Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Another Unfortunate Sonic Coincidence: Kelly Clarkson vs. Jimmy Eat World

  • January 29, 2015 at 10:50 am

    It’s similar, but nothing remarkable. I think the chorus is where artists get especially sensitive because it’s ‘the hook’ that sells a song.

    Plus Taylor and JEW are friends. She covered Middle, and JEW covered We Are Never Getting Back Together.

    Everybody knows that Sam Smith was really pushing it with Stay With Me.

  • January 29, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    This is really just two songs with complementing chord progressions played in the same key. The melodies also compliment each other, but if we go down that path then there would only be about 10 unique songs in the world. At best you might say the Clarkson song kind of reminds you of Jimmy Eat World but I can’t imagine trying to say one ripped the other off.

    The Smith/Petty thing is not a big deal at all and went down exactly as it should. If Petty doesn’t protect his IP because it was an “accident” then that sets a terrible precedent for people to abuse. And it’s not like Smith made a fuss, the coincidence was pointed out and he owned it. This was really an ideal case, but we’re getting into award season and Smith is probably going to take home various pieces of hardware so let’s make a big deal out of something that’s business as usual.


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