Michael Buble is disgraceful for ripping off Sara Bareilles


Up until now it hasn’t been like me to just hop on the computer to blog about pop culture of any sort, but this morning I heard a horrible song on the radio while I was lying in bed, and I felt compelled now to share with you my disgust.

A couple of years ago Sara Bareilles appeared on the scene with a super-catchy tune called Love Song.  One of the things that made it so catchy, and probably the defining quality of the song, is the main piano riff, which has a fun and unique sort-of jazzy cadence.

Fast forward to this morning when I woke up in bed to one of the worst radio stations in the country, Mix 107.3 FM.  It’s one of the local stations here in Washington DC, and they’ve got this guy who calls himself Jack Diamond and hosts the Jack Diamond In The Morning show.  I have the dial on my clock radio set to this station because as much as I hate it, every other station is even worse when it comes to the morning programming.  So, under protest, I continue to leave my 23 year-old clock radio set to Mix 107.3 hoping that one of two things happen.  Either A, I wake up to a song instead of to the Jack Diamond morning talk show, or B, I wake up to a substitute show and host instead of Jack Diamond and his extremely lame sidekick Jimmy something-or-other.   Anyway, I digress.

Back to what I was saying…  A new song I had never heard before came on the radio while I was lying in bed this morning.  It’s called Haven’t Met You Yet, by Michael Buble.   Immediately it reminded me of Love Song, by Sara Bareilles, because it pretty much IS Love Song, but with a different melody.  I actually didn’t recognize the melody at all, which might mean that it’s original, but given how much I recognized the piano riff, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that the melody was ripped off from another song too.

Who Michael Buble is, I couldn’t tell you.  I know nothing about him other than that he sucks, and that he blatantly ripped off Sara Bareilles.  If he had a brain he’d at least pick a song that wasn’t hugely popular so recently.  He could have ripped off some old song and no one would have known.

One item that I find interesting here is that under most circumstances in pop music, the melody is really the most important hooking factor, and the rhythm is generally a secondary component.  However, Sara Bareilles’ Love Song hooked everyone with both a memorable melody and with an extremely catchy, rhythmic, syncopated piano riff.

Usually when one artist accuses another of ripping off a song, it’s the melody that’s the center of the debate.  However, in this case, Michael Buble’s melody is definitely very different from that of Sara Bareilles’ Love Song.  Instead of stealing the melody, Buble and his co-writers apparently just took the catchy piano riff and changed the chords.  The riff in Haven’t Met You Yet still sounds like Love Song, but Haven’t Met You Yet as a whole song just plain sucks.  It’s ultra-mediocre with an unappealing melody, and there just isn’t a single thing about it that makes someone want to listen to it aside from the catchy piano riff.  And since he “borrowed” the catchy piano riff in the first place, what does he really have here with this song?  Why would any radio station ever consider playing it?

Here’s a quick comparison of the two piano riffs. You decide:

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  1. #1 by Marie on February 13, 2010 - 5:36 pm

    You are an idot. Michael Buble has such a big fan base so he must be doing something right. If you listen to interviews of his you will know that he has never tried to say that all the songs he has recorded are his own. He is fantastic and How on earth have you never heard of him you need to go back to whatever planet you are from and stay there.

    • #2 by KB on May 1, 2011 - 5:24 pm

      Awesome comment! Go get em, Girl!

      • #3 by oh please on July 20, 2013 - 1:06 am

        oh please- this review is spot on, sorry you’re so horney for buble that you cant think straight

        • #4 by James on September 29, 2013 - 8:44 pm

          Lol your probably the person who wrote the article. And if you think Buble ripped off Sara Bareilles song you should listen to some Chicago songs or something because neither of those piano riffs are any unique.

  2. #5 by doug on February 14, 2010 - 12:21 am

    Marie – just because he admits that he’s unoriginal doesn’t make his song any good. I think the guy has a solid voice, and very nice tone, he just lacks in the songwriting department. The problem is that not only did he and his co-writers write a bad song, but they also ripped someone off in the process. He should just stick with good cover songs and worry about the part that he’s good at, which is the singing. Leave the song-writing up to others, or if he really wants to write some music, the least he could do is not steal it.

  3. #6 by Dave on February 22, 2010 - 1:51 am

    Funny, but I had a similar experience. I was in northern Va listening to the vomit inducing 92.5. Winc fm (where every song sucks) and I heard Michael Bubles song come on. Here’s the weird thing: they played it immediately following Love Song. So I immediately noticed the similarity. I don’t know if buble intentionally copied love song but they do have similarities. My question is: why is this song popular? As of today it’s 24 on billboard. I can’t even fit this song into a known genre. Moreover it’s terrible. Is this what music has come to?

