will.i.am Accused Of Ripping Arty & Mat Zo's Track For New Single, 'Let's Go'

04/16/2013 04:17 pm ET | Updated Apr 19, 2013
  • Kia Makarechi Senior Editor for Mobile and Innovations, The Huffington Post

Bad news for will.i.am, who is said to have stolen a track from house producers Mat Zo and Arty. "Let's Go," the will.i.am song in question, features Chris Brown and happens to share the same name as a song by house producer Calvin Harris (that one features Ne-Yo, so the rubric is essentially identical).

It also sounds extremely similar to "Rebound," a dance track produced by Zo and Arty. (Take a listen to the two songs at the bottom of this article.) In a series of tweets, Arty explained that no one had approached Anjunabeats, the trance label run by massive dance trio Above & Beyond, to clear the song. HuffPost has reached out to will.i.am's label for comment and will update this post if additional information becomes available.

Jono Grant of Above & Beyond reportedly tweeted about the situation but has since deleted any posts (he did retweet Arty's first tweet on the matter). Zo, who produced "Rebound" with Arty, appears to have deleted his Twitter account, but posted a curt message on Facebook: "Will I'm Not..."

As is usually the case, Brown at once seemed enraged and nonplussed:

He followed up the angry messages with a lighter note:

"Let's Go" is off will.i.am's upcoming album, "#THATPOWER." Unfortunately, this is hardly the first time will.i.am has been accused of stealing a song. He's currently being sued over "Scream & Shout," his lead single with Britney Spears, and dance blog Dancing Astronaut notes that another song on the album also echoes a previously existing house track.

In any case, take Google's word for it.

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Arty & Mat Zo - Rebound

will.i.am feat. Chris Brown - Let's Go

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