(G)I-DLE‘s company Cube Entertainment released a statement regarding the controversy that has arisen over alleged plagiarism of Soyeon‘s song to ATEEZ. Likewise, the artist has spoken about this through the networks.
The last episode of the show My teenage girl aired on February 27, 2022. The girls had to sing a song created by the production, in this case, (G)I-DLE’s Soyeon composed “SUN”. However, fans of the ATEEZ group began to post evidence proving that the single was similar to one of the boyband.
In this announcement, the agency expresses that they recognized the similarity between ATEEZ’s song and Soyeon’s.
Similarly, they indicated that they sent a request to the producer of “SUN” to give credit to the composers; however, they opposed the request when they had already released the song.
Hello, this is Cube Entertainment
I would like to officially announce the controversy over the contest song SUN of MBC's excitement after school involving (G)I-DLE Soyeon.
— 잼잼? afk (@ssjyshjmy) February 28, 2022
“Hello, this is CUBE Entertainment. We would like to explain what happened on MBC’s My Teenage Girl regarding the song “Sun” and (G)I-DLE’s Soyeon.
First, we sincerely apologize for the concerns caused by the production of the song “Sun.” Following the broadcast, through monitoring the episode, we recognized some of the similarities in the two melodies”
“Our artist immediately reached out to the original composer to explain the situation and apologize. In this process, especially since we admitted the similarities, we decided the song credits should be edited and properly given to the original composer.
Soyeon discussed this option with the original composer and we asked the producers of the show to implement the credit change“
Meanwhile, singer Soyeon sent an apology in an announcement on Universe’s app, according to media outlet PANNCHOA. She mentions that she was aware of the similarity of both songs, but they realized it too late.
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“An hour before the song’s release, however, the original composer’s agency declined our suggestion to be credited. We asked the producers of the show to undo the credit change but the change could not be applied and the song became released as-is”
“After the episode aired, I thought I should apologize to the original composer for some of the similarities that have been suggested. So I got in touch with the original composer, explained what happened, and apologized for it”
“I sincerely apologize to the original composer, the artist, and fans for the confusion that I’ve caused. I promise to be more careful going forward.