  4. #7 by Arunabh Das on March 15, 2010 - 3:42 pm

    I noticed that the opening riff was identical the first time I heard Michael Buble’s song. However, the rest of the song is different enough that I wouldn’t hold it against him too much. – Arunabh Das

  5. #8 by Elana on March 22, 2010 - 12:33 am

    I did a quick google search with for “write you a love song” and then “Haven’t met you yet” because I didn’t know the artist or title for either. Then googled both there names and found this. I was curious to see how many other people picked up on the seemingly obvious similarities to these songs. Glad I’m not the only one who noticed. Interesting to know which came first. I’m not familiar enough with either of them to know which is which in the beginning, the first few bars are so alike! oh well. It’s not the first nor last time this will happen!!!

  6. #9 by Joel on March 29, 2010 - 12:54 pm

    People… the only thing in the piano riff in these two songs that is similar is the rhythm — not the chord progressions or voicings. This sort of “borrowing” of riffs goes on in music all the time. How many hit songs from the 50’s and 60’s were 12-bar blues tunes, all of which used the same I-IV-V progressions and sometimes even the same melodies? Or look at similarities in Slash’s opening “Sweet Child of Mine” riff to Alex Lifeson’s opening “Xanadu” riff. Guitarists borrow riffs from each other all the time (and they all will openly admit it). The late, great Jeff Porcaro said he lifted (“stole” — his words) the drum riff in Toto’s “Rosanna” from Bernard Purdy and John Bonham. Sara’s tune is catchy and great, and (I think) so is Michael’s. “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…” (someone said it).

    • #10 by Nick on September 29, 2013 - 9:09 pm

      Unfortunately people who don’t understand music theory will see a website like this and assume the writer is correct. They don’t realize that most music within the same genre have similar progressions, keys and riffs. You gave some excellent examples but there are thousands more for those of you reading. I mean, how many songs sound like Led Zeppelin’s Dazed and Confused?

      And for those of you ragging on Buble for being a terrible composer….He sings the same type of music as Sinatra. Sinatra is credited with writing what….two of the songs he sang? They are popular for their image, entertainment and voice. Not for their composing/songwriting ability. Comparing him to Sara Bareillas is comparing an apple to an orange.

      But my main point is this: If Sara doesn’t give a fuck about Michael stealing her song or not why the fuck are you people bashing someone who is way more famous than you ever will be. =X

      And it’s totally cool if you guys wanna bash me for my awesome comment; I probably won’t come back to this site again.

  7. #11 by Michael Buble on April 13, 2010 - 7:57 pm

    I admit it. I did rip it off. Sorry everyone. :(

  8. #13 by Joe on May 2, 2010 - 6:02 am

    Yeah people can go ahead and say Sarah Bareillas is a god and her music is original, however Michael Buble is regarded as the better artist.

    Guys like Eric Clapton, who are recognised as the greatest musicians of the past 40 years weren’t completely original, they got alot of their ideas from homeless people trying to make a living playing a guitar under a bus shelter. The Beachboys – the second greatest band ever improvised alot of their rifts and solo’s from chuck berry etc

    My opinion, the writer is a moron who hasn’t even studied music.

    • #14 by doug on October 11, 2010 - 11:39 pm

      Joe – you’re out of your mind to call Michael Buble a better artist. I submit this link as exhibit A, and it clearly proves that Michael Buble is a lame performer and quite the doosh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLe16MovdFM&feature=related

      Additionally, for you to even discuss Eric Clapton in the same paragraph as Michael Buble, illustrates very clearly that whatever music “studying” you’ve been doing simply isn’t paying off. Moreover, Sara B has more talent in her fingertip than Buble has in his entire body.

      For anyone else who happens to be reading this, can you believe I’m arguing with a GUY about this? I would have only expected a middle-aged, Buble-loving mother to take his side. Well done, Joe.

      -Doug

    • #15 by oh please on July 20, 2013 - 1:08 am

      thank you doug- buble is at best a wedding singer who made it with a bunch of flamboyant crooning. wheras sara B is actually not only a first-rate singer but also highly creative.

  9. #16 by corbin on May 10, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    I totally agree with you. For the past few weeks I’ve been having to listen to this incessantly repeating radio station and every time this song came on I was like, “Who is this jacka$$??” because it sounded incredibly similar to what I remember Sarah’s song sounding like a couple of years ago. I finally got myself to google it and when I realized it was Buble I was surprised because, he is indeed a legitimate (asterisk, now) artist with a strong following, as was mentioned. Bottom line though, I think less of him now, and I can’t stand that damned song. Thanks for opening up this post so that we could all vent our frustration. I feel better.

