Yusuf Islam is "OK" with Coldplay

Yusuf Islam, when he was Cat Stevens.
Yusuf Islam, when he was Cat Stevens.

Finally, a bit of good plagiarism-related news for Coldplay. Yusuf Islam, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, has said he has no beef with Chris Martin and co, though he does still believe that there are similarities between his 1973 song Foreigner Suite and 2008's Viva La Vida.

The Daily Express quotes him as saying: "I stand by what I said. They did copy my song but I don't think they did it on purpose. I have even copied myself without even knowing I have done it. I'll write down what I think is a good melody and realise it's the same as something I have already done."

He goes on: "I don't want them to think I am angry with them. I'd love to sit down and have a cup of tea with them and let them know it's OK."

Hopefully, it'll soon be Earl Grey all round then, but don't expect Joe Satriani to be breaking out his best bone china for Coldplay. He continues to pursue his plagiarism case against the band, claiming that Viva La Vida copies elements of his 2004 instrumental If I Could Fly.

(Via The Daily Express)

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