Did The Chainsmokers Rip Off Fetty Wap For Their Hit Song ‘Closer’?

The Chainsmokers are poppin’ pretty hard right now with their hit song “Closer” with the singer Halsey. It’s practically unavoidable right now — every single shitty pop radio station is giving it airtime approximately 25 times a day. Walk into a restaurant, coffee shop, doctor’s office, tire shop, nightclub, ect., and you’ll hear that oh-too-familiar melody.

The folks over at Genius, however, made a groundbreaking discovery about the pop anthem. It sounds A LOT like the 2015 song “679” by Fetty Wap, when though Genius notes that Fetty’s banger is in D major and “Closer” is in A-flat major. That’s kind of meaningless though — Key changes can be transposed. A melody is a melody.

Check out the proof from Genius above. The Chainsmokers claim it was inspired by Blink 182, but…. IDK. It’s a big accusation to say an artist lifted a melody from another artist, especially when these things go to court to get settled for money. Then again, Led Zeppelin did it all the time and they’re considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time, so…. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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