Adele accused of 'stealing' Kurdish singer's song for new album "25"


Adele has been accused of plagiarism by Turkish music lovers, who say one of the tracks on her latest album is a rip-off of a song by an iconic Kurdish musician.
The highly acclaimed song“Million Years Ago”, in which Adele seems to lament the ordinary life fame has taken from her, has become embroiled in a plagiarism row.

British pop star’s Turkish critics say ‘Million years ago’, track number nine on her album “25”, bears an unmistakable resemblance to a tune by Ahmet Kaya called ‘Acilara Tutunmak’ – or Clinging to Pain – which was recorded in 1985.
The song’s release has created a storm on social media in Turkey, with some users accusing the 27-year performer of “stealing” the melancholic tune from Kaya.


Kaya was a famous Kurdish singer from Malatya, Turkey, who died in November 2000 as an exile in Paris. He was an outcast in Turkey, despite releasing tracks in both Turkish and Kurdish, having identified as a Kurd of Turkey.

“Adele has stolen a song from us,” one user named Esra Nur Aydogan wrote on Twitter, sharing a picture of a man hanging a Turkish flag on his balcony in protest.

Kaya’s wife, Gulten Kaya, also weighed in, saying it was unlikely for a global star like Adele to do such a thing.
“However, if she consciously did it, then it would be theft,” she told Turkish daily Posta.
Adele’s third studio album has sold millions of copies in both Britain and the US, smashing records on either side of the Atlantic.
One fan has attempted to highlight the similarities with a YouTube video combining the two songs: Listen to both songs below.

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