Shaira takes down 'Selos' following copyright issue over Lenka song

Kristofer Purnell - Philstar.com
Shaira takes down 'Selos' following copyright issue over Lenka song
Composite image of singers Shaira and Lenka
Shaira, Lenka via Facebook

MANILA, Philippines — Mindanao-based singer and "Queen of Bangsamoro Pop" Shaira Moro has taken down her viral song "Selos" on all streaming platforms after a copyright issue was raised.

The concern was that "Selos" heavily uses the melody of Australian artist Lenka's 2008 song "Trouble Is A Friend."

Lenka acknowledged she was aware of the existence of "Selos" and that they had "taken action" towards it. Soon after, the song was taken off platforms like Spotify.

Shaira's agency, AHS Productions, confirmed in a statement on Facebook the takedown was a voluntary action made as it makes arrangments "with regards to the legality of the publication of the song."

"We have chosen to take it down from all platforms pending our agreement with the original artist’s management on securing a cover license for 'Selos,'" the agency said, admitting it indeed used the melody of "Trouble Is A Friend" and they are seeking to make "Selos" an official cover.

AHS Productions extended its gratitude to those who enjoyed the song, pointing out it was initially made public "for the sake of entertainment" and did expect its popularity leading to Shaira's "Queen of Bangsamoro Pop" title.

The agency reiterated its apologies for the song's takedown and hoped similar support would be displayed when the song is re-uploaded.

In the comments section of the post carrying the statement, AHS Productions teased that Shaira would be releasing original music soon.

"Selos" became a viral hit on TikTok. Shaira made a music video for the song at the tail end of 2023, which has surpassed nine million views on YouTube.

The music video contains a disclaimer that reads, "The content presented here is a work of parody and should be viewed as such. This work is intended for entertainment purposes only and is not associated with the original creators or any entities affiliated with the original work."

Apart from "Trouble Is A Friend," Lenka — who just celebrated her 45th birthday — is also known for her hit song "The Show" from her eponymous debut album, as well as "Heart Skips A Beat" and "Everything At Once" from her 2011 sophomore album "Two."

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