Teenage TikTok star Danielle Cohn is catching some flak online after she shared a preview of what she claimed was her own song but really was a cover of 2002 Ashanti song ‘Foolish’.
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Cohn gained a sizable following back in 2016 by lip-syncing along to famous tracks, and in 2018 announced she was moving to LA to pursue a music career.
I guess it’s not really going too well because fast forward to 2020 and she’s trying to pass off classic R&B tunes as her own (most of her followers are young people who won’t have heard the original) and asking fans to “make a TikTok to my new song”.
She even filmed a whole damn music video for it:
Y’all there’s a whole video … The edges, The Make-up … Ashanti is rolling in her Egyptian Sheets. pic.twitter.com/OwNZYuLqWQ
— (@BAAQ_) September 6, 2020
Not this white Girl stealing Ashanti’s song and trying to claim it as her own….. pic.twitter.com/KBtgZUry6u
— ⁷ (@gwuapbby) September 6, 2020
Many were quick to point out she never gave Ashanti credit or even mentioned her when publicising and sharing the song, and she’s even made merchandise relating to her cover version.
Have to admit it does make me feel like a cranky old man giving this 16-year-old TikTok star shit for trying to pass off an old song as her own, and it might even be forgivable if her version was halfway decent. But it’s not – her voice is an absolute trainwreck. Don’t even get me started on that little wanker backup dancer of hers either.
Cohn addressed the situation in a brief tweet:
Do people not understand what a cover is ♀️
— Danielle Cohn (@DanielleCohn555) September 6, 2020
Completely glossing over how she at no point prior to the backlash credited it as such.
Not to mention she published it to Spotify under her own ‘Artist’ account:
Do YOU not understand you need permission and proper credits to an artist to cover their use? Yet Ashanti’s name is not at all in your song credits but yeah… sure girl. pic.twitter.com/h4YqnXSqEE
— Alexa Zaro (@alexarzaro) September 7, 2020
Also, the fact she was selling merch related to the song:
Ashanti needs to sue this little broad. The fucking audacity! First you steal her entire song and then tried to say it was a cover & now you’re also trying to make a profit off of merch. Smdh pic.twitter.com/MfwyqzbNuu
— Yblehs. (@SunflowerinOrbt) September 7, 2020
I’m sure Irv Gotti is already on the case. No way you’re going to pass off Ashanti’s most famous song as your own to your millions of teenage followers on his watch. Foolish indeed!
For the time Katy Perry was ordered to pay $2.7 million for ripping off ‘Dark Horse’ from a Christian rapper, click HERE.