Did You Miss It? Indie Band Receives Death Threats After Accusing “Talentless” Ariana Grande of Copying Their Music Video

Published: Tuesday 17th Feb 2015 by Rashad

Ariana Grande is on a roll it seems as we’ve seen her name in headlines everyday this week for some reason or the other.

First, after headlining a slamming halftime show for the NBA All-Star Game this Sunday, the diva followed up with the premiere of the music video longtime fan favorite song ‘One Last Time,’ found aboard her #1 ‘My Everything’ album.

Later winning over new fans after the televised Stevie Wonder Grammy tribute saw her lend a stunning rendition of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”  alongside Babyface the night brought with it news that there is at least one group of people who definitely don’t fancy themselves #Arianators after the diva’s killer week – Aussie band Safia.

For, the indie group has caused quite the stir among the fan group after accusing their leader’s ‘One Last Time’ video of directly copying their ‘You Are the One’ visual – sparking quite the debate among fans.  Did you miss any of the action?  See it all below:

Safia took to Facebook to say:


As the story gained traction on Twitter, Grande’s video director – Max Landis –  and fans took to her defense:

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After a few unceremonious slams (including death threats), the group took to Facebook this evening to offer a retraction:

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Safia’s retraction came, in part, after Ariana fans slammed them for allegedly stealing another group’s video. Landis joined in:

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The group Injured Ninja chimed in:

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Ariana’s video:

Safia’s video:


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  1. Rowland February 17, 2015

    Why do pseudo hipster/rock bands always call popstars untalented? Ariana is very talented vocally whether she plays an instrument or not! Flops!

  2. Musika February 17, 2015

    Crazy. Thought the MV was inspired by several movies..

  3. Lana Del Fan *I Can Hear The Sirens* February 18, 2015

    Damn. There is an uncanny resembelance.

  4. Rosie February 18, 2015

    Don’t know this band but lol at how similar both are. I also wouldn’t take Ari’s Twitter stans seriously as they thought they could “vote” for the Grammys when she was nominated this year.

    • FutureCIARA February 18, 2015


      Not VOTE!

  5. OnPoint-er February 18, 2015

    Here are some fair points:

    First, anyone who is not deaf shouldn’t call Ariana “talentless”.

    Secondly, while I love Ariana’s song and her voice, this music video is atrociously shoddy. It looks like high-school project. And the Indie music video is more high quality art-direction and cinematography.

    That being said, SAFIA’s video doesn’t even really resemble anything in Ariana’s video. Nor is the post-apocalyptic theme of meteor crashing on Earth and large explosions the most original idea. Are they so hipster that they’ve been living under a kale leaf for the last century? Watch a movie. Any movie. Even just a poster. Couple kissing with explosion background is a cliché as it can be.

    Summary: Ariana is talented artist with good music. Just shitty video.
    SAFIA’s claim is laughable. You do have better video but needs de-hipsterization.

  6. alisha February 18, 2015

    Theres plenty of video like this they just pick hers sometime u can come u with similar consepts on anything that dont mean your copying in music fashion and more sometimes ppl hate when the duplic get popular than the original it happens im a fashion student sometime it be the samething even u havent seen the other student product i would know two minds thick alike

  7. Stephy. February 18, 2015


  8. Toohotfortv February 18, 2015

    Both great songs (for what they are) and, simply put, they are both good videos with very similar storylines. I’d love to see each story board. I definitely can understand the band’s initial frustration. I feel like I’ve heard their song before. Maybe in a movie or a commercial or maybe a retail store.

  9. Toohotfortv February 18, 2015

    Also, I hope this controversy doesn’t hinder them. They are obviously talented.

  10. Mark111 February 18, 2015

    They did this for publicis. It reminds me of that Snookie looking artist that claimed Beyonce took her idea for Super Power. Get over it, nothing video wise is new under the sun.


  11. barb-wire February 18, 2015

    they are all basics anyway and no one should care.

  12. TheElusiveLamb February 18, 2015

    Looks like a publicity stunt, but I can’t lie, I love my Princess Ariana, but they actually do look alike. Lol

  13. FutureCIARA February 18, 2015

    Not her starting to steal this early in her career…. Nobody is original and creative anymore…. Everyone is biting off of someone else. So sad

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