December 19th, 2013
12:27 PM ET

One Direction Under Fire for Plagiarism, Again

Heard One Direction’s song "Midnight Memories" from the boy band’s new album yet?

Well, it’s is under scrutiny now, accused of sounding a lot like the Def Leppard classic "Pour Some Sugar On Me."

“We don't know if it's plagiarism or coincidence,” CNN Entertainment Correspondent Nischelle Turner reports. “But there are a couple of things that we do know. First of all, One Direction didn't credit Def Leppard at all on their album.”

And this isn’t the first time the band has faced controversy over plagiarism. The One Direction track “Best Song Ever” was previously accused of ripping off the Who’s “Baba O'Riley.”

Pete Townsend dismissed those accusations though, saying that the band used the same three basic chords all pop songs use.

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  1. Emily

    You do know they've admitted the chorus came from kfc I LOVE K F C-MID NIGHT MEN OR IES it's well cute and funny

    December 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  2. Shane

    they arraned notes SIMILAR TO the older songs on some of the songs on their album i read somewhere its so parents that grew up with those bands will recognize it. its completely okay. Tons of other songs draw inspiration from other songs and you don't hear news articles about plagiarism. I really dont think the boys' intention was plagiarism, that's stupid.

    December 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  3. Adam

    Uh WTF made a comparison to Def Leppard and One Direction? I had not heard "midnight memories" until I read this article and decided to waste my morning listening to it because of the bold accusation.

    Being a product of the 90's, a non-pro musician, and a lover of music i will leave it at this short personal conclusion: Using the same music chords is NOT plagerism. The One Direction tune is a complete blow-job in comparison to Def Leppard's PSSOM and have zero similaries and the worst suck-no-talent factor ever. CNN correspondant, quit grasping at straws to get headline attention.

    December 20, 2013 at 7:37 am | Reply
  4. Stephanos

    That's funny... I hear more of Led Zepelin's "Good Times, Bad Times". They were accused of plagurism as well! Interesting!

    December 20, 2013 at 6:15 am | Reply
  5. one direction

    WHY THE HELL WOULD A WORLD FAMOUS CHARMING BOY BAND LIKE ONE DIRECTION COPY SOME OTHER SONG?????? THEY ARE WAY MORE AHEAD IN THEIR THINKING AND FOR GOD'S SAKE THEY WROTE MOST OF THE SONGS IN MIDNIGHT MEMORIES!!!!!!! GIVE SOME CREDIT 2 THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 20, 2013 at 2:24 am | Reply
  6. nonsense

    You know, there are similarities, but not enough. Remember, the One Direction fellas wrote very few of these songs...it is the producer of the record that does much of the arrangements and mixing. Producers are normally very well aware of what they are doing and will use just enough sampling as to not be illegal. It isn't unusual for songs to sound similar, however, as well....it is very unusual to win a court case involving songs...I blame the producers for it...they should be more concerned about creating their artist's own sound, rather than another's...but it is not illegal for a song to be influenced by another.

    December 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Reply

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