Number Six on its release in the UK. Clarkson’s previous Number One album in the States was 2009’s ‘All I Ever Wanted’, with her subsequent releases, 2011’s Stronger and 2013’s Wrapped In Red, reaching Number Two and Number Three respectively.
Clarkson also recently claimed that Adele’s next album would take a country direction. She told The Wall Street Journal: “I heard Adele is doing something more country-influenced with this next record.” Clarkson added that she’d like to make a country album herself, saying: “Country musicians are the best storytellers. That’s how my record is going to sound one day.”