BTS’ Jung Kook accused of plagiarism in his new single Seven by American influencer, but some netizens disagree
Jung Kook, a South Korean singer-songwriter and member of the BTS band, trended on the internet earlier this month when he released his new song Seven, but he has been accused of plagiarism by a popular US-based TikToker who claims that the lyrics are copied from a video post by famous Vietnamese influencer So Y Tiet. Netizens are divided in their reactions.
American influencer Jarred Jermaine, who has no copyright ownership or legal interest in So Y Tiet’s work whatsoever but enjoys a massive following of over five million viewers, observed striking similarities between Jungkook's lyrics in Seven and a popular TikTok post by So Y Tiet, who is famous for releasing snippets of small self-created song lyrics on social media for his followers.
Before Jung Kook's Seven was out, So Y Tiet shared a TikTok with the caption THE DAYS OF THE WEEK with the lyrics "Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays."
The chorus of Jung Kook's song is as follows:
"Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Seven days a week. Every Hour, every minute, every second, you know, night after night, I'll be loving you right. Seven days a week."
As soon as the American influencer posted the comparison on his social media accounts, netizens started debating whether Jung Kook's song was plagiarized with many fans supporting the artist by claiming that it was just a coincidence, while others flatly rejected the claims and trashed them on social media.
Fans, however, couldn't help but feel that the charge was ridiculous and inappropriate.
Many claimed that accusing the BTS member of plagiarism and idea theft is unfair to the artist because simply listing the days of the week is quite popular in musical compositions.
Many netizens even criticized the American TikToker for spreading plagiarism rumors and stated that his comments cast a negative light on the work put into Seven, given that he has such a sizable audience.
PitchMark recently wrote a similar story about Columbian singer Shakira and Bizarrap being accused of plagiarizing song of Venezuelan influencer and singer Briella. The singer claimed that Shakira’s new song ‘BZRP Music Sessions #53' shares similarities with her single ‘Solo tú’, which was released in July 2022.
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