Music critic Craig Mathieson accused bassist Andy Clemmensen of plagiarizing part of his review on Kanye West’s album, ABC.net.au reported. Mathiseon wrote in a review published both by The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. See Mathieson’s blog post about the plagiarism claims here.
Mathieson wrote: “My beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is eclectic but never offhand; every deviation serves the song’s texture, every boast contrasts with sly lacerating self-appraisal.”
Clemmensen wrote about the same album on Channel V’s website Vmusic: “It’s eclectic but never off-hand. It’s hip-hop where every deviation serves the song’s texture, every boast contrasts with slyly lacerating self-appraisal.”
Mathieson suggested that perhaps Clemmensen didn’t actually write the review, but that his byline was just tagged on to it. Either way, “it’s definitely plagiarism,” he wrote.
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The Australian blog Defamer noted that Clemmensen’s review “was taken down from the Channel V website” Dec. 13.
Clemmenson apologized on Facebook for the plagiarism, Novafm.com.au reported. Clemmenson wrote:
“Apologies to any reviewers not quoted. Arriving home late from a month long promo tour and having the Kanye album review due the next day, I was exhausted, so I foolishly got my friend to do it for me. was unaware that it was plagirised [sic] but I accept full responsibility and would once again like to apologize to the journalists I have offended.”
UPDATE: 1/7/2011 3:16 PM EST: Updated media brief about Kanye West review to include the apology from Clemmenson.