Sunmi‘s “Heroine“, which was produced by the team of Teddy and 24, has come under fire for allegedly plagiarizing Cheryl Cole‘s “Fight For This Love“.
In response, The Black Label issued a complete rebuke of the accusations.
On January 19, The Black Label responded by stating, “We unequivocally reveal that ‘Heroine’ is 100 percent an original creative work with absolutely no reference to the song that has been named in the controversy.”
Personally, while I definitely hear “Fight For This Love” in “Heroine” at points, I don’t know shit when it comes to this, and neither do most of you.
So as I usually do when it comes to people throwing plagiarism around, I’ll wait for the people who actually know what they’re talking about to speak on it, rather than giving a definitive take to go with the flow of everybody freaking out whenever two songs sound similar.
Speaking of the devil, KPOPALYPSE thinks it’s rather close.
Out of all the plagiarism cases that people have asked me to write about, this one is actually the most borderline. It’s not a clear-cut case of legally-actionable plagiarism, but Teddy has nevertheless very blatantly copied the original song, plus has been very, very careful to insert just enough difference in the melody and rhythms to get over the line should he have to slug it out in a courtroom. So in other words, it’s a “no, not quite plagiarism, just naughty” from Kpopalypse.