The world loves a mystery. Incidents like the Marie Celeste fascinate people all over the world and now we have a fresh mystery on our hands.
It concerns Croatia’s Eurovision singer Franka. Her mystical track “Crazy” was released through Eurovision’s official accounts on March 7. So far, so normal.
But two weeks previously, a song with same instrumental as “Crazy” appeared on a different YouTube channel, with different lyrics and vocals provided by Romanian artist Guez.
The alternate version is titled “Ceea ce iubim”, which translates as “what we love”. An exact scenario of events for how this has happened is unclear.
The revelation has sent social media into a frenzy, sparked by a tweet from @justonekoala, and has drawn mixed responses from Eurofans:
— JLG?????? (@JLG_144) March 30, 2018
I can’t believe Croatia have done that, literally copy, paste, Franka ??
— Alasdair Macrae ?????? (@euromacrae) March 30, 2018
Curiously, the Guez version has more views than Franka's, would be really weird if they found the leaked instumental, recorded over it, released it before Croatia and then got more views from it if that's what happened…
— Grace ????????? (@gmountjoy1) March 30, 2018
The scenario of Croatia's national broadcaster or Franka – a pretty well-established artist in her country – hacking an unknown romanian band and stealing a song is completely bullshit. The other way around is, in my personal opinion, likely to be the truth.
— Andrea ? (@ANDREAESCIT) March 30, 2018
In an interview with wiwibloggs released in February, Franka did share some insights about the songwriting process for “Crazy”, which adds further confusion to the mix.
The Croatian star states that Branimir Mihaljevic was responsible for composing the music and that their work together was inspired by her previous single “S tobom”. Mihaljevic has a past Eurovision credit for Feminnem’s Eurovision 2010 track “Lako je sve”. The Romanian version instead credits the instrumental to Denzel Beats.
In a video posted to his Facebook page two weeks ago, Guez directly accused Franka of plagiarism:
Ok , piesa ceea ce iubim tocmai a fost plagiat? de c?tre Croa?ia pentru concursul Eurovision. What the hell it's going on?
Posted by Jugureanu Guez Marius on Sunday, March 18, 2018
Croatia’s “Crazy” situation is reminiscent of Malta’s “Dai laga” dilemma. Back in January, fans noted that the base instrumentation behind Adian Cassar’s MESC entry “Dai laga” was a production track that had been released before the 1 September deadline. This component was removed from the song and “Dai laga” went on to place fourth at the Maltese national final.
In cases where Eurovision songs have been previously available online, the EBU has normally approved their participation in the contest. This year, for example, Belarus’s contestant Alekseev will compete with “Forever” even though he performed it live prior to 1 September 2017.
It’s unclear how the EBU will proceed where the instrumental is exactly the same.
UPDATE: In a statement on her Facebook page, Franka has clarified the situation herself and acknowledged that both songs have the same producer “Denzel Beats”. She also points out versions of both songs are available on digital streaming platforms and suggests that she views this as a “cover”, and that she’s excited to hear more on the way to Eurovision.
The song Crazy is the product of the work of Karpo media group, and alongside Branimir Mihaljevi?, the song was produced…
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