Paramore’s Hayley Williams accuses One Direction of copying New Found Glory

The singer says boy band's new single 'Steal My Girl' sounds like US band's 'It's Not Your Fault'

Paramore singer Hayley Williams has accused One Direction of ripping off New Found Glory.

The singer took to Twitter to comment on the similarities between One Direction’s current single ‘Steal My Girl’ and New Found Glory’s 2006 track ‘It’s Not Your Fault’.

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The comments followed a previous post by New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert, who is also Williams’ boyfriend, about the similarity between the opening piano parts of the two songs.

Williams then commented: “Beginning of that new 1D song couldn’t sound any more like the beginning of @newfoundglory’s “its not your fault” but I realize that I’m gonna get hate from a very large fanbase for that. But really, it has more to do w/ whoever pitched or cowrote the song.”

Beginning of that new 1D song couldn’t sound any more like the beginning of @newfoundglory‘s “its not your fault” but

— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) September 29, 2014


Gilbert’s original tweet, meanwhile, read “Props to the @onedirection “steal my girl” single for reworking the “it’s not your fault” piano part into a top 40 single. Let me get a cut”.

Gilbert then responded repeatedly to One Direction fans’ vocal attacks relating to the matter, eventually tweeting “.@onedirection Your fans spew the most racist/homophobic/sexist hate I have ever seen on the Internet… You have a platform to change that.”

This is not the first time One Direction have been accused of copying old tracks within their songs. Among others, ‘Live While We’re Young’s opening guitar chords have been widely compared to The Clash’s ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’, while ‘Best Song Ever’ has been likened to The Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’.