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Coldplay accused of plagiarism

It's less than a week since Coldplay and Joe Satriani settled their dispute over who wrote ‘Viva La Vida’, but it looks like Chris Martin and the gang may have to go through the whole rigmarole again after being accused of plagiarising someone's music video. Andy J. Gallagher has called Coldplay's video for ‘Strawberry Swing’ “awfully similar” to his vid ‘Something Else’.

"While I can't say they copied me, there are an awful lot of similarities between my video and theirs. I think it's unfair that 'Strawberry Swing' will probably be nominated for numerous awards and is being universally-acclaimed as groundbreaking, when ['Something Else' director] Owen Trevor had virtually the same idea at least a year before,” Gallagher told CMU Music.

Yes, each do contain chalk board stop animation; however this is of course nothing new. Equally, artists very rarely have a say in what appears in their music videos - instead a director pitches the idea. We really struggled to see the similarities. Judge for yourself below...

Coldplay, Strawberry Swing
Andy J Gallgher, Something Else

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