Did Justin Bieber Steal From Paramore?

By: Gabrielle Chung / April 28, 2014

'Hard 2 Face Reality'
Justin Bieber has difficulties with reality in his new song.
And that’s what you get when you don’t do your research.

Justin Bieber was in hot water again and became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter when fans of Paramore rioted launched an online campaign against Beliebers and accused His Holiness of Saggy Pants of ripping off their beloved American rock trio.

The online riff between the two fandoms began when Bieber tweeted out a link to his new track, “We Were Born For This,” along with an image that looked eerily similar to the cover art of Paramore’s 2007’s album, RiotThough this could’ve been all interpreted as just a coincidence in typography — I mean, Helvetica is so passé — the plot thickened when people read the track-listing of the Paramore LP and realized that the band too had a track called “Born For This.” Dun-dun-dun!

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Above: Image Justin Bieber used to promote his new song “We Were Born For This” / Below: The back of Paramore’s “Riot!” album
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However, one user was quick to note that Bieber had not purposefully plagiarized Paramore, but that the Canadian crooner simply used a fan art that had been floating around Tumblr since 2011.

While both fanbases continued to freak out about the alleged theft, Paramore’s own frontwoman, Hayley Williams, expressed to her own Twitter followers that she’s taking everything with a grain of salt. She wrote to her fans amid the drama:

All in all, maybe Biebs should think about taking some simple Photoshop lessons to avoid this sort of mishap.