Something Called Neon Jungle Stole Banks’ “Waiting Game”
California singer BANKS has been prepping the September 9 release of her debut LP Goddess, most recently dropping the "Beggin for Thread" video. But her rollout hit a snag today when she realized Neon Jungle's just-released debut album Welcome to the Jungle has an apparently uncredited cover of one of her first (and biggest) songs, "Waiting Game." The track is set to appear on BANKS' own debut, so she was understandably upset by the news, and posted a lengthy note to fans on Facebook.
"People keep asking why I let Neon Jungle put my song 'Waiting Game' on their album when my album has yet to come out. The answer is I was never asked," she wrote. "I am a new artist and new to this business and I am told it is legal. But it feels really icky."
BANKS released "Waiting Game" last August, and it has since amassed over three million streams on Soundcloud and another 2.5 million on YouTube. And what exactly is a Neon Jungle? A cursory Google search reveals it's a British girl group, and they covered "Waiting Game" back in Feburary. There's also a Hozier cover on the album, which was released this week, and a song called "Welcome to the Jungle" which is most definitely not connected to the GNR classic.
So, these Neon Jungle ladies may be short on original ideas, but whatever happened with this mixup was likely the fault of the suits in both acts' respective camps. The music industry, ladies and gentlemen! Hard to believe it's crumbling.
Read BANKS' full statement below, and then compare the two tracks:
People keep asking why I let Neon Jungle put my song "Waiting Game" on their album when my album has yet to come out. The answer is I was never asked. I was as shocked as you to see this song made up of my own heartbeats on their album. A song that was born from my real life, my real heartache, my real fingertips when I was at one of the most confusing times in my life.
How strange it is to see it used on someone else's album before it even comes out on mine.
It makes me feel very uncomfortable. Like my own thoughts were stolen from me and sold as someone elses. I am a new artist and new to this business and I am told it is legal. But it feels really icky. I guess I can only hope Waiting Game means as much to Neon Jungle as it did to me when I wrote it....... BANKS