While accusations of song thievery are seemingly a dime a dozen these days think Kiss vs. Bruce Springsteen and Cat Stevens vs. Coldplay it's incredibly rare that two artists actually record and release songs that do, in fact, share the exact same melody. However, that's the very situation that the megawatt superstars Kelly Clarkson and Beyoncé find themselves in at the moment, as their songs "Already Gone" and "Halo" are generating all sorts of bad publicity for songwriter Ryan Tedder (of OneRepublic infamy) because, well, they're basically the exact same song! So how did this situation come about? Well, we'll tell you!
You see, after the huge success of OneRepublic's single "Apologize" and Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love," Ryan Tedder found himself in high demand as a songwriter to the stars. So when it came time to lay down Kelly Clarkson's latest record, All I Ever Wanted, she received an instrumental track from Tedder, which she then co-wrote the lyrics for with him. However, unbeknownst to her at the time, Tedder had also given the same track to Beyoncé, which she turned into the super-smash "Halo." As you might expect, Clarkson was none too happy that this whole situation not only transpired, but also that her record label decided to release the song as a single after the mammoth success of "Halo":
It sucks, but it's one of those things I have no control over. I already made my album. At this point, the record company can do whatever they want with it. It's kind of a shitty situation, but ... you know, you learn.
But now Tedder is fighting back, saying he didn't dupe either artist (at least, not intentionally):
They are two entirely different songs conceptually, melodically, & lyrically and I would never try to dupe an artist such as Kelly Clarkson or Beyoncé into recording over the same musical track, the idea is both hurtful and absurd.
Here's Kelly Clarkson's video for "Already Gone":
And here's Beyoncé's video for "Halo":
So what say you, VultureWatchers? Should Ryan Tedder be taken off the guest list at the cool kids' club? Or is Kelly Clarkson just overreacting? You know where to leave your thoughts!