4minute’s "Volume Up" Stirs Controversy for Inappropriate Lyrics


4minute’s new song, “Volume Up,” was released on April 9. As soon as 4minute’s new song “Volume Up” was released at midnight, it got the top honor of being number one on various music portal sites.

At the same time, however, the lyrics of the song became a controversy. In the song, there is a part where they say “throw everything away,” but it sounds like “shut up” in Korean, which made netizens be suspicious.

This suspicion was made because “Volume Up” seems to be pointing out on how girl groups are seen these days. In “Volume Up,” the lyrics go: “You used to dance and smile everyday to my voice. But now you say you don’t want to hear my voice anymore and turn your back.” What they mean to say with this lyric is that girl groups are only viewed as “issue makers” and “attractions” instead of singers/artists.

In the song, “Volume Up,” there is a part it says “Throw everything away.” It means that they don’t care how they are seen, and they are going to keep their unique color as a group despite how girl groups are only viewed as issue makers and attractions to people. However, the next line “Don’t wanna hear it” made “Throw everything away” sound like “shut up” in Korean.

A representative from the Cube Entertainment said, “4minute was just trying to express their thoughts freely through ‘Volume Up.’ They don’t want to be seen as just an attraction, but instead, they want to be seen as singers with a unique character.”

Last year, 4minute had another controversy with their provocative dance. They are hoping to appeal to the people with “Volume Up.”

Right after “Volume Up” was released, it reached the number one spot on different music portal sites, such as “Naver Music,” and “Bugs Music.”

The lyrics to the song “Volume Up” is here.