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SM Entertainment Buying Songs

June 22, 2011

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Ok, so this isn’t something that we’re used to doing, but we felt compelled to do a short video about this. Yesterday, when we did our review of f(x)’s “Hot Summer” we stated, in the video, that we’d discuss this issue at another time. This is the other time. Here’s what we think about SM Entertainment buying other songs and repackaging them as their own.

We’ve been thinking about this whole SM Entertainment buying other people’s songs bit for a while, and we don’t think it’s simple enough for us to pick a side so quickly, because there seems to be a lot of issues in play. SM hasn’t done anything illegal. They bought the rights to all of their songs. And so, we think that it’s not fair that, in the comments that we’ve been reading on YouTube and other sites, that people think of SM as some monsters. They’re an entertainment company, and they’re doing their best to get their Kpop artists to sing and dance to the best songs possible. They’re not breaking any laws or stealing any songs. They’re doing everything legally as far as we know. So let’s throw the plagiarism claims out the window.

The question that some people are asking is then why don’t they write their own songs, or hire songwriters? You don’t hear this from YG Entertainment, or from JYP or Cube Entertainment, do you? If it does happen, it’s not quite as often as you hear with SM. Hot Summer was by Monrose. Danger was by Kristine Elezaj. SNSD’s Run Devil Run was originally sung as a tester by KE$HA.

Yes, we know those last two were demos. They weren’t fully released songs and weren’t claimed by either KE$HA or Kristine Elezaj.

But what does that mean, fully released? Are they not out there on the internet? Are people not listening to them? Just because they didn’t go through the full process of being super produced and released to the masses in album format and sung in their concerts, that doesn’t negate the fact that these are still songs sung by other people before they were sung by SM artists. That’s what we find a bit awkward. Is it just us, or aren’t songs supposed to represent how a musician feels? Like, these are my thoughts and emotions, and I’m going to express them in song. If you find out that the artist bought that song from someone else, it takes away from the feeling of sincerity, or genuineness. Or is this just naive of us?

Here is where we have to raise a sad point: SM is an entertainment company, not a traditional music artist company. There’s a difference. They’re a multinational million dollar company that has a huge staff of people on hand, all working closely with kpop idols to entertain the hell out of you. If you’re looking for a band that got together and started singing songs in their basement, then evolved into a group that makes groundbreaking music as an artform, then you’re looking into the wrong genre with Kpop. But if you want to be entertained, if you want to dance and sing along, then SM’s doing a great job. They’re the Hollywood of Asian music. And don’t for one second think the process is that much different in American or European pop.

That might have sounded terrible, and so we want to add something to it: thanks to Kpop, our idea of music artistry is evolving. Songs aren’t made from the ground up by one artist or a small band when it comes to Kpop, but there is a different level of artistry in play here. The dancing is definitely a part of the artform. The performances are definitely a part of the art form. Live music is really a forgotten art amongst some groups: we’ve been to concerts before from artists whose songs we loved, but whose on-stage performances were abysmal. Shouldn’t that matter? Shouldn’t that count? Good luck finding people that can sing and dance as well as SHINee, and – on top of that – sing WHILE dancing so well. The hours kpop artists put into their performances is staggering, and to dismiss them altogether because they didn’t write the words to their song is kinda unfair.

So let’s toss this argument out with the plagiarism argument: Kpop artists are immensely talented people, and though they may not fit the traditional idea of musicians, they’re taking music artistry to a different level, and focusing on different aspects of music than what we’re traditionally used to.

Long story short, we can’t say that SM is doing anything wrong, but we can’t say that we fully agree with it, either. We wish they made their own music instead, and – from the looks of it from all the raging YouTube comments – it seems like a lot of people agree with us here. And this seems like an obvious point: nobody would complain if SM made wholly original songs, while a lot of people disagree with SM buying other people’s songs. SM has the money for it: pony up and start making original songs already!

This by no means was meant to be a factual scientific analysis of Kpop and of SM’s song buying tendencies. We’re just expressing our opinions here on what we’ve seen. If you’ve got something you’d like to add to the discussion, we encourage you to do so. On a related note, feel free to know that if you leave any belligerent comments, we retain the right to delete them in hopes of keeping a civil conversation going.

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  1. Honestly, it really only even seems like an issue in kpop. This kind of thing happens in all genres of music, all around the world. For some insane reason people have the most unrealistic expectations when it comes to kpop, their artists, the entertainment company’s, and that industry as a whole. Joe shmo netizen and/or fan really have no scope of understanding when it comes to the inner workings that make the kpop industry. Or any part of the music industry at all.

