Jason Derulo is sparking a wave of internet
outrage after being accused of “lifting”
his new song from a teenage musician.
The controversy began when the “Want You
To Want Me” singer, who in recent months has
become increasingly popular on TikTok.
shared a snippet of his new
song, called “Savage Love".
The track, teased by Derulo on May 10, features an
instrumental called “Laxed (Siren Beat),” which has
become one of TikTok’s most omnipresent sounds.
As of May 20, the beat has appeared in
more than 36 million videos on the platform.
“Laxed (Siren Beat)” isn’t
originally Derulo’s sound, though.
In fact, the instrumental was created by
Joshua Nanai, a 17-year-old Polynesian producer
from New Zealand, according to Newshub.
When Derulo first shared “Savage Love,” he gave no
credit to Nanai or his instrumental, Variety reported.
That decision led to a wave of social media backlash.
“It’s a really good song, but it wouldn’t be
a good song without the beat that was clearly
made by [Nanai],” one Twitter user wrote.
Others took the song as an act of cultural
appropriation, claiming Derulo also didn’t acknowledge the
instrumental’s importance as a piece of Polynesian culture.
Derulo ultimately credited Nanai for the
instrumental, but, as Variety notes, only in the
comments on his original TikTok sharing the track.
Additionally, Variety reports that,
as of now, Nanai has not been
compensated at all for the use of his music