One Direction Accused of Def Leppard Ripoff on New Song

"Midnight Memories" dubbed strikingly similar to Leppard classic "Pour Some Sugar on Me."

One Direction Accused of Def Leppard Ripoff on New Song
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Young pop stars One Direction were accused of ripping off Def Leppard classic "Pour Some Sugar on Me" on the title track of their third studio effort "Midnight Memories." As the Mirror reports, the Leppard guys have even contacted their legal team to investigate the matter and see whether a suit can be filed. "Music lawyers will routinely scour hits like this one to see if there is any evidence that a band has either copied or cleverly mimicked a Def Leppard song," an unnamed source said. "These cases can often take weeks to sort out because we are not talking about peanuts here - the 1D album is selling millions and if the title track goes out as a single it will generate even more money." The similarities are indeed strikingly obvious, particularly regarding the chorus chord structure. Check out both tunes below and see for yourself. One Direction were previously accused of plagiarism due to the similarities of their "Best Song Ever" hit with the Who classic "Baba O'Riley." The story even sparked rumors of 1D track being taken off YouTube, causing a fan uproar and massive bashing of the Who via Twitter.

Are there enough similarities between the tunes to call this one a ripoff? Let us know in the comments.

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    DickHardwood
    Too many similarities. The beat, the chorus, and if Santa Claus really answers letter, Harry Style's severed arm.
    Jimjambanx
    But there's one major thing they forgot that makes them different: Pour some sugar on me: Good This: Shit
    DifferentWorld
    Def Leppard didn't invent two chords rest, two different chords rest. It's fairly similar yeah ("Midnight memories, ooh, in the name of love), but this does strike me as a bit of a cash grab.
    sonofgkex
    Yeah, but the whole riff is so simple. And the melody is not the same over the chorus. I am sure they did lift elements of the song, but I really doubt you can claim exclusive rights over every double strum of a power chord ever used. That said it is pretty close, but I doubt anything comes of this as far as a legal solution.
    skafast
    Why so much hate on sono's comment? I don't like One D either, but he's right. First thing, beats are not exclusive, deal with it. Second, the only verses that sound alike are "Pour some sugar on me" and "Midnight memories", and both have a fairly simple structure. *Oh-oh-oh/In the name of love doesn't match the vocal contents. If this is enough to claim exclusive rights, then poor harder metal bands who go like "000-00-000-0(...)" on their breakdowns.
    EnslaveTheWorld
    It's just the combination of those two, makes it look like a steal. You could easily have the chords and some other melody line, or other chords and the same melody, but they follow eachother exactly. There's no way, whoever wrote this song, hadn't heard of Pour Some Sugar On Me. It was a mega-seller. Probably sold more than this song will. It just can't be coincidence.
    cyclonus
    All their songs are rip-offs, they're practically a glorified x factor cover act
    theclassicrock
    Practically?
    PRSTremontiSE
    It's true, every thing they've done has the intro from another song. This isnt news.
    fromzero
    Thanks for telling us because we haven't listened to every song that they wrote.
    everjump
    Why would you listen to every song they wrote?
    UncleBluck
    Definitely some similarities to the Def Leopard song.....nothing near the note for note rip-off Cold Play did on Joe Satriani.....
    UncleBluck
    judging by the down votes it would seem the little kiddies here on UG obviously don't like hearing that their pop hero Chris Martin is a plagiarist....google it....he been sued a few times for it.....
    musidore
    I havent listened to any of the songs they wrote! Who the hell is One Direction??? lol
    Honey Badger
    Probably nobody has noticed because they're not forced to listen to One D's crap, but I work at an HMV and their song Best Song Ever is just a cheap lyrical copy of Tribute by Tenacious D. It's about them dancing to 'the best song ever' at some party, but not remembering it the next morning for some reason. So their song is about describing what it was like. Seems an awful lot like Tribute's context.
    howyjr
    I thought HMV went bust?
    Lifesign
    The HMV's where I live where suppose to close down several months ago, but some company paid for their debts, or something along those lines.
    ermonski
    One Direction also ripped off one of The Clash's most famous songs... and judging by this article, I'm not sure if should I stay or should I go...
    lemmyisgod97
    Yeah they ripped off "Should I stay or Should I go" , they also ripped off "Baba OReilly" by The Who.
    spiff-corgi
    Their Baba O'Riley "rip off" was far from a rip off. The rhythm of the chords was the same, but the chords weren't. Tons of bands have used the same rhythm and chords as Baba O'Riley and got away with it. Pete Townsend even said so. This song, however, is a complete rip-off.
    MaggaraMarine
    So what if the chords weren't the same? It's the feeling that was the same (the rhythm and it was played similarly on a piano in a similar tempo - and there were no other instruments playing at the same time and it was the intro of the song just like The Who song). But The Who guys were OK with it so so what. Lots of bands use the same rhythm/same chords but the feeling is different and that's what matters. Give me an example of another song that has that kind of piano "riff" in it.
    spiff-corgi