    • #17 by oh please on July 20, 2013 - 1:10 am

      he is a total jackass with no scruples because he basically is only creating elevator music. thank you.

  10. #18 by aaron on May 28, 2010 - 5:34 pm

    I first heard this song on the radio a few months ago. I assumed, wrongly, that the same producer who did “Love Song” for Sara Bareilles worked on this piece. There are way too many similarities to simply brush this off as mere coincidence. Granted, I don’t care for Buble that much (he’s Canadian – what a loser! lol j/k) but still, he ripped off her song and hopefully more people catch on to this. Please, no mean comments – I taught myself the synth/keyboard/piano……this song is almost a carbon copy.

  11. #19 by Unreal on June 11, 2010 - 6:00 pm

    You people need to get out more.
    Everyone is ripping off other artists, when did you last hear something Really original?

    • #20 by B_0ceon on September 20, 2010 - 1:24 am

      oh, sorry, Jimi’s “All along the Watchtower” sounds completely the same as Bob Dylan’s (original composer) >:/

  12. #21 by furQ on June 17, 2010 - 5:15 am

    The piano riff is pretty similar. I have to say that my opinion is neutral, since I think that both artists are utterly dire. Just my 2 cents.

    • #22 by jenny on August 15, 2013 - 4:06 am

      if you think sara bareilles is terrible then you need to listen to her more. you may think that her song is “dire”, but sara bareilles as an artist is one of the best things to come out of pop music in the last 20 years. Michael buble on the other hand, is talented singer, but I wouldn’t even label him an artist. all buble is, is a bad Sinatra impersonator, that’s it. he has no reason to be in the same sentence as sara bareilles.

  13. #23 by smiley on June 27, 2010 - 9:35 am

    I always pretty much did think he copied her song. Too bad since this is the only site that would share their feelings about it. Either way, it would have been nice for him to just get his own piano riff. :(

  14. #24 by steve on August 8, 2010 - 7:53 pm

    michael buble is a fraud. his music shows no originality.

  15. #25 by Robert on August 21, 2010 - 2:15 pm

    Michael Buble is an embarrassment to Canada and any musician worth their salt. He’s little more than a Sinatra tribute band and a bad one at that. He’s unoriginal, can’t sing on key and is such a pretentious f*ck. I just don’t get how anyone except an alzheimers-afflicted 80 year old could think this idiot is good !

  16. #26 by John on August 30, 2010 - 3:04 pm

    I don’t like either one of them. But I’ve gotta give kudos to Michael because the first thing I thought when I heard “I just haven’t met you yet” is that Michael wrote a “song response” to (and maybe even a parody of) Sara’s “Love song”, intentionally making it sound similar, and writing lyrics that are in direct response to the lyrics from “Love song”…..almost as if he’s the guy she sang to, so then he responded.. So basically in her song, she’s bitching about a guy she was in a relationship with, putting him in his place, maybe even dumping him, and then Michael comes out with this song that at first sounds like he’s sweet talking to her and trying to make amends and win her back, but HEY! It turns out he’s only sweet talking because it’s not even HER that he’s talking about. In fact, it turns out he’s not even acknowledging her at all. He’s talking about his ideal chick that he hasn’t met yet. LOL. Sarah Bareilles = owned

    • #27 by doug on August 30, 2010 - 3:57 pm

      John – I think that’s a bit of a stretch, but thanks for contributing. :-)

      As it turns out, Sarah wrote Love Song in response to the record company. Apparently she had completed the other songs, but the record company wanted something more pop-friendly and asked her for it. She gave it to them, but she’s saying hey – “I’m not gonna write you a love song cuz you asked for one…”

  17. #28 by Joanna on September 4, 2010 - 5:18 pm

    I absolutely agree. I heard his song, and I thought it was a Sarah Bareilles Cover, until the hideous vocals came in! Okay, they’re not hideous, but still. HE’S A RIP OFF. AND I TRULY DISLIKE HIM.

  18. #29 by Meredith on September 8, 2010 - 2:50 am

    I really like Bublé covers, and have been a fan of his for a long time. Unlike some people here, I think it’s a good thing to have new artists revitalize old hits. You don’t have to write an original song to be an original performer. His version of “Feelin’ Good” is 10 times better than the “original.” I’ve gone to concerts of his, and can say that he is a great entertainer whose vocal talent and stage presence has legitimately earned his following/fan base.

    That said, this song of his is not good, and I agree that it is a blatant rip-off of Sara Bareilles’ “Love Song.” I am really, really disappointed in him for the release of this single.

