LISTEN: Adele accused of stealing song

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British singer Adele holding up her six Grammy Awards in the Press Room at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA.

INSTANBUL - British pop star Adele has been accused of plagiarism by Turkish music lovers, who say one of the tracks on her latest album is a rip-off of a song by an iconic Kurdish musician.

Adele&39;s Turkish critics say "Million Years Ago", track number nine on her album "25", bears an unmistakable resemblance to a tune by Ahmet Kaya called "Ac?lara Tutunmak" ("Clinging to Pain") which was recorded in 1985.

The song&39;s release has created a storm on social media in Turkey, with some users accusing the 27-year performer of "stealing" the melancholic tune from Kaya, who died in France in exile 15 years ago.

"Adele has stolen a song from us," one user named Esra Nur Aydogan wrote on Twitter, sharing a picture of a man hanging a Turkish flag on his balcony in protest.

Kaya&39;s wife, Gulten Kaya, also weighed in saying it was unlikely for a global star like Adele to do such a thing.

"However, if she consciously did it, then it would be theft," she told Turkish daily Posta.

Adele&39;s third studio album has sold millions of copies in both Britain and the US, smashing records on either side of the Atlantic. 

 

Embedded below is Adele&39;s &39;Million Years Ago&39;, released in 2015:


 

Now have a listen to the song, &39;Ac?lara Tutunmak&39; by Ahmet Kaya, originally released in 1985:


 

But let&39;s just twist it a dash further.

Expand your imagination a little and see if you think that Kaya&39;s opening bars don&39;t sound slightly similar to Gary Moore&39;s &39;Parisienne Walkways&39;, released in 1978:


 

So ... what do you think?