There’s currently a brouhaha concerning two artists, Australian chanteuse Delta Goodrem and Canadian band The Arcade Fire. Accusations are flying around (predominantly from aggrieved Arcade Fire fans) that Delta deliberately ripped off the fiery chaps.
I’ve now heard both tracks and I don’t think there’s been any ripping off. I think it’s a coincidence.
To me, this is isn’t much of a brouhaha at all. It’s closer to a brouha, or maybe only a brou.
If you want to delve deeper into this matter (I don’t), here a few links:
- FasterLouder: Delta Goodrem Vs Arcade Fire
- News.com.au: Delta accused of ripping off Arcade Fire
- Yahoo!7: Did Delta Goodrem rip-off Arcade Fire’s Song?
- Pedestrian TV: Has Delta Goodrem Ripped Off The Arcade Fire? Our Ears Say Yes
- Delta Daily [a Delta Goodrem forum]: Claim that SOTOTW is a rip-off
And here are the fury-inducing songs:
Plus a mashup:
In the world of rip-offs, I think that’s a whole heap o’ nothin’. To me, they’re both generic relentless dancy songs that share a beat and a couple of chords, just like dozens of other generic relentless dancy songs.
Although I haven’t heard much in the way of those kinds of songs and don’t profess to be any kind of authority in that area, I reckon you might as well compare those two songs to Lady Gaga‘s “The Edge Of Glory“:
To me, they’re all generic relentless dancy songs, and I have trouble spotting the difference between any of them.