    I actually had a lot more to say. There were a lot of relating points I wanted to touch on, but once I realized I was writing a full blown essay, I decided I should summarize my feelings to just that.

    5 years ago
  2. I think some entertainment companies buy other artist song because they r trying to make that song a comeback. For example Gdragon he did a song This Love and it was song by Maroon 5. He took that song and put his own style to that song .

    5 years ago
  3. I personally have no problem with this because I don’t really see SM Entertainment as saints anyway. (Yes, I’m a DBSK fan. Not so hidden contempt there.) So whatever will get them the most production (original or not) will be their natural choice.  They’re an entertainment company, not a music company. If they were a music company and they didn’t produce original music, then there would be a problem.

    5 years ago
  4. I love Big Bang, don’t get me wrong, but even though they write the lyrics, the beat and the music is still a copy of others so they’re pretty much in the same boat as other kpop artists. 

    5 years ago
  5. I agree with your view fully and can’t understand why SM doesn’t invest their money into buying original songs for their hardworking artists. Now from my own knowledge Monrose and other german artists also buy their songs from european producers and in fact SM has been buying a lot from those same producers. While those german artists or artists like Kesha may have the rights to the song in the european/western market, SM only holds the rights to the songs in the asian market. What I would really like to know is…now that they plan to export Kpop to the western audiences, especially Europe and America….can they officially re-release those same songs in korean, if they only have the rights for the songs in the asian market? I think SM will at least face a bigger controversy if they really plan on doing that. For me personally I am kind of fed up, knowing that the majority of Shinee’s/SM artist’s songs is pre-released songs or demos. And what really annoys me is the fact, that I have to listen to songs that were popular in Germany 5 years ago and I already hated with all my might (Monrose’s Hot Summer, Cinema Bizarre’s Forever or Never and Sarah Connor’s version of Mirotic [‘Under my skin’]….ugh I don’t know anymore). While I do like some of the korean versions better, it doesn’t make me love them automatically just because they’re korean. And fx’s Hot Summer for example lacks a bit of the power Monrose’s song had, they just went for the cutesy concept again, which wouldn’t work in Europe at all. I’m actually really not against SM buying songs since their artists have made their versions kind of cool in my eyes. But I wish they bought songs that’d showcase their artists better and create a unique SM-sound or..a typical ‘Shinee-sound’ or whatever.

    5 years ago
  6. It’s called cheaping out. SME can buy songs for really cheap that way, especially if a song can only be used within certain regions (see: DBSK’s Mirotic). Entertainment companies really cheap out in actually giving the artists profit because the recruiting and training costs money so they want to minimize risks, forgetting that they’re dealing with actual humans who work at an inhuman schedule instead of robots who sing and dance, and that they deserve some money too.

    5 years ago
  7. I’m sorry to digress from the topic on hand but…..

    I like your ‘shirt’ in the video…Took me a few minutes to realise your R Square Pie!
    Where do you get your shirts from? they’re usually quite cool! ( I mean your real shirts in your live videos…not your animated one….)

    5 years ago
  8. I totally agree with everything said. I guess SM buy and polish a lot of other songs is because they don’t have a set producer working for them – like JYP has JYP, YG has Teddy Park and Cube has InDaCube guy. However I do think things are going to change for the better with SM as they’ve finally got a set producer working for them – Teddy Riley. He was the one that was working with RaNia, but they’ve seemed to have parted ways. I also think that the SM artists themselves are gradually putting their hand into their music too. Yuri from SNSD wrote one of the songs on their Hoot EP (Mistake), and she’s been saying how she wants a laptop to compose more songs for their future projects. Tiffany also wrote a song during the production process of their Hoot EP… but her song didn’t make it onto the final record.  BoA was also co writing some of the stuff for her comeback album last year. So I hope all these little things are signs of SM becoming more original with their music, because they have some ridiculously talented artists that deserve better. ^^

    Ribal

    5 years ago
  9. Concerning SNSD it goes even further, as far as it can even go: Their first album and a song on that album is named exactly like the band itself (that’s not the problem). That song, however, was a cover of a song from Lee Seung Chul from 1989. So there was the whole album and even the whole band named after someone else’s song.

    Just search in Youtube something like 이승철 소녀시대 (better results with hangul).

