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OFF BEAT: One Direction accused of plagiarizing Def Leppard hit

December 23, 2013 - 10:58am

Boy band One Direction may be singing a different tune after being accused of ripping off a Def Leppard classic on its latest album.

“Midnight Memories,” the title track off the group’s new album, which topped the Billboard 200 last week, bears a striking resemblance to Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” music critics have pointed out, and the British tabloid Daily Mirror is reporting that the rock band is considering legal action.

This apparently isn’t the first time One Direction has been accused of plagiarism. The boy band also was accused of lifting key elements of The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” on its hit single “Best Song Ever.”

But The Who frontman Peter Townshend has said publicly that he isn’t going to challenge One Direction for merely using common chords.

“The chords I used and the chords they used are the same three chords we’ve all been using in basic pop music since Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry made it clear that fancy chords didn’t mean great music — not always,” Mr. Townshend’s statement said.

Guess it’s still rock ’n’ roll to him.