This year’s German Eurovision Song Contest entrants Cascada, best known for their 2009 ode to not dancing, ‘Evacuate The Dancefloor’, have sparked controversy after being accused of ripping off last year’s winning track, ‘Euphoria’ by Sweden’s Loreen, for their entry ‘Glorious’.
Cascada vocalist Natalie Horler denied the accusations to Deutsche Presse-Agentur, saying: “If you like, we can superimpose one song on the other. They are two different songs”.
However, “music expert” Tina Johns didn’t agree, telling Bild: “[The opening sections of the two songs are] absolutely identical. [Also] the chorus uses the same accentuation, the ending peaks with the same combinations. The singers even use the same breathing methods”.
So heated has the debate become that now German media company NDR, which broadcasts Eurovision in the country, has launched an investigation, although NDR’s Head Of Entertainment, Thomas Schreiber played this down, saying: “Every year, there are stories. Last year, Loreen’s ‘Euphoria’ was accused of being filched from David Guetta and Rihanna, claims that went nowhere”.
Regards the two songs at the centre of the current debate, really they’re just similar in the way that a lot of pop tracks are currently similar. But why don’t you make up your own mind:
Loreen – Euphoria:
Cascada – Glorious: