Soon after the release of 4MINUTE‘s hip-hop and EDM comeback track “Crazy” was released, a Korean blogger has accused the girl group of plagiarism.
A small Korean blog categorized under the EDM section owned by one Lineage135 posted on February 10th about the alleged plagiarism, stating that the “progression of songs, melody, and even beats” from the song “Crazy” were stolen from artists Knife Party‘s “Boss Mode.” The poster claims that the songs are the same from start to finish, and has even e-mailed the plagiarism act to Knife Party’s management agency.
Knife Party is an Australian electronic dance music duo made of members Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen who debuted in 2011. “Boss Mode” can be found in their album Abandon Ship released in November 2014.
The full post written by Lineage135 can be found below:
“EDM is an abbreviated form of Electronic Dance Music. The genre is defined by sounds that were created by configuring electronic sounds to create music and not utilizing common instruments.
Many people who are not familiar with EDM may listen to songs and say, ‘Don’t club music all sound the same?’ But the truth is EDM artists spend anywhere from days to years to create their own original sounds to use in their songs.
All the world renowned artists have signature sounds that allow fans to identify them easily. On that note, when EDM fans state something is plagiarized, it means that the sound wasn’t created but stolen.
However, the song ‘Crazy’ by 4MINUTE didn’t simply steal sounds, but copied the progression of songs, melody and even beats.
The original song ‘Boss Mode’ by Knife Party is from their most recent album.
And this is 4MINUTE’s ‘Crazy’
It’s….exactly the same from start to finish…
Some may even say the song was sampled with 4MINUTE’s vocals on top.
I wonder what Seo Jae Woo, Big Sancho, and Son Young Jin were thinking.
Especially at 50 seconds of ‘Crazy’, the vocal builds the song up and than you can hear glass shattering than the bass dies and the beat drops. This is exactly the same progression as ‘Boss Mode’ at 1 minute 32 seconds.
Well I sent JHO Management this letter in hopes that Korean producers become more honest and hard working.
‘Hello Knife Party. I am a fan of your music from South Korea. It was so unfortunate to have you music performance cancelled on October, last year. But I still think your music is amazing and can’t wait for you to come and play in the near future. I am sending you this email to inform a suspected plagiarism of your music “Boss Mode” in the album “Abondon Ship” by a lousy Korean songwriter who made a new song for a famous girl group from your music. Here is the link to the song. I look forward to your awesome musical work, and hope you can come to Korea soon.
All the best.
Korean EDM Community ‘I Love House Music’ Website Operator.’“
Below is a comparison video of the two songs made by a Korean Facebook user. It says:
Track 1: 4MINUTE – Crazy
Track 2: Kinfe Party – Boss Mode
Track 3: Played together
Sorry for the bad quality ㅎㅎㅎㅎ