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Adele accused of plagiarising Kurdish singer's song

Fans claim song ‘Million Years Ago’ is similar to Acilara Tutunmak song written by Ahmet Kaya

Adele accused of plagiarising Kurdish singer's song

singer Adele has become embroiled in a plagiarism dispute with fans of Kurdish
singer Ahmet Kaya, who claim that one of the songs from her current album ‘25’
is similar to a song written 30 years ago.

have claimed that ‘Million Years Ago’, one of the standout tracks on the 27-year-old's record-breaking album, sounds quite similar to ‘Acilara Tutunmak (Clinging
to Pain)’, a song that Kaya wrote in 1985.

Fans of
the Turkish-Kurdish singer have taken to social media to claim that the
chart-topping singer has ripped off the song from Kaya, who died in November

has stolen from us,” Esra Nur Aydogan wrote on Twitter.

Dilmener, a Turkish music critic, admitted that there were some similarities
between the songs but “not too much”.

“I don’t
think Adele listened to Ahmet Kaya’s song and copied it deliberately,” he told
The Independent
, adding that he thought the Kurdish singer’s song was “an easy
tune to figure out”.

singer’s widow, Gülten Kaya also said that it was unlikely for a global
superstar like Adele to copy a song, but told the Turkish daily Posta:
“However, if she consciously did it, then it would be theft.”

Make your own mind up: Click here to listen to the Turkish song and then compare it to the Adele track.

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geggyboy 4 years ago

Stop now! It is generic chord progression and of nothing particularly individual or stunningly unique - merely adaptation which is always good.

If anything, it might have been the other way around stolen from Andrew Lloyd Webber 30 years ago. Phantoms in the Opera somewhere.

Mick 4 years ago

Desperation for cash, obviously.
Im sure that Adele is a big fan of Kurdish music. I'm sure she listens to it constantly and has quite a wide catalogue of all of the greats. cmon....
I'd be willing to bet that she has never heard a Kurdish song in her life let alone studied one to copy.

Sha Og 4 years ago

Music composition draws global inspiration in today's world.

Every artist hires a team of composers, lyricists who help them come up with compositions.

I suspect, Adele could have inadvertently picked up the tune , thanks to not so original idea from one of her team