April 11, 2008 08:11 AM by Jennifer_Brown
American Idol season 5 fourth-placer, Chris Daughtry, has no problem making the headlines. Since what many viewers felt was a shocking elimination from the show, the singer has been tearing up the music industry, scoring a record deal with RCA Records and 19 Entertainment, and putting out a self-titled album that hit #1 on Billboard charts after just nine weeks.
But recently his band has come under fire, with allegations that their song, “Feels Like Tonight” might be plagiarized from a song called “Tonight,” by Asphalt.
“Feels Like Tonight,” co-written by Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Shep Solomon, includes lyrics that are strikingly similar to the Asphalt version, particularly in the refrain, where both versions croon, “It feels like tonight…” in an almost-identical melody.
This is not the first time Dr. Luke has been accused of ripping off song lyrics. Pop singer Avril Levigne settled out of court over allegations that her hit song “Girlfriend” copied lyrics of a Rubinoos song, “I Wanna be Your Boyfriend.”
Daughtry is considered the most successful Idol contestant who did not make it to the top two, proving that being in the Top Ten just might be enough to create a hugely successful career — an accomplishment that might buoy optimistic hopes of Michael Johns fans. Johns was the victim of a shocking elimination in last night’s American Idol, leaving some fans outraged and confused.
American Idol airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays on FOX.
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