Extra! Korea

June 28, 2010

Lee Hyo-ri deletes 7 songs from album due to plagiarism accusations

Filed under: intellectual property, music — extrakorea @ 9:33 am

You might recall how some of the songs on Lee Hyo-ri’s album have been accused of being plagiarized. In addition to admitting that they were copied (unprecedented in Korea), she has now announced that she will delete the accused seven songs from her album, H-Logic, leaving it with seven songs left.

I’d say that she’s taken a lot of responsibility. If you deleted 7 songs from the Wonder Girls’ latest “album” you’d have -3 songs, as it consists of So Hot, Tell Me, three versions of Nobody, and five (!) versions of 2 Different Tears. They worked for a year on one new song?

One of the problems was this:

Chang said Bahnus, who introduced himself as “a Yonsei University graduate who had sold numerous songs to foreign artists during his stay in the U.K,” lied about other things too.
“He was not a Yonsei University graduate and the contracts he had suggested for potential song sales were also fabricated,” he told a local daily.

The guy introduces himself as a graduate of Yonsei University* and people want to buy music from him? Did Keith Richards or Paul McCartney graduate from Oxford or Cambridge?

Another problem is that when one of these agencies has someone who actually has talent, they literally don’t know what to do with them. Take, for example, IU (아이유), below:

And what do they do? They waste her ability by making her sing a pop song about candy while dancing around with a guy in a marshmallow costume.

Even she doesn’t seem to expect to have her talents appreciated. When she co-won a music show contest, beating strong contenders like f(x), Seo In-young, and 4PM, er, I mean, 2Minute, I mean 2Minutes-Past-4 … she was so stunned that she had to be led to center stage, and when presented with the microphone, she tried to hand it off to somebody else.

* Yonsei University is one of Korea’s top three universities, known by their acronym SKY (Seoul National, Korea, and Yonsei). Graduate from one of them, and you’re set for life.


  1. interesting post.

    “The guy introduces himself as a graduate of Yonsei University* and people want to buy music from him? Did Keith Richards or Paul McCartney graduate from Oxford or Cambridge?” Did you know that Mick Jagger went to the London School of Economics? My second cousin, Ronald Coase, was one of his instructors and recalls what a good student he was until the band started getting successful and wanted to tour. At that point Jagger dropped out to pursue his musical career.

    Kris Kristofferson, one of the better songwriters of the latter 20th century was a Rhodes scholar, graduating with a BPhil in English lit from Oxford. Bonnie Raitt and Pete Seeger both went to Harvard and Alicia Keys went to Columbia.

    Comment by fiona — June 28, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

    • Thanks.

      Actually, I did know about Mick Jagger attending the London School of Economics (though thanks for the rest of those details, which I was not aware of). My point was that graduating university should not automatically give one credibility as a songwriter, since many of the best never went to college.

      Comment by extrakorea — June 29, 2010 @ 2:43 am

    • Actually, Alicia Keys was accepted to Columbia, but only attended for four weeks before she dropped out to pursue her music career.

      And I think the point the blogger was making was that, much more than with other jobs where a resume is very important, songwriters are more likely to be judged on the quality of their work regardless of where they went to school. It’s more of a natural talent that sometimes can be nurtured in a prestigious university, but oftentimes doesn’t need that.

      Comment by Gabby — July 4, 2010 @ 2:45 am

  2. OMG.. I’ve never heard of IU before reading this..but she has such an amazing voice..and I agree with you, what the hell is up with the marshmallow? Omg…why did they turn her into a generic idol? And why did she let them? /=

    Comment by Mai E. — July 1, 2010 @ 10:48 am

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