Continuous Plagiarism Controversy Surrounding APink
Are you a fan of Kpop girl group APink? I like the group too. The 6 members are lovely, pretty, and attractive. But the group was recently embroiled in plagiarism controversy surrounding the concept image for its upcoming new album. As you can see above, the image looked really similar to a photograph taken by fashion photographer Michal Pudelka, while the group's agency explained, "We never knew such photos existed, and we never designed the concept based on the originals. It seems like something similar just happened as we were seeking out a desired concept for the girl group’s comeback."
Well, what do you think? Do you think APink plagiarized the photograph?(Actually, that's the group's agency's problem, not APink's.)
Besides its costumes, APink was also embroiled in plagiarism controversy because of its choreography and music.
Last June, the group appeared on KBS' 'Yoo Heeyeol's Sketchbook' and showed an impressive dance performance of Beyonce's 'Partition'. However, Kyle Hanagami, the original choreographer of the dance pointed out that APink used his choreography without his consent, stating, "I'm flattered but credit really needs to be given where it's due."
And there has been much debate over the originality of APink's 'NoNoNo' that was released in July 2013. The song sounds like legendary Kpop girl group SES's song 'Just in love'. Unfortunately, Shinsadong Tiger, the composer of 'NoNoNo', didn't deny that he plagiarized SES's song.
He said, "I do not deny that I plagiarized SES's song. Of course, I can't say that it's plagiarism, but it's true that I was heavily influenced by the song. When the song was released, I was a middle school student and at that time, I experienced my first love. I wanted to express those kinds of feelings through the song. I think I was immature when I composed 'NoNoNo'."
Check out the videos below to compare 'NoNoNo' and 'Just in love'.