Franz Ferdinand front man Alex Kapranos took to Twitter on Friday 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.
Hey @Pharrell – I love your tunes.
If you want to borrow a riff, just ask… https://t.co/UInlWYxcKg
— alex kapranos (@alkapranos) January 31, 2014
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.”
Pharrell has yet to respond to Kapranos’ tweet. HuffPost Entertainment reached out to the producer’s rep on Saturday and will update this post upon receiving a response.
Source: Huffington Post