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"Too much like "Tatu" band": NAHABA participants of the National Selection for Eurovision 2024 caught plagiarizing

The song GLASSS by NAHABA reminds listeners of "Tattoo"

On Thursday, January 11, all the participants of the National Selection for Eurovision 2024 presented their competition tracks. Among them is the band NAHABA, who will compete for the victory and the right to represent Ukraine in the international music arena with their song GLASSS. For many listeners, the track has already become one of the main contenders for victory, but there is one "but" – the melody of the single reminds Ukrainians of the song "We Will Not Be Caught Up" by the Russian band Tatu.

The song was posted on the Eurovision Ukraine YouTube channel. It received a lot of comments, including accusations of "plagiarism."

The band, which consists of the vocalists Vakyolia and Andrii Naumenko, did not intend to plagiarize anyone, let alone Russian artists. The lyrics of their single are related to military themes. In particular, the chorus sings: "And with broken glass under attack / You shouted at me not to cry."

However, it can't be helped that many listeners find the chorus lyrics extremely consonant with "They Won't Catch Up With Us."

It's worth noting that the duo creates music in the style of Ukrainian neofolk with admixtures of different genres. Vakyolia, whose real name is Olha, has been traveling around Europe as a street musician since the full-scale invasion and promoting Ukrainian music among foreigners. In 2023, Andrii Naumenko joined the Ukrainian Air Force and is currently serving in the 40th Tactical Aviation Brigade "Ghosts of Kyiv."

''Too much like ''Tatu'' band'': NAHABA participants of the National Selection for Eurovision 2024 caught plagiarizing

Meanwhile, more and more comments are gathering under the band's song. Some people predict victory for the band, admiring their modern approach in tandem with folklore motifs, while others continue to be surprised by the similarities between GLASSS and "We Will Not Be Caught".

"For some reason, I remembered 'They won't catch up with us'... But the emotions are clear," "Am I the only one who hears the band Tatu here?" "Specific, but cool. Only associations with Tatu, which arise for most people from the very first seconds, can play a cruel joke with this song," "It's too much of a vibe of Tatu," listeners leave these and other similar comments.

''Too much like ''Tatu'' band'': NAHABA participants of the National Selection for Eurovision 2024 caught plagiarizing
''Too much like ''Tatu'' band'': NAHABA participants of the National Selection for Eurovision 2024 caught plagiarizing
''Too much like ''Tatu'' band'': NAHABA participants of the National Selection for Eurovision 2024 caught plagiarizing
''Too much like ''Tatu'' band'': NAHABA participants of the National Selection for Eurovision 2024 caught plagiarizing
''Too much like ''Tatu'' band'': NAHABA participants of the National Selection for Eurovision 2024 caught plagiarizing

The final of the National Selection is scheduled for February 3. It will be held in the format of a televised concert. The winner, who will represent Ukraine at the 68th Eurovision Song Contest in May this year in Malmö, Sweden, will be determined by the jury and the audience. The jury of the final will be selected by Ukrainians through online voting.

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