9 Pop Musicians Who Were Accused of Ripping Off Another Artist’s Music Video
They say that “imitation is the best form of flattery,” but let’s face it, when someone copies your English assignment and gets a better grade than you, it’s effing annoying. When an amazing new pop album drops, it’s usually only a matter of time before the plagiarism claims start to roll in — like last year when Ed Sheeran was sued for over $20 million for allegedly stealing the notes for his song “Photograph” from a song written for The X-Factor contestant Matt Cardle called “Amazing.” The redhead’s not the only one who’s been burdened by that type of lawsuit, in fact there’s a long list (featuring basically all of our favorite singers) of people who apparently ripped off their songs from other artists.
While in some cases there was probably a bit of unintentional/intentional “borrowing,” it’s possible that the OG song and it’s apparent copycat just isn’t that original and two (or more) people actually just happened to think up the same idea. By now we’ve all probably heard the rumor that most pop songs are comprised of the same four notes, anyways! But the actual music isn’t the only thing that’s been a topic of conversation when it comes to the unoriginal nature of mainstream music. Nowadays, videos are almost as important as the actual tune itself. And unfortunately, some artists have been at the center of rumors that say they stole the concept for their MV from another star. PLEASE don’t get us wrong — these are some of our favorite songs — but we’ve gotta admit… some of these visual pieces do look SUSPICIOUSLY alike.
Camila Cabello & Machine Gun Kelly 'Bad Things' v. The 1975 'Robbers'
Seems like where Camila goes, controversy follows... especially in the end of 2016. Just before she unexpectedly upped and left her girl group, Fifth Harmony, the 19-year-old pop singer dropped a vid with Machine Gun Kelly for their hit song, "Bad Things."
While the release should've been something to celebrate, almost immediately they were bombarded by fans commenting on how they stole the concept for the video from a 2014 music video by English rock band, The 1975. Frick. If you watch the two vids back to back, they are SUPER similar. However, both kind of take on the idea of a modern-day "Bonnie and Clyde" so, of course, it's POSSIBLE that Cam and MGK just happened to think up the same idea.
Watch Camilla & Machine Gun Kelly's Music Video Here!
Watch the "Original" Here!
Photo: Dirty Hit & Polydor / Bad Boy & Interscope