    5 years ago
  10. When I see
    many comments say that GD is also sampling other songs, yes i admit that.

    But remember
    most of his songs are still original, just a part is sampling it.(a few
    sentence over a 4mins song-,-) Unlike SME is just covering the songs and
    rearrange it to let the song more “that band style” i.e. f(x)’s
    Danger and Hot summer.

    Moreover,
    when people says at least SME have the permission of the original artist to
    cover their songs, when YG is even sampling without permission. I think it
    should be clarified that GD is sampling other songs, but if you have brought
    his CD, you will find loads of credit behind the album. (especially the
    GD&TOP one, so many that i was shocked) He did have the permission of the
    original publisher before he release the song. He have learnt something after
    the Heartbreaker thing i guess (even though flo rida said he didn’t
    plagiarised).
    But actually, i don’t see the covering problem to be so big. We just enjoy
    those song too, right? you may not even know the original song if there’s no
    cover from the kpop artist. And SME can earn as much as profit as they wish. We
    just can’t see the real music talent of the artist. (but you can still see the
    singing skills, dancing skills, acting skills…) And that’s why they are so call
    “idols” but not “artist”.

    About the
    song-writing classes? nah…that’s not gonna happen. SME idols don’t have
    time!! they go on variety shows, they so many activities…they don’t have time
    for classes. And they don’t have time for composing songs. Take GD as an
    example again, he said most of his time is composing (a few song per day*0*).
    He most recent place is the recording studio and the YG buiding’s canteen. Can
    SME afford its idols to do that? Nope. In addition, GD really have the talent
    for making a catchy kpop song, if SME really lets its idol to compose song, and
    if their song are shit, oh SME will have to suffer from a loss. Will SME bear
    this risk? Nope. SME is a profit-making company.
    So, i think, we should not blame SME for covering most of their songs. When
    release it, we listen. But maybe we can appreciate more for the real artist who
    compse their own song. (okay im a GD fan XD) And wish SME to release more
    original song by SME’s songwriters (instead of the idol). As it somehow make me
    feels sick too (i was shocked again when i know both f(x) tilte track are
    covers).
    this is my first comment…wow a bit long, too many to share :)

    5 years ago
  11. When I see many comments say that GD is also sampling other songs, yes i admit that.
    But remember, most of his songs are still original, just a part is sampling it.(a few sentence over a 4mins song-,-) Unlike SME is just covering the songs and rearrange it to let the song more “that band style” i.e. f(x)’s Danger and Hot summer.
    Moreover, when people says at least SME have the permission of the original artist to cover their songs, when YG is even sampling without permission. I think it should be clarified that GD is sampling other songs, but if you have brought his CD, you will find loads of credit behind the album. (especially the GD&TOP one, so many that i was shocked) He did have the permission of the original publisher before he release the song. He have learnt something after the Heartbreaker thing i guess (even though flo rida said he didn’t plagiarised).
    But actually, i don’t see the covering problem to be so big. We just enjoy those song too, right? you may not even know the original song if there’s no cover from the kpop artist. And SME can earn as much as profit as they wish. We just can’t see the real music talent of the artist. (but you can still see the singing skills, dancing skills, acting skills…) And that’s why they are so call “idols” but not “artist”.
    About the song-writing classes? nah…that’s not gonna happen. SME idols don’t have time!! they go on variety shows, they so many activities…they don’t have time for classes. And they don’t have time for composing songs. Take GD as an example again, he said most of his time is composing (a few song per day*0*). He most recent place is the recording studio and the YG buiding’s canteen. Can SME afford its idols to do that? Nope. In addition, GD really have the talent for making a catchy kpop song, if SME really lets its idol to compose song, and if their song are shit, oh SME will have to suffer from a loss. Will SME bear this risk? Nope. SME is a profit-making company.
    So, i think, we should not blame SME for covering most of their songs. When release it, we listen. But maybe we can appreciate more for the real artist who compse their own song. (okay im a GD fan XD) And wish SME to release more original song by SME’s songwriters (instead of the idol). As it somehow make me feels sick too (i was shocked again when i know both f(x) tilte track are
    covers).
    this is my first comment…wow a bit long, too many to share :)

    5 years ago
  12. I think it would be nice if they just used their own original songs and gave their musicians more creative powers. However, in my opinion, every song that SM has bought the rights to and copied has made them ridiculously better than the originals. They are catchier and more fun to listen to. Just my opinion :)

    5 years ago
  13. that’s why i like groups like B2ST and BIG BANG that write the majority of their own songs^^

