Doja Cat left a string of apologies in Plini's DMs after MTV EMAs song theft

Doja Cat and Plini
(Image credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MTV / Press)

Australian electric guitar virtuoso Plini recently released his new album, Impulse Voices. But the guitarist has been making headlines lately for an older song – the title track to his 2016 effort, Handmade Cities – after pop singer Doja Cat used a snippet of it in a nu-metal version of her dance hit Say So during a performance at the MTV European Music Awards.

After YouTube commentators pointed out the similarities, Plini himself issued a statement, praising the performance but also writing that “The lack of prior communication about it or proper credit upon release is disappointing but not particularly surprising in a sector of the industry that is usually more interested in clout than creativity (it’s being sorted now, but would have been cooler a million views ago).”

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.