Germany’s entry for this year’s Eurovision, Levina’s “Perfect Life”, has been accused of plagiarism today. The accusations have come from German filmmaker Felix Maxim Eller, who claims that the song is similar to the soundtrack of one of his films.
24-year old Eller has claimed that “Perfect Life” plagiarises the soundtrack to his 2014 movie “Young and Wild”. The titular song from the movie, written and performed by Serbian singer Aleksandra Kovac, predates Levina’s song by release date. However she too has expressed her concern over the origin of Levinia’s song. You can listen to “Young and Wild” below:
“Perfect Life” was written by Lindsey Ray, Lindy Robbins and Dave Bassett, and it has been claimed that their composition predates the film, and hence could not have plagiarised the soundtrack. If this is true, it is possible that the similarities between the two songs could simply be due to similar themes and interchangeability in pop music. Indeed, “Perfect Life” has already been widely compared to the composition of David Guetta & Sia’s “Titanium”. Nevertheless, Sony Music have launched a copyright claim against the song, and are investigating the matter by speaking with the composers of “Perfect Life”.
Levina was chosen by the German public to represent her country in Kyiv in early February, and her rendition of “Perfect Life” prevailed in the superfinal over her other entry, “Wildfire”. The song received an impressive 69% of the votes. It remains to be seen whether the song will be found guilty of plagiarism, or what action would be taken in the event of this.
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Germany was one of seven countries to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. The country has taken part in every contest apart from the 1996 contest when they failed to make it through the qualifying round. To date Germany has won the contest twice, the first time being in 1982 when Nicole sang “Ein Bisschen Frieden”, which became a global hit. Germany didn’t win again until 2010, when Lena sang “Satellite” in Oslo. She received 9 sets of 12 points, scoring 236 points overall. In the past two years Germany has finished last in the final.