The Winter Olympics is seven years away, and yet, it’s already causing something of a controversy in the United States.
Recently, the Olympics committee in China released their theme song, “The Snow and Ice Dance”, in anticipation of the 2022 winter games, and critics from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and NPR have already noted an eerie similarity to another hit song about a icy landscape: “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen.
As some listeners point out and NPR writes, the most commonly cited parts of the song as evidence of copying are at the :23 mark, which draws comparisons to the “Let it Go” lyrics “Don’t let them in / Don’t let them see”, and the 1:14 mark, which offers a build similar to the moment before Frozen‘s Elsa breaks into the eponymous chorus.
Below are both the songs side by side. What do you think? Blatant plagiarism or honest coincidence?
Alyssa Pereira is a music writer, web producer, and pop culture blogger for CBS stations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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