The bizarre Bag Raiders rip-off, 'DJ Is My Lover'
Thu 24th May, 2012 News 2364 viewsin
There’s been no shortage of dance music rip-off scandals over the years. In recent memory alone, Will.i.am has nicked the Boys Noize track Yeah!, Leona Lewis has been taken to court by Avicii and some kid called Moonwalk had all hell descend on him when he was caught stealing songs from Bassnectar, Skrillex and Nicky Romero. All that in mind, you’d think artists wouldn’t be so stupid as to blatantly rip off someone else’s track – especially one as recognisable as the Bag Raiders anthem Shooting Stars.
But just as surely as there’ll be death and taxes, so too will there be idiots. Enter Ryan Tedder: solo artist and frontman for US group OneRepublic, who had a massive hit with the 2007 Timbaland-produced track Apologize and, as far as we can tell, have really done nothing much since. But while OneDirection have been laying low, it seems Ryan Tedder has been busy dabbling in plagiarism.
Speculation’s been rife today that Tedder has ripped-off the Sydney duo with a track called DJ Is My Lover, which despite being almost a year old has flown under the radar until now. The song, which was uploaded last August, is pretty much exactly the same as Bag Raiders’ Shooting Stars except shitter and (as its title hints) with terrible lyrics. Bag Raiders confirmed on their Twitter this afternoon that they haven’t received any payment for the use of the track, though it’s unclear whether it was ever given an official release. You can compare the two below – so, suss enough?