The producer credits for SEVENTEEN‘s “Don’t Wanna Cry” used to only include members Woozi and Bumzu with the Korean Music Copyright Association, however now The Chainsmokers‘ Drew Taggart and the four members of Coldplay are also included, according to a Yonhap News report.
Those five musicians happened to be involved in the production of “Something Like This“, the song “Don’t Wanna Cry” has been accused of plagiarizing.
Pledis Entertainment acknowledged the change, basically saying that it’s totally their song but they gave them copyright credit just in case.
“We received inquiries about the similarity of some of the melodies between the songs from the two publishing parties. We are asserting that ‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ is an independently created song but we were worried that the artists would suffer a great amount of stress if it came to legal disputes and that their image might adversely be affected regardless of the truth. Because of the listed reasons above, we decided to grant/acknowledge a piece of copyright to them.” “In fact, if you check the list of copyright holders to this song, the names of the artists who participated remain the same. We would like to apologize to all the artists and fans who were worried and concerned due to the company’s decision.”
The comparison of “Don’t Wanna Cry” to the sound of The Chainsmokers was always apparent, though I’m not sure if it crossed over into plagiarism. However, Pledis certainly seemed worried enough to give them credit for it.