As convention goes, we are often chided for aping Western culture and swearing by their music. However, you can now consider the tables officially turned. Popular American rapper T-pain just lifted the ‘Tum Hi Ho’ melody from Aashiqui 2 in his newest single! The tune in question has been quite the rage in Bollywood for years. So it came as no surprise that music lovers immediately recognized the tune of the song sung by Arijit Singh as well as the transgression!
T-Pain’s latest song, ‘That’s Yo Money,’ included the soothing flute melody that is hauntingly similar to the one in Arijit’s Hindi song released in 2013. Here’s the melody in question from T-Pain’s Tweet so you can judge for yourself!
A plagiarism claim was quickly registered by T-Series who own the copyrights to ‘Tum Hi Ho’. This resulted in the rap song being taken down from YouTube. Nevertheless, the single remains on other channels as well as in T-Pain’s tweet.
Composer of the song in question Mithoon took the chance to respectfully inform the American rapper of his error and music rights violation.
— Mithoon (@Mithoon11) December 15, 2018
He was instantly backed by music lovers who affirmed that the tune indeed mimicked Tum Hi Ho-
As did Mohit Suri’s funny revelatory tweet complete with the rapper’s new video!
— Mohit Suri (@mohit11481) December 15, 2018
Gone are the days when we aped the West, said this music lover in a tweet!
Once upon time, bollywood was copying international tracks but now time has been changed they are copying Bollywood tracks…
— Ajit Patil (@BeingAjitPatil) December 15, 2018
This fan even attempted to troll Pritam Chakraborty calling T-pain the Pritam of Hollywood!
T-pain is @ipritamofficial of Hollywood 😀
— Aam Admi (@ers_aam) December 15, 2018
Loyal followers of the composer ardently voiced their protests.
— मिथुन की एकलव्य (@Rj_Resham) December 15, 2018
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Yet things took a turn for the worse when T-Pain’s first official response to the music controversy was a single tweet. Here’s what T-pain had to say when he was denying accountability.
Much loved director Mohit Suri was the first to stand against the remark.
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
Even so, T-pain fans swiftly took to social media and asked Suri to calm down!
People in different countries have different sense of humor. It's irresponsible for music producer to do this. Part of the problem is piracy in music samples and no one knows where they're from.
— Arpit G (@arpitgmusic) December 16, 2018
Some did stand up for the rapper tweeting a cross-over single he shot.
I don't get why people are hating on tpain and he def aint racist. His name is Faheem bruh! They don't know.
Plus, hes collaborated with our culture and we should never forget that https://t.co/OLgzCjdoSX
— Ehsan Ahmed (@iamjustvibe) December 17, 2018
T-pain promptly acknowledged their efforts!
Wondering what this hullabaloo means for the record labels and T-series, though?
— bombae (@Vermusss) December 16, 2018
Well, that remains to be seen pending a verdict from the respective record labels that are currently taking up the much-discussed matter.
Also, what do you think will be next on the plagiarism front? Perhaps a soul-jarring rap on Channa Mereya!