Joe Satriani accuses Coldplay of plagiarism
Satriani claims that the band copied portions of his 2004 instrumental “If I Could Fly” to use in their 2008 hit song “Viva La Vida”.
The rock guitarist is seeking a jury trial, damages and “any and all profits” connected to the alleged plagiarism.
“Viva La Vida” went straight to No 1 on the UK charts when it was released in June. Song-writing credits list singer Chris Martin, bass player Guy Berryman, guitarist Johnny Buckland and drummer Will Champion.
We gave the tracks a listen and spotted some similarities, especially on the chord progression.
What do you think? Did Coldplay copy Mr. Satriani?