Popular Pakistani singer, Asim Azhar has become a laughing stock after the internet users pointed out that his famous track Jo Tu Na Mila was actually a plagiarised version of Japanese Studio Ghibli production’s soundtrack.
“Does anyone from Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service know that Asim Azhar has plagiarised the OST to make a song? Credits go to Dua Khan for making this discovery.”
The user compared both the tracks revealing that Asim Azhar’s Jo Tu Na Mila tune was actually the same as Japanese song’s tune from 1989’s song A Town with an Ocean View.
Facing the backlash by internet users, Asim Azhar clarified that he had actually acquired the rights for the tune legally.
“That part of the song has been sampled through proper and legal means under Universal Music India, who released the song.” he said.
Under the description of his song’s music video on YouTube, it has been stated that the music in his video is licensed to UMG (on behalf of Universal Music India). “Such a big company won’t let such a big release go just like that,” concluded Azhar.
The soundtrack was originally composed by a Japanese composer and musical director Mamoru Fujisawa, who is known for over 100 film scores and solo albums dating back to 1981. He has also composed scores for Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle.
It is pertinent to mention here that recently, in May 2020, Asim Azhar’s track Jo Tu Na Mila crossed 100 million views on YouTube – making the singer one of a few local artists to have achieved this feat.
“100 million views #JoTuNaMila! And it gives me immense honour to become the youngest and 4th Pakistani artist (after Rahat Fateh Ali Khan saab, Atif Aslam and Momina Mustehsan) to have 2 or more songs in the 100 million club. Thank you, I love you guys,” Asim wrote on Twitter.
The singer also shared the news on his Instagram, “Still can’t process it, running out of words. To some people in some part of the world, this might be a regular achievement – but to come from this part of the world, facing obstacles, facing the YouTube ban, it was very hard,” he said.