The K-Pop world has had lots of trouble with copyrights and things like that since the beginning of time. Many famous artists have already been acused of plagiarism, especially of international artists.
However, what is really rare is that it happens the other way around. It seems though that the famous old school K-Pop group Koyote has had their song “Happy Mode” plagiarised by the American singer Meghan Trainor.
Meghan released her hit song “All About That Bass” a few months ago and has been hitting the worldwide charts with it since then. The reason is obvious: the song is funny and catchy and the lyrics are very inspiring.
It was only this week though, that the controversy about the melody rose up. After paying more attention to the chorus of the song, some fans noticed that it sounded a lot like Koyote’s “Happy Mode” and begin to accuse Meghan of plagiarism.
In the below video, you can listen to the two songs one after another, check it out:
Still not convinced? In this one, the two songs were put together so you can see how similar they are:
The controversy reached Joo Young Hoon, the composer of Koyote’s song, who Tweeted that he was going to consult a specialized lawyer. Meghan’s side, so far, hasn’t spoken up about the situation yet.
Even though the two songs are extremely similar, it can still be a coincidence. It’s possible for two composers to have the same melody idea and sometimes we believe that we have come up with a whole new melody and way later realise that it sounds a lot like another song.
The situation, then, gets even more interesting when you compare the two songs with Phish‘s “Contact“, which was released in 1989. Check it out:
Pretty similar, right?
So what’s your opinion about this? Do you think it’s possible that Meghan or even Koyote were involved in plagiarism? Do you think it’s possible for three different artists to think about the same melody? Let us know!
Edited by: Karolina Goebel
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