Coldplay’s “I Go To Rio” Sample Mistaken For Plagiarism

Not long after Coldplay debuted their new single “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,” claims of plagiarism popped up in YouTube comments, as listeners noted a similarity in the song’s riff to that of Mystic’s 1990 UK italo-house hit, “Ritmo de la Noche.” In actual fact, the song contained a melodic sample from Peter Allen‘s “I Go to Rio,” co-written in 1976 with Adrienne Anderson—a credit listed below the lyrics on Coldplay’s website—which happened to be the same melodic bit that “Ritmo de la Noche” used. (To be more specific, Mystic‘s rendition of the song was merely the Simon Cowell-helmed UK version of a track that had several regional variations. WhoSampled credits the band Chocolate with the “original” of this house track.) This was clarified in a statement that a spokesperson for the band made to Scotland’s Daily Record.
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2011 Song of the Summer Countdown: Adele Continues To Roll Deep

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Welcome to Week Two of VH1′s Song of the Summer countdown. Each and every Monday from now until Labor Day, we’ll be utilizing today’s most advanced data collection techniques Microsoft Excel to chart the competition of what will become THE song that people will think of when they remember the summer of 2011.

Last week, Adele‘s monster smash, “Rolling In The Deep,” captured the top spot, scoring 87 of a possible 100 points. (For a reminder on how the scoring system works, click here.) Somehow, the English songbird managed to increase her stranglehold on the #1 spot in this countdown this week, racking up 91 (!!!) points and proving that no matter what medium people use to consume music these days, they’re using it to listen to Adele.

However, lest you think that Adele has got this summer on lock only two weeks in, there are a number of new songs that cracked the charts this week for the first time: Jason Derulo‘s “Don’t Wanna Go Home,” DJ Khaled‘s superstar-laced hit “I’m On One” (which features Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne), Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” (which was just released on Friday) and Taylor Swift‘s bid for power pop domination, “The Story Of Us.” Oh yeah, and Adele’s powerful anthem of lost love, “Someone Like You,” managed to crack the Top 20, too.

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Coldplay Debuts Four New Songs at German Festival

Coldplay headlined Day 2 of Germany’s three-day Rock am Ring Festival this weekend, by playing a number of songs from their forthcoming LP, including their potential Song of the Summer anthem, “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall,” and the above “Hurts Like Heaven,” featuring a New Order-esque guitar riff. The festival was streamed on German TV station Eins Plus, and inevitably ended up on YouTube. Below are the three other new songs, in descending order of how much we like them:

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Coldplay and Bad Meets Evil (Eminem And Royce Da 5’9″) Featuring Bruno Mars Enter Song Of The Summer Race

Two new Song of the Summer contenders emerged today: “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,” Coldplay‘s previously-announced new single, and “Lighters,” a leaked track from Bad Meets Evil’s Hell: The Sequel EP, featuring Bruno Mars.

“Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” has as big a hook as any Coldplay single before, but not much in the way of a chorus (much like “Clocks,” which hardly suffered for it). The Big Country-esque guitar solo and pinch of sidechain compression make it sound simultaneously retro and current, and its lyrical stabs at a communal experience of a solitary expression cast a wide net.

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Snap Judgment: The Top 8 Must-See Acts At Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza announced its 2011 festival lineup at midnight last night, with headliners Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, My Morning Jacket, Deadmau5, A Perfect Circle, Cee Lo Green, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Nas, the Cars, and Ween sure to a draw massive crowd to Grant Park in Chicago on August 5-7.

But what of the 88 other bands on the Lollapalooza 2011 lineup? Well, here are your eight best bets, listed alphabetically—and including five You Oughta Know artists: Read more…


Grammys: Who Will Win Record of the Year?

Sure, why not? Let’s start the countdown for the 2009 Grammy awards. The show airs on Sunday, February 8, and everyone has their favorites when it comes to the competition for the various categories. During the next two weeks, we’ll list the artists that are up for an award in a certain cat, and you can watch videos and read news while you weigh in on who you think will take the prize. First up: Record of the Year. Hit the comments field for a chance to do some odds-making. Click the artists names for videos, performances, photos, news, tour dates, lyrics, and lots more.

Record Of The Year:

Adele “Chasing Pavement” Listen at Rhapsody

Coldplay “Viva La Viva” Listen at Rhapsody

Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love” Listen at Rhapsody

M.I.A. “Paper Planes” Listen at Rhapsody

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss “Please Read The Letter” Listen at Rhapsody

Watch a string of videos by 2009 Grammy nominees


Coldplay Singer Bummed Brad Banged Gwyneth First

What’s the toughest part about being married to Gwyneth Paltrow? Knowing that Brad Pitt got there first, according to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Martin confesses to still being hung up on the fact that wife Gwyneth Paltrow was engaged to one of the world’s hottest men before Martin dated her. “If your wife went out with Brad Pitt you’d want to prove yourself, you know what I mean?”

In another revelation the sappy singer offers up to the magazine, Martin confesses that he didn’t lose his virginity until he was 22. “There were religious issues and sh*t like that…Also confidence. I had a tricky time with girls.” With lyrics like Martin’s (sample: “Tell you I’m sorry / You don’t know how lovely you are”) you’d think he was above it, but like 99% of rockers, he got into music for the ladies.


Wednesday: Jessica Alba’s a Hot Mama

jessica-alba-1212.jpgJessica Alba: Still Hot, Now Pregnant!
Congrats to the couple – especially her beau Cash Warren, who will now be forever covered by his cash cow of a baby-mama. [People]

Madonna Freaks Out in Yoga Class
Madge apparently kicked out an entire yoga class at her gym so she could practice by herself. Surely Kaballah doesn’t preach being an asshole, right? [NYP]

Amy Winehouse Can’t See Hubby, Cries
The singer missed visiting hours at her hubby’s jailed and spazzed. Um, set an alarm next time? [Us]

Fur Lovin’ Olsens Twins Trashed by PETA
The animal rights group is ragging on the gajillionaire sisters for wearing lots n’ lots of animal products. [Us]

Gwyneth and Chris – Still Together, Still Boring
The Paltrow-Martins were spotted lunching together and chatting. Couldn’t they be plotting their divorce? [NYDN]


Wait for It – Rachel’s War, Swizz’s Choice

[Wait for It is our regular roundup of things to look forward to in
pop culture. The future, it turns out, isn’t really that futuristic.


Rachelmc_waitRachel McAdams has signed on for a role in the Iraq war drama The Return. It’s about time Rachel chose a potentially heavy-hitting project: she’s got major ground to cover if she wants to live up to her reputation as the "next Julia Roberts."  The Return will concern three injured soldiers who are faced with harsh realities upon returning to the U.S. As exciting as Rachel’s involvement is, it doesn’t really hold a candle to co-star Michael Pena‘s plotline, which is set to involve post-war impotence. That is what you call drama on top of drama. [Hollywood Reporter/Reuters]


Hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz has fashioned a career out of outfitting others with his work, and it seems only appropriate that his upcoming album, One Man Band, will be a multi-guest affair. The disc, which is set to drop May 15, will feature the likes of Kanye West, Just Blaze (both on production) and Coldplay, whose contribution, "Part of the Plan," may be brought to the small screen with a video helmed by Crash director Paul Haggis. All that sounds great, but one question: why does a producer need to enlist other producers for his album? Getting lazy there, Swizz? []