'Idol' contestant David Cook under fire again, this time for his 'Eleanor Rigby' performance

Davidcook_l Though Chris Cornell was acknowledged to be the source of David Cook’s "Billie Jean" rearrangement on last week’s American Idol, another band has come out demanding Cook (pictured) credit their cover of "Eleanor Rigby." Doxology, a rock-soul group out of Seattle (who happen to be pals with last season’s runner-up Blake Lewis), claim that on March 11 Cook performed their version of the Beatles’ classic — which has been available on the band’s myspace page and iTunes since January 2007 — without crediting them.

In a statement issued to the press on Saturday, lead vocalist Luke McPherson contends, "When given the opportunity to speak up and reveal where the arrangement came from, David Cook did not. His silence on the issue implies that the arrangement is his own. It is not." The band is careful to note that they are fans of the show and they are not seeking royalties  (which they could have earned off of iTunes sales had their name been mentioned on air). Their impetus: "We just want David Cook and American Idol to do the right thing and acknowledge these facts. It’s that simple." Whether Cook was actually aware of their version is still unclear as representatives for Fox could not be reached for comment over the weekend.

Read the band’s full press release after the jump.

Seattle, WA – March 28, 2008:  After much deliberation, Doxology is releasing a statement to the press.  There are many reasons that the Seattle area band feels it is necessary to shed some light on recent events.  First and foremost, Doxology is not angry with David Cook or American Idol. They are, however, troubled by the lack of public acknowledgement that the arrangement of "Eleanor Rigby," used by David Cook on American Idol’s March 11, 2008 episode and its’ subsequent iTunes studio recording, is a near note-for-note copy of a unique demo arrangement recorded by Doxology in 2006.  The band feels that David is a great performer, and they are also supporters and fans of American Idol (Blake Lewis, a good friend of the band, was last season’s American Idol runner up). Secondly, Doxology is in disagreement with Idol’s decision to post David Cook’s performance and studio recording on iTunes.  This allows American Idol to profit from the David Cook, March 11th performance and studio recording, without crediting the source for the recording’s arrangement. This is not the first time American Idol has had to deal with this type of issue. During season 5 of Idol, Chris Daughtry used an arrangement from a band without crediting his source.   To listen to Doxology’s original demo recording of “Eleanor Rigby” and additional original song selections visit http://www.myspace.com/dxband.

Doxology lead vocalist Luke McPherson: "Our main issue is that when given the opportunity to speak up and reveal where the arrangement came from, David Cook did not. His silence on the issue implies that the arrangement is his own. It is not."  Luke goes on to say, "We were even more surprised when the studio recording, released Thursday morning, was even more of a note-for-note instrumental copy of Doxology’s recording.  I want to be clear. We are not seeking royalties. That’s not what this is about.  The compensation we are asking for is the easiest and least expensive around – we, at minimum, want David Cook and/or American Idol to admit that the arrangement he performed on March 11th, and then went into the studio and recorded for immediate sale, was not only inspired by, but almost completely carbon copied from our arrangement. We just want David Cook and American Idol to do the right thing and acknowledge these facts. It’s that simple."

Seattle, WA – March 28, 2008:  After much deliberation, Doxology is releasing a statement to the press.  There are many reasons that the Seattle area band feels it is necessary to shed some light on recent events.  First and foremost, Doxology is not angry with David Cook or American Idol. They are, however, troubled by the lack of public acknowledgement that the arrangement of "Eleanor Rigby," used by David Cook on American Idol’s March 11, 2008 episode and its’ subsequent iTunes studio recording, is a near note-for-note copy of a unique demo arrangement recorded by Doxology in 2006.  The band feels that David is a great performer, and they are also supporters and fans of American Idol (Blake Lewis, a good friend of the band, was last season’s American Idol runner up). Secondly, Doxology is in disagreement with Idol’s decision to post David Cook’s performance and studio recording on iTunes.  This allows American Idol to profit from the David Cook, March 11th performance and studio recording, without crediting the source for the recording’s arrangement. This is not the first time American Idol has had to deal with this type of issue. During season 5 of Idol, Chris Daughtry used an arrangement from a band without crediting his source.   To listen to Doxology’s original demo recording of “Eleanor Rigby” and additional original song selections visit http://www.myspace.com/dxband.

Doxology lead vocalist Luke McPherson: "Our main issue is that when given the opportunity to speak up and reveal where the arrangement came from, David Cook did not. His silence on the issue implies that the arrangement is his own. It is not."  Luke goes on to say, "We were even more surprised when the studio recording, released Thursday morning, was even more of a note-for-note instrumental copy of Doxology’s recording.  I want to be clear. We are not seeking royalties. That’s not what this is about.  The compensation we are asking for is the easiest and least expensive around – we, at minimum, want David Cook and/or American Idol to admit that the arrangement he performed on March 11th, and then went into the studio and recorded for immediate sale, was not only inspired by, but almost completely carbon copied from our arrangement. We just want David Cook and American Idol to do the right thing and acknowledge these facts. It’s that simple."

