[news] Sony Slams YG Entertainment for Plagiarism Issues!

Looks like the Heartbreaker is about to get his heart broken... Sony has responded to accusations of G-Dragon's alleged plagiarism and it isn't pretty!

As many of you recall, on August 21, Sony noted similarities between G-Dragon's "Heartbreaker" & "Right Round" (Flo Rida) as well as "Butterfly" & "She's Electric" (Oasis). Sony reported their observations to the original producers of each song then waited for their response. Furthermore, it isn't just G-Dragon who's under the heat - according to Freechal, "I Don't Care" by 2NE1 (similar to Lionel Richie's "Just Go") is also under the same situation.

ATV Music Publishing, the South Korean branch of Sony, just announced the verdict on these supposed similarities. Today on Sisa Magazine (시사매거진 2580), a news programme on MBC, officials from Sony reportedly sent YG Entertainment warning letters. Sony's legal representative stated, "It was a hard decision for the music critics. However, they decided that there were similarities and accordingly issued a warning letter to the production company and composers. They have also denied YG Entertainment the permission to promote these songs."

So I guess it's official - all three entertainment companies of the Holy Trinity (aka SM, JYP and YG) are having some type of who-can-stir-the-biggest-controversy contest going on. In the span a mere two months, we've seen mini implosions with TVXQ, Kangin Jaebeom and now, officially, G-Dragon? Holy bejesus...

Regardless of whether you agree with this decision or not, I think Sony made their decision a bit late in the game - even if G-Dragon gets knocked off, he's already established a month-long reign over the music shows and sold over 100,000 copies of his album in less than a week.

YG Entertainment has yet to respond regarding this issue. Stay tuned to allkpop for further developments!

source: newsen and allkpop

60 Responses so far.

  1. xSafyahx says:

    this is bull crap i think some people have nothing better to do this year so they r stirring up conspiracies for their fun... -sigh- i hope everything goes back to normal... dont like the whole chaotic state kpop world is in right now... -____-

  2. Anonymous says:

    i believe the comparison can be seen here too

  3. Anonymous says:

    wake me up when september ends!!! Sony suck!

  4. Anonymous says:

    FINALLY! It's time for people to know the carp that is YG!

  5. Anonymous says:

    don't even defend YG. I mean the 2NE1 I don't care song is so obviously similar to Lionel Richie's song. If I hear any 2NE1 fans complaining about that, then they have a serious case of denial. It's about time someone realize what YG is doing. You can't cheat your way to success. Sorry.

  6. Anonymous says:

    So much for the greatness of YG family. What a bunch of plagiarisers.

  7. Anonymous says:

    YG has always been plagiarizing! They make money and earn popularity by "improving" American songs. SHEESH! YG sucks! Stupid 2NE1 and BB fans!

  8. Anonymous says:

    boo boo boo all the haters, u can't do anything except for waiting for the bad things happen to others, lol, ur life's so suck.

  9. Anonymous says:

    shut up envious haters!! you can't do something about this, just leave YG and sony alone...

  10. Anonymous says:

    no u shut up! u don't know what plagiarism means and u are in denial that your ideal 2ne1 and Big Bang plagiarize. Even if u like them you cant be ignorant. by defending your artist of plagiarism means you are encouraging them to continue plagiarizing.

  11. Anonymous says:

    then do ur original songs...lol, i know what plagiarism means, im not as stupid as you.

  12. Please do not take out all the hate on 2ne1 and Big Bang.... especially 2ne1.... YG and the people there are the ones producing and making the songs... 2ne1 are just PERFORMING THE SONGS.... they do not have anything to do with these....... the same thing goes to big bang... you could say the responsibility is with the producers and CEO... saying that it is 2ne1's and Big Bangs fault are words of an ignorant person.

  13. 2NE1 AND BIG BANG ARE JUST THE PERFORMERS... THEY ARE NOT THE WRITERS OF THE SONGS AND THE PRODUCERS... THEY ARE JUST DOING WHAT THEY ARE TOLD WHICH IS TO PERFORM AND SING THE SONGS THE COMPANY GIVES TO THEM... but with G-dragon... he is the producer of his album too.... The responsibility is to the writers, producers and CEO .....

