Sunday, April 25, 2010

Lee Hyori accused of plagiarizing?

We’ve received multiple tips on this potential issue but have yet to see it in the Korean news, however if true the ramifications are potentially pretty severe.

As many of you know, Lee Hyori released her long awaited comeback with H-Logic on April 13 and it seems some of the tracks are being accused of plagiarism.

On April 21st, Zack Taylor’s blog reported this:


Lee Hyori, Korea’s Artist of the Year, is in BIG trouble!!

The 30-year-old Korean pop star has just been caught allegedy plagiarizing from Canadian pop group, Cookie Couture – The group released their track, Boy Bring It Back, in 2008 and Lee JUST released her VERY SIMILAR track, Bring It Back, this month.

Cookie Couture’s Stacey Maroske said in a statement to yesterday,

“I was shocked when I first heard Lee Hyori’s 2010 recording. I couldn’t believe how similar the song was. It’s almost an exact replica, even down to our vocal riff’s. I mean we worked really hard as a group to write this song and perfect it back in 2008. It just seems really unfair that this song is being sold on iTunes by an artist who has stolen the song from us. It’s plagiarism, and we hope we see justice.”

Nobody from Lee’s camp could be reached for comment about the alleged plagiarism.”

A video comparing the songs:

Memory, Swing, How Did We feat. Daesung, I’m Back, and Feel the same are also “accused” of plagiarism by various foreign netizens but none of these tracks have had a direct response like Cookie Couture has with Bring it Back. Apparently, Cookie Couture is trying to take some sort of legal action against Lee Hyori’s camp.

These accused tracks were composed by a producer named BAHNUS. Mnet & Lee Hyori most likely didn’t know about these songs. I say that because what company and artist in their right mind would purposely do this? In any case, I’m interested to see Mnet and Lee Hyori’s response(s) to all of this.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

Credit - Allkpop


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