One Direction are celebrating a pretty successful few months, after their latest album Midnight Memories topped charts around the world and they certainly shone on Saturday Night Love yesterday, however there could be some trouble on the horizon for the band.
The lads released their third studio album last month and within hours not only was the LP climbing the charts, but many of the tracks also made it into the top 20 on their own steam.
One such track was the title song Midnight Memories, which debuted at number 3 in the Irish and Australian charts. The song is a catchy, upbeat, rocky tune which many people have compared to Def Leppard’s classic track ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ and it’s this comparison that’s causing problems.
An insider told The Mirror that Def Leppard’s legal team are investigation the fact that the track seems to be closely based on and inspired by their composition and it’s reported that there could be legal action on the cards, against the X Factor stars.
Def Leppard are not credited on the song, but band members Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson have been named as two of the principle songwriters.
A source close to the rock band told the newspaper:
“Music lawyers will routinely scour hits like this one to see if there is any evidence that a band has either copied or cleverly mimicked a Def Leppard song.
“These cases can often take weeks to sort out because we are not talking about peanuts here – the 1D album is selling millions and if the title track goes out as a single it will generate even more money.”
The source added: “Everyone is staying silent at this stage but it’s clear the two songs sound alike – which has been enough for Def Leppard’s aides to pose questions to their legal team.”
Fans have been speculating over the similarities between the two tracks and one tweeted yesterday saying:
“Am |I the only one who thinks 1D might’ve stole the chorus for Midnight Memories from Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard?”
“Definitely hearing some Def Leppard influence on this 1D album 😅 ! Party on”
A third posted:
“The chorus in One Direction’s song ‘Midnight Memories’ sounds a lot like Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ … Hm, sh*theads”
Have a listen to both tracks and leave your comments below….