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KSHMR and Tigerlily Accused of Plagiarizing Track

KSHMR and Tigerlily's recently released collaboration has become a controversial topic on Reddit, SoundCloud and Twitter.

The 27-year-old Indian-American producer from California, real name Niles Hollowell-Dhar, recently teamed up with the Australian DJ known as Tigerlily, real name Dara Kristen Hayes, for a single called "Invisible Children."

The collaborative track, which carries a message about child suffering, was officially released September 5th on Spinnin' Records. Within 24 hours, "Invisible Children" reached #6 on the Beatport Electro House Top 100 Chart.

Meanwhile, a track from an Israeli artist named Jango also received a significant amount of attention as a result of KSHMR and Tigerlily's single. Self-released four months ago as a free download, Jango's song "IndiRasta" has gone from what we're assuming was only a few hundred plays (based on the account's followers and plays) to over 13,000.

The comment section of Jango's song is flooded with accusations that Tigerlily and KSHMR copied the tune. Similar threads can be found across EDM subreddits and Twitter, as skeptics pointed to the vocal samples and the basslines.

The "Invisible Children" collab came about, according to KSHMR, when Tigerlily brought the song to Tiësto and he recommended she work with KSHMR.

"Tigerlily first sent the idea to Tiësto, who suggested that she and I work on it together," KSHMR told Billboard in an exclusive interview on the release. "The project was already a great start. I added my ideas and it came together pretty quickly. The name comes from a term referring to slum kids in India and places around the world where poverty is so rampant that people begin to stop noticing."

Both KSHMR and Tigerlily have responded to the allegations, saying they had never Jango's track and discussing the free and fair use of the vocal pack as well as the unfortunate coincidence of the similar basslines.

A reddit user noted an Instagram post from Tigerlily which was posted nine weeks ago and shows a clip of the track with a caption about writing new music.

You can listen to KSHMR and Tigerlily's track "Invisible Children" as well as Jango's "IndiRasta" below.