Friday 23 February 2018

Adele accused of 'stealing' 1985 song by Kurdish-Turkish singer for Million Years Ago

Adele sold 700,000 copies of her latest release last weekend.
Adele sold 700,000 copies of her latest release last weekend.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Another day, another music artist hit with a plagiarism allegation.

Adele has been accused of ripping off Kurdish-Turkish singer Ahmet Kaya's 1985 song Acilara Tutunmak (Clinging to Pain) with her new song MillioN years Ago.

Fans of Ahmet have taken to social media with their claims of plagiarism.

Ahmet died in November 2000.  He had been outcast in Turkey even though he released tracks in both Turkish and Kurdish and he died in exile in Paris.

His widow, Gülten Kaya, said it was unlikely that Adele had deliberately copied the song, but added "However, if she consciously did it then it would be theft".

It's the latest in a long line of plagiarism accusations levelled at artists.

Jay Z was recently cleared after he was accused of taking flute samples from late Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Harez's 1957 song Khosara and using them in Big Pimpin in 1999.

Earlier this year Marvin Gaye's family won a $7.3 million court case against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke over their hit 'Blurred Lines' which was ruled to have infringed Gaye's 1997 song Got to Give It Up.

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