It could be coincidence but K-Pop idol girl group SISTAR was recently accused of plagiarising Tiësto’s “Red Lights” music video for their new music video “I Swear”.



“I Swear” is a follow-up track from SISTAR’s special summer EP, “Sweet & Sour” and it is composed by Korean composer duo, Duble Sidekick. The albums consists of all their previous summer singles and another new track called “Hold On Tight”.

The song was released on 25th August, along with a music video that shows the girls having fun together as they embark on a road trip during summertime.

However, eagle-eyed netizens noticed that the music video for “I Swear” bears a striking resemblance to the music video for Tiësto’s “Red Lights”.

First, both Bora and the girl in “Red Lights” music video coincidentally worked as a waitress in a diner before the journey with their friends begin. Staying true to their summer concept, both videos shared similar scenes as well, from car washing to jumping into a swimming pool to doing laundry at the laundromat.

Thus, the music video for “I Swear” has sparked a debate among the fans, to decide whether this is indeed a case of plagiarism or a homage to Tiësto. Regarding the accusations, SISTAR’s agency has not release any statements about the similarities between both music videos.

SISTAR I Swear Tiesto Red Lights

This is not the first time plagiarism has happened in the K-Pop music industry as the music video for Hyomin’s “Nice Body” was accused of plagiarising Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” music video as well. American singer Meghan Trainor who emerged as a breakthrough artiste via her new song “All About that Bass”, was recently accused of plagiarising a K-Pop song, “Happy Mode”, by Koyote, which shared a similar melody and tempo to Phish’s 1989 song “Contact” too.


As music industry has the tendency of recycling older materials, we must say the blame shouldn’t be put on SISTAR as the girls-only vacation is what everyone would expect in summer concept music video anyway. But what do you think? Did the director of the music video plagiarise Tiësto’s “Red Lights” music video or is it just a coincidence? Let us know in the comment box below!


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