'Stations ordered to silence Plan B'

by Richard West-Soley 60 views

Reports from Slovenia suggest that the song Plan B, which was selected to represent Slovenia in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, is now under serious investigation following the first official accusations of plagiarism. All radio stations have apparently been asked to stop playing the song for the time being because of a possible infringement of copyright.

Mars Music, the exclusive representative for EMI music in Slovenia, launched an official claim today, according to reports. In a statement issued to all Slovenian radio stations and media houses, it stated that part of the song Plan B is a direct copy of the track Santa Maria. The song, performed by Simone, was the Austrian entry to the OGAE Song Contest of 2002.

Details of the song Santa Maria can be found at this link. The recorded broadcast of EMA 2006, the Slovenian selection, can be viewed here.

Neither RTV Slovenija or An�ej, who was in Malta over the weekend to promote the song at the Maltese selection, have made fresh comments following the official claim. We await the official reaction.

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.