Home-grown dance ensemble Dolla has been enjoying widespread mainstream success ever since their debut single “Make You Wanna” dropped earlier this year.
However, a lot of fans have been comparing the girl group’s image and music to other popular K-pop groups, especially BLACKPINK (블랙핑크), to which they agree.
Recently, Dolla’s live rendition of the group’s smash hit “Lovesick Girls” during the Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian (ABPBH) 2020 was met with quite a backlash from fans. A lot of them have since started to accuse the group of using the “How You Like That” jam-makers in order to gain popularity.
Refusing to stay silent, group member Sabronzo came forth to shed some light on the issue. “Actually, the organisers asked us to cover the song. They initially suggested a BTS song, but we felt that BLACKPINK’s song suited us better. We didn’t mind that we couldn’t perform our own song that night,” she told mStar.
“We weren’t the only singers who had to sing someone else’s song, Syamel also had to do the same. Dolla is still new in the industry, we don’t want to be labelled as demanding by rejecting the organisers’ request. In fact, we’re grateful to be able to stand on this grand stage. We’re very excited to receive such a great opportunity for the first time,” Sabronzo (full name Sabrina Rusli) continued.
Meanwhile, the eldest member of the group revealed that the girls received tons of messages from fans who were disappointed with the song selection during the event. The 25-year-old optimistically remarked, “It’s okay, we truly understand their feelings. God willing, we will perform our own song next time.”
“If they don’t know the real story, they will question our previous statement. Despite our claims that we don’t want to be associated with BLACKPINK, that does not mean we can’t appreciate their work,” she concluded the chat.
Besides Sabronzo, Dolla consists of three other members; Tabby, Angel and Syasya.