    5 years ago
  14. Jolin Tsai from Taiwan has a song named “Hot Winter” and its actually the same song as f(x)’s Hot Summer/Monrose’s Hot Summer…just the different between Winter & Summer lol~
    Hot Winter – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U6MNcaHj6s

    5 years ago
  15. a very nice review by you guys. i agree with you and i AM n SM biased, Specially SHINee & SuJu biased. and it’s true that even if some songs are bought by SM entertainment, the WHOLE of the label bands under it WORKS and actually HARD WORKS like anything to bring success to it. so we shouldn’t simply bash the SM entertainment but also appreciate that they gave us some REALLY worthy bands to keep us worked up and entertained. And as you mentioned, not ALL kpop bands both SING & DANCE as well as SHINee and ON TOP OF THAT, SING WHILE dancing so well. nice job done there. this review should clear out MOST of those annoying bashings made against SM entertainment.

    5 years ago
  16. (my first comment, yay!) I agree with your points, and you’ve actually opened more my mind. I would like to add some things: I’ve read many kpop “artists” write some songs, but, well, they’ve not studied composing, so I think many of those lyrics are discarded. Other thing I’ve read too is that, for an album, they record lots and lots of music. And in that point I’m just a bit… not sad, but I don’t get why amongst those, I don’t know, a hundred musics they choose many bought ones. They surely don’t must buy a lot of songs to just record and see if it ended well to an album, but what about the other almost-hundred?

    I still won’t stop listening to some songs just because they’re bought. I am studying korean also to understand the lyrics, but I think a song is also to be felt, not necessarily to be “lyric-understandable”. And, well, if they do good performances too, I’m quite satisfied.
    When those people want to enter this “entertainment industry”, I think they’re aware of these points (songs being bought, etc) and want to enter to open more doors to them, maybe a solo career in the future, I don’t know. So if they’re aware and even so they are in this industry, they are doing their job (at least for now).

    5 years ago
  17. I know way too many musicians, I guess. This isn’t a new concept. Every company buys songs whether they admit to it or not. I don’t think it’s a big deal because most people aren’t buying the actual music, they’re buying the “brand,” the image of that group/person. I just don’t understand why people get so upset nowadays because it’s been going on for a veeeeeeeeeeery, very long time.

    5 years ago
  18. Yeah, it seem to me to be a little ridiculous that they do it so much, but everyone in the American market is either redoing old songs, or using bits and samples from older songs to make new songs, so it’s really not much different.  Jason Derulo using Imogen Heap’s “Whatcha Say”, for example.  People do it all the time.

    5 years ago
  19. LMAO…simon…love the shirt, R Square Pie!!! hehehe, LOVE  U-Kiss. I dunno, its a tough call, but i think  SM Ent deff needs to take better care of its bands. It kinda seems silly, these guys are soo popular…but off of other peoples music??? Although i have to say im a big Super Junior fan, and even without their music, i’d love them b/c of their hardwork, personalities, these guys go above and beyond for their fans. I think SM should try to create THEIR OWN music and stop bumming off other peoples work….

    5 years ago
  20. I want an “r squared pi” shirt… (゚⊿゚)

    5 years ago
  21. Some “idols” nowadays are getting sick of being synthesized by a machine and being even called idols. I admit that i like Kpop a lot but what i like the most is that they are finally opening their eyes and some of them are making their own music without any buy-and-go song in their way. SM has really good entertainers on their hands but it would be freaking awesome if those entertainers evolve into full artists and then into real good musicians writing their own music.

    5 years ago
  22. JYP that’s all I gotta say.

    5 years ago
  23. Actually I can understand the two point of view.
    It’s a really hum… kind of difficult subject(?). Cause as you say it’s not illegal, and maybe the artist can try to make their own interpretation of the song. But for me it’s really disapointed. We tend to actually really like original songs and all, and when we know that it’s just a copy it feels weird.
    But (put aside SMent) if we took the example of GD “this love”, it’s actually kind of original and all, and I like it, the same goes to Lee seungGi’s mask. (though it’s totally the same song!).
    (oh and insomnia by wheesung. )
    I think artist can reuse the same song but only if they do a real work on it.
    As for Sment, it’s just how to say, industry? Piking a catchy song, giving to their idol and making them dance and sing on it… And futhermore they do it so many time! (I start to believe that they have no any originality!) I don’t know if the “the singer put their feeling in it” things can really works with Idol groups..; except some songs..
    Actually I really don’t know and I’m saying crap here! But I think this article was really interesting and all! I’m glad you did this!
    Love~

    5 years ago
  24. Music is music, pretty much all music is some remix or remake of another. Artists sample beats, use lyrics from other songs etc. If a person finds enjoyment from the music does it really matter where it came from as long as it hasn’t been stolen?

