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Another Pharrell Song Faces Plagiarism Accusations

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By Matthew Jacobs

It’s been a big week for Pharrell Williams and his now-iconic hat, but not everyone agrees the 40-year-old singer/producer’s recent musical success has been totally ethical.

Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos took to Twitter to voice concern over the similarities between the Pharrell-produced track “Can’t Rely on You,” by English singer Paloma Faith, and his band’s 2004 hit song “Take Me Out.” Kapranos was generally vague about his accusations, and his tone connotes lightheartedness — even if such allegations are often the stuff of lawsuits within the music industry.

This isn’t the first time Pharrell has been associated with plagiarism allegations. Last year’s Robin Thicke-fronted smash “Blurred Lines” was the subject of much dispute — including back-and-forth lawsuits that have since been settled — when Marvin Gaye’s estate claimed the song was a ripoff of the successful 1977 release “Got To Give It Up.”

For what it’s worth, it seems Kapranos was in the mood to pinpoint musical infringements. He drew a similar conclusion about Lorde’s “Royals.”

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