    I think the only original song of his that I actually like is ‘Lost.’

    • #30 by jenny on August 15, 2013 - 4:13 am

      I agree with what you are saying, but then he should leave it at that. I personally don’t have a problem with him or his covers of songs, I just think that is where he should stay. he shouldn’t get involved with original songs, especially if they are half-assed “original” songs.

  19. #31 by B_0ceon on September 20, 2010 - 1:46 am

    One thing is the same chords progression, you can’t call someone a rip-off just cause they used the same progression… As a musician, you’re bound to play a chord progression someone else has already used. But the thing is, not only the song in discussion has the same progression (although in a different scale), but also the the same rhythm, well, at least in most part of the intro riff. The first time i heard Michael’s song I thought “a reply to Sara’s song?, it’s pretty similar in some terms and lyrics have some kind of ‘answering’ feeling to it”. Won’t say Michael’s a rip-off because I don’t have proof nor arguments, but I will point out one thing: if your song just reminds people of another song, you’re not going anywhere as a musician but rather as a tribute player

  20. #32 by Chris on October 16, 2010 - 7:33 pm

    Ok whatever you wonna think dude. 1st of all Michael Buble is an awesome singer, he don’t suck ok, that just proves to me you hate his guts and are jealous of him. If ever there was a singer to say they suck it would be Justin Bieber, sure he can sing, but he is big headed and has got it in his head “He’s Da Man!” But you bashing Buble for sumin like this when it’s only mainly the beginning dude chill out. When I 1st heard it I thought dam why did he go with that song. Now it’s one of my favourite songs to date. I only like swing and some pop and yes Michael Buble is my favourite singer but dude there are many other artist out there who do suck and Michael Buble is flat out not one of them!

    • #33 by doug on October 16, 2010 - 7:53 pm

      Chris – I submit this link as exhibit A. It clearly proves that Michael Buble is a lame performer and quite the doosh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLe16MovdFM&feature=related

      • #34 by Chris on October 24, 2010 - 6:21 pm

        Ok that is your view, but he likes to entertain the crowd he aint some big headed dick whos got his head stuck up his ass! I went to see him on the 10th of october and one half of the night was a concert/party the other half was a comedy sketch. If you don’t like Buble fine, but when people praise him up don’t shoot them down. I don’t like Bieber hes a dick but if people like him i aint got no problem with that. Buble is a great singer and live music never sounds the same as on the cd. You think what you think, we think what we think. End of.

  21. #35 by Bob on October 18, 2010 - 7:31 pm

    Why would he rip her off? She sucks.

    • #36 by jenny on August 15, 2013 - 4:18 am

      haha okay you must be trolling. either you are musically retarted or you just are being a dick, because sara bareilles doesn’t not suck. go listen to her cover of sitting on the dock of the bay or go listen to her perform her original song, “once upon another time”. I think your mind will be blown. and if not, then that’s cool, but you can’t ever say she sucks.

  22. #37 by Ali on November 9, 2010 - 10:55 pm

    OK, seriously? That piano riff is a pretty natural, easy progression of chords. I like Sarah Bareilles, but she’s probably not the first person to use a piano progression that sounds like that, and neither she, nor Michael will be the last.
    Also, I’m guessing in the months since you wrote this, you’ve heard a lot more about Michael Buble, and that “Just Haven’t Met You Yet” became wildly popular, and I hope you feel as ridiculous as you sounded in this post. Again, I like Bareille’s “Not Gonna Write You a Love Song,” but Michael Buble’s song is definitely better as a whole. More complex, more moving, more fun, etc. And that radio station, 107.3? I’ve heard both songs played on there with frequency. It’s not like anyone’s trying to hide Sarah’s song and replace with it Michael’s. Get a hold of yourself, you very angry little person.

    • #38 by doug on November 9, 2010 - 11:11 pm

      Ali, thank you for contributing the funniest line so far in the comments on this post: “Get a hold of yourself, you very angry little person.” It really gave me a nice chuckle. You’re welcome to your opinion, but no matter how you feel about Buble or how popular his song became, it doesn’t negate the fact that the song is a ripoff of the Bareilles song. Do I think that Bareilles should or could sue Buble for infringement of some kind? No. Do I still believe that Buble ripped off the Bareilles song? Yes.

      Lastly, for you to suggest that the Buble song is somehow better as a whole is a clear indication that you have horrible taste in music. But again, we are all welcome to our opinions, so I’m glad you took the time to tell me to get a hold of myself.

      -Doug

      • #39 by oh please on July 20, 2013 - 1:23 am

        LOL I too had a good laugh at Ali’s expense. Ali, please, get real- Buble is more fun and more talented if you’re listening to music in an elevator in a geriatric ward. He is a hack, by definition, and at least Sara Bareilles is a CREATIVE person, you very angry little person.

