Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce Dance To The Beat Of The Same Drum

By: Betsy Waldman / July 29, 2009

Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce‘s songwriter has got some explaining to do.

People have started to notice that there’s more than artistic respect between the two artists. Their latest chart-toppers sound too similar for comfort, raising questions about how this happened and who’s to blame.

Ryan Tedder, the OneRepublic frontman who penned the singles “Already Gone” and “Halo” for Clarkson and Beyonce, respectively, has been called out by Clarkson for selling them both the same song.

“No one’s gonna be sitting at home, thinking, ‘Man, Ryan Tedder gave Beyoncé and Kelly the same track to write to,'” said an outraged Clarkson. “No, they’re just gonna be saying I ripped someone off. I called Ryan and said, ‘I don’t understand. Why would you do that?'”

Clarkson claims that she never knew the Beyonce tune until she heard it on the radio, at which time she fought feverishly to get her own song pulled, to no avail.

Of course, Tedder has an opinion of his own, and he spoke out in direct opposition to what’s been said.

“Already Gone’ is one of the best songs I’ve written or produced since [Leona Lewis’] ‘Bleeding Love’ and stands tall on its own merits apart from ‘Halo’. They are two entirely different songs conceptually, melodically and lyrically, and I would never try to dupe an artist such as Kelly Clarkson or Beyoncé into recording over the same musical track. The idea is both hurtful and absurd,” Tedder maintained in a statement.

Listen for yourself, and tell us what you think in the comments section: Who’s to blame for ripping off Beyonce’s song?