    Really? You're using "feeling" as an argument? The rhythm of the chords is the same and the tinkling backing sounds are the same, so it all sounds very similar, but it isn't a "rip-off" if it just has the same "feeling". You can't rip off the "feel" of a song or there'd be court claims on pretty much every song made in the past forty years. If it had used the same chords and melody it would have been a rip-off, but the chords are different and the melody of the vocals is not remotely alike. It sounds a bit similar, but not enough that even the Who particularly cared. As for the piano, the piano in Best Song Ever doesn't actually sound much like the riff from Baba O'Riley, it just serves the same function in the song. If you're looking for songs that sound like Baba O'Riley, Fall Out Boy's Disloyal Order is a much stronger contender.
    MaggaraMarine
    The "feeling" contains lots of stuff. Chords really don't make songs sound the same. It's the "feeling" - OK, chords and notes are a part of the "feeling" but you can have two songs with the same "feeling" and the only thing that separates them is the melody and chords.It's hard to define the "feeling" - and I can't do it right now. But even somebody who doesn't know anything about music could hear the similarities between Baba O'Riley and Best Song Ever. Actually I could make a song with the same melody and same chords sound pretty different - actually there are lots of pop songs that do that - for example listen to "Drive By" by Train and "Tacata" by Tacata by Tacabro. They use the same chords and same melody but they have different "feels" in them and that's why they sound different. Music is not all about notes. But yeah, it's not that big a deal because The Who didn't even care about it.
    spiff-corgi
    I'm not saying that you need to have the same chords for a plagiarism case to be made, I'm simply stating that in the example of these songs, the chords are very important. Pretty much all it is is a tinkling piano/synth and three chords, so if the three chords are different that's a big difference. Best Song Ever doesn't have the drawn out intro into a lone piano line followed by an introduction of a drum beat, followed by bass and then finally guitar chords, nor are the chords the same. The pace is similar and the rhythm is the same, and the timbre is similar too. Like I said, similar, not a rip off.
    dewitt
    Not necessarily a Baba O'Riley rip-off, but if you watch any sports, most of the filler music (that's not part of the channel's official sports themes) is comprised of restructured versions of popular rock songs. They play Back in Black or Crazy Train, for example, but they switch the chords up and change the notes in the main riff around a little bit. They usually keep the same drum beats and maintain the structure entirely, but the progression of notes is changed around. It's painfully obvious that it's 'inspired' by the song it sounds like, but it's been changed just enough that it avoids any legal action.
    guitarnoob_100
    To be fair, they don't write their own songs, and I doubt they listen to Def Leppard. People should be slagging off their songwriters.
    Kilimacory
    Exactly. I think they do a bit of the songwriting, but we all know they have a team of songwriters. I'm sure 1D isn't left with a whole lot of choice in what ends up on the album. Go after the songwriters.
    celvy666
    I am unfortunate enough to have a younger sister who has most of One Direction's songs. Literally all of them are rip-offs. The Who, Leppard, Queen, Cyndi Lauper, The Clash, Backstreet Boys. It's all there!
    Xpl0r
    So it's not enough that they rip off The Who and then slam them by saying that they are called The Who for a reason but now they're ripping off Def Leppard as well?? Something needs to be done about this
    Salvo416
    Glad people are noticing this, now all they need is to sue these stupid dance artists who feel like they need to borrow another song in order to get theirs to be popular. WE NEED ORIGINALITY IN THE INDUSTRY!!
    Nero Galon
    When people sample other songs in their own then i'm pretty sure they get permission before earning from it.
    Salvo416
    There are a lot of people who don't care about their art then... But I guess if they profit from it and money comes first power to them I guess.. it just ticks me off when I hear a song on the radio and it's some new semi-talented singer singing a song that's already written/some part of the original song sampled and edited to death being played and there's some rapper asshat mumbling over the rest of the song with mindless lyrics. Anyway I just listened to the song and there were some similarities but it wasn't a straight ripoff like I originally thought.
    theguitarerguy
    Electronic musicians sample other musicians, that's apart of the genre. Rock music has covers of songs, which by your definition could be considered even less original.
    5_Years_Dead
    Well, now I heard a One Direction song and it was pretty horrible. Thanks UG, for that.
    Spychosis
    I want to see if they're similar... but I also don't want One Direction to get any hits from me on Youtube. Conundrums...
    shawnkenneth
    Not used to songs less than 3 minutes.. 2:47 huh.. That says a lot about the audience these days..
    Kueller917
    One of my favorite musicians makes a lot of <3 minute songs. 1D might not be the best example but there's something nice about short and sweet tracks.
    MaggaraMarine
    I agree. Long songs have their place but more is not always more. I think it's actually harder to write interesting short songs. Usually my songs turn out to be over 5 minutes long because I always want to add more and more stuff in them.
    shawnkenneth
    Totally agree.. Although some consider it laziness, it is actually quite difficult to condense a song..
    HitmanJenkins
    I think song length really has nothing to do with it. Napalm Death's first two albums features songs that wouldn't even last a minute, same with a lot of early Hardcore bands like Minor Threat and Black Flag's EPs, yet they're still awesome. I'd rather have a song that feels a bit too short than a song that feels a bit too long, but that depends entirely on the genre.