Sunday 18 August 2019

Tom Waits fans accuse Adele of plagiarising his 1973 track Martha

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Fans of legendary US singer Tom Waits have accused Adele of copying his 1973 track Martha.

The British singer's latest single, 'Hello' from her upcoming album, '25', had already been compared to Lionel Richie's song of the same name.

Now the star is fielding accusations that the song bears striking similarities to Martha, from Waits' album Closing Time.

"Adele's "Hello" is pretty much another version of Tom Waits's "Martha.""wrote one fan on Twitter, while another wrote, "Just copped that Adele's Hello is a copy of Tom Waits' Martha."

Both songs deal with the singers calling an ex on the telephone. 

Producer and songwriter Greg Kurstin recently said that Adele had been inspired by artists like Waits.

"She didn't want to just go through and write a pop song with any particular formula.  We talked about Tom Waits and different storytellers like that."

Compare the songs here:

Tom Waits - Martha

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