Listen: Microsoft Ripping Off Arcade Fire?

What do you do when you want to save money on syncing a massively popular, anthemic song by a super huge band?



What do you do when you want to save money on syncing a massively popular, anthemic song by a super huge band?

If you’re Microsoft, it appears you clunk out something incredibly similar yourself.

Stereogum, Twitter, and a whole heap of other places have pointed out this baffling soundalike of Arcade Fire’s ‘Wake Up’. A slight change to the chord progression and someone in the MS legal department (hopefully dressed as a giant paper clip - maybe that’s just us) reckons it’ll get by ‘the rules’. Either way, it’s quite startling. Listen yourself above.