  23. #40 by Nolan Woods on November 26, 2010 - 3:37 am

    Doug,

    You need to get out more,… really.

    • #41 by doug on November 26, 2010 - 9:19 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Nolan. I guess it’s a good thing that I can simultaneously have an opinion about something AND get out of the house at the same time. ;-)

  24. #42 by gene on November 29, 2010 - 8:41 pm

    Your opinion that Buble sucks is obviously your opinion. From a talent perspective, the guy has a great voice, albeit probably not one in your genre of music choices. You should at least admit the guy can sing, even if you don’t like his music. Must be doing something right to have built such a large a fan base.

    • #43 by doug on November 29, 2010 - 8:51 pm

      gene – I never said that he can’t sing. However, I do not agree that he has a *great* voice. His voice sounds pretty good on the album tracks, but his live performances reveal that he doesn’t have great pipes after all. What he does have though is a reasonably unique tone, so at least it’s not like he’s some total wannabe horrible singer. Again though, please understand that this blog posting was and still is about the fact that he ripped off Sara Bareilles. It’s not about the quality of his vocals.

      -Doug

      • #44 by oh please on July 20, 2013 - 1:27 am

        he’s a bombastic, flamboyant crooner at best- and that’s only when he has a big production team behind him. Doug is right, that live, he’s a terrible performer. but the biggest problem is he’s not inventive, so ultimately he’s like a high-class wedding singer. sure people like him but as the old saying goes, there’s no accounting for taste.

  25. #45 by Nicole on November 30, 2010 - 2:51 pm

    Hey I totally agree. I was listening to Pandora in a different tab, and heard the Buble song start. My mind was expecting to hear “Love Song” I have heard both songs before but didnt notice the similarity until just now so I immediately googled ‘buble baralles’ and after google corrected my spelling I found your blog. Buble just inverted the riff. It’s pop music no one expects it to be deep or original but I’m glad I am not the only one who noticed.

    Have you seen the more blatant travesty?? Check this out:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2dPA2dCRNY

    It’s hilarious. California Girls and Tik Tok mash up

  26. #46 by Justin on December 14, 2010 - 4:53 am

    I really don’t think anybody in this entire thread of comments is wrong or misguided, but I will definitely say that you are all entitled to your opinions but my own opinion is very far from the general consensus.

    First, it’s pretty arrogant to say an artist plain sucks, especially when these two are fairly successful. If you don’t like the artist, there’s no problem with that, but at least have a little respect for the talent the rest of the public acknowledges that these artists have.

    Both Bublé and Bareilles are very talented artists, although while some of their songs fall under pop, they would be much better classified as Lounge singers. Having a Jazz and singing career in my life gives me a big appreciation for their talents.

    Now some people are dead set in saying “OH MY GOD! BUBLÉ RIPPED OFF BAREILLES!” To which I reply with “Get over it!” Take a moment to think about it. The chord structure is similar, but not identical, and the chords were different. If we were really that critical on how similar one song is with another, we would never progress from one generation to another. Listen to the past 20 years in music. There’s at least 20% of it that sounds similar to eachother. Besides, I’ve looked over this song a dozen times using different backgrounds and because this song has a lounge/pop feel to it, anything else doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

    If you want to complain about unoriginality, take it up with the hip-hop artists that are taking original works and utterly butchering them to show off a fairly generic and repetative percussion base. You have Jay-Z ripping off “Forever Young”, Kanye West ripping off “Harder Better Faster Stronger”, Black Eyed Peas ripping off “Time of My Life”. The list goes on and on.

    The main point here is to at least appreciate an artist for their talent. Nobody truly sucks. Only those who lack inside resort to lashing out on everyone. And it’s a good thing to avoid being a Perez Hilton type of person.

    • #47 by doug on December 14, 2010 - 10:47 am

      Thanks for a thoughtful response, Justin.

  27. #48 by Alexandra on March 31, 2011 - 4:43 pm

    I love Michael Buble. He’s been around longer than Sara, and I highly doubt he heard her very common chord progression and thought “Aha, the break I’ve been waiting for!” The fact is, if you know anything about composition, and more specifically voice leading, you will know there are not actually that many options that all chords, by nature, tend to go in one direction or another – that’s how people’s ears hear them, and that’s how they compose music. Thus, there are not actually that many options for chord progressions in a major key – especially not in pop music, where verses and choruses are short and repetitious. So, did Michael Buble “copy” Sara Bareilles? I doubt it. I am guessing that he did, however, compose a song with a set of chords, knowing full well those chords have likely been used countless times in other songs. Seriously, go listen around, and you’ll find them. They show up all over the place. The reason you noticed it here is that both songs start out with the chords largely highlighted and isolated, done by a piano, and used as an intro. Which still isn’t all that rare, but a bit more so I am sure.

