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Gang Gang Dance address Florence copy claim

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Gang Gang Dance address Florence copy claim

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Gang Gang Dance have addressed their plagiarism row with Florence and the Machine.

The New York collective were recently awarded a slice of the royalties from Florence and the Machine's debut album Lungs, after frontwoman Florence Welch admitted that she took segments of the group's track 'House Jam' for the basis of her single 'Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)', maintaining that it was intended as a form of homage.

However, Gang Gang Dance member Liz Bougatsos insisted to BBC 6 Music today that Welch did not mention the source of her inspiration until people started pointing out similarities between the two songs.

"If she would have mentioned it in the beginning, in the press, which we never saw, that would have definitely made a difference," Bougatsos said. "And if she was speaking of an homage at that point, that would have helped as well."

While the singer admitted that she was initially upset by the incident, she went on to say that there are no hard feelings between the two acts.

"I'm happy now for sure," Bougatsos continued. "I think I was annoyed in the beginning because other people's reactions were affecting the way I was thinking about it... I hope there's no hard feelings. I believe that we'll receive some sort of monetary compensation for the similarities in the song and the actual lyrics and style, and I think Florence is happy to do that and that's fine, that feels pretty good."

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