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Most searched Saudi song is a copy of US hip hop tune

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Saudi Arabia’s most searched song of 2016, called Barbs, turned out to be a copy of the hip hop tune “Bring it Back” which was released by US group Travis Porter in 2011.

The Barbs music video, directed by Majed al-Issa, was featured on the Google Search Trends Indicators as the most searched among Saudis last year.

Some believe that it is inappropriate to label Barbs as a Saudi song because the video deals with choreography imported from Western music with some added Saudi expressions.

Al Arabiya net contacted the music video’s director, Majed al-Issa, who responded by saying that “criticism is positive and the fact that a song has been criticized means that it is under the spotlight”.

He added that the production group’s upcoming work will be based on their own music.

Barbs was Al-Issa’s most forward-looking works and this is what led the video to remain trending.

He had also boasted his open-mindedness in another video clip titled “Hawages” (concerns) where he treated a social issue about women in Saudi Arabia.

Barbs, which is roughly a three-minute video clip, shows that the Saudi youth are ready to welcome new ideas.

The video got around 40 million viewers on YouTube, which surpasses the views the original American song got with only 17 million.