Did Justin Bieber Jack Eric Prydz’ “Pjanoo” For “Roller Coaster?”

Image via Justin Bieber on Facebook
Image via Justin Bieber on Facebook

It’s hard to say in this day and age. Justin Bieber‘s been on a “Music Mondays” kick, releasing new singles every Monday for the last few months, to varying degrees of love/hate (depending on how much of a Belieber you truly are). His latest release, “Roller Coaster,” is apparently produced by Rodney Jerkins (who has done two tracks with Bieber already, and has a catalog that includes hits with Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Brandy, Destiny’s Child and many other acts), and features a chord progression that sounds a lot like Eric Prydz‘ 2008 smash “Pjanoo.” Check them out side-by-side:

Sounds familiar, right? Now in looking for any kind of production credits or sample acknowledgements, we can’t find any; such is the case in the 2013 Internets age, where Wikipedia is the new album booklet and releases debut on iTunes with little-to-no proper information. Aside from Rodney Jerkins grooving to this “rollerskating groove” on Instagram, we don’t have much in the way of official info. Who knows – did they get permission from Prydz? Are we just listening too hard? Who knows. No word from Prydz on the Internets either way as of yet. We’ll keep you posted if there’s any update on this situation.

EDIT Eric had a conversation with someone on Twitter that kind of settles this argument:



EDIT It looks like Rodney Jerkins isn’t the producer for this, but Julkeyz is.

(ThisSongSlaps / MTV)

  • controlla

    you can’t protect/copyright simple chord progressions.

  • Earl the pearl

    My favorite fireworks are snakes and sparklers.

  • Adam Phillips

    every chord progression has been used before…

  • Nick

    Actually its a lot closer to the song “Love Rollercoaster” by The Ohio Players. ; )

    Check it out.


    • blasterUp99

      Justin Bieber and Darkchild who produced Roller Coaster payed homage to this classic R&B/Funk anthem from the 70′s. Red Hot Chili Peppers also covered Love Rollercoaster back in 1996! Justin’s sample sounds closer to the original than Eric Prydz’s sample. By the way Rodney Jenkins already stated on his Twitter that he produced this track for Bieber. Thanks Nick for doing Khal’s job for him!!!

      • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

        LOL @ “doing my job.” My job with this was done when Prydz said it wasn’t a flip of “Pjanoo,” which was updated about an hour after this post went live.