    Some of Led Zeppelins most famous songs are remakes of other songs. Does that make Led Zeppelin any less talented? Not to me. Same applies here.

    5 years ago
    • It does matter. -Doesn’t feel like typing explanation-

      5 years ago
      • Okay it doesn’t matter to me is maybe what I should have said? I am okay with enjoying my music as it is without worrying about it being someone elses demo or a cover. 

        5 years ago
      • Okay it doesn’t matter to me is maybe what I should have said? I am okay with enjoying my music as it is without worrying about it being someone elses demo or a cover. 

        5 years ago
  25. SM also has it’s own songwriters, but they also buy song from other companies, they do both. The good thing that comes off is a different style of music, a different feel everytime. That’s what I like about SM.

    5 years ago
  26. I actually had to explain this to my boyfriend. You can’t really look at them as ‘Artists’ in the musical sense of the word, but rather ENTERTAINERS.  Until they start songwriting and receiving said royalties, we can enjoy the music they’re singing to and their performances as entertainers, not artists. G-Dragon is an artist, Kahi from After School is an artist, JeA from B.E.G. is an artist. f(x) are entertainers, SNSD are entertainers, Super Junior are entertainers. This is mostly the reason why I don’t see groups like SNSD or KARA as ‘singers’ because I enjoy them much more on variety shows.

    As for SM or many other companies buying songs to remake into a Kpop version; this is not the first or last time.  In fact, it’s happened in reverse, between other countries, but I suppose the sheer amount that gets released from SM is a bit staggering.  I don’t think this is wrong or should take away from the artist releasing their version.  One example is CSJH The Graces ‘My Everything’ originally sung/ written by an idol winner from Norway.  Both versions are great, except I’m more partial to CSJH’s simply because the vocal performance is pretty phenomenal (also there are 4 girls, acappella-trained).  SNSD’s Genie/ Nathalie Makohoma’s Just Wanna Dance; I personally think this is SNSD’s best track, but Nathalie makes the track sound like such a dirty club banger – I listen to both.

    5 years ago
    • I bow down to you and this perfect comment

      5 years ago
    • omg what you said totally answered my questions!! :D i am like you, i don’t see SNSD, KARA, f(x), super junior as artist.. 

      by the way, Miryo from B.E.G are also an artist, because she took part in many song writing in B.E.G’s song. according to B.E.G members, she earns the most because of royalties although she rarely attends variety shows.. 

      5 years ago
      • Hi! I consider Super Junior and other SM artists as musicians because they write some of their songs too (if you’ll look through their albums). Maybe most of us don’t notice that because we focus on how we are seeing them now. Oh and they could play instruments too :))

        4 years ago
    • You bring up some really great points- after all its all about money so who cares so long as they do it legally right!? Still it’s kinda hard to swallow the lack of originality this promotes especially when done such succession (and on a single group on top  of that). Like you said, though, they are entertainers not artists and as such they are only interpreting the work of others to begin with. I still feel cheated…and cant make up my mind whether it’s okay or not to have it keep happening.

      5 years ago
  27. I agree with the devil. Period.

    5 years ago
  28. “they may not fit the traditional idea of musicians, they’re taking music artistry to a different level, and focusing on different aspects of music than what we’re traditionally used to.” 
    That’s exactly what I feel when it comes to Kpop..i’m fairly new to this genre before i’m so into Linkin Park and My Chemical Romance which is the polar opposite of kpop.In fact I only see them as Idols and Entertainers that produce attractive people who sing and dance to their uber catchy songs. But ever since he Hallyu reached the shores of my country, I’ve been hearing them everywhere. People have been raving about them here so I was like ‘if you can’t beat them, join them and let’s-see-what-the-fuss-is-this-shiz-about-type of approach.’

    Ok, they’re talented, attractive and lively, but when I discovered that SMent does the song buying, ‘slave contracts’ (i know, that’s a whole new issue, wow SMent is so controversial!) thing, It gave me a stereotypical perception of kpop although I try not to because Its unfair to the other agencies and artists especially YG and JYP. 

