Thomas Gustafsson—the Swedish composer and songwriter known as Thomas G:son—has written 58 songs that have competed in national Eurovision selections from Denmark to Romania. It’s probably tough not to repeat yourself when you’re spitting out that volume of music. Apparently it’s tough not to repeat other people, too….
Gloria, a Wiwi reader in Belgium, contacted us after reading our post “Does Loreen’s ‘Euphoria’ Remind you of Dunja’s ‘Euforija.’” Her answer was yes. “Euphoria,” which G:Son also wrote, and which won Eurovision this year, has strong similarities with Dunja’s song of the same name (minus Dunja’s Serbian accent). But Gloria wanted to remind us of two other of G:son’s songs which sound oddly similar to songs that came before them.
First, G:Son’s “Listen to Your Heartbeat,” which competed at Eurovision 2001, may remind you of the song that represented Belgium in 1996. In fact, a judge actually ordered G:Son to pay the Belgian songwriter royalties after-the-fact. Let’s compare:
Belgium’s Lisa del Bo sings “Liefde is een kaartspel” at Eurovision 1996:
Sweden’s Friends sing Thomas G:son’s “Listen to Your Heartbeat” at Eurovision 2001:
And who can forget the scandal involving Danny Saucedo at Sweden’s national final last year? “In the Club” sounds like an English-language translation of “En El Club.” We’re not saying any of this is deliberate—sometimes things enter your brain and you can’t figure out from where. But it’s unfortunate to say the least.
“En El Club” by Myla Vox, a boy band from Nicaragua:
Danny Saucedo sings Thomas G:Son’s “In the Club” at Melodifestivalen 2011:
For an established artist like G:Son, the explanation isn’t that he copied. The answer is simply that there’s a lot of music produced every single day across the world. There will inevitably be similarities between songs. YouTube just makes them easier to identify.