The star hits back over tabloid reports that his new single is similar to an obscure track released last year...

Streets have defended themselves against claims that parts of current single ’DRY YOUR EYES’ are similar to an obscure track released last year.

Michael Gagliano claimed in an interview with The Sun newspaper today (July 19) that the score from Mike Skinner’s new single is similar to his own ’Yesterday And Today Pt1’, released under the name Epic last year.

However, in a statement issued today, Skinner’s management claim the rapper has “never heard the other song”.

The statement reads: “The strings in Streets single ‘Dry Your Eyes’ were taken from a sample CD which provides royalty free samples for artists. This is standard practice nowadays.

“Obviously, Mike has never heard other song in question. Apparently it was released towards the end of 2003, and ‘Dry Your Eyes’ was recorded as early as March 2003 and CDs of the track have been kicking around the label and people involved ever since. We have no idea how the other artist thinks Mike heard his music before recording it and find it all a bit strange.”

’Dry Your Eyes’ is released as a single today.