Adele’s comeback album ’25’ & controversy

2011 MTV Video Music Awards - ArrivalsAfter fans accused Adele of ripping off Tom Waits’ ‘Martha’ in her amazing comeback single ‘Hello’, the singer has now been accused of plagiarising another artist on another track from ‘25′.

Some fans have taken to social media to note apparent similarities between her album track ‘Million Years Ago’ and the work of Kurdish artist Ahmet Kaya’s song Acilara Tutunmak.

Ahmet’s track was released 30 years ago.

One social media user, for example, wrote: “Million Years Ago has too much similarity with Ahmet Kaya’s Acilara Tutunmak to be just a coincidence @Adele.”

The Mirror reports that Gulten Kaya, the wife of Ahmet who died 15 years ago, told Turkish newspaper Posta that she didn’t believe the similarities between the two songs were intentional.

However, she added that “if she consciously did it, then it would be theft.”


This comes after some fans claimed ‘Hello’ bears some similarities to Tom Waits’ 1973 track ‘Martha’ from his ‘Closing Time’ album.

As we all know by now, Adele sings: “Hello, it’s me / I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet / To go over, everything / They say that time’s supposed to heal ya, but I ain’t done much healing.”

In HIS track, Tom sings: “Hello, hello there, is this Martha? This is old Tom Frost / And I am calling long distance, don’t worry ‘bout the cost / ‘Cause it’s been forty years or more, now Martha please recall / Meet me out for coffee, where we’ll talk about it all.”

Taking to Twitter, one user wrote: “Adele’s “Hello” is pretty much another version of Tom Waits’s “Martha”.”


Another argued: “I’m sorry, but Adele’s Hello was done about a thousand times better when Tom Waits did it back in the 70s…and it was called Martha.”

However, not everyone agrees, with one user saying: “This Tom Waits song is NOTHING like Adele “Hello”. He is just doing it to try and get money from her.”

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