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The Voice – So Fans Want Mahalia Barnes Back?

Well cyber space went mental yesterday with news that Carmen Smith had been booted off The Voice for appearing in a Guy Sebastian film clip, however it was also an opportunity for fans to barrack for their favourite singers to be brought back in.

One campaign that did gain traction yesterday on Twitter according to the Daily Telegraph was the bring back Mahalia Barnes. Now it is not like she had a low profile entering the show, with her garnering a fair bit of the publicity both before the show started and while she was on the show and a lot of it was to do with who her dad was.

In other The Voice news apparently there are allegations being aimed at Delta Goodrem that her new single “Sitting on Top of The World” has a riff that is from Canadian band Arcade Fire song Rebellion (Lies).

Delta denies that it is. (Source: Daily Telegraph)

If you are curious you can listen to both below.


1 jord { 05.18.12 at 11:14 pm }

Sounds virtually the same to me.

2 Georgie { 05.19.12 at 9:47 am }

Yep, very similar. On another note – I can’t work out who it is Delta is appealing to as a performer – I think the residents in Mum’s hostel would probably enjoy it. The first thought I had was Olivia. A promo appearance at a shopping mall in Newcastle pretty much says it all I suppose.

3 Ruby { 05.19.12 at 3:49 pm }

I agree, too. But the vocals sound straight out Olivia N-J – can she sue? ):

4 kenobi { 05.20.12 at 1:33 pm }

Could be way off base of course, but if I were a betting person I’d say John Shanks who is credited with co-writing the song would probably be more familiar with Arcade Fire than Delta; however, if people are a bit naive to think there are any songs that aren’t derivative of other songs. 😉

5 Kevin Menzel { 05.21.12 at 2:09 pm }

As far as I can tell, the songs sound similar because both have a piano droning on the root chord in the right hand, and switching between the root and the fourth on the left hand. Seriously, I-IV-I-IV progression is not exactly “creative”. And placing a drone under or over that progression can trace back hundreds of years – I know more than a few traditional bagpipe tunes that have a similar structure. Playing it on piano, it makes sense to put the drone on top. Of course, neither artist leaves it there, with Delta going to the I-IV-vi-V at the end of the chorus… well, I mean I can probably list a hundred songs that do that. The drum beats are similar, but I mean, again – 4 on the floor rock beats… not unique.

At the end of the day I would have absolutely no problem that both artists could combine the same simple elements that have been western music canon for centuries. Both Delta and Arcade Fire have taken those simple elements, and made songs worth listening to out of them. That makes them BOTH all sorts of impressive – and the ways that they make those elements work is quite different.

At the end of the day, if people are going to get hung up on things like this, everyone might as well just stop making music, because it’s all been done before.