Did "Boom Boom" Get a Little Too Much Vocal Inspiration From This Classic Dance Track?
"Despacito" is undoubtedly the anthem of 2017 so far. With over 900 million Spotify streams to date, "Despacito" hit the scene letting us know that 'Latin' music didn't need its own category anymore. The follow up anthem from Red One, "Boom Boom" demonstrates that pop music is diversifying is stokeholds to (finally) be more inclusive of the culturally rich beats and textures that have helped keep blood warm and toes tapping for decades. Featuring the likes of French Montana & Dinah Jane from Fifth Harmony, the track captures the latin vibe extremely well.
But in a twist of events, it seems as if the artist Red One has maybe found a little too much inspiration for the vocal melody from a classic dance track entitled “Lady (Hear Me Tonight).” Here’s the track from 2001:
In what can only be described as a classic house song from the 00s, Modjo’s track is undoubtedly timeless with it’s catchy melodies and groovy bass line. But compare it to Red One's new song "Boom Boom," and the similarities are very clear:
It's not unusual for artists to use vocal hooks or melodies from other songs. Remember "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred? They received a writer's credit on Taylor Swift's recent single, "Look What You Made Me Do." Similarly, Red One grabbed the okay from Modjo for credit on "Boom Boom," which just goes to show that much like fashion, dance music comes full circle.
Editor's note: Updated to reflect Modjo as an authorized writing credit