Damage Control: Miguel Credits Billy Corgan on Wildheart to Avoid Copyright Issues

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 08:  Miguel signs copies of his CD 'Wildheart' at Amoeba Music on July 8, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)

Damage Control: Miguel Credits Billy Corgan on Wildheart to Avoid Copyright Issues

"Leaves," which the Smashing Pumpkins frontman co-wrote, sounds similar to his band's hit "1979."

Published July 15, 2015

After shaking the music world with his confident comments about his "superior musical ability" in comparison to Frank Ocean, Miguel can't afford anymore drama. To avoid just that, the R&B crooner revealed that he credited Billy Corgan with a co-writer credit on "Leaves" to side-step any copyright issues since the song sounds pretty similar to the Smashing Pumpkins frontman's hit "1979."


According to News.Com.Au, to avoid any possible confusion in the future, the singer credited the band who inspired the track. "The guitar riff just came to me in such a subconscious way, the song literally wrote itself in minutes," he said. "It was kind of reminiscent of '1979.' I was a fan of them growing up, but I never bought their albums or saw them live. It's weird how some things just sink in."

His "subconscious inspiration" pushed him to tap Corgan who, luckily, approved of the cut. "It's cool they were cool about everything," Miguel said. "It's all about respect. We're all standing on the shoulders of giants at this point."

With news just breaking that Pharrell and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" case is getting even messier, it's safe to say that Miguel definitely dodged a bullet with this one.

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Written by Moriba Cummings


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