Julia Michaels, singer of hit song Issues and writer of hugely successful singles for Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, has responded to claims that Rebecca Black plagiarised her with a new song.
Black, who found worldwide success with her viral hit Friday in 2011, recently released her new EP RE/BL, featuring a song called Wasted Youth.
Listeners were quick to pick up on the similarities between the track and Julia Michaels' recent single Uh-Huh, which Black had covered earlier this year.
As noted by Stereogum, an early acoustic version of Black's song has a very different chorus to the official version, which was released last week.
Picking up on the story, Michaels tweeted:
Michaels later responded to a fan who accused Black of plagiarism, saying: "Please do your research before accusing someone of plagiarism and artist theft. Fake accusations hurt everyone."
People can write songs 3 years ago and get them reproduced. It happens all the time. I don't care. I'm flattered. Was an interesting article https://t.co/HMNJ4uF0if— Julia Michaels (@imjmichaels) September 20, 2017
Michaels released Uh-Huh earlier this year as the second single from her Nervous System EP, while she's co-written Justin Bieber's Sorry and many of Selena Gomez's recent singles, including Hands To Myself and Bad Liar. Watch the Uh-Huh video below:
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