BTS’s Jungkook has become embroiled in plagiarism accusations.
According to Alphabiz on the 22nd, Jungkook’s solo track “SEVEN” has allegedly borrowed key parts from Fin.K.L’s “Time of Mask,” released in 2000.
A source knowledgeable about the situation told Alpha Economy, “The key chords of the main melody of Jungkook’s ‘SEVEN’ and Fin.K.L’s ‘Time of Mask’ have been confirmed to be identical.” They added, “Some well-known composers have also stated that the songs are harmonically the same.”
“SEVEN” by Jungkook was co-composed by five individuals, including Andrew Watt, Cirkut, Jon Bellion, Latto, and Theron Makiel Thomas. Moreover, the plagiarized Fin.K.L’s “Time of Mask” was composed by Yang Joon Young, one of K-pop’s original and renowned composers.
Additionally, Yang Joon Young’s side has sent evidence, including the music and musical notation, to one of HYBE’s main producers.
HYBE responded unofficially that they could not review and forward the related documents, citing Bang Si Hyuk, HYBE’s Chairman of the Board’s trip to America, and therefore have not provided an answer. In relation to this, HYBE has not issued any official commentary or response.
Meanwhile, Jungkook’s solo debut song “SEVEN” has topped the Billboard Global 200 and Global (excluding the U.S.) charts for five consecutive weeks.
Amidst swirling allegations of plagiarism surrounding BTS member Jungkook’s debut solo single “Seven,” Big Hit Music has stepped in to address the matter.
On the 22nd, Big Hit Music responded to the plagiarism claims involving Jungkook’s “Seven,” stating, “We want to set the record straight that the claims of copyright infringement are unfounded. ‘Seven’ is a collaborative creation involving five international composers and bears no connection to the song supposedly from a domestic album 24 years ago.” They also underscored, “We want to make it clear that the arguments being put forth are one-sided and do not meet the established standards for evaluating plagiarism, such as significant similarities or foundational evidence.”
Furthermore, they referred to a statement from a representative, saying, “They found that the main melodies in Jungkook’s ‘Seven’ and Fin.K.L’s ‘To My Boyfriend’ have very similar musical notes. Also, some well-known music creators in our country have said that these songs have similar harmonies.”