The cheeky buggers in One Direction are at it again. After co-opting a chunk of The Who’s “Baby O’Reilly” for their hit “Best Song Ever,” they’ve now annoyed Def Leppard fans with their song “Midnight Memories.” Why? Just listen.
Got that? Now Def Leppard from 1987:
Wouldn’t you be upset? Def Leppard, however, says that they’re not contemplating legal action. Why? Because methinks that they were aware of the similarities before the 1D song was released and a deal was cut: “If you don’t sue us for any sonic similarities, we’ll give you a piece of the action.”
Believe it or not, this sort of thing happens all the time with high-profile releases.