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Tinashe's debut single "2 On" (featuring Schoolboy Q) is on more than a few year end lists (FADER, Gorilla vs. Bear and Pitchfork for instance).

That's cool, but I couldn't help but notice that it sounds a lot like another singer's debut single, a single that "reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in June 1993" and "peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US." I'm talking about Gabrielle's "Dreams" which you may also know from the 1999 film Magnolia.

It was driving me crazy until I figured out the song "2 On" reminded me of. Then I was surprised to find that nobody else ever pointed it out, except one random YouTube singer named J. Brook, sort of. She mashed the two songs together as part of a live cover she did, so I guess she noticed. Now I thought I'd point it out, but do you agree?

Listen to both songs and the mashup below.

You can also hear "2 On" live when Tinashe plays Highline Ballroom tonight (12/15).

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Too MY Bees Knees

A Twin Cities-based recording engineer has revealed that his album, which was released under the name To My Bees Knees and included contributions from 100 local musicians, was almost entirely composed of songs he had plagiarized from the Iowa City band Burn Disco Burn.

"It's with my greatest heartfelt apologies that I send out this letter," engineer Tom Smouse wrote yesterday, addressing the dozens of artists who contributed to his album in an email..."You donated your time and efforts to reproduce an album of material that ultimately, I passed off as my own."

...Smouse says he only wrote one of the tracks on To My Bees Knees, a hidden track called "Goodbye's Never Change"...

"We were shocked, saddened, and pissed off to discover that Tom Smouse had passed our music off as his own," the members of Burn Disco Burn said in a statement today.

The article at The Current goes on to detail that the musicians encountered "line for line, note for note" plagiarism on the record. To make matters worse, the record, which received its share of local press, was funded via Kickstarter. Oof.

Joe Satriani

A noted guitarist has sued members of Coldplay, claiming the band's smash hit "Viva La Vida" copied parts of one of his songs.

The copyright infringement lawsuit by Joe Satriani was filed Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles.

The 52-year-old claims Coldplay copied "substantial, original portions" of his 2004 song, "If I Could Fly." The Coldplay hit, which was nominated for a Grammy this week, has topped charts around the world and been used to sell iPods in commercials. [AP]

Lawsuits suck, but I can't help thinking the idea of Joe Satriani suing Coldplay is awesome. And this is the second time Coldplay have been publicly accused of ripping off the same song from someone. The first, as you may remember, was NYC's own Sidewalk Cafe regulars the Creaky Boards, who, became YouTube-famous after posting a video comparing Coldplay's song to theirs. Joe didn't make a video, but someone else did for him. Watch both of them below...

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