Uh-oh. It looks like One Direction could be in big trouble.
While their ecstatic fans rejoiced upon the release of the guys’ new single, Steal My Girl, one person who was not best pleased was Paramore front woman Hayley Williams.
Hayley reckons that she has heard the intro to the guys’ new song somewhere else, and has accused the band’s songwriters of ripping-off a riff from a song by fellow US rockers New Found Glory.
The 25-year-old singer took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the new song, writing: “Beginning of that new 1D song couldn’t sound any more like the beginning of @newfoundglory’s “its [sic] not your fault”.
It takes major guts to put out a tweet like that, and to face the inevitable backlash from One Direction’s notoriously loyal fans, but Hayley was not about to filter her opinions on the subject. She added: “I realise that I’m gonna get hate from a very large fan base for that. But really, it has more to do [with] whoever pitched or co-wrote the song.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time that accusations of plagiarism have been thrown at One Direction. Last year, it was claimed that band Def Leppard were planning to sue the chart-toppers over similarities between the classic Pour Some Sugar on Me and Niall and the gang’s Midnight Memories.
The rock band later denied that they would be suing.