According to Finland's MTV3, the new NIGHTWISH single "Eva" is currently under investigation by Teosto, the Finnish RIAA equivalent whose task it is to promote the rights of composers, lyricists, arrangers and music publishers, and to strengthen the diversity of Finnish composition. The chorus of the song is allegedly very similar to a track called "Whirlpool" by Jukka Reinivuo, a relatively unknown Finnish artist. In fact, the similarities are so great that allegations of plagiarism have already been thrown around.
NIGHTWISH keyboardist and composer Tuomas Holopainen has denied the accusation, saying that he just heard about this today (May 30) and that he has never heard the song or the artist in question. Holopainen went on to add that he was interested in hearing the track first before commenting further.
Listen to both songs on YouTube:
NIGHTWISH recently recruited 35-year-old Swedish singer Anette Blyckert (a.k.a. Anette Olzon) to replace the group's original vocalist Tarja Turunen. A photo of the new frontwoman can be found here. A short video "greeting" from Anette is available for download at this location (MPEG, 5 MB).
"Eva" was released in Finland via NetAnttila on Friday, May 25. All profits from the single will be donated to charity.
The sixth NIGHTWISH album will be released on September 26, preceded by a second, regular single release in August.
(Thanks: Metal From Finland)