Dance stars “after blood” from rip-off artist Moonwalk
As Leona Lewis could attest to, Avicii isn’t one to let another artist get away with ripping off his work. Almost a year after the Swede took Lewis to court claiming that she’d plagiarised his track Fade Into Darkness, it looks like Avicii’s had another single ripped off – this time, it’s his Nicky Romero hook-up Nicktim.
Kicking off the accusations, Nicky Romero took to his Facebook yesterday with the post: “Wtf, a ‘producer’ called ‘Moonwalk’ stole Nicktim by @Avicii & me!? ’ and released it on Spotify”. While the waters are usually pretty murky with plagiarism claims, a quick listen to the Moonwalk track in question, Try This, suggests that this is a pretty clear-cut case of beat-for-beat plagiarism.
What’s more, the whole of Moonwalk’s album Neon Life – which is available for sale on Amazon and iTunes – seems to be made up entirely of well-known tracks by other artists, retitled and credited to Moonwalk. Also among the ripped-off are M83, Bassnectar, Ellie Goulding and Lykke Li, and fans on Romero’s Facebook page suggested that Moonwalk has also nicked Skrillex’s Syndicate remix. You’d think that these allegations are sure to hurt Moonwalk’s career – but with a modest 562 Facebook fans to his name, it seems he didn’t really have one to begin with.
While Avicii’s stayed silent on the matter, his manager Ash Pournouri Tweeted that he’s “after blood”. When asked, “What happened to DJ Moonwalk?” on Twitter, Pournouri responded with a curt, “Murdered”.
There’s no trace of Moonwalk’s tunes on YouTube anymore, but you can listen to a sample of the track Try This through the Amazon store, and compare it to Nicky Romero and Avicii’s Nicktim below.