While the Indian film industry, especially Bollywood, has often found themselves in a spot for plagiarising world music, American rapper T-pain was recently accused of 'lifting' a tune from a Bollywood movie. Really.
In T-Pain's latest song, 'That’s Yo Money,' a recurring flute melody is used which sounds uncannily similar to the Hindi song 'Tum Hi Ho' from the movie Aashiqui 2, which became a chart-topped and a fan favorite when it released in 2013.
Following the plagiarism claim, the song, which was released on December 13, was taken down from YouTube, after T-Series, who own the rights to 'Tum Hi Ho' complained of copyright infringement.
The song still exists on other channels and on Twitter, as well as T-Pain's official tweet releasing it. Give it a listen.
Twitter didn't hesitate to call him out for copying the tune, at all.
Sir, the melody that you have used in your new song is my original work for a previously released Hindi film..The Label is looking into this.#tumhiho #Aashiqui2 https://t.co/5fnDf4sfg7— Mithoon (@Mithoon11) December 15, 2018
Dunno why but this seems familiar #aashiqui2 #tumhiho @TPAIN https://t.co/69NJvAujsT . It’s a melody from Mithun’s song buddy @Mithoon11 @raiisonai @itsBhushanKumar— Mohit Suri (@mohit11481) December 15, 2018
SONG IS LIT WITH THAT TUM HI HO INSTRUMENTAL — red nose (@bangs_52) December 15, 2018
Hello @TPAIN , if u are a hard working & passionate musician then would request u to kindly remove the instrumental music played here which is #tumhiho & actually owned by @Mithoon11 . Mithoon's passion & hard work results in such brilliant original tunes.Sure u can do the same— Sumeet Basu (@sumeetbasu) December 16, 2018
The rapper's response to the accusations have also been baffling, and somewhat problematic - He denied accountability for the move, and also called people pointing out the plagiarism out 'brown twitter.'
Woke up to getting dragged by brown twitter. Sooooo yea. I definitely didn’t produce this song. Had no idea that was a sample and have never heard the music before I got the beat from the producer. Easy thing to work out. The labels will be in contact. Thanx— T-Pain (@TPAIN) December 15, 2018
Which definitely didn't go down well with people.
Brown Twitter !! Sir is that what your response is .?? is this a apology or foolish ignorance .if you hadn’t been so stuck up in your world and realised that this song has crossed over a billion streaming’s .maybe you would understand #Shameless @Mithoon11 @itsBhushanKumar— Mohit Suri (@mohit11481) December 16, 2018
LMAO "BROWN TWITTER"!!! IM ALIVEN'T— Gains, Grain, and Dames (@TdClue) December 15, 2018
Some even decided to have fun at his expense.
The real Kala Jatt— Priyaajk (@Pengjabi) December 16, 2018
Brown twitter rises.— Anmol Patel (@anmolpatell) December 17, 2018
What does this mean for the huge YouTube battle that's still raging between T-series, though?