Singer Lee Hyori acknowledges that there has been plagiarism in her latest album.
Recently, many of Hyori’s fans were wondering why she did not promote a follow-up song for her 4th album, “H-Logic” after “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” She wrote on her fancafe on June 20th, “We would like to reveal that the original composer of the songs to my 4th album is not Bahnus.”
The songs in questions are “Swing,” “Bring It Back,” “I’m Back,” “How Did We Get,” “Feel The Same” and “Memory.” Hyori added, ” We will do what we have to do and put it behind us, we will take moral responsibility.”
With that, Lee Hyori ended her 4th album promotions in just two months without a followup hit.
“Everyone, Hello… From Hyori
It looks like it’s been a while since I wrote an entry here.
After the release of my 4th album, many interrogations rose, it was frustrating for me and you must have been curious about these issues at some point .
I’ve been asking myself whether I should tell you all of it or not, there were things to take into consideration, and after I figured it out, time has passed… and it took me some time to talk to you.
It must have been frustrating for you as well, I’m truly sorry about that…
When I was making the album, in the beginning, I received songs from Bahnus.
When we released it, plagiarism issues were raised, there was something wrong.
I, too, believed everything he told me, there was no way we could know.
The company first received the songs from him, under his name, and we didn’t suspect anything.
But we kept moving forward, and words risen again, suspicion, artists saying that he wasn’t the original composer of the songs, that he stole them and claimed these were his.
Finding the original producers of the songs was hard and it took some time to make sure everything we heard was the truth. We investigated about him and we found out that the songs were not his.
We know for sure that 2 songs out of the 6 songs that we recorded are not his, we already contacted the original composers.
About the remaining songs, we couldn’t find the original creators but the company is still looking into it and will take care of this matter.
We will do what we have to and put that behind us, we will take moral responsibility.
I wanted to release the album soon, it took me a long time to make it as I wanted to, and I also wanted to promote it
for a long period, until these issues are solved, I can’t do that anymore.
The truth is that, for these problems to be solved, a long time is needed.
These matters take time to be put behind.
It’s unfortunate but it appears that it will be impossible for me to lead successful album activities for now.
I’m truly sorry for you who expected more from me and waited for something else…
I’ve always been passionate when recording songs for my albums, although I went through a lot and experienced headaches.
My heart aches, because I couldn’t promise you something perfect, I’ve been constantly blaming myself.
But instead of being helpless, I feel that it is my responsibility to step up and to take care of this. It’s my responsibilty to handle anything I do well.
For putting you all through this with me, I apologize, once again to all of you.
I want to always show you the best of me.
I’ll be working even harder to show you the best of me.
I will show you more, the best.”
Netizens’ reactions to Lee Hyori’s truthful confession were, “It’s a brave act”, “She is far better than artists who deny plagiarisms till the end”, “It must be a shock for her to know only now that there have been plagiarized songs when she is one of the producers of the album” etc.