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Harry Styles accused of 'ripping off' 70s guitar riff on new solo single Ever Since New York

Mirror logo Mirror 19/04/2017 Zoe Shenton
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Harry Styles has been accused of ripping off a guitar riff from a 70s track on new single Ever Since New York.

The One Direction singer has only just debuted his new solo music, but has already come under fire from fans of British rock band Badfinger who reckon Harry has used a near identical guitar riff to the one used on their 1971 track Baby Blue.

Credits: NBC © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: NBC The 23-year-old performed the song on Saturday Night Live over the weekend and people were soon drawing comparisons on Twitter.

One Twitter user shared: “So... did Harry Styles pre-pay Badfinger for this song? This episode is a tribute to lack of talent all round.”

Peter Kirkpatrick tweeted: “I wonder if Harry Styles has ever heard Badfinger’s Baby Blue, and if he will hear from their lawyer.”

Credits: PA © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: PA A third wrote: “So did Harry Styles get permission from Badfinger to use the Baby Blue riff for that song?”

“F***Harry Styles. Rip-off artist. That riff is NOTE FOR NOTE lifted from Baby Blue by Badfinger.Unbelievable. I’m far too upset about Harry Styles stealing the Baby Blue riff.

"This feels so personal. Is he going to rip off some 10cc orT. REX next?” another fumed.

The Badfinger track was also played during the final scene of Breaking Bad in 2013, which meant it had a huge boost on Spotify and iTunes decades after its first release.

An industry insider 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.”

Mirror Celebs has contacted a representative for Harry for comment.

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