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Asim Azhar Accused Of Plagiarism On His Song “Jo Tu Na Mila”, The Singer Responds


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In yet another controversy, Asim Azhar – famous Pakistani singer and actor – has recently been accused of plagiarism on his hit song “Jo Tu Na Mila”. The accusations hit as users on facebook noted that the singer’s hit song had striking resemblance to Japanese Studio Ghibli’s critically acclaimed movie, Kiki’s Delivery Service’s main soundtrack – “Umi no Mieru Machi” (A Town with an Ocean View).

“Jo Tu Na Mila” is a widely popular song from Asim Azhar released in 2018 which just crossed 100 million views recently in May 2020. This makes him one of the handful of local artists to have actually achieved this feat. Celebrating this feat, the singer wrote on his social media accounts;

“100 million views #JoTuNaMila! And it gives me immense honour to become the youngest and 4th Pakistani artist (after Rahat Fateh Ali Khan saab, Atif Aslam and Momina Mustehsan) to have 2 or more songs in the 100 million club. Thank you, I love you guys……….Still can’t process it, running out of words. To some people in some part of the world, this might be a regular achievement – but to come from this part of the world, facing obstacles, facing the YouTube ban, it was very hard.”

The Singer Soon Received Accusations Of Plagiarism

Users on facebook, after noting the similarities between the hit song and the iconic soundtrack from Studio Ghibli’s acclaimed work of work accused the singer of plagiarizing the OST to make his song. The singer became the target of everyone’s jokes as upon comparing both tracks, it became quite clear that Asim’s melody was exactly the same as that of the Japanese animated film.

Does anyone from Studio Ghibli/Kiki’s Delivery Service know that Asim Azhar plagiarised the OST to make a songCredits goes to @Duaa Khan for making this discovery.

Posted by Mateen Ahmed on Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Kiki’s Delivery Service is one of many animated films made by acclaimed Japanese animation studio – “Studio Ghibli”. The movie’s soundtrack was originally composed by Mamoru Fujisawa, professionally called as Joe Hisaishi. Mr. Mamoru is a Japanese composer and musical director who is known far and wide for composing over 100 film scores combined with solo albums, dating back to 1981. He has also composed musical scores for Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle. Keeping all this in mind, the accusations have left people wondering whether the singer plagiarized the main theme of the movie for his song or just sampled it.

Asim Azhar’s Response To Plagiarism Accusations

After all the social media backlash, the singer has finally responded to these accusations. He clarified that the tune wasn’t actually plagiarized but a sample was acquired through legal means. The description of his song’s music video on YouTube has it stated that the music in the video is licensed to UMG (on behalf of Universal Music India). Keeping this in mind, the singer clarified;

“That part of the song has been sampled through proper and legal means under Universal Music India, who released the song. Such a big company won’t let such a big release go just like that,” concluded Azhar.”

Asim Azhar has recently been involved in controversy for his latest song – “Tum Tum” – and if the plagiarism accusations had turned out to be true, the singer’s reputation would have taken an even massive hit.

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