#DontTouchBestSongEver: One Direction vs. The Who

A document of the Twitter campaign organized by One Direction fans on August 14th, 2013, which became a trending topic worldwide.

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  1. One of the easiest ways to dismiss Twitter trends is to point to the various pop star-related hashtags that pop up on worldwide trends that say more about fanaticism than actual news or what is actually "trending" among the world's Twitter users. And hey, I was super proud of Brazil for getting #JonasBrothersComeToBrazil trending that time—you go, Brazil!—but it's a slight indictment of being able to see "what's trending" as anything other than "what's being pummeled into the ground by atypical Twitter users."

    That being said, I enjoy the way these blips of fanaticism can occasionally prove educational, as they did with #DontTouchBestSongEver, a hashtag started by a group of One Direction fans who were...well, let's just say they were somewhat angry at (unfounded) rumors the band's current single "Best Song Ever"—released to coincide with their upcoming concert film/documentary from Morgan Spurlock—would be ERASED FROM THE INTERNET by The Who.
  2. Now, as someone who has "Best Song Ever" in his rotation of "Of The Moment" pop songs on Spotify, I had honestly never thought about the similarities between the two songs, but one of any number of YouTube comparisons pretty clearly nails down the homage happening here.
  3. One Direction plagiarize The Who
  4. Now, I would argue that this is pretty clearly in the category of a blatant ripoff that isn't really going to amount to any major lawsuit: it's a small part of the song, it's not a direct sample, and any sort of "inspiration" is probably safe (and, if not safe, then something that can be worked out between legal teams without any major fuss). And the track's producer even admitted back in July that they realized the similarities, so it's not like they've pretended they don't exist.
  5. Edit: And as of August 15th, we can now confirm that this is entirely baseless, coming from Pete Townshend himself.
  6. But for some reason—there's no clear origin that I can find other than reports using the Twitter rumor as their source, and as of the 15th I see no evidence Townshend's statement is spreading among fans—fans are convinced The Who is planning to sue, and that the result of them suing would be the song being erased from existence.

    And they're a little angry. We can categorize this anger into a range of categories (I could only grab so many tweets).
  7. Threats of Violence

  8. (Am I the only person who finds it bizarre to see an award given out by Radio Disney being used as evidence for their willingness to cut someone? No? Good.)
  9. They're even willing to turn against their own!
  10. People Warning The Who About the Threats of Violence

  11. Which is nice of them, really.
  12. The Predictable Tweets where People Don't Know Who The Who Is

  13. Because they're kids!
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