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The Will.i.am sample/plagiarism row seems one that’s set to rumble on for the foreseeable future after Above & Beyond’s label Anjunabeats  released an official press statement to address the various “inaccuracies” that Will had shared with the associated press and followed this up with a clear dig at the ‘singer’ at the Electric Daisy Carnival Chicago.

For those of you who may not be yet initiated with the story we’ll briefly recap- back in 2011 Arty and Mat Zo released a popular collaborative effort entitled ‘Rebound’ on Anjunabeats which was subsequently sampled without permission for Will.i.am’s new single ‘Let’s Go’ with celebrity wife beater Chris Brown. Cue anger from both artists and Anjunabeats for the flagrant abuse of their copyright and Will.i.am seeking to diffuse the situation as a ‘misunderstanding’ and insisting that they were aware of his intention to make use of the work.

Now instead of using the usually interactive on screen text to encourage the usual mish-mash of euphoria inducing rhetoric and crowd particaption the Anjunabeats bosses decided to have a tongue in cheek dig at the former Black Eyed Pea whilst playing ‘Rebound’ as the screen read “The New Single By Will.i.am” before adding in a “Not’ much to the relief of the audience which you can watch below via some keen fan shot footage. 

With the row seemingly no where near diffused it seems that this is one copyright row that will continue to run and run…

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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