"Defending themselves, ”Is like the Beatles”"
"the city of MALMO. Andreas Johnson, 48, is accused of plagiarism after the Eurovision song contest."
"Several viewers claim that he stole the melody in its contribution from Avicii."
"– It is far from a theft, " says Andreas Johnson."
"the Similarities between Andreas Johnson's song ”Army of us” and Aviciis mega hit ”Without you” attracted the attention of several viewers during the live broadcast of the Eurovision song contest in the evening. "
"Many of the reactions already arrived earlier in the week after that SVT put out 60 minutes of his contribution on SVT Play. Then took note of several fans, the verses and the melody in the ”Army of us” is similar to the Tim Berglings let in social media. "
"Andrew Johnson himself does not agree that the contribution is a plagiarism. "
"– If people want to see it as a wink so you get to see it as a positive wink because he did something absolutely magical. It is far from a theft, " he told Nöjesbladet after the rehearsal yesterday."
"He believes that many songs are similar to each other."
" It's kind of like ”Let it be” by the Beatles. You can find the same chords in the ”Glorious, ”Save tonight” and the 500 other pop songs. "
"do you Think that your song is similar to Aviciis?"
" Ever since I appearance so I have had a lot of folkiga elements and very country so it was nothing that was completely unfamiliar with these chords. Then different tones and all that sort of thing there. Then you have a beat that goes up so it is clear that there is a sense in it, but at the same time, it has my id and my voice, and it does its work."
"But Andreas Johnson risk no irregularities. "
"According to the Melodifestivalen executive producer Christer Björkman to take the SVT, no measures in case of suspicion of låtplagiat. Instead, it is Stim (the Swedish composers international musikbyrå) to investigate any thefts. "
"– first, so there must be an injured party and then it must get a notification about it to the Stim. Then it is done an investigation of a group where that makes a statement about it, and then may the injured party take it to court and get a judgment on it. Usually made stuff like that up in settlement, a settlement. We are not a court of law and we have neither the knowledge or the competence or the right to make such a judgment, " he says."