Kelly Clarkson has come a long way from being a reality show winner. She is a bona fide international superstar, and with that comes the full compliment of perks and setbacks of worldwide fame. Sure, she has had a number of huge radio hits (including "Since U Been Gone," "Breakaway" and "I Do Not Hook Up"), but she is constantly photographed and has run into a handful of controversies. Last year, she had a public disagreement with OneRepublic frontman and pop song doctor Ryan Tedder after she accused him of using a very similar hook for both her song "Already Gone" and the massive Beyoncé hit "Halo."
In her latest track "Wash, Rinse, Repeat" (which just made its way onto the Internet yesterday), she appears to be baiting Tedder for the song controversy. "Does it sound familiar, does it linger in your ear/ Like something you remember from just last year," she sings in one of the verses.
Neither of them have commented on the latest shot across the bow, but perhaps it has been derailed by the other new Kelly Clarkson song that hit the Web this week. "Naked Eye" is a spectacularly punchy pop-rock tune with a great hook and a tremendous chorus. But it sounds a bit familiar to a number of people online, as it bears a striking similarity to an Arcade Fire song called "Rebellion (Lies)." There are an awful lot of similarities. Obviously, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler and Clarkson don't share a whole lot of vocal similarities, but the pulsating keyboards and the straightforward guitar riffs do sound quite a lot alike. Plus, the little snatch of melody at the beginning of the verses (Clarkson singing "Saw it with my naked eye" and Butler's "Sleeping is giving in") are almost note-for-note identical.
Ultimately, Clarkson's "Naked Eye" is the superior tune and should be making noise on pop radio whenever she is ready to release a new album. And really, there are far worse people to steal from than the folks in Arcade Fire.
What do you think? Does "Naked Eye" sound too much like "Rebellion (Lies)"? Let us know what you think in the comments!