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Plagiarism claims plaguing K-pop world


Netizens cracking down on alleged plagiarism by South Korean singers.

THE recent charges of plagiarism involving South Korean hip-hop artiste Primary has brought the local music industry's notorious past and ongoing allegations of plagiarism to the fore.

Many are now questioning how these accusations will impact the future of the industry.

Thanks to the infinite capabilities of the Internet, Netizens have been exposing supposed plagiarism.

"As bad as an accusation of plagiarism can be, the resolution of plagiarism in Korea might actually be far worse," said one industry insider. "A false claim can seriously damage a person's career while a true claim can be very difficult for which to collect any sort of financial damages."

The single I Got C was produced by Primary along with comedian Park Myung-soo for the newly released album Jayuro Music Festival by the members of popular MBC variety programme Infinite Challenge. The single became a big hit, topping the local real-time music charts.

However, soon after the song's release, Netizens revealed that Primary's track, along with several other tracks previously produced by the artiste, bore striking resemblances to songs produced by David Schreurs.

Schreurs produced Dutch singer Caro Emerald's Liquid Lunch, from which the Korean hip-hop artiste is accused of lifting the melody.

"These days, there are more and more overseas producers, composers and songwriters expressing interest working with Korean music artistes," said the industry insider. "Although such international collaborations are becoming more commonplace in the industry, any time a high profile plagiarism case emerges, it never looks good."

The K-pop industry is no stranger to copyright infringement allegations, with some of the most notorious cases involving some of South Korea's biggest acts, including Big Bang leader G-Dragon and solo diva Lee Hyori. This year alone Primary is merely joining a list of other stars such as IU and Roy Kim, whom Netizens have accused of having tracks that sound far too similar to other artistes' work.

Netizens have raised plagiarism allegations against K-pop star IU's lead track The Red Shoes from her recently released third studio album Modern Times. They claim the track sounds strikingly similar to German duo Nekta's Here's Us, an electro-jazz pop track released in 2009. Some Netizens went as far as to compile a YouTube comparison clip of the two songs played back to back, with others even overlapping the tracks so listeners could hear them simultaneously, highlighting the similarities.

Earlier this year, Superstar K4 winner Roy Kim also found himself swept in a sea of plagiarism controversy surrounding his debut single Spring Spring Spring, which spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard K-Pop Hot 100. Online communities began posting comments after the single was released in April, accusing Kim of plagiarising indie singer Acoustic Rain's ukulele version of the song Love Is Canon.

After the news came to light, representatives of CJ E&M made a counter claim stating that it was Kim, in fact, whose work was being plagiarised. It was later revealed that the version of Love Is Canon was in fact registered with the Korea Copyright Commission nearly one month after Kim's Spring Spring Spring was released.

There is also the issue of sampling, a common practice in hip-hop music, and how it differs from plagiarism.

"When you sample something, you're giving credit and getting permission from the original artiste before the song is released," said producer Bryan Park of AMP Media.

"Plagiarism is copying someone's song and hoping no one notices or changing the song so that no one will notice. Sampling is, from the beginning, giving credit to the original artiste and getting permission. It's all about credit and permission," he added. – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

More Miley shocks at MTV awards


Miley Cyrus lights up a joint and Amsterdam at MTV Europe Music Awards.

US pop sensationalist Miley Cyrus took her publicity-seeking further still by smoking a cannabis joint as she received her award for Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam on Sunday.

The evening's biggest winner was hip-hop icon Eminem who took home two awards, but Cyrus, 20, kept the spotlight firmly on herself after kicking off the show by twerking with a latex-clad dwarf called Little Britney.

Thanking the director of her hit single Wrecking Ball for the award, Cyrus took to the stage in a tight white body suit and platform heels and said: "I don't have room for the award in my bag but I did find this...."

She then took what appeared to be a half-smoked joint out of her Chanel bag and lit it up at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, where you can buy cannabis in the city's coffee shops and where Cyrus had been photographed earlier with Dutch DJ Afrojack.

"I'd like to thank Terry Richardson for putting this together," said Cyrus, a self-confessed weed smoker.

The world's pop glitterati descended on Amsterdam for the event, with Eminem putting in a surprise performance by stepping out of a giant boombox after winning the Global Icon and Hip Hop awards.

Eminem ... big winner of the night. - AFP

Eminem ... big winner of the night. – AFP

Canada's Justin Bieber won the Best Male award for the fourth year running, and thanked his fans in a pre-recorded video message.

