Arianators might have loved Ariana Grande’s dystopian-themed music video for “One Last Time,” but the pop star has recently been accused of copying the concept from another video released in 2014 by Australian group, SAFIA.
According to Yahoo! Music, members of the indie electronica group SAFIA called out the similarities between their video “You Are the One” to “One Last Time.” Both videos show the protagonist leaving a car, running through the panic streets just before a meteor hits the planet Earth from purple skies. Interestingly, both videos also ended with the couple locked in each others arms before the planet reached its doom.
In its Facebook page, SAFIA alleged Grande’s team of “reworking the concept a bit and then straight up stealing and copying some bits.” The band also aired its disappointment towards big labels and firms who “steal ideas” from independent companies.
The same day, SAFIA posted a side by side screenshots from both ends of the music videos, captioned “YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE SAF! IT’S ONNNNN!”
After 72 hours, after allegedly receiving death threats from Arianators, SAFIA backed out and admitted that Grande’s “One Last Time” uncanny similarity from their previous video might have been “genuinely a coincidence.” They said that there would be no way to prove that Grande has copied their concept and wanted to put the issue to rest.
“We feel it’s important to stand up for our work which we spend so much of our lives devoted to, but we’re ready to move on from this. This is not how we want our name to reach the masses, if you hear about us we want it to be because of our music and not because of a ‘scandal,’” they explained.
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