20 July 2004
The Streets have been accused of ripping off another artist's music for their new single, 'Dry Your Eyes'.
Frontman Mike Skinner supposedly nicked the song's tune from songwriter Michael Gagliano, who claims he composed the score and used it on a track released in 2003.
Gagliano told The Sun: "Dry Your Eyes came on the radio one day and I couldn't believe it. I pointed at the radio and said: 'That's my song'.
"There's absolutely no doubt about it - listen to both and you can see exactly where he's got the tune from.
"The only thing is, he hasn't contacted me, given me any credit - or offered to give me any royalties.
"I'm not taking legal action yet but I've signed a publishing deal with US label Rainbow and will be looking into the question of getting royalties from The Streets."