Pete Townshend Defends One Direction Over Song Accusations

The Who's Pete Townshend is denying claims that the band wanted One Direction to withdraw their new track "Best Song Ever."

The situation arose after a review at music site Clickmusic suggested there were similarities between the boyband's new song and the Who's classic track "Baba O'Riley."

Shortly after One Direction fans took to Twitter to literally threaten anyone looking to do harm to "Best Song Ever," Townshend issued a statement saying he never sought to have the song deleted.

"No! I like the single," Townshend said in a statement. "I like One Direction. The chords I used and the chords they used are the same three chords we've all been using in basic pop music since Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry made it clear that fancy chords don't mean great music - not always. I'm still writing songs that sound like "Baba O'Riley" - or I'm trying to!"

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