Adele accused of copying late Kurdish singer on new album track – listen

Adele's 'Million Years Ago' has been compared with 'Acilara Tutunmak (Clinging To Pain)' by Ahmet Kaya – hear the two songs now

Adele has been accused of plagiarising a deceased Kurdish singer on one of the songs from her latest album.

’25’ was released last month (November 20) and has broken numerous sales records. However, a track from the album entitled ‘Million Years Ago’ is now being compared with 1985 song ‘Acilara Tutunmak’ by Ahmet Kaya. Scroll below to hear both tracks.

Kaya was a well-known singer from Turkey who was popular in the mid-1980s. He died in Paris in 2000, where he had been living in exile for a year.


Many of his fans have taken to social media to point out the similarities between the songs. One wrote: “Adele’s Million Years Ago is identical to extradited Kurdish legend Ahmet Kaya’s Acilara Tutunmak – please credit him!”.

One Turkish music critic, Naim Dilmener, has acknowledged that the two tracks bear resemblance but “not too much” to suggest that Adele “deliberately” plagiarised Kaya’s composition.

As reported by the Metro, Dilmener told the Anadolu news agency: “I don’t think Adele listened to Ahmet Kaya’s song and copied it deliberately.” He also said that Kaya’s song was an “easy tune to figure out”.

Kaya’s widow, Gulten Kaya, also stated that it was unlikely that Adele had purposely copied the song.

“However, if she consciously did it, then it would be theft,” she added to Turkish newspaper Posta.


NME has approached a press representative of Adele for a comment but has yet to receive a response.

Meanwhile, Coldplay and Adele are in a UK album-chart battle for this week’s Number One spot.

Current midweek chart figures have Chris Martin’s band on course to pip Adele to the top spot with their seventh LP ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ by just 2,000 combined sales.