Chris Daughtry is being sued.
He, and the songwriters of the Daughtry single “Feels Like Tonight” are being sued for copyright infringement by Randy Mazick of the band Asphalt. Apple and Sony are also named in the case.
At issue is the single “Feels Like Tonight” which Mazick claims is a rip off of his 2005 tune “Tonight”.
I’ve got both videos here. What do you think?
The first line of the chorus of “Feels Like Tonight” is nearly identical–both the lyrics and melody–to Asphalt’s “Tonight”. One line out of entire song doesn’t seem like much, but that one line is the “hook” of the song–the thing that grabs the listener. One could argue that the hook is the most important element of a pop song–rip off the hook, then you’ve ripped off the song.
I don’t know what the precedent is in these sorts of legal cases, so I won’t speculate on how this will turn out.
Post your thoughts in comments.
Watch the videos for “Feels Like Tonight” and “Tonight” after the Jump…
Asphalt – “Tonight”
Daughtry – “Feels Like Tonight”
I couldn’t find an embeddable video of Daughtry. The official video is HERE.