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Is the Danish entry “New Tomorrow” plagiarism?


Denmark – Yesterday the band “A Friend in London” won the Danks Melodi Grand Prix with the song “New Tomorrow”. Since then the song has stirred some debates. The readers of the site pj.dk, claim that the song that will represent Denmark in Germany is a case of plagiarism of the song “Sing for me”, an entry of Andreas Johnson at Melodifestivalen 2006. As always, the question causes controversy. We have to remember that one can not accuse a song of being plagiarism if it just resembles another song. Plagiarism is not a sentiment of “Déjà vu” and there are clear rules to determine whether something is plagiarism or not. First a complaint by the other song’s authors has to be filed.  Then the song will be analysed. For a song to be plagiarism it has to have a sequence of 8 notes that are exactly identical with the other song. “A Friend In London” has not reacted to these accusations yet. They told esctoday, that they are thinking about modifications of the song tough.

Here you can listen to the two songs in a mix:

Source= Eurovisionauquotidien

30 comments on “Is the Danish entry “New Tomorrow” plagiarism?

  1. Acc. to the Danish music experts written on the DR’s website this song isnt plagiarism..

    http://www.dr.dk/melodigrandprix/Artikler/2011/0227151318.htm

    PSS!! Morgan did you wrote a message there :D (just saw your name)

  2. Remember the song from Switzerland 2008 and Sweden 2001?
    Both songs were reporting to be STRONGLY plagiarised from Amy Diamonds ‘It Can Only Get Better’ and Belgium 1996 respectively.

  3. Well i found some clip of Japanese (or something like that song) and posted it in summary of this week article, and it sounds same to me… With song of Andreas is same case… It realy sounds almoast identical in some parts…
    But the first song that falls in my mind when ive heard this song is Lilly Allens-Who had know…

  4. the moonkeys daydream beliver in the start and the chours

  5. @ The Eurovision Times WordPress

    YOU REALLY REALLY SHOULD DO AN ARTICLE ABOUT THIS UKRAINIAN SCANDAL, AND JAMALA HAS NOW COMMENTED ON IT, AND POSTED THE LINK TO THE PETITION ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK, AND IS STICKING BY IT, IT WOULD MAKE A GREAT ARTICLE REALLY.

  6. The EBU would just look from the sidelines and let the broadcasters take care of it in court. When Sweden 2001 was accused of ripping off Belgium 1996 the EBU told them to settle it themselves and in the end the songwriters of 1996 got money out of it and Listen To Your Heart Beat was still performed in Copenhagen.

  7. finally found the danish songs online : http://www.youtube.com/user/MrAwezomeDK
    such a good NF actually!! with good results!!

  8. am i the only one who hears that “sleepless” sounds a lot like “breathing” actually?

  9. People thought UK 2003 resembled Netherlands 1975 … and we all know how that turned out.

  10. They are thieves. Almost completely the same song!!!!

  11. So many songs are similar with this piece

    Look at this:

    This song from nearly twenty years ago is so similar with the Danish one

  12. I heard it really quick! and “Sing for me” fitted in perfectley at the beginning of the refrain

  13. The danish entry reminds me of another Chinese song…
    http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/kwsAea2tv94/
    this song was released around 1993 or 1994

  14. We live in a time where everything has been done before – it’s a fact our generation has to live with until something new comes into the light. And then like… 5 seconds later… Even that new thing will be completely used up.

    Thats just how it is.

  15. I too thought I’d heard this melody before, but certainly not the lyrics. It sounds like the Danish EV song is in the style of UK band ‘Take That’ but with the melody of a song by French band ‘AIR’ called: You Make It Easy. It’s on the Moon Safari album, track 7. Beth Hirsch does the vocals.

    I like the Danish entry though. It’s the type of melody that unfortunately resembles so many other songs. That isn’t their fault, so no evidence of plagiarism for me. Just a shame it didn’t do as well as it should have.

  16. Hmmm… The chorus of both “New tomorrow” and “Sing for me” really reminds me of the chorus in “Shine” from Take That;)

  17. It is also similliar to another Chinese song named ‘never die’ which was released at least a decade ago. There is no doubt that the song New Tomorow is a product of plagarism. Anyone interested can follow the link:

  18. It is Sing for me! Welcome back!

  19. it isn’t plagiarism if songs don’t look like we won’t have new songs and music they copy not lyrics

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