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Banks unhappy with Neon Jungle cover

By | Published on Thursday 31 July 2014


Banks is none too pleased with a cover of her 2013 single ‘Waiting Game’ appearing on Neon Jungle’s debut long-player, ‘Welcome To The Jungle’. Released this week, the album version of the track comes after the group recorded a live studio version for their Vevo channel earlier this year.

Writing on her Facebook page, Banks said: “People keep asking why I let Neon Jungle put my song ‘Waiting Game’ on their album when my album has yet to come out. The answer is I was never asked. I was as shocked as you to see this song made up of my own heartbeats on their album. A song that was born from my real life, my real heartache, my real fingertips when I was at one of the most confusing times in my life”.

She continued: “How strange it is to see it used on someone else’s album before it even comes out on mine. It makes me feel very uncomfortable. Like my own thoughts were stolen from me and sold as someone else’s. I am a new artist and new to this business and I am told it is legal. But it feels really icky. I guess I can only hope ‘Waiting Game’ means as much to Neon Jungle as it did to me when I wrote it”.

If she thinks that’s bad, she should hear it when I sing it. And, in the case of the Neon Jungle version, she will at least get some money from it. Her ‘people’ are right that the group are not breaking any laws by covering her song, so long as they pay the required publishing royalties.

Anyway, now that this has become a thing, you’re going to have to take sides.

Here’s Banks’ original:

And here’s Neon Jungle’s live version: