“Misery Business” is not just a great Paramore song, but perhaps also the target of plagiarism. Recently, the rapper turned pop-punk artist Machine Gun Kelly just released his new studio album Mainstream Sellout. The record is doing incredibly well as far as sales go – but it has also caught some heat from that of All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte.
Labonte has called out both Machine Gun Kelly and Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker. On April 4th, Labonte took to Twitter and wrote the following tweet:
“So @machinegunkelly and @travisbarker be stealing from @paramore too huh? Damn.”
— THE FALL OF IDEALS 15 YEAR CELEBRATION TOUR! (@philthatremains) April 4, 2022
Speculation regarding Labonte’s claim seems to lean towards the Machine Gun Kelly song “Maybe.” This is one of the singles released to promote Mainstream Sellout, and it also features Bring Me The Horizon vocalist Oli Sykes. Per Labonte, he’s claiming that Machine Gun Kelly and Barker have stolen from pop-punk act Paramore. If you listen to that of Machine Gun Kelly’s “Maybe” alongside the Paramore song “Misery Business,” you’ll notice some pretty strong similarities between the two.
You can listen to Machine Gun Kelly’s “Maybe” below, as well as the Paramore song “Misery Business” and be the judge yourself. Do you think Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker are guilty of plagiarism?
We also published a feature the other day regarding the popularity and chart success of the new Machine Gun Kelly album Mainstream Sellout. In that feature, we spoke to the success of MGK through the lens of rock and heavy music, and why heavy music genres deserve better than Machine Gun Kelly.
Words by: Michael Pementel