The Who’s Pete Townshend slams down rumors of One Direction lawsuit

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Pete Townshend of The Who disproved rumors claiming the legendary band will take legal action over One Direction’s hit song “Best Song Ever.” 

The rumor claimed that The Who will file a plagiarism lawsuit on the globally famous boy band, as well as try to pull the "Best Song Ever" music video off YouTube. One Direction’s record is said to have a similar introductory riff as The Who’s classic hit “Baba O’Riley.”

Much to the relief of die hard Directioners, Townshend put the rumors to rest and even expressed his partiality towards the British pop quintet.

"No! I like the single. I like One Direction," Townshend said, perhaps to the surprise of long-time The Who fans.

Townshend continues: “The chords I used and the chords they used are the same three chords we've all been using in basic pop music since Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry made it clear that fancy chords don't mean great music – not always. I'm still writing songs that sound like 'Baba O'Riley' – or I'm trying to!"

Classy answer, Pete.

“Best Song Ever” is the lead single from One Direction’s upcoming 3D film, This is Us, which will be released in theaters on August 30.

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