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Roy Kim

Singer Roy Kim, whose song “Love Love Love” topped the Korean charts last month, has become embroiled in a plagiarism controversy over his debut hit, “Spring Spring Spring.”

Co-written by Kim and Bae Young-kyung, “Spring” sounds quite similar to many to “Love Is Canon,” by the Korean indie band Acoustic Rain, especially to a ukulele-heavy version of the song Acoustic Rain released later (although both are apparently influenced by Pachelbel’s Canon).

Kim’s agency CJ E&M said yesterday that none of the musicians who participated in Kim’s “Spring” had ever heard of the Acoustic Rain song.

“Roy Kim, who composed, wrote and sang the song, is feeling sorry about this issue, and has said that he will be more careful about his words and behavior and will try to get better at playing music,” said the agency.

“Love Is Canon” was registered with the Korea Music Copyright Association in March 2012, a year before Kim’s song in April of this year, but the similar-sounding ukulele version of “Love” was only released in May.

Kim has already faced plagiarism accusations for “Spring Spring Spring,” with people claiming it sounded too similar to Kim Kwang-seok’s “Where the Wind Blows” and even Aha’s “Take on Me” - accusations CJ E&M also denied.

By Lee Sun-min
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