[Talk to the town] Leader of boy band creates big bang of his own
G-Dragon, leader of the hugely popular boy band Big Bang, released his controversial first solo album last Tuesday.
The 22-year-old singer/songwriter’s album “Heartbreaker” has been generating heat since Aug. 11, when G-Dragon’s management company YG Entertainment released snippets of some tracks online to create hype.
But music observers almost immediately began accusing the singer of plagiarism.
Bloggers have pointed out that parts of the title song “Heartbreaker” are similar to Flo-Rida’s “Right Round.”
Others say “Butterfly” is eerily reminiscent of the 1995 song “She’s Electric” by British rock band Oasis.
“There was no plagiarizing,” an official from YG Entertainment said. “Like with previous albums for Big Bang, G-Dragon co-wrote the songs with various musicians including those from Sweden, Japan and Korea.”
EMI Music Publishing - which holds the rights to Right Round - said it is waiting for a response from the writers of the Flo-Rida song.
Though the controversy continues, G-Dragon’s album immediately topped online music charts when it was released.