Mandopop King Jay Chou (周杰伦) has found himself in the middle of a controversy this week. The Taiwanese singing icon was recently called out for allegedly plagiarising a song by the K-pop group INFINITE (인피니트).
To start with, Chou took to his Instagram to share a snippet of his upcoming song with his followers. However, a lot of fans were quick to notice that the track sounded similar to the opening of the boy group’s song titled “Julia” (taken from their 2011 LP “Over The Top”).
대만 가수이자 영화배우인 주걸륜님이 인스타에 업로드 하신 신곡 프리뷰가 인피니트의 줄리아 도입부와 너무 유사한 거 같아 표절 의혹 제기합니다 pic.twitter.com/wHCtS5T5Jn
— 곽묭팔 (@myxxgvly) August 31, 2021
Online tabloid Apple Daily reached out to Chou soon after the rumours circulated on the web. He revealed that he actually came across various comments on his social media accusing him of plagiarism, though he didn’t bother to issue his response. He jokingly responded that since the media was asking, it was a chance for him to give these online trolls a “lesson”.
The 42-year-old celeb subsequently released a statement through his agency, saying:
“The chord progression of this song has been already used in (Jay Chou’s songs) ‘Sunny Day,’ ‘Qi Li Xiang,’ and ‘Her Eyelashes.’ The chord progressions are the same. If the arrangement of the instrument is the same, then the sound will be almost matching. Basically, the chord progressions in pop music are the same. The verses are only of a few types and it’s the same for the choruses.
Creating a new melody using similar chord progressions that everyone uses nowadays is the key point! The 6m-4-1-5 four-loop chord method has been used for a long time, should I list a bunch for everyone to see?”
So far, INFINITE’s home label Woollim Entertainment has yet to formally address the controversy. Do you guys think there’s a similarity between the aforesaid tracks? Let us know in the comments.