Media reviews of Coldplay's new single 'Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall' have been largely positive, but what comes with that is the controversy of claims that they copied a '90s dance track, according to sources such as DigitalSpy, Toronto Sun and the Scottish Daily Record. Soon after the new track debuted on radio stations and online yesterday, various people commented on YouTube that the song bares a resemblance to dance song 'Ritmo De La Noche'.
However, Coldplay have already confirmed on their recordings page that the band collaborated with Peter Allen and Adrienne Anderson for the track, whose song 'I Go to Rio' was sampled in 'Ritmo De La Noche'. Allen and Anderson received a writing credit for the track, as the band confirmed on Coldplay.com: "'Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall' contains elements of 'I Go To Rio' written by Peter Allen and Adrienne Anderson."
Coldplay's spokesperson said: "Chris was inspired to write the song after watching the film Biutiful by Alejandro Gonzalez. In the film, there is a nightclub scene - during which a track is playing in the background, based on 'I Go To Rio' by Peter Allen and Adrienne Anderson. As a result, Allen and Anderson are also credited as writers on 'Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall'."
Overall reaction to the anthemic track has been positive and Scots in particular will appreciate its bagpipesque guitar riff. One Twitter follower decribed it as a "stadium anthem reminiscent of the X&Y days". Another added: "It sounds pretty average on first listen but I think it's gonna be a grower." But another wisecracking blogger wrote: "The new single is so middle of the road it might as well have been a series of white lines and a squashed badger," and another said: "Wow, good song but it is a copy of Ritmo De La Noche." Another wrote: "Even Coldplay can't come up with new things. Year of the copycats."
Below are just some of the many media reviews of 'Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall'...