Uh-oh. 5 Seconds of Summer is reportedly being sued for alleged plagiarism in one of their songs. The Australian band, made up of Ashton Irwin, Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood and Michael Clifford, has been accused of ripping the opening rift of their hit “Youngblood” off of a song called “White Shadows” by up-and-coming singer and songwriter David Henderson.
According to Complete Music Update, the lawsuit alleges that “substantial portions of the song were copied directly from ‘White Shadows'” and that the similarities between the two songs is “so striking” that “it could not be the result of mere coincidence.”
“The first melodic phrase of ‘Youngblood’ is virtually identical to the melodic phrase from ‘White Shadows,’ and the phrases are repeated four times in each respective song. It is clear that 5 Seconds Of Summer had access, means, and motive to appropriate the melodic phrase of ‘White Shadows’, and we firmly believe that any listener who hears both songs will notice the substantial similarities,” a rep told the outlet.
Some fans noticed the similarities between the two songs, while others didn’t think that the two songs sounded the same at all. Naturally, fans quickly took to Twitter to share their thoughts — and they even got #5SOSIsGoingToJailParty to trend on Twitter as a joke.
“People need to realize that many artists have done so many songs similar to ‘White Shadows’ even before it was released. This ain’t plagiarism, it’s just some dude salty his song which uses the same style as many artists wasn’t as successful as 5SOS,” one fan wrote, while another added, “OK, ‘White Shadows’ sounds NOTHING like ‘Youngblood.’ Sure there’s a slight similarity in the verses but only very slight. THAT DOES NOT MEAN 5SOS COPIED THE F–KING SONG! You cannot sue them just cause a few lines sound five percent similar.”
#5sosisgoingtojailparty people need to realise that many artists have done so many songs similar to white shadows and even before it was released. this ain’t plagiarism, it’s just some dude salty his song which uses the same style as many artists wasn’t as successful as 5sos pic.twitter.com/os8e0QClBe
— aliyah 💕 (@angelloverr97) July 22, 2019
Listen for yourself!
And it turns out, they’re not the only artists to be accused of copyright infringement recently. Last year, Ed Sheeran was sued over this tune, “Thinking Out Loud.” He was accused of ripping off the Marvin Gaye song “Let’s Get it On.” Ariana Grande, on the other hand, faced a lawsuit of her own after her “God Is a Woman” music video contained similarities to one of Vladimir Kush‘s paintings. Not to mention that the band Portugal. The Man accused the Jonas Brothers of copying one of their songs in their bop, “Sucker.” Justin Bieber was also sued for his song “Sorry” by musician Casey Dienel back in 2015 but that lawsuit was eventually dropped.
5SOS has yet to make a statement regarding the accusations.
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