This article on pop plagiarism made me flash back to something I recently read in a book about habits. Apparently listeners prefer hearing familiar songs, and are more likely to listen to a song on the radio if it sounds like something they have already heard before. So how do radio stations get people to listen to a new song and make it sound familiar? By sandwiching the new song in between two already popular and well-known songs.
So if a song needs to sound familiar in order to gain popularity is it any surprise that many of today’s pop songs “borrow” bits and pieces from other songs?
>> You Didn’t Write That: A Brief Guide to (Alleged) Pop Plagiarism <<
P.S. The book is an excellent read too!
>> The Power of Habit <<