News — February 17, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Did Ariana Grande Steal Idea For Her Latest Video From Australian Indie Band SAFIA?


Australian indie band SAFIA have claimed that the concept for Ariana Grande’s video for her single One Last Time was copied from their video.


SAFIA released a film clip for their song You Are The One in September 2014 and it had been viewed almost 100,000 times since then. Grande released her video for her latest single One Last Time on Monday and the song has gone on to amass more than 2 million views within 2 days.


According to SAFIA there are more than just a few passing similarities between the two clips. The band, who are from Australia’s capital city Canberra took to social media to bring public attention to the issue stating “wouldn’t be the first time uncreative talentless f***s from big labels and/or big film firms steal ideas from small independent creatives who are trying really hard to make something different for a change.”


Each of the clips begin with static followed by the artist and song name coming into focus. In each of the clips the viewer is presented with apocalyptic scenes of a suburban street and a solitary female making her way through the chaotic scenes around her. By the end of the clip, the protagonist ends up in a passionate embrace with a man before a descending meteor returns the frame to static. With similar tonal values in the sky, scenes of running through a car filled street to the identical endings, it is difficult to deny that there are some common elements.




Spot the similarities? Australian band SAFIA say that Ariana Grande’s new clip is a ripoff of their ideas



“This might just be coincidence but to us it looks like either the people at Ariana Grande’s label or the film maker have seen our clip for You Are The One & reworked the concept a little bit and then straight up stolen and copied some bits …(ESPECIALLY THE END!),” the band posted on Facebook.


Director of SAFIA’s clip Jimmy Ennett also voiced concerns on the similarities, saying “”It’s a real shame because we worked really hard on a shoestring to pull that off and yeah it’s just sort of all we have are our ideas in this stage of our careers – we don’t really have a name or a huge label to buy ideas.”


In an interesting twist, Max Landis, the director of Grande’s clip defended his actions and took aim on Twitter, lambasting SAFIA themselves for in fact stealing their idea from another Australian band:

“Protip: don’t accuse someone of stealing for having similar tropes if you REALLY ACTUALLY STOLE YOUR VIDEO YOU’RE ACCUSING THEM OF STEALING.”

“Coincidences are coincidences tropes are tropes But those in glass houses shouldn’t throw meteors,” he wrote, referring to the fact that SAFIA’s video might also be a rip-off of one shot by fellow Australian band Injured Ninja for their video for Fallopian Tube Screamer and then went on to post an anime image that appeared similar to the final scene also.


This isn’t the first time an Australian artist has claimed that the concepts used in their videos have been unfairly copied without recognition by other acts. In 2014 British boy band One Direction were accused of appropriating Australian act Clubfeet’s video  for their song Everything You Wanted.


See the videos below and see if you can work out who’s copying who or is it that there are just no original ideas left in the world these days?