    • #49 by doug on March 31, 2011 - 7:17 pm

      Thanks for the comment. FYI – I’ve been studying music for 20 years, so I think it’s safe to say that I have a clue. Furthermore, one of the main points of this blog post was that the chords in the two songs are actually NOT the same. The progressions are different. It’s the structure and syncopation that’s the same. Additionally, from what I can tell, Michael Buble did not write the music to Haven’t Met You Yet. He worked with co-writers, which very often means that they brought a completely written or mostly written song to him and let him put some finishing touches on it or let him write the lyrics to a pre-existing melody. In any event, you have the right to your opinion, and I appreciate the thoughtful comment.

      -Doug

  28. #50 by John on April 18, 2011 - 1:59 am

    Seriously Doug you haven’t done your research properly. If you had, you would discover that in fact, Sarah ripped off Brian Wilson’s opening chord progression(and rhythm) from his hit “god only knows” . I think all three songs are great in their own way, but not only have you not done your research you also fail to realize that neither Sarah nor Michael have committed plagiarism. If so then, Brian Wilson would have been sued for rippIng off Chuck Berry, or, in the case of “god only knows”, JS Bach.

    • #51 by doug on April 18, 2011 - 7:48 pm

      John, thanks for the comment. I get where you’re coming from… but let’s be real here. First, this isn’t about doing research. This is simply about careful and thoughtful listening. If you think that either Haven’t Met You Yet or Lovesong sounds like God Only Knows, then you should have your ears checked. Second, I don’t deny that in the world of pop music there are plenty of songs that resemble other songs or that are clear rip-offs of other songs. My blog posting was not about all the other times that this has happened in the history of music. It was about this specific instance. And so again, I bring you to the here and now, which is that Buble’s song, in my opinion, was directly lifted from Sara B’s song. I’m not suggesting that she go sue him or that any artist necessarily sue another artist for this type of thing. I’m just expressing my opinion that he ripped her off, plain and simple. His song has plenty of original quality to it, and it’s a completely different melody. However, the intro piano riff was clearly lifted.

  29. #52 by John on April 19, 2011 - 1:38 am

    That’s where your wrong… I am talking about the rhythm moreso than the chords. Listen carefully to the bassline in the intro. In terms of getting ones ears checked mine work perfectly. I think it’s a stretch to make a claim such as you have, whilst at the same time deny the existence of similarities to other songs. Petty at best.

  30. #53 by macgraver on April 29, 2011 - 9:27 am

    Its completely different the chords,not the same tune,
    you people get a life or study music…like the piano dude….
    buble sucks,bareilles(aka blossom)sucks also….

  31. #54 by KB on May 1, 2011 - 5:19 pm

    Okay. So you think that Michael Buble needs to rip Sara Bareilles off to make a hit song. Absurd!!! Buble is clearly the more accomplished artist. 10, 20 years from now, he will still be a relevant artist who gets better as he matures. His arrangements are so well done, hard to not like his music. Every song is internalized. He makes it his own, without dishonoring the original version. That’s very hard to do. Usually when people make the kind of comments like some of these, it’s out of jealousy and ignorance. I’m an African American singer, and I know singers. I totally dig this guy. He can swing from pop to jazz, and of course the standards, effortlessly. Can Sara do that? No. Nothing against her, but c’mon. Finally here are two things that can define a career. Sold out concerts, and one name recognition. When someone asks if I’m going to see “Buble”, I know EXACTLY who thery’re referring to. Am I going to see “Sara?” Need I say more? P.S. The chords are NOT the same, and you have no ear for music!

    • #55 by doug on May 1, 2011 - 5:54 pm

      Thanks, KB, for the comment. You are, of course, entitled to your opinion, even if I disagree with it. However, the only thing that I need to clarify is your point that “The chords are NOT the same.” I never said they were the same. In fact, I specifically pointed out that they are not the same. And, as you can see from the video I posted on this blog post, I do KNOW the chords, as I played both songs on the piano side by side. You can comment on my ear for music as much as you like, but I did use my ear to figure out how to play both songs, so my ear begs to differ with your opinion. :-)

      -Doug

      • #56 by oh please on July 20, 2013 - 1:32 am

        well, no KB, sorry you are wrong- in fact i just watched an interview with buble in which he says he made a whole career stealing from others (his actual words) and it took him all that before he could finally find a voice of his own. the problem with that is, he didn’t. when he finally went to write an ‘original’ song of his own, he stole one. Old habits die hard.