  14. Anonymous says:

    i definitely agree with blue_princess!! stop bashing YG talents bec. they have nothing to do with it!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Oh i don't care is really similar. ):

  16. Anonymous says:

    Blue Princess, I get your point but I think with GD's case, people could blame him...he's the producer / writer of Heartbreaker right? And I don't know but still, 2NE1 and BB will get dragged with the issue especially the fact that they got "popular" with those songs.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I feel bad for 2NE1 and big bang since they're just promoting songs their company gives them. As for GD in general, he should have known better than to plagiarize since he is known to be a talented composer/writer and all. This just ruins his image in general and it's not just one songs but 3 that got pointed out, maybe even more in the future. Words of anti-fans should not be taken seriously but there are people who are just stating the truth and it's rude for GD fans to cuss at them. Please accept the truth. It's time GET REAL!

  18. Anonymous says:

    I feel really bad...when I heard Heartbreaker, I knew this would come!!! But why GD, why? You should have known better. Fans call you the musical genius!

  19. Alkaid says:

    2NE1 and Bigbang don't write the songs they sing, they just perform it. So everybody shut the hell up.

    As for GD's case, oh well. Lots of people have done that in the past.

  20. Anonymous says:

    err..YG made a lot of money already..if the haters can make twice the amount of money YG has then good for them..i agree it's a bit too late for sony though..plus, if YG company doesn't have talented artists then their songs would have been all whack in the beginning..remove the songs and they are still left with talent..oh well, they're at fault too..anyway GD, you can quit writing songs anytime and you still have dancing, DJing, and modeling..you will still earn money

  21. Anonymous says:

    and people,dont deny that u liked this songs of 2ne1 & Gd even before the issue of plagiarism came out. (do u?) haha
    i dont care about the plagiarism at all because wat i care is about, i liked the songs and the artists and YG family itself. moreover, how they deliver the live performance is the best & full of effort.
    so people, true blue fans (vip's & blackjacks) lets support them no matter wat.
    maybe ul hate them about this is issue, but for me? its too late because i already love them. (YGfamily hwaiting!!)

  22. Anonymous says:

    Oh shut up ppl! Wat? GD plagarise & got blame? Then wat about Shinee? JongHyun wrote that song also wat! Seriously, this make no sense! WHY NOT BLAME IT ON EVERYONE BUT ONLY BLAME IT ON GD? Just a few seconds only, but Shinee's juliette is the WHOLE SONG. Ima sortof fan of SHINee but to be fair, i have to take this issue out. Son Dambi's "Crazy" front part also the same as BEG's "how come".
    Americans are just jealous that now is k-pop craze. SO JUST SHUTUP.

  23. Anonymous says:

    I disagree with those saying that it's TOO LATE for SONY! If SONY wins, YG will have to pay a big amount to them. It's the law! It's too late for YG because they can't pull back the albums that are sold.

    You don't know the facts! SM bought the rights for Shinee to cover the song. You're a fan of Shinee and you don't know that?

    KPOP targets a very small portion of the world while American music is WORLDWIDE! Sorry, you don't make sense.

  24. Anonymous says:

    This is stupid.... I'm sure most of u haters are fans of SM. LOL, at least now we know why SM songs are ALL SO ORIGINAL, thats because SM took most of DBSK earnings and used it to pay song writers. I know u might be thinking that this is not true, well, its the same as how u said that YG copied english songs. For me, i think that if YG were to copy, they would have copied the whole song instead just a small portion. And secondly, why would they copy songs from unpopular songs? And talking about right round, didnt flo rida used that song from maryln manson?(used, not copy.

    Lastly, there are so many songs in the world, i wouldnt be surprised if some sounded the same.

  25. Anonymous says:

    To anonymous at 12:52,
    Yeah! Get your facts right! And why are you dragging other artistes in?!

  26. Anonymous says:

    I am both shocked and amused at all the accusations of plagiarism regarding GD's songs. I mean, dang! the songs sound so similar. And it's quite disappointing to know that our musical genius has been taking tunes from american hits to generate his own. I mean, "Right Round" and "Heartbreaker" sounds almost alike!

