Call me plagiarized?
That’s the claim behind Ukrainian pop star Aza’s lawsuit today. The singer accuses Carly Rae Jepsen of ripping off her tune “Hunky Santa” – which also features a “call me” call out – to create Jepsen’s blockbuster pop smash.
The claim seems to be a stretch at best. Aza told TMZ, who broke the story, “I’m shocked and surprised that these people wanted to sample my lyrics on their song. They didn’t ask me for permission, they just took it. That’s why I filed this lawsuit.”
That, or possibly some easy publicity for her stripper Santa song just in time for the holidays. Aza’s video features the singer – clad in only a bra and skirt – as a very special helper for a shirtless Santa, singing about wanting a boyfriend with a big, huge…heart. There are no references to wishes in wells, ripped jeans or missing someone before you met them.
Check out both tracks below (and learn that Christmas can get a whole lot kinkier than “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”):
And, like you needed the reminder, here’s “Call Me Maybe”:
Jepsen’s rep did not respond to EW’s request for comment.