TaeTiSeo’s new single “Holler” was recently under scrutiny for potentially being a remake.
“Holler” was released on September 16 and swept the real-time charts, seven daily charts, the first place spots on iTunes in nine different Asian countries, and ranked high on the charts in various other foreign countries. However, someone posted on a forum that “Holler” is similar to a Japanese song released in 2007.
The song in question is Mizrock’s “Hello Me!” Netizens who listened to the song stated that TaeTiSeo’s “Holler” is the exact same song, which actually killed questions of plagiarism, but made people wonder if the song was a remake.
SM Entertainment had never mentioned that the song was a previously released track on the album, which led to music fans being intrigued.
The Korea Music Copyright Association lists the composers of “Holler” as Engh Anna Sara Christina and Bostrom Fredrik Hakan. SM Entertainment explained, “The composers gave the same song to TaeTiSeo and Mizrock. TaeTiSeo’s “Holler” is reproduction of the original song, with modifications to the composition, and through the restructuring, SM has the right to use this song worldwide, even in Japan.”
What they meant was that “Holler” is not simply a rearrangement of “Hello Me!” but a brand new song with the composition and source changed.
Like “Holler,” reproduced songs are a common case worldwide. SM has created many hit songs through reproducing, such as TVXQ’s “Mirotic,” SHINee’s “Love Like Oxygen,” and “Juliet.”
One thing for certain is that TaeTiSeo’s “Holler” has had a much better response than Mizrock’s “Hello Me!” as seen by how popular “Holler” is in various Asian countries.
Listen to the two songs here:
Mizrock – “Hello Me!”
TaeTiSeo – “Holler”