g.o.d’s Kim Tae Woo on HyunA and Hyunsik’s Homage to Their Song: “We are thankful but (the situation) is unfortunate.”
Kim Tae Woo, from the group g.o.d, has released an official statement regarding HyunA and BTOB Hyunsik’s alleged plagiarism of g.o.d’s song “The Reason Why Opposites Attract” in HyunA’s newly-released track, “From Where and Until When.”
According to a statement by Kim Tae Woo’s agency Soul Shop Entertainment on July 31, “We’re grateful for HyunA and Lim Hyunsik‘s homage (to our song) with Hyunsik’s self-composed and written song, but it’s very unfortunate that we came to know of this belatedly and we weren’t consulted nor did they get consent from us beforehand.”
“Although we’re left with the regret that it could have been a better picture if they only consulted us ahead of time, we will take this incident well as it has the intention to honor and congratulate g.o.d’s comeback,” added Kim Tae Woo in the statement. “We hope there will be prior consultation in the future,” he emphasized.
In other news, after JYP Entertainment‘s statement on the issue, CUBE Entertainment’s President Hong Seung Sung also released his statement through the agency’s official Twitter account, saying that they apologize for HyunA’s “From Where and Until When,” which has been receiving flak for its lyrics that lifted parts from g.o.d’s “The Reason Why Opposites Attract.”
“We apologize that we weren’t able to inform the concerned parties about the song that these two artists (BTOB’s Hyunsik and 4Minute’s HyunA) have written and composed as an homage to producer Park Jin Young and their seniors g.o.d,” the statement said. “We recognize that there was carelessness on our part for not being able to carefully supervise the technicalities concerned with the intentions of our artists.”
Following the statements by his seniors, Hyunsik posted an apology on his Twitter: “To Producer Park Jin Young and my g.o.d seniors, while my intentions were to create an homage to seniors that I’ve looked up to for a long time and to a song that I’ve really liked, I sincerely apologize for not having consulted with you beforehand. In the future, I’ll do my best to become an artist and fan [of yours] that you can be proud of. Lastly, I apologize to all those that were affected by my actions.”