Kelly Clarkson Denies Jimmy Eat World Plagiarism: 'I Didn't Write The Song'

23 May 2015 | 11:20 am | Staff Writer

Another case of artist copying artist?

Kelly Clarkson

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US singer Kelly Clarkson has dismissed claims that her song Heartbeat Song has been plagiarised from a popular track by punk-rock outfit, Jimmy Eat World

The lead single from her latest album Piece By Piece has been argued to sound incredibly similar to the band's 2001 hit song The Middle, however in an interview with Rolling Stone, Clarkson denied any wrong doing. 

"I didn't write the song, I just sang it. But I didn't catch [the comparison]. Nobody behind the scenes did. What's funny is that I was a huge fan of that Jimmy Eat World album! We actually thought our song sounded like The Postal Service – that was our big concern," she said. 

The 33-year-old artist said that the band even reached out to her to assure there was no hard feelings between them. 

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"I thought it was really cool of Jimmy Eat World to say, 'Hey, no harm, no foul.' There are only so many chords."

She went on to express her feelings on the recent Pharell and Robin Thicke court case, in which the two were found guilty of plagiarising the late Marvin Gaye's song Got To Give It Up for their 2013 smash hit, Blurred Lines and were forced to pay over $7 million dollars in damages to the Gaye family. 

"I felt so bad for Pharell when he got sued – he's a huge fan of Marvin Gaye, and you know he didn't mean to rip him off. And he's the sweetest guy ever. It sucks."

Check out the video's below and judge for yourself if Clarkson's track does sound similar to Jimmy Eat World's fan favourite song.