    But it's thoroughly unfair to comment on anything without official statements made by YG and GD himself. Anyhow, it is inevitable for songs to overlap isn't it? We as fans should still support them nevertheless, and fan support doesn't equate to us encouraging plagiarism but we should voice our opinions diplomatically, requesting for more stringent checking of songs before they are released for the public. It doesn't matter if they take longer time to produce an album but as long as they keep up the quality of their songs, the market will still be there to sell out their albums.

    So please stop fighting over this because it's not our fight to begin with. It's between Sony and YG! Hating them or fighting amongst each other isn't going to solve anything. So just wait for YG or GD to say something about the matter before deciding on whether to continue supporting GD or otherwise.

  27. Anonymous says:

    LOl yea, SM BOUGHT copyright beat from "deal with it" and used it for shinee's julliete. Now we all know how SM used most of DBSK earnings to BUY songs from other artists.

  28. Anonymous says:

    so what if SM buys songs? At least they don't STEAL like YG!

  29. Anonymous says:

    steal? haha do u know wat steal means? for very few seconds, u say its plagiarism. oh my gaho!
    and yeah, i now know that SME bought songs to cover. what a shame. cant they composed a song to their popular group.

  30. Anonymous says:

    well..many people can't deny that his songs are awesome..the only people who cares so much about the copy drama are really the big people or companies invloved..those who are out of the situation mostly care about the music itself, how good it sounds, the meaning, even the music video, how it is performed, how they can relate to it..i say this because i often hear ppl say "it's ok, he pulled it off anyway" or "who cares, it's just like hearing a remix of the original"..

  31. Anonymous says:

    wth is with all this scolding!
    i lyk both YG and SM artist..
    but wat the hell man!
    u all tink tt wat have happened this whole month is not enough is it?
    tis article is abt YG y do u all drag in SM..
    i tink next u all r gonna drag in JYP la!
    wth man!
    dun drag in anybody wen this thing is abt GD..
    he dun need anymore antis..
    n i dun wan him to have more..

  32. Anonymous says:

    ^oh really? Why can't YG compose their own songs without plagiarizing? WHAT A SHAME! A few seconds is enough to sue someone for PLAGIARISM. Know facts first! Stop fanboy-ing or fangirl-ing. By the way, how many songs were accused of plagiarism, not 1 but 4!

    At least SM is LEGAL. They pay for the rights and credit the composer compared to YG artists who get popularity by stealing another's work.

    you may be a fan of YG but you should at least know that PLAGIARISM is BAD! It's the worst sin to commit for artists!

  33. Anonymous says:

    Stupid people bringing up SM! Seriously, if you don't want antis for GD or YG! Stop dragging other companies esp SM! They have the biggest fanbase so don't ever think that YG is bigger than them! STUPID!

  34. jacky says:

    srsly.. who cares =="

    its just music ~ doesnt this also benefit flo rida and all those other singers? their songs getting promoted.. and MORE ppl will no bout the song?! its acutally good. lol

  35. Anonymous says:

    ^uhm are you stupid or something? only YG is benefiting from this (sales?) which they're not even suppose to since they copied music

  36. Anonymous says:

    "It was a hard decision" as in they were not unanimous in their decision, they "found similarities" yet, have not proven the song to be directly plagiarized...the punishment is actually minimum, but I feel that it was all opinion based...

  37. Anonymous says:

    ^that's cause plagiarism is hard to prove and they have to consult with music experts of course...it's not the punishment that is the main concern (it's just penalty in terms of money) but the reputation that's being ruined right now...YG and GD!

  38. Anonymous says:

    This is unfair, BB is always being targeted for their popular songs, especially beacause Heart Breaker made it so big and "I don't care" made it really big too...Flo Rida rigged "right round" from another song anyways so it just doesn't add up...Its not just this song, but many more songs to come will have similarities to other songs because of popular music trend, songs will one way or another be similar to another...As a fan, I think other fans should put themselves in VIP's position before they start bashing...If YOUR idol was accused of plagiarizing, how would you react?

    I love Big Bang no matter what, and this controversy only makes me love GD more, it makes me want to protect him. To all you haters, you are all just dead jealous of GD and YG's success..Whether your idol is from JYP, SM, Yg or where ever else, I think we should all realize that there are difficulties in all three company and that we should just support our idols and not bring down other idols.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Does putting GD down really make your idol better? does it make you feel better? Does putting YG down make SM better? Does it make you feel better? no it doesn't, does it. Fuck off, if I don't fuck with your idol, don't fuck with mine. There is already enough shit going on, I don't need other fans to start shit and give GD shit.

