Guitarist claims 'Viva La Vida''s title track uses one of his riffs

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Coldplay are reportedly being sued by guitarist Joe Satriani on claims of plagiarism.

In a suit filed in Los Angeles yesterday, the virtuoso guitarist claimed the band’s song, and only number one hit, “Viva La Vida” used “substantial original portions” of his song “If I Could Fly”, from his 2004 album “Is There Love In Space?”.

Satriani is seeking “any and all profits” from the song.

This isn’t the first time an artist has claimed Coldplay have committed plagiarism on “Viva La Vida” – American band Creaky Boards suggested that the track bore a resemblance to their “The Songs I Didn’t Write” earlier this year in a YouTube clip.

However, the band later retracted their allegations.

Watch a YouTube clip comparing Coldplay and Joe Satriani’s songs.

It was announced yesterday that Coldplay have been nominated for seven awards at the Grammys.

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