Well, This is an Unfortunate Music Video Coincidence

No one is accusing anyone of any malfeasance here, but the similarities between these two music videos are interesting.

Take a look at “Vagabond” from Canadian indie artist Shoot the Image. This was published to YouTube on August 3, 2013.

Then we have “Stitches” from Shawn Mendes, another Canadian, of course. It first appeared on YouTube on June 24, 2015.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Well, This is an Unfortunate Music Video Coincidence

  • March 21, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Yes, I think the similarities are strong. Particularly, with styling of the two singers. Simeon Ross is wearing a signature look and Shawn Mendes seems to be copying the look in his video. Sure, there can be artistic coincidences, but this might be something more. What a shame. The opening shot in the video, also reminds me of another Shoot The Image video, ‘Lithograph’.


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