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Is This New Winter Olympics Song a ‘Let It Go’ Rip-Off?

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Beijing won its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, but now it’s involved in a controversy of Disney princess-sized proportions.

“The Snow and Ice Dance,” one of 10 official theme songs for the games unveiled earlier this year, sounds a lot like the song “Let It Go,” the hit song from Disney’s 2013 animated musical Frozen, the New York Times reports.

According to one Chinese magazine’s website, both ballads begin with an eight-beat piano intro, have very similar tempos and use the same chords in some parts. Multiple comments on the song’s YouTube page have also pointed out the comparison.

When reached for comment by the Times, a spokesperson for the city’s Olympic organizing committee said she did not have the authority to comment and asked that questions be submitted through fax, though answers were not returned.

Maybe Beijing could use some of Elsa’s magic—northern China’s dry winters mean most of the snow and ice will need to be artificially created for the games.


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