Doja Cat apologises to Plini for copying his song Handmade Cities

After she performed a heavy version of her song Say So many fans pointed out the similarities.

Doja Cat and Plini

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Singer Doja Cat has apologised to prog guitarist Plini after using a portion of one of his songs during her performance at the MTV European Music Awards.

Doja Cat performed a heavier version of her song Say So at the ceremony last month, but some viewers were quick to point out that parts of the arrangement aped Plini’s 2016 song Handmade Cities.

Plini said in a statement shortly after: “The lack of prior communication about it or proper credit upon release is disappointing but not particularly surprising in a sector of the industry that is usually more interested in clout than creativity (it’s being sorted now, but would have been cooler a million views ago).”

Plini has now reflected on the incident and the aftermath, saying to MusicRadar: “I made a comment on Twitter, not really accusing anyone of anything but just because I thought it was funny… and then it turned into this whole thing.

“I suppose the fans really did all the work, they had all the outrage on my behalf. I was just sitting back wondering what the fuck was happening and finding it hilarious.”

He then revealed that Doja Cat sent him a series of voice notes over Twitter, personally apologising for using the track without his approval: “The best part of all this is that I woke up one day with a string of voice messages from her in my DMs, saying sorry and that she wished she’d known about all of this and wished they could have credited me properly, and also praising my song and thanking me for being nice about it,” he said.

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