Pharrell Williams was involved in his share of lawsuits last year — from a spat with will.i.am over his i am OTHER brand to his part in a suit from Marvin Gaye’s family concerning his work on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”
Now, another artist is accusing the singer/rapper/producer of lifting someone else’s music for his personal gain, though this time, he’ll likely avoid litigation of any kind.
A tweet from Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos posted today (Jan. 31) alleges that Pharrell borrowed a riff from the band’s hit “Take Me Out” for British singer Paloma Faith’s “Can’t Rely on You,” a song on which Williams appears, wrote and produced.
“If you want to borrow a riff, just ask…” Kapranos tweeted, adding a link to the song’s music video, which dropped earlier this month.
— alex kapranos (@alkapranos) January 31, 2014
However, as Radio.com points out, Kapranos doesn’t seem too worked up, joking with folks on Twitter after the fact.
According to Pitchfork, Pharrell has not responded to the tweet, while Paloma Faith’s camp has offered no comment.
Listen to the two songs below to decide for yourself.