Lee Seung Gi’s “Let’s Break Up” under plagiarism controvery
Lee Seung Gi‘s title song “Let’s Break Up” [우리 헤어지자], from his new album, Shadow, is under attack for plagiarism. Sung Hwan, the composer for Tim‘s 2007 song, “A hurt ankle” [발목을 다쳐서] has filed a lawsuit against the writers of “Let’s Break Up”, Kim Do Hoon and Lee Hyun Seung. (“A Hurt Ankle” was the OST for drama How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor.)
Sung Hwan claims that more than 4 measures of the song, including the chorus, is similar enough to warrant the plagiarism lawsuit. The 2 composers of “Let’s Break Up” have dismissed the case, “How could we plagiarize a song that we don’t even know. And if we did plagiarize the song, why would we need to collaborate and make it into a title song for a top singer.”
I’m not that familiar with the Korean music laws or what kind of response the public will have. I don’t think Seung Gi will have too much backlash, with his current stardom. I did watch How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor, and don’t recall Tim’s song. (And I’m a fan of Tim.)
Tim and Lee Seung Gi have similar type of ballad-y songs that it could sound very similar. I do think that the beginning parts of the chorus basically sound the same. Here are the 2 songs. What do you think?
Lee Seung Gi: LET’S BREAK UP [우리 헤어지자]
Tim: A HURT ANKLE [발목을 다쳐서]