BLACKPINK’s Lisa (리사) finally made her much-anticipated solo debut with the release of her first single album, titled “LALISA”.
Although a lot of fans have been head over heels with the K-pop dance number, the single received mixed reviews from music critics. Following the release, there were also a few fans who claimed that the melody and the trumpets used in the song sounded a bit familiar.
In particular, a TikToker named Arai Chelsie pointed out that the song’s instruments are almost identical to the one Hwasa used in her solo stage from the 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMAs). Due to the similarities in the two songs, people began accusing the Thai idol of plagiarising the trumpet sounds and melody from the Mamamoo member.
Having said that, many BLINKs were quick enough to come to the “Lovesick Girls” hit-maker’s defence. People discovered the evidence that both Lisa and Hwasa used a sample for their tracks, immediately putting an end to the plagiarism accusations.
It turns out that the two songs sampled a track called “Melody Loop Crazy Horns 01 130 Eb,” which was produced by the Brazilian musical group Tropkillaz. The track was released in 2018. Prior to the comparison video made by the TikToker, a user on YouTube previously pointed out that Lisa and Hwasa used the same sample on the former’s MV teaser.
Needless to say, this wasn’t the first time that both Mamamoo and BLACKPINK became embroiled in plagiarism rumours. Back in 2020, netizens claimed that the opening of Mamamoo’s songs “AYA” and “Dingga” had the same melody as Lisa’s rap part in “How You Like That.” However, it was later revealed that both groups sampled “KSHMR Middle East GTR Guitar 128 E Arabic.”
In related news about Lisa’s solo debut, TV personality Moddam Kachapa came under massive fire recently for discrediting the success of fellow Thai idols – namely GOT7’s Bambam and 2PM‘s Nichkhun. During the broadcast of the show , the MC talked about Lisa’s record-breaking achievements with “LALISA”, while throwing unnecessary shade towards the aforesaid celebs.
“We’ve never seen a (Thai) superstar go this far. Back then we had Nichkhun, but he wasn’t successful to this degree. We also have Bambam, but he also didn’t manage to get to this far. Lisa’s solo debut is truly world class. It’s finally happened to our country,” Moddam remarked.
Moddam’s opinion, however, didn’t sit too well with netizens. As a result, many have taken to social media to criticise the host for his insensitive comments. Other have also trended the hashtag “#แบนมดดํา” (which roughly translates to “#BanModdam”) on Twitter and urged him to apologise and pay respect to the male idols.
degree, we also have bambam, but he too didn’t manage to get this far. This (lisa’s debut) is what we call world class, truly world class, it’s finally happened to our country.”
— 𝐣𝐢𝐧. ☁️ (@peachicnvs) September 11, 2021
Bambam is one of the most humble person and he don't deserve this kind of disrespect. He's one of the most successful Thai idol and worked really hard to achieve what he have today. Respect him and #ApologizeToBamBam#RespectBambam#แบนมดดำ pic.twitter.com/c6mPobqDSB
— Mariyam (@gotexoish) September 11, 2021
Stop creating a competition where there is none. Lisa is successful. But so are Bambam and Nickhun. There is more than enough room for these talented artists to be great at the same time. #แบนมดดํา #ApologizeToBamBam pic.twitter.com/LkG8AKFOCX
— thea (@ahgasedaily) September 11, 2021
Nichkhun literally opened the gates to k-pop for more foreign idols by winking.pic.twitter.com/X51Of8oaoe
— 『WITH ME AGAIN』• beatriz (@wooyoungieqtie) September 11, 2021
ahhh omg he says that he’s okay I wanna cry🥺
“I am okay 👍
sometimes a lot of people may not be aware of my efforts, but with everyone knowing and understanding me, I am already happy☺️”
HE IS THE SWEETEST THING TO EVER EXIST OH MY GOD https://t.co/MHd0hFjzBQ
— 𝐣𝐢𝐧. ☁️ (@peachicnvs) September 11, 2021
Even BamBam stepped forward to personally address Moddam’s controversial statement about his success. The “Fly” rapper wrote on his Twitter, “Never mind. Maybe many aren’t aware of my efforts. But everyone (will) gradually recognise it and understand. I’m happy.”
After facing significant backlash from K-pop fans, Moddam later issued an apology on his Instagram account, clarifying that he “didn’t have any negative intentions towards both Bambam and Nichkhun”. He further claimed that he had “failed to think thoroughly before speaking”. Check out the translated version here:
"I never had negative intentions towards the two of them" yet you insulted him + compared him to other idols. that is not a "misunderstanding", that is unprofessional.
— Out Of Context GOT7 (@oocseven) September 11, 2021
To echo what fans said, there’s room for everyone to exist.