Poor Måns Zelmerlöw. He may have won Eurovision by almost record proportions, but those pesky plagiarism claims continue to persist. For months, fans and media have been drawing comparisons between the all conquering “Heroes” and David Guetta’s “Lovers On The Sun”. And now Avicii, the superstar Swedish dj and co-producer of Guetta’s track, has weighed in on the debate. Speaking to Associated Press, he said:
I think it was a great, great version of David Guetta’s song… actually, I think it was a worse version of David Guetta’s song. But it was fun that we won, at least, you know. I’m happy that we made some kind of impact at least, even if it’s David’s song. But, yeah, I’m a co-writer, I guess. So to me it’s a little bit harder. Like, I’m making fun of it in my shows just for fun. You know, I’ll take it for what it is. And obviously I’m happy that Sweden won. I was there last year, or not last year – two years ago. And this year it was just fun to have Sweden all over the press again. You know, the royal wedding and then Eurovision. It felt like Sweden was becoming a superpower for like a split second there.
Lovers on the sun? More like lover of shade!
Avicii on “Heroes” and David Guetta comparison
This isn’t the first time that a high profile name has chimed in on the matter. After San Marino’s semi final defeat, Michele Perniola sent a tweet making similar accusations. Back then Måns responded as such:
We’ve had this discussion earlier and I don’t think that they are alike. Maybe the build-ups are alike, but I think when it comes to… if you analyse the tones, I don’t think there are two tones following each other that are the same actually, so I can’t see how it could be plagiarism then. But I’m sorry he feels that way.
A very technical and legal sounding answer. Most likely the issue was looked into at the time of the stickman copyright fiasco. Still, it should be noted that Avicii makes fun of the comparisons at his shows. If he genuinely considered that there was plagiarism, team Sweden would probably have heard from his lawyers. After all, this is the same man who attempted to block the release of Leona Lewis’ “Collide” over the use of an uncredited sample.
Måns Zelmerlöw response to David Guetta comparisons
What do y’all think? Is there merit to these claims made first by Michele and now Avicii? You can listen to both songs below and make your own mind up.
Måns Zelmerlöw “Heroes”
David Guetta “Lovers On The Sun”
Still not sure? Well, a Youtube user has kindly uploaded a video which directly compares both tracks. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but is it there to begin with? Sound off in the comments.
“Heroes” vs “Lovers On The Sun” Comparison Video
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