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Coldplay Accused Of Plagiarism ... Again

Coldplay is one of the best-selling bands in the world, but in spite of its success, the band has a nagging problem: charges that it plagiarized not one, but three other artists to write its recent hit, "Viva La Vida" (video via YouTube).

The accusers line up as follows:

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Coldplay's Plaintiffs

Cat Stevens

Coldplay's latest accuser is Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, who claims the band's "Viva La Vida" borrows from a section of his "Foreigner Suite," released in 1973.

Joe Satriani

Meanwhile, Yusuf Islam needs to get in line behind guitarist Joe Satriani, who has already filed a legal claim against Coldplay for copying "If I Could Fly," released in 2004. Here's what we know: Coldplay may or may not have stolen from Joe Satriani and may or may not have stolen from Yusuf Islam, who took his name from himself, Cat Stevens.

Creaky Boards

But Cat Stevens, now Yusuf Islam, and Joe Satriani, still Joe Satriani, need to get in line behind the band Creaky Boards, which first claimed that Coldplay based its song "Viva La Vida" on a song released last year, called "The Songs I Didn't Write."

Brian Unger
Brian Unger’s satirical reports on culture and politics can currently be heard regularly on NPR.