The Police "Message in a Bottle" (1979)
Rihanna "Love Without Tragedy" (2012)
Where They Sound The Same: Within the first five seconds of both songs.
Right up until Rihanna sings, "Red lipstick" in the opening line of "Love Without Tragedy," it sounds like RiRi is about to dive into a slowed down, more emotionally charged cover of The Police's "Message In A Bottle." The track, which was produced by The-Dream and Los Da Mystro, sounds so similar at points that some fans swear it's a sample, but writing credits all go to the duo of superproducers, not Sting.