Robin Schulz (at the Echo Awards 2016): A hit machine
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One piece sounds like the other - in this case it's actually true.
Two tracks that have the same title, using the same sample with a very distinctive voice of a female singer, played in the same key, even the arrangements are very similar.
Only the artists who released both tracks could hardly be more different: on the one hand Robin Schulz, a star DJ with millions of hits for years, Grammy nomination and hits like "Waves" and "Prayer", one of the best-selling singles in Germany.
On the other hand, Southstar, a young electronic music artist who only started releasing music under this name last year.
He now claims: "Robin Schulz stole my song 'Miss You', which I dropped a month ago." So he apparently wrote it on Instagram, the Watson news portal shows a screenshot of the post, which has since been deleted.
The tracks are easy to mix up
A bold accusation, which, however, speaks for the fact that Southstar's track was released in July, Robin Schulz's only on August 5th.
And that they really do sound very similar – you can convince yourself of that here.
This is what Southstar's "Miss You" sounds
... and so »Miss You« by
In the meantime, several German rappers have shown solidarity with Southstar.
Bausa and Symba, for example, link to Southstar's track in their Instagram stories and write: "The original." And according to the Hiphop.de site, Prince Pi also says that the song was "stolen 1:1" by Schulz.
Fans protest online
How the duplicate came about is still unclear.
Robin Schulz has not yet commented on this.
And Southstar has also kept a low profile since the allegation on Instagram.
There was probably only the hint that Oliver Tree, the musician from whom both took the sample with the singer, had nothing to do with it.
Perhaps there was an unsuccessful agreement between the Schulz and Southgate labels about the use of this music snippet, speculates the music magazine »Diffus«.
"Miss You" is Southstar's first release to involve a professional label - B1 Recordings, owned by Sony.
His "Miss You" version was apparently streamed much more frequently than the predecessors.
However, the scandal and the support from the music scene brought him additional attention.
Meanwhile, fans are protesting online.
On Instagram, a user writes under Schulz's last post: "Stealing songs is not possible," and someone else: "Honestly, you're ashamed.
With your oh so many followers, sold records, etc., do you really need to steal songs from an underground artist?!
Really uncool action«.