Harry Styles has been accused of plagiarising a band from the 1970’s on his new solo single, Ever Since New York.
Styles, 23, came under fire from fans of Badfinger who have accused the singer of using a similar guitar riff to the one on the British rock band’s 1971 track Baby Blue.
Comparisons were soon drawn after Styles performed the track live for the first time on Saturday Night Live.
One viewer said the comparison was “unbelievable” while another accused the former One Direction singer of being unable to write his own music.
One tweeted: “F*** Harry Styles. Ripoff artist. That riff is NOTE FOR NOTE lifted from Baby Blue by Badfinger. Unbelievable.”
Another posted: “I'm far too upset about Harry Styles stealing the Baby Blue riff. This feels so personal. Is he going to ripoff some 10cc or T-Rex next?”
I wonder if Harry Styles has ever heard Badfinger's Baby Blue, and if he will hear from their lawyer.— Peter Kirkpatrick (@pkirkpatrick) April 16, 2017
So Harry Styles blatantly ripped Bad Finger's "Baby Blue". He doesn't have people that can catch that?— Tim Ring (@timringTV) April 16, 2017
So, the second song played Harry Styles on SNL last night sure did a good job ripping of Badfinger's Baby Blue, eh?— Dr. October (@DoctorOctober) April 17, 2017
A source told The Sun: “This is the last thing Harry needed. His solo launch hasn’t quite gone to plan and this is another distraction.
“He takes real pride in his new material and to be accused of nicking a riff will really hurt.”
A representative for Styles declined to comment.
He is the latest One Direction member to release solo material. Zayn Malik dropped his album Mind of Mine last year, as well as Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan who released singles. Liam Payne is rumoured to be working on his own work.