  32. #57 by Theophilus on May 24, 2011 - 3:35 am

    Ironically, I got here because I Googled ‘Sara Bareilles sucks’ out of curiosity (I’m a fan). I can’t agree with you more, Doug. However, I do not find Bublé’s song quite as vomit-inducing as you seem to. Kind of catchy, actually (proably because it’s a Love Song rip-off). But other than that, it is a disgrace and proably just another pot shot at fame by the great Michael Bublé. As for the ‘Exhibit A’ that you posted, I noticed that almost all of the audience is well past their 30’s and he looks either very depressed or drunk (maybe both). Where I live, people rarely mention him (because weird looks will be given to you if you did).

    • #58 by doug on May 24, 2011 - 7:06 pm

      I will admit that over the course of the past many months, Buble’s song has grown on me, and I don’t find it as bothersome as I once did. Thanks for the comment.

      -Doug

  33. #59 by David Platt on August 21, 2011 - 12:56 pm

    Yeah, it’s the same rhythm, but that’s about it. Both are clearly inspired by bouncy rhythms from 60s pop. Melody is the key. You cannot plagiarize a rhythm, only a melody. Otherwise Bo Diddley would be owed a LOT of money.

    And frankly, lyrically Sara Bareilles writes the same song every time: how she is blameless and whoever she is writing about is bad, bad bad.

  34. #60 by Ana on November 3, 2011 - 6:53 pm

    hey, i’m sara bareilles’ fan, and i wonder if she made her new music video “Gonna Get Over You” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUe3oVlxLSA , similar to Michael Bublé’s “Just Haven’t met you yet ” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AJmKkU5POA&feature=channel_video_title
    in order to give him a feedback, of what he has done with her?
    is quite similar…

    • #61 by doug on November 3, 2011 - 8:26 pm

      Very interesting. Initially I would have said that it’s probably just a coincidence, but after watching them both all the way through, I have to admit that they are indeed quite similar. Similar enough to make me wonder if you’re on to something. Thanks for the comment, Ana.

      • #62 by oh please on July 20, 2013 - 1:34 am

        its really clear what happened- michael buble said in an interview he made a career of stealing from the best before he could find his own voice to write his own songs. well he didn’t- even writing his own songs he stole from sara bareilles. the sequence was 1 sara bareilles – love song 2 michael buble – stolen song. 3 sara barilles made a grocery store video to send him a message that he didn’t steal from her unnoticed and in the end a fool is escorted out by the police like a shop lifter – that’s her message to him about what he really is. even though she was referring to buble’s video, her song and video were still highly original, because she’s truly creative where as he’s just a wedding singer who made it.

  35. #63 by L on December 29, 2011 - 4:57 am

    As the story goes, he actually asked his pianist to write something like that song after hearing it and and then they would add some kind of trumpet solo to add a beatles thing to the song (to make it more original?). Why would someone pick a popular song and copy it? Precisely because it was popular. This happens everyday and no one who listens to radio either knows or cares. It’s definitely not a coincidence and the reason I know is because I know the people who wrote it personally. This is the way the music business works, thats why its a business. Why would a radio station play it? Because they all follow the leader and MB, with the help of Warner Bros., pays ungodly amounts of money to position their music so it doesn’t matter if anyone likes it. You will hear it enough that you will have to like it. It is a sad state of affairs

  36. #65 by James on February 3, 2012 - 7:14 pm

    Buble’s live performances are actually more impressive than his album tracks. There’s a lot more heart put into the music and a huge amount of energy that just can’t be conveyed after hours in a recording studio. Doug, I understand that you are entitled to your opinion, but merely because he samples from other artists or is influenced by them does not mean it is a rip off.

    One of the best quotes my trumpet teacher ever told me was “There is no such thing as original music.” He was right. All music is taken from a chromatic scale and arranged in different ways. If you’ve ever taken a philosophy class, it may interest you to ponder the idea that thought, too, is a an arrangement of various experiences taken from life. Thus, two people that have similar experiences may come to the same conclusions without ever meeting each other. Sara and Michael have similar musical styles and it’s possible they could have listened to the same music growing up. They’re both young and most likely have similar influences.

    Ergo, it’s not a stretch to come to the conclusion that they compiled their songs based on their chosen style of music. The piano riff is a pretty simple one and I don’t think it’s reasonable to say that one simple piece of a song is grounds for calling it a rip off.

