Pop group released their phone-themed hit in 2000
‘Hotline Bling’ was originally released in July, with an accompanying video released last week. The clip has since spawned many memes due to the rapper’s dance moves.
Following the success of Drake’s song, Backstreet Boys took to Twitter to suggest that their 2000 phone-themed hit was the original.
‘The Call’ sees a man telling his partner not to stay up late for him as his battery is running low. The lyrics included: “Listen baby I’m sorry/Just wanna tell you don’t worry/I will be late don’t stay up and wait for me/I’ll say again you’re dropping out my battery is low”.
Drake’s song, meanwhile, features the chorus: “You used to call me on my cell phone late night when you need my love/And I know when that hotline bling that can only mean one thing”.
Backstreet Boys wrote on Twitter: “Not to cause any beef @Drake… but before there was Hotline Bling… there was The Call.”
They later posted a mock-up picture of the ‘Hotline Bling’ artwork featuring the words ‘The Call’ instead. See below.
Watch both Drake and the Backstreet Boys’ videos beneath.
Meanwhile, Drake was recently accused of “jacking” fellow artist DRAM’s song ‘Cha Cha’ with his new single ‘Hotline Bling’.
‘Cha Cha’ was originally released in March, with Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ following in July. The similarities between the two songs has been noted previously, with Beats 1 describing Drake’s song as a ‘Cha Cha remix’ when it first premiered on the artist’s own Ovosound radio show. Drake has since described it as a “quasi cover”, according to Billboard.
DRAM himself took to Twitter recently to accuse Drake of “jacking” his song. He wrote: “Just performed in Toronto for the 1st time tonight and it was bittersweet… cus after my performance all I’m seeing is Cha Cha/Hotline Bling comparisons on my timeline.”
Continuing: “I feel I got jacked for my record… But I’m GOOD.”