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Pharrell Williams accused of ripping off Franz Ferdinand’s 'Take Me Out'

By Julianne Mosher,

Pharrell Williams is facing allegations that he plagiarized another one of his songs.

Franz Ferdinand front man Alex Kapranos recently lashed out at the Grammy winner, who made headlines for wearing a huge hat at this year's event, according to The Huffington Post.

Apparently there are similarities between the tracks, “Can’t Rely on You,” by Paloma Faith but produced by Pharrell and Franz Ferdinand’s hit song from 2004, “Take Me Out.”

Kapranos took to Twitter on Jan. 31 to say, “Hey @Pharrell – I love your tunes. If you want to borrow a riff, just ask…” and linked the video to his song right after.

Such offenses usually result in a lawsuit, but Kapranos was vague about the possibility of the producer actually copying the song and had a sarcastically lighthearted tone regarding the situation.

This is not the first time that Pharrell has been accused of plagiarizing songs. Last year, Robin Thicke’s hit song, “Blurred Lines” was the target of a lawsuit brought on by Marvin Gaye’s family because they accused the producer of ripping off the 1977 release of “Got to Give It Up.”

According to Rolling Stone, just recently did the family of the late R&B singer and Sony settle the lawsuit.

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