    I love Michael Buble and I respect Sara Bareilles immensely and I doubt either of them would like their fans tearing each other’s heads off. It’s just as pointless as arguing over the quality of Beethoven over Mozart. Enjoy the music and respect both as true artists.

    • #66 by doug on February 3, 2012 - 8:09 pm

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment, James. As a matter of fact, not only have I taken a philosophy class, I actually majored in philosophy in college. :-)

      I think most of what you said is fair and correct. However, a couple things for both (all) of us to keep in mind… First, Bublé didn’t actually write “Haven’t Met You Yet.” He co-wrote it with Alan Chang and Amy Foster-Gilles (according to Wikipedia). In the modern world of music, when a song is co-written, it generally means that the “artist” didn’t have a ton to do with the actual song. It’s extremely likely that Alan Chang wrote the piano riff and the melody. Amy Foster-Gilles is a lyricist, so it’s probably safe to assume that she wrote the lyrics. Buble would have come in after the song was virtually complete. At that point the 3 of them would have worked out the kinks together to make it a song that flowed well for Buble, which probably included some minor lyrical and melodic changes. That’s probably the extent of it.

      It’s true, in a certain sense, that most music is derivative in some way or another. However, I disagree with you when you say that it’s not reasonable to call out a rip-off based on a simple piece of a song. I actually think it’s completely appropriate and reasonable to do so. Do I think that Sara Bareilles should sue Buble or anything like that? No. There wouldn’t be much of a case because Haven’t Met You Yet definitely has its own unique characteristics. Nevertheless, I think many students of music would have to agree that the opening riff was at the very least “inspired” by Love Song. If I choose to call that a rip-off but you prefer to call it something else, that’s fine.

      Lastly, there is no head-tearing going on here. Frankly, it’s just fun to get a juicy conversation going on the web because people feel compelled to defend the honor of their camp. I stated my opinion, and now you’ve stated yours. We’re both smiling, I’m sure. I’m amused by all the comments on this posting, and I’m glad you took the time to put in your two cents.

      -Doug

  37. #67 by Teresa on April 12, 2013 - 5:32 pm

    Agree – definitely a rip off.

  38. #68 by James on April 30, 2013 - 5:48 pm

    Wow, just because the piano riff has “QUARTER NOTE CHORDS” doesn’t mean it’s the same chord structure. Do you even know anything about music? I give you that both riffs use the quarter note hooks with simple four chords per measure but that doesn’t mean it’s musically structured the same way. I cannot believe you made that video asking people to compare the chord structures when what you really want them to hear is that they both use the quarter note chords…goodness gracious, please go take some music theory lessons before you go around telling people it’s a rip off. Rhythm and tonality are two different things…

    This fool.

    • #69 by James on April 30, 2013 - 5:50 pm

      By the way ^, this is a different james. I just read your comment above to another james. I’m not that james.

  39. #70 by jenny on August 15, 2013 - 4:27 am

    I never really thought of the love song comparison until earlier this year, but when my sisters and I first heard “haven’t met you yet”, it first reminded us of “what I’ve looking for” from the high school musical soundtrack, haha. I don’t really listen to much of Michael’s original songs but I love his covers, but sara bareilles is my absolute favorite, so I am team sara all the way!

  40. #71 by kenny on December 17, 2013 - 12:50 pm

    look just because some fool has a large fan base means NOTHING!! that it a very sophomoric comment/beliefe so it just FIGURES that YOU’D like bubleche..look, he’s terrible he has a pitch problem and he ruins every standard he tries to sing sinatra he aint but he does try so hard to be him which is impossible because sinatra love him or hate him didn’t lisp like cindy brady..bubleche is highly boring he’s not talented and the bottom line? he’s really just sort of sex symbal for older jewish women with no ear for music..mcdonalds MUST be doing something right because ..look at THEIR fan base..are you kidding me with that? my god

  41. #72 by Denise Chiang on March 12, 2014 - 4:47 am

    I don’t think Michael Buble’s piano work sounds like a copy of Sara Bareilles’ piano work. It’s got some bass notes, but the two parts sound completely different.

  42. #73 by Bob on March 16, 2015 - 6:24 am

    I have one comment, all his songs sound EXACTLY the same! Even though he does have a good voice he needs to mix it up, I turn down the volume on the radio when ever his music is played.

  43. #74 by Mike Cannar on March 8, 2016 - 12:58 pm

    If you listen to Gilbert O’Sullivan’s songs, then you must admit there is a strong resemblance in structure, phrasing and melody with this Michael Buble collaboration.

  44. #75 by Mia on December 5, 2016 - 6:36 pm

    High School Musical Soundtrack “what I ve been lookin for” is very similar to Bubles song and was published 2006. Love song came out in 2009.

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