Ariana Grande's latest clip "One Last Time" has been accused of lifting the concept from another clip released last year by the Australian group SAFIA.
Immediately after the video was released, members of Canberra's indie/electronica group SAFIA were drawn to its thematic similarities with their own clip, "You Are The One," which was directed by Jimmy Ennett from Crux Media and posted to YouTube last September.
The wrote on the Facebook page with Ariana’s video attached "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!)
Wouldn't be the first time uncreative talentless fucks 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..."
On Wednesday, after reportedly receiving death threats via social media, the group changed it tone. The battle is now off. The group wrote on Facebook “Hey guys, its been a really weird 72 hours and things have escalated very quickly regarding the Ariana Grande video situation. Firstly, we want to thank all of our fans and friends for caring enough about our work and pointing the similarities out to us. We love that you are as passionate as we are about originality and creativity. That being said, while we do find an uncanny similarity in certain parts of the two clips, there’s no way of ever proving whether Ariana’s clip was influenced by ‘You Are The One’ and it genuinely may have just been a coincidence.
We're not after Ariana, Max or their label either we were simply voicing our concerns in what is sometimes a common occurrence in the music industry.
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'.
Watch the two videos below and judge for yourself.
Ariana Grande - One Last Time
SAFIA - You Are The One