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John Lewis donates to charity amid plagiarism concerns over Christmas

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John lewis donated an undisclosed amount to charity amid a plagiarism scandal involving their new Christmas ad, but denied that they copied another band’s song.

The company announced their Christmas 2021 promo earlier this month, tells an out-of-this-world love story with an arrangement from behind by songwriter Lola Young.

Lola performed a cover of Together In Electric Dreams, originally by Philip Oakey and Georgio Moroder.

However John Lewis accused of copying an arrangement by little known husband and wife musical duo, The Portraits, who covered the original song last Christmas

John Lewis has engaged with The Portraits about their allegations, and according to the band, has now donated an amount to the Mind and Cruse Bereavement Care charity, the benefactors of The Portraits ‘2020 cover.

However, John Lewis firmly denied that they copied the song.

A spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘We share a taste for the song Portrait in Love and our commitment to charities.

‘We are delighted to donate to charities selected by Portraits’ and are proud that our Give A Little Love campaign has raised £8 million for good causes in the last year, including including donations to Mind and Cruse.

‘Our version of Electric Dreams is an original cover duly authorized by our advertising agency, who has secured copyright licenses on our behalf from the original publishers of the track.’

They added: ‘We’re known for our slower-paced covers of our Christmas campaigns and this version suits our style. A brand like ours would never copy another cover version. ‘

The John LEwis ad tells the story of an astronaut who fell to earth at Christmas (Image: John Lewis)

Portraits wrote a Facebook post this month alleging that they had pre-arranged with John Lewis in March of this year to be considered for their Christmas ad, but received no response.

Then they wrote another one post which states: ‘At first, John Lewis denied any communication to our email from March when recommending the song to them, but later confirmed these communications had actually taken place. .

On top of that, a new report by one of the country’s top music houses has now confirmed striking similarities between our song arrangement and the one chosen by John Lewis for the Christmas commercial. their 2021. ‘

John Lewis, who is being investigated after alleged plagiarism, said that the person The Portraits contacted in March was not involved in the Christmas Advert campaign and in fact left the company in June without ever being attached. Flag The Portraits’ email to anyone else.

Cover of Together In Electric Dreams by John Lewis by Lola Young, 20 (Image: CBS via Getty Images)

The company insists that it only selected Together In Electric Dreams as the song for the October commercial this year, and said its own report from a leading music house said it ‘wasn’t able to identify any evidence. does it make sense to copy from The Portraits’ arrangement.

Meanwhile, The Portraits has start a campaign to get their cover, featuring vocals from their 14-year-old daughter Ciara, to Christmas number one.

Their song was featured last year on BBC Radio and ITV’s This Morning.

This year’s John Lewis Christmas ad is titled Surprise Guest.

The two-minute campaign is a teen love story and sees astronaut Skye, who has never celebrated Christmas, land in the woods near 14-year-old Nathan’s home.

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