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  • Melissa

    Oy. Make it stop.

  • RollingEyes

    After many songs we hear the judges comment about how the song was the Whitney Houston version, or the Donny Hathaway, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, etc., etc., etc. This is a common occurrence. Yet no announcement is made ahead of time. What am I missing here?

  • MOI

    The money machine that is American Idol needs to do some damage control. After all, it only takes a few seconds of air time to acknowledge a name.

  • tina

    The fault lies with AI. They need to stop editing what’s important for we the public, to hear. And they need to start editing what we don’t want to hear, like most of Paula’s asinine comments.

  • Bretman

    Somebody at the Idol should say something on air to clear this up. And make it a rule in the future to mention artists renditions. Then they wouldn’t have all this crap going on.
    I think they like the controversy they stir up. Anything for ratings.

  • SaintBea

    If I recall, David mentioned in his clip that he was using Whitesnake’s arrangement from 1979. Sounds like typical tearing down of the front-runner to me. Idol clears the songs, and from the show’s beginning, we have heard little but copies of previously released versions of them. Relax and enjoy the music.

  • Garry

    This is asinine. I don’t like hearing ANYONE sing a Beatles song other than the Beatles anyway, but to have bands claiming that a singer should credit their COVER VERSION of a classic Bealtes song is unbelievable. I don’t understand how any young singer would be ignorant enough to try to emulate a cover version of a Beatles song rather than the original itself. Does that mean that the Beatles’ singing and performing their own songs has somehow not been satisfactory for today’s audiences?
    These lightweight bands and singers who mess with the Beatles’ music seem to have no clue that they can’t hold a candle to the Beatles, but then to see someone like David Cook sing a cover version of a cover version of “Eleanor Rigby”–and to see Doxology (whoever they are) actually take offense is unbelievable.
    Now I’m going to listen to the REAL
    “Eleanor Rigby”, on Revolver–nothing else comes close.

  • phredd!!

    So I listened to both David Cook’s and Doxology’s versions of “Eleanor Rigby”. And yes they are very similar. But except for the instrumentation, neither arrangement really strayed from the Beatle’s original as far as Chris Cornell’s version of “Billie Jean” did from Michael Jackson’s version of that song. So I’m not sure if the screaming that Doxology is doing is totally merited since all they really did was a souped-up version of the same basic musical arrangement of the original.

  • Sera

    Good grief, this jerks just want their names annouced so they can get noticed. What a bunch of losers. AI cuts out so much stuff that he probably did say where his version came from but didn’t sir it. Get over it.

  • BobF

    Whether David C or AI acknowledges the song/artist is not the issue, it’s the lack of any creativity David C has by “borrowing” the arrangement of other artists. He clearly has none.

  • Sadie

    David Cook’s performance has been ripped to shreds by the listening public as too insincere and this band wants to hang its hat on it? Give me a break. While I don’t agree with all of what Garry says, I do agree that to ask someone to give you credit for a cover is a bit asinine. Let David be — NONE of the songs the AI contestants sing are their own. I hope he goes far this year despite all of these attempts to discredit him.

  • Paul Ketz

    This is an issue because they are praising David Cook for his “unique and amazing” arrangements. They are not his and he is not making that clear. So, he is getting praised for someone else’s work. If he was more forthcoming with the truth, they would focus on his singing – and not on his arranging skills.

  • caty

    This is the problem with David C. He knows that the the judges does not like to copy an interpretation. So..what he is thonking..let’s look for a cover that judges does not know.
    It’s working right now. But, it’s time for him to stop this. It’s not fair for the original artist who make the cover.
    The judges also, seems without a clue. They praise him for beeing “original”. Stop this joke. Please!

  • let’sBehonest

    The biggest problem here is $$ that Doxology isn’t getting for their ‘rendition’ on ITunes. If I did a cover in my own style, and saw someone else making $$ and getting raves for my creation (even if it is a cover) I’d probably be a little miffed. Let’s be honest here people. None of you know what it’s like to be in the record industry and if the shoe were on your foot, you might be telling a whole different story!
    American Idol is now going down the legal road of no return. This all has to do with $$.
    Chris Cornell may have been singing a different tune too if Ryan hadn’t mentioned his name on air.

  • Get over yourselves

    As I said in another post days ago, these contestants only have a week to get a song together. These ‘covers of covers’ that everyones freaking out about weren’t built in a day. You trying arranging a song in a week! Under this kind of pressure, they’re all better off doing what they’re doing, covering covers and adding their own little subtle changes.
    You purists are taking the fun out of this music!

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