  40. Anonymous says:

    I love GD and I love YG....just wait till its your turn haters, I will definitely show no mercy the same way you are treating and GD and YG right now

  41. Anonymous says:

    this wouldn't be an issue if YG paid and ask for consent in the first place...when the teaser came out, a lot are saying that it's plagiarized...YG should have acted already...but no, they let it come to this point...

    I'm a GD fangirl - I love him so much, but I'm not deaf to not realize the similarities between Right Round and Heartbreaker! I'm just turned off right now.

    Plus, yeah 2NE1's "I don't care" is so similar to Just Go's chorus. I don't know. I just lost a huge amount of respect to YG and GD. I still love you GD but I can't call you a composer anymore.

  42. Anonymous says:

    there its goes again..the bad news for yg family especially big bang and 2ne1 will be the good news for haters(antis??)or fans from other companies?!..its normal when the famous company will attracted a lot of stupid haters..lol..they just waitd the bad news to attack them..wth..

    i aggred some comments above..no matter wat happened,im still support gd,big bang,2ne1 and yg family..i just love their music and style..ill still keep buying their stuff now and forever..4 the haters,just support ur idols and not bring down other idols..

  43. Anonymous says:

    to the person who posted at 10:28...Don't call yourself a fan! GD has composed so many great songs, and if you were a real fan you would know that, you are such a pessimist, one bad and you dash out all the good, you can go suck it because true fans will support them during tough times, yes, no one can deny that there are sinilarities but does similarity = plagiarizing? in that case I can call so many songs plagiarized because there are so many songs that bear a similarity to one other song or so.

    Music critics are human, they are unable to judge without the hinderance of their opinion. Whatever the case, I believe in BB and YG, haters can F! off because us supporters will stand by no matter what.

  44. Anonymous says:

    ^im agreed with u..

  45. Anonymous says:

    You know what, this site should require people to leave their e-mails. People leave so many rude comments and get away with it. People should be held accountable for what they say.

    Haters, if you're not coward just leave your email along with your crappy comment, and I'll get back to you, ok. Otherwise, keep your shitty comments to yourself. Don't have anything nice to say, well, don't say anything then.

  46. Anonymous says:

    @ 3:18, if you consider a few seconds not stealing then imagine if you came up with an 18 seconds tune that got you a shit load of money and fame. then along comes YG family and GD and they stole your 18 seconds of fame and said that they came up with it. Then they proceed to make 2 times the shit load more money and fame than you. They will go down in history for that 18 seconds and you will get shit. THINK ABOUT THAT before you say that a few seconds is not considered stealing. I bet your life you wouldn't feel that way if it happened to you so just Shut up.

  47. Anonymous says:

    @ 3:18, SM artists compose songs all the time. Micky from DBSK has written and compose plenty of songs. Actually all the members of DBSK have at one time or another contributed to making new songs. And guess what, not once were questions raised about the authenticity of those songs. They were never accused of plagiarism, unlike GD who is accused of at least 10 times maybe more. So get your facts straight before you take it out on SM artists.

  48. Anonymous says:

    @ 9:40 YES it does make people feel better HAHA. YG is getting the shit they deserve for trying to take the short road to success. Sure their artists have made it big, but their reputation is sliding fast from plagiarism. Also, for your information, 2NE1 fans and BB fans alike have picked on countless of other artists. They think that their idols can do no wrong and go around bashing other artists so don't say that you fans haven't targeted other groups. Now you're just getting the treatment that you deserve. UGH

  49. Anonymous says:

    @ 9:17, why don't you leave your email along with your crappy ass comments and we'll get back to you oK? BTW you can also keep YOUR shitty comments to yourself. No one gives a hoot.

  50. Anonymous says:

    i don't like YG's band but i like BB's TOP. haha. This is what you get when you did plagiarism. Just stop the crap YG!

  51. Anonymous says:

    I think the other fans are having their revenge now...tsk tsk tsk this is what VIPs and Blackjacks get for being so cocky...I'm not surprised with the amount of bashers...that's just how it is.

