Kelly Clarkson denies plagarism over Jimmy Eat World song similarity
In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Kelly Clarkson says she’s glad that Jimmy Eat World is not going after her for plagiarim.
Many people have discovered that Clarkson’s song “Heartbeat Song” sounds an awful lot like Jimmy Eat World’s breakout song, “The Middle.”
Kelly says that she didn’t pen the song but is thankful that the rockers didn’t go after her and that “there are only so many chords”.
“I didn’t write the song, I just sang it. But I didn’t catch that. 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,” Clarkson said. “I thought it was really cool of Jimmy Eat World to say, ‘Hey, no harm, no foul’ [about the incident]”
Clarkson was lucky and admits the song similarities could have resulted in a rights battle, such as the latest one between ‘Blurred Lines’ hitmakers Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke and Marvin Gaye’s kids.
Clarkson says, “I felt so bad for Pharrell 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.”