Pharrell Accused of Stealing Riff

By: Alexandria Sardam - February 1, 2014

Pharrell’s had a big week. Not only did he clean up at the Grammy’s this past Sunday winning for Producer of the Year-Non Classical, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Record of the Year and Album of the Year (wow, that’s a mouthful) the 40-year-old talent was also in the spotlight taking a little criticism for his fashion decisions with a rather large hat.

However, it seems that the hat isn’t such a big deal anymore considering the producer was recently accused of “borrowing” a riff for one of his own songs.

It’s not the first time he’s been under the microscope. Last year, Pharrell was at it with over his i am OTHER brand and dealt with a suit from Marvin Gaye’s family over his work with Robin Thicke on “Blurred Lines.”

So what’s it this time, you might ask?

Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos posted to twitter saying that Pharrell borrowed a riff from the band’s hit “Take Me Out” for Paloma Faith’s “Can’t Rely on You” that Pharrell not only appeared on but produced.

Take a listen for yourself.

Do you hear any similarities?

Pharrell hasn’t replied to the tweet.

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Alexandria SardamAlexandria is a recent Kentucky journalism grad with a passion for all things music. When she's not covering a festival, she's out scouring record store shelves for the latest vinyl find. She also likes nail polish and dogs. Follow Alex's tweets @deadheadal or shoot her an e-mail She welcomes all comments!

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