Miguel Credited Billy Corgan On 'Wildheart' To Avoid Copyright Issues

Miguel gave writing credit to Billy Corgan after writing a riff that reminded him of "1979."

In the wake of the release of his new album WildheartMiguel has been everywhere promoting his album and telling anyone who will listen that he makes better music than Frank Ocean. With the album arriving to unanimous praise, there is someone who surprisingly also deserves some credit as well: Billy Corgan. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman received co-writing credit on the album's track "Leaves" due to its similarities to the band's hit song "1979."

The news arrives at an interesting time with the "Blurred Lines" ruling arriving in favor of Marvin Gaye's family yesterday. Miguel, who told News.Com.Au that "Leaves" was inspired by 1979 avoided a similar day in court by immediately crediting the band who inspired his song. “The guitar riff just came to me in such a subconscious way, the song literally wrote itself in minutes. It was kind of reminiscent of ‘1979.’ I was a fan of them growing up, but I never bought their albums or saw them live. It’s weird how some things just sink in.” Miguel subsequently approached Corgan who approved of the song. "It’s cool they were cool about everything," says Miguel. "It’s all about respect. We’re all standing on the shoulders of giants at this point.”

Listen to "Leaves" and "1979" to compare the two below. 

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