Britain's One Direction won the award for Best Pop, and US singer Beyonce won Best Live, with both also saying their cursory thanks in a pre-recorded video.

Norwegian Internet sensation and comedy duo Ylvis performed their hit The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?), which has clocked over 200 million views on YouTube in the last two months, wearing matching fox outfits with long tails on an otherwise galactic-themed night.

China's Chris Lee (Li Yuchun) won the award for Worldwide Act, the third year that an Asian artiste has won the award.

Talent show winner Lee thanked the audience and "all the people who love Chinese music" as she accepted the award, wearing thigh-length leather boots and beating off competition from the likes of South Korea's EXO and Morocco's Ahmed Soultan.

Chris Lee, with her Worldwide Act award, the third year that an Asian artiste has won the accolade. - AFP

Chris Lee, with her Worldwide Act award, the third year that an Asian artiste has won the accolade. – AFP

US actor and singer Jared Leto attempted a moment's silence in memory of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which may have killed over 10,000 people over the weekend, but was overwhelmed by whistles and screaming.

The evening's MC Redfoo hailed Eminem as "truly an icon", who has sold over 80 million albums and won 11 MTV video music awards and 13 Grammys since 1999.

"Wow, this is crazy. Thank you to everybody for everything over the years, I love award, I love award, I love math," Eminem said.

"I was just sitting back there sipping champagne looking at all those amazing artistes, thinking how am I gonna win?" US singer Katy Perry said after winning the award for Best Female.

The event held a "satellite" party with DJ Afrojack at famed Amsterdam venue the Melkweg, featuring a special guest performance by hip-hop veteran Snoop Dogg, rapping through a glove-shaped diamante-encrusted microphone.

Organisers said that the show at the Ziggo Dome required at least 30 litres of body paint, 20 litres of liquid latex and 20 kilos of glitter.

The MTV Europe Music Awards is held each year in a different European city, with past hosts including Frankfurt (Germany) in 2012, Belfast (Northern Ireland) in 2011, and Madrid (Spain) in 2010.

Next year's event will be held in Glasgow, Scotland. – AFP Relaxnews

Abba mulls possible 'Waterloo' reunion


Occasion planned to celebrate 40th anniversary of the Swedish pop group's Eurovision victory and worldwide fame.

LEGENDARY Swedish pop group Abba could reunite next year to mark the 40th anniversary since it won the Eurovision Song Contest and was catapulted to global stardom, singer Agnetha Faltskog revealed on Sunday.

"Of course it's something we're thinking about," 63-year-old Faltskog told the German weekly Welt Am Sonntag in an interview. "There seem to be plans to do something to mark this anniversary in some way. But I can't say at this point what will come of them."

Abba formed in 1972 when Faltskog met guitarist and songwriter Bjorn Ulvaeus – whom she later married – and Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

Andersson and Lyngstad were also married for a while. Both couples divorced.

The group's self-penned hit Waterloo won the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, England, in April 1974, and immediately became a global phenomenon.

With their iconic glam outfits and pioneering music videos, they scored an unprecedented string of worldwide No. 1 hits, such as Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen and Super Trouper.

They became Sweden's biggest-ever pop act and one of the most successful pop groups in history, selling more than 380 million records worldwide.

The band never formally broke up, but its last album The Visitors appeared in 1982.

Since then, Faltskog and Lyngstad pursued solo careers and Andersson and Ulvaeus wrote a hit musical Chess and reworked 24 Abba hits into a musical called Mamma Mia.

Despite intense pressure to re-form, all four members have persistently ruled out doing so in the past.

In July 2008, all four Abba members were reunited at the Swedish premiere of the film Mamma Mia, only the second time all of them had appeared together in public since 1986.

At the time, Ulvaeus and Andersson said there was "simply no motivation to regroup".

"We would like people to remember us as we were, young, exuberant and full of ambition," Ulvaeus said.

Ulvaeus made similar comments late last year when he announced plans for an Abba museum, saying it was "cool" that the band was one that had never been reunited.

The Abba museum was opened in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 7 this year.

There has, however, been countless Abba tribute bands. And Abba's music featured prominently in two cult Australian films, The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert and Muriel's Wedding, both released in 1994.

Mamma Mia was itself turned into a film starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan in 2008.

In her interview with Welt Am Sonntag, Faltskog – who recently released a new solo album – said she did not want to spend too much time pondering whether a reunion should take place or not.

"That eats up too much energy. Don't just think about it, just do it," she said.

And she warned that time was running out.

"We're all getting older. I can't imagine going onto the stage on walking sticks," Faltskog said. – AFP


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