  52. Anonymous says:

    agree with the above comment. I think that if VIPs and (esp)Blackjacks were a little bit more humble and considerate towards other artists and their fangroups, it wouldn't be this bad now. I mean whenever there's a poll, comparison, or what not VIPs and mostly Blackjacks claim their idols are better instead of looking at things objectively. Plus whenever other girl groups do a remake of a song, Blackjacks always goes "Oh 2NE1 can do it so much better". I mean how would they know, 2NE1 didn't even cover that song! Honestly, I think I would like 2NE1 better if it weren't for their fans. Can't blame others for bashing on YG family.

  53. Anonymous says:

    WTF, so you people are bashing BB and 2ne1 becasue of their FANS? Don't even pretend to be innocent as if you have never bashed another idol, so why try to pin the blame on VIPs and BlackJacks only? Is it wrong for a fan to think their idol looks better or sings better than other idols,of course not, thats why they are a fan!

    Thats what it means to be a FAN, you will always think your idol is better, you know you are guilty of this too. Doesn't matter who you are a fan, you will always think your idol is better. I love Big Bang and don't come around here trying to diss them just because of their fan, maybe as a fan you can just support YOUR idol more and stop comaplining about VIP and BlackJacks

  54. Anonymous says:

    @ 11:16pm chere8_11@yahoo.com lets make this peronal, go ahead, send me an email and I will get back to you, instaed of leaving cowardly comments under "anonymous" why not own up to your comments.

  55. Anonymous says:

    everybody should juz relax!
    dun drag in other grps and also dun scold GD...
    there have been alot of things happen this month already...
    all companies and almost all grps have already faced many probs!
    lets all not make things worst by making fans go against each other!
    we should all juz support our own grp!

  56. Anonymous says:

    **REPOST***I know there are many haters of 2ne1 fans, but you know what, honestly 2ne1 is kicking asses, and fans are just really proud of them. If your idol was doing great, you would be proud and bragging too, so why you hating?
    I really don't feel like YG fans did anything wrong, our only fault is that we love YG family too much. But when has loving something become a flaw? There has been alot of haters lately, so I can understand why alot of YG fans has been flipping out, but its not because they hate others, they are just defending YG whom they love and support.

  57. Jynx says:

    okay this page creeps me out.

  58. Anonymous says:

    wow, i love all this awesome music! =)

  59. Anonymous says:

    sometimes i dunno even noe whos rite or wrong in this case, gd might be overrated in a way, but i dun think he's so stupid to plagiarize the songs. after all, do u noe what it means to be slammed by a big company like sony? sony is clearly jealous of k pop but i believe gd has no intentions to plagiarize the songs. about yg fans doin anything wrong, quite a number of fans of other groups r also doing a lot of wrong things like bashing other groups they dun like or what, so i hope all of these ppl ll realize their mistakes. every group put a lot of effort to keep us fans happy, so pls dun bash each other. =)

  60. Seems pretty damn obvious to me.

    Look, as a Korean myself, I'm not going to go around supporting YG just because of the fact he's Korean as well. Why is he allowing for these so called "composers" to go biting other artists tunes? Its bullshit. I listen to the Lionel Richie - Just Go and 2NE1's - I Don't Care and they're nearly identical. Speed up the BPMs of Just Go and its practically the same song minus the lyrics. Anyone who just doesn't hear it either thinks denial is just a river in Egypt or is completely deaf.

    Don't get me wrong. I like 2NE1 also. I think they're a pretty cool group but why the need to completely rip off a song and then not give credit where credit is due. If you want to sample a couple bars here and there, that's fine. But don't go and chomp the entire beat, chorus, baseline, etc. etc. Same goes for you too G-Dragon! Biting Flo-Rida who I'm not even a big fan of anyway. Pathetic.

    Ya'll should be making this a bigger issue and not some stupid shit that Jae Beom from 2PM said which is completely INSIGNIFICANT compared to stealing creative IP. Sony has every right to be pissed. If I were Sony I'd be on their ass like fly on a piece of shit.

    I want these K-Pop groups to succeed but not at the expense of compromising these artists creative integrity.

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