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Did these musicians steal their songs?

Jason Derulo celebrates his 30th birthday on September 21st. He is one of many artists who are accused of stealing passages from songs by other musicians. These well-known music greats have produced songs that are very similar - whether in the chorus, in the beat or just individual melodies.

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Is it even possible to create something new in music or are all the songs that come out on the market somehow stolen? Many people ask this question - especially because sampling, i.e. the use of already finished music recordings for a new context, has been the norm in hip-hop for decades.

Jason Derulo, who turns 30 on September 21, is also suspected of stealing some melodies and beats. But not only he, also many other artists and bands have produced very similar sounding songs - whether that happened on purpose or not, the titles are very similar. We picked out songs where the similarity can hardly be denied.

An old folk song becomes a chart hit?

A song by Jason Derulo that has a particular resemblance to another song is called "Don't Wanna Go Home" (2011). The song ran up and down the radio. Some fans may have noticed that it sounds like an old Jamaican folk song in some places.

Did these musicians steal their songs?

"Don't Wanna Go Home" is the lead single from Jason Derulo's second album "Future History". © YouTube

More precisely, this folk song is called "Banana Boat Song", the best-known interpretation comes from Harry Belafonte. If you listen carefully, the famous melody can be heard especially at the beginning of "Don't Wanna Go Home", but it can also be heard in the chorus.

"Banana Boat Song" by Harry Belafonte

The "Banana Boat Song" is also called "Day-O" as an alternative. © YouTube

Stolen intro?

"Same Old Love" by Selena Gomez from 2015 stayed in the German charts for 19 weeks. The piano part at the beginning of the title is particularly catchy. But wait, the intro of another mid-tempo song sounds something like that ...

"Same Old Love" by Selena Gomez

"Same Old Love" is a released single from Selena Gomez ‘second solo album" Revival ". © YouTube

We're talking about the hit "Havana" by Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug, which was released in 2017. Here the piano is set a little lower, but it sounds astonishingly similar. Nevertheless, this similarity is probably only noticeable when you hear the two songs one after the other.

"Havana" by Camila Cabello

"Havana" was Camila Cabello's first solo hit. © YouTube

This beat sounds like ...

This title has over 500 million views on YouTube: Ariana Grande had a real hit in 2016 with her song "Dangerous Woman". The slow and steady beat is particularly catchy. But that's exactly what you know from another song.

"Dangerous Woman" by Ariana Grande

"To me, a dangerous woman is someone who is not afraid to take a stand, be herself and be honest," said Ariana Grande of the title of her song. © YouTube

A different key, but the same beat: Nobody less than Ed Sheeran used this sound for his song "Dive" just a year later. Overall, the title is a bit quieter, but the similarity is unmistakable.

"Dive" by Ed Sheeran

For "Dive", Ed Sheeran said he used musical elements from the 50s and early 60s. © YouTube

Correction in copyright

Seventeen may not be so well known in our part of the world, but in South Korea and Japan the boy group is a chart topper. For one of their songs, however, they had to add another band to the copyright because there were plagiarism allegations. This is easy to spot when you listen to the chorus of "Don't Wanna Cry".

"Dont't Wanna Cry" by Seventeen

"Don't Wanna Cry" is Seventeen's biggest hit so far. © YouTube

Is there something ringing? The chorus is very similar to the song "Something Just Like This" by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay. Despite the copyright change, the Seventeen label announced that the song was "independently created". In fact, there are only a few months between the releases of the two songs in 2017.

"Something Just Like This" by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

"Something Just Like This" is about a relationship that doesn't have to be superhuman perfect. © YouTube

Sampled or stolen?

A particularly famous case of similar-sounding songs dates back to 1990. This is about a very characteristic bass line in the song "Ice Ice Baby" by rapper Vanilla Ice. Actually, this comes from a hit by a famous rock band.

"Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice

"Ice Ice Baby" was in the German charts for 24 weeks. © YouTube

The 1981 song "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie begins with the same bass line. The band and the musician actually threatened a lawsuit for copyright infringement, but the dispute could be resolved out of court. Vanilla Ice said it paid $ 4 million in financial compensation.

"Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie

The song "Under Pressure" was the only joint release by Freddie Mercury and David Bowie. © YouTube

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