After a raft of allegations involving plagiarism, members of Kpop group BTS are formally responding. And they’re denying any wrongdoing.
After two back-to-back smash hits, member of Kpop outfit BTS are battling repeated plagiarism claims. Specifically, the group has been on the defensive after footage showed direct copying of an opening stage sequence.
The sequence, originally deployed by rival group Big Bang, features a multi-colored ‘No Signal’ broadcast screen, followed by static.
Sadly, the evidence suggests direct copying by BTS, with no credit back to Big Bang or their lead rapper, TOP. That soured the super-success of ‘Not Today,’ which became the fastest-rising YouTube video in Kpop history last weekend.
Now, there’s been a formal response from BTS. Importantly, the group didn’t deny that the opening montage is identical to that of Big Bang. But the group’s label, Big Hit Entertainment, claims that they had no input on the actual setup. “Our side did not prepare the production for BTS’ stage in general,” the company offered in a statement.
“These complaints have nothing to do with us.”
Further broiling the controversy, BTS superfans, i.e., the A.R.M.Y, are claiming that Big Bang themselves lifted their stage intro from someone else. But who, exactly, did Big Bang steal their idea from? That part isn’t so clear, and could represent a hollow counterattack.
As for ‘Not Today,’ the video continues to soar. As of Thursday, the track is the fastest Kpop track to reach 20 million views. That said, Big Bang’s ‘Fantastic Baby’ remains one of the biggest music videos in the world with nearly 250 million YouTube views.
Currently, the only Korean artist to reach one billion YouTube views is PSY. Amazingly, PSY has crossed the billion-mark on three videos: ‘Gentleman,’ with 1.04 billion views, and ‘Gangnam Style,’ with nearly 2.8 billion views.