Cat Stevens Accuses Coldplay of Stealing his Song

May 4, 2009

Cat Stevens (a.k.a. Yusuf Islam) has come out publicly and said that he believes that Coldplay's smash hit "Viva La Vida" is a rip-off of his own song, "Foreigner Suite." Damn you, Chris Martin!

A few months back, Coldplay denied accusations that they ripped-off guitarist Joe Satriani’s 2004 instrumental "If I Could Fly," but Cat Stevens has since told The Sun that it's his song the band had been taking inspiration from:

Yusuf explained: “There’s been this argument about Coldplay stealing this melody from Joe Satriani, but, if you listen to it, it’s mine! It’s the 'Foreigner Suite,' it is!”

Stevens did not suggest that he would take legal action against the band.

Did Coldplay rip off Cat? You be the judge.

Cat Stevens' "Foreigner Suite"

Coldplay's  "Viva La Vida"


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