BANTER BLENDER #86: Conscious Uncoupling, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Maple Syrup

It’s time to fire up “The Banter Blender!” Joining Ben Mandelker ( this week is journalist Jessica Ogilvie ( to discuss the most pressing topic of the week: Gwyneth Paltrow’s divorce from Chris Martin. We delve into it hardcore, and along the way, we take on Tinder, real maple syrup, and all sorts of other tangents. Plus, Jessica tells us about a story she’s broke in today’s “LA Weekly.”

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Did Lady Antebellum Plagiarize The Alan Parsons Project?

File this one under “Scandals involving musicians I don’t care about.” I may not be a fan of Lady Antebellum nor a particular devotee of The Alan Parsons Project, but I do love catching musicians in the act of improper acts — particularly in regards to intellectual property. Turns out that Lady Antebellum’s big hit, “Need You Now,” may have been ripped off from the ’80s hit “Eye In The Sky” by The Alan Parsons Project. One person went so far as to mash up both songs (see above video) for comparison. It’s hard to tell if this was intentional theft or just a coincidental quirk from the realm of boring music, but either way, the similarities are striking.

See also Coldplay vs. Joe Satriani and NIckelback vs. itself.