You know, as disappointing as modern pop music can be (except for you, Justin Bieber—you’re just so gosh danged precocious!), I can’t help but admit that my overwhelming, bile-stained cynicism concerning the music industry still gets out of bed hoping for news bits like this one. Exclaim has rightly pointed out that the newest leaked track from Kelly Clarkson’s upcoming fifth album sessions (don’t tell me you’re not waiting for it with bated breath like the rest of us, right?), “Naked Eye,” sounds like a direct, nearly note-for-note ripoff of the Arcade Fire’s “Rebellion (Lies).” Sigh. I knew there was a reason I got out of bed this morning.
Listening to the track (YouTube has pulled the song, but Idolator still has it streaming–compare it to “Rebellion” below), one can’t help but wonder how this made it out of the studio without a single suit mentioning to Clarkson that really, really liking a band is one thing, but directly copping a melody (no matter how much you slather it with soaring, ProTooled vocal cheese) from them without credit and compensation is kinda sorta not legal (unless you’re Coldplay). While Clarkson has yet to comment on the similarities between “Naked Eye” and “Rebellion (Lies),” fans have found it more than a little intriguing that at recent live shows she’s played a glockenspiel and sang a ton of songs about dead relatives and Haiti. Go figure.
What do you think? Is Kelly Clarkson ripping of Arcade Fire?