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Does Glee Have a History of Plagiarizing Arrangements?

It’s starting to seem that some of Glee’s song arrangements are a bit too similar to versions that have been performed by other musicians.

Last week, singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton took to Twitter to point out that Glee’s rendition of “Baby Got Back” sounds remarkably similar to the cover he recorded of the song in 2005.

Now, another artist, DJ Earworm, is pointing out that a similar thing happened to him last season, as Glee’s performance of “Fly”/”I Believe I Can Fly” is quite reminiscent of his mash-up of the same two songs.

And singer-songwriter Greg Laswell complained in 2011 when Glee’s slowed-down version of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” seemed to be mimicking his take on the song. Greg’s version had previously been featured on the soundtrack to the 2008 film, Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Noticing a pattern?

We think it’s great that Glee is interested in performing unique takes on popular songs, not to mention that the show seems to appreciate the vision of these lesser-known artists. But why can’t Glee give them credit, or at least notify them when borrowing their arrangements?

Acknowledging the musicians’ hard work would make things a lot more “fun” for everyone.

Sources: Boing Boing, The Hollywood Reporter

01.23.2013 / 04:21 AM EDT by Ryan Gajewski
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