[NEWS] Hyukoh caught in their first ‘controversy’ + HIGHGRND refutes plagiarism allegations!

Through various online communities and SNS accounts, Hyukoh’s “Lonely” was found to be similar to The Whitest Boy Alive’s “1517.” Likewise, Hyukoh’s “Panda Bear” was compared to Yumi Zouma’s “Dodi.”

A representative from artist management company Drdr amc, who have helped Hyukoh for a lengthy period, stated, “This is the first we are hearing of the plagiarism controversy. We need to check on this situation.”

Having received a lot of attention for their participation in the upcoming “Infinity Challenge Music Festival 2015,” many are curious as to how this plagiarism controversy will affect their appearance on the show and festival.

MBC’s “Infinity Challenge” commented, “There needs to be a statement about the plagiarism controversy from their agency first. It’s too early to discuss whether or not they will appear on the show.”

Meanwhile, Hyukoh has been experiencing great success on music charts with their songs “Wi Ing Wi Ing” and “Comes and Goes.”


HIGHGRND refutes plagiarism allegations against HyukOh!

Soon after the accusations of plagiarism against recently trending band Hyukoh hit the media, the band’s new agency, HIGHGRND, quickly responded with an official statement.

On July 24, HIGHGRND formally stated:

“This is an official statement addressing articles in relation to Hyukoh’s plagiarism controversy.

First, it is unfortunate that these songs that the artist worked hard to prepare have been swept up in this kind of controversy.

In the case of “Lonely,” Hyukoh performed this song as the opening for the leader of The Whitest Boy Alive, Erlend Oye, when he visited Korea in March of last year. The party directly involved actually complimented [Hyukoh] on this song.

“Panda Bear” is a song that [Hyukoh] has been performing since last year, and was officially released in January [of this year]. Taking into consideration the fact that the time frame of the release of Yumi Zouma’s song was in March, the timing is impossible.

We will view [this controversy] as the public’s anticipation for Hyukoh to showcase better music with growing interest, and they will greet everyone with even better music in the future.”

Source: DongA + MBN via Soompi

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