    I was shocked about the Mirotic, RDR, and now Hot Summer cover/buying issue because those are my favorite kpop tracks. Honestly, it felt awkward when I discovered it..now i’m thinking if Super Junior’s Sorry, sorry; Super Girl, and Its you are also from another artist but thankfully they’re not. I also read about a comment which is so identical to my rant that why buy songs when they have artists who knows how to compose song themselves e.g. Zhou Mi and Henry who wrote some songs for their SJM mini albums, there’s Leeteuk and Ryeowook. I also heard that JYJ are also good composers too bad they already left the company. Anyway, I hope that SM would truly invest on song writers and not just recycling songs because it looses the artists uniqueness when people discover that its just a cover. At least that’s what I feel, but I guess harcore fans wont care as long as they see their biases sing and dance on stage, youtube or else where.

    5 years ago
  29. I think a lot of it has to do with fans sentiment that these songs should originate from the artists that they love. As soon as a song gets discovered that it was performed by another artist, it becomes a cover. Fans hate it when other people accuse the artists of being a cover singer/band. I think it’s less about plagiarism, but more about fans’ pride. 

    5 years ago
  30. SM artists as far as i know,some of them do write their own songs and stuff.but i barely heard any compliments even from their fans let alone the company. Like, have u ever heard of how fans/company appreciating the DBSK’s boys talent in making song/composing when they’re 5 of them years ago? It’s rather a shame. and see how now the JYJ being recognized as musician/song-writer/composer? 

     Well, at least,unlike some other companies where their artists talent in making music, writing song being recognized by both company and their fans. anyhow, it’s not all necessary for the artist to write & create their very own music,but sometimes, company like SM, a multi-million dollar company should really thinking on investing into that area,like seriously..and i knew quite a bit that some of SNSD’s also trying into that area (composing,etc) . SM should give their artists chance and ensure the talents being appreciated.

    5 years ago
  31. I totally agree. As I said in my previous comment, idol-based KPop, for me at least, is crap music to begin with, and shouldn’t be over-analyzed, nor taken seriously.

    Just take it at face value and have fun listening to it.

    5 years ago
  32. Is it any better that Big Bang sample American artists like Jennifer Lopez or Son Dam Bi remixes a Kylie Minogue song?

    At least SMent is PAYING for the songs they use. I’m not so sure about other companies and artists. 

    5 years ago
    • You have to ask the original artist permission *and pay royalities to sample their music

      4 years ago
    • that’s true but i think most music is based of some other song. Listening to music tends give people inspiration to write something similiar to it

      4 years ago
  33. I agree with you. They deserve more than just passed on songs. Funny thing is that SM doesn’t need to hire anybody cause they have damn good producers(=songwriters) who wrote hit songs like Rising Sun, U, Mirotic, Nu ABO, Sorry Sorry and Lucifer. I don’t understand why they aren’t doing their job.

    5 years ago
  34. Haha! When you mentioned votes I kinda flashed back to Music Mondays too. Nice shirt btw Simon. *thumbs up*.
    Ok so on the topic of purchasing songs, I don’t mind it. Hey an entertainment company’s job is to entertain. I feel that they do that. As long as they give the proper credit where it is due, I don’t feel there is an issue.

    5 years ago
  35. I agree with the devil here.
    I feel AWFUL for the other artists everytime I check an original version of a song and there are millions of comments like ‘I prefer ____’s version’, ‘Ew, ___ does this way better’.

    5 years ago
  36. To me, as long as I like the song, it doesn’t matter if the
    song was already done by another artist or is an original song. As long as you
    like it, it shouldn’t matter. Nowadays, it is hard to find popular foreign
    artists, be it Asian, European, or American; who sing songs that mean something
    to them. Lately it’s been all about putting out song after song to appease the
    masses and make more money. When it comes down to it, money is the biggest
    issue. It doesn’t matter to them if the song is original or remake, just as
    long as it makes them money. Not the artist but the company that produces the
    artist. I got into Asian music through Jpop, mostly Hello Project. I can say
    that majority of their songs, though mostly original, hold no emotion for the
    artists. In this generation you have to find artists who are not very well
    known, or have not been signed by a company to find music that has true
    meaning. As for the wars on artists with people liking a remake of a song and
    people liking the original song, it’s kind of a pointless argument. Some people
    will like the original, some will like the remake, and some will like both.
    What people need to realize, and what it comes down to, is that not everyone
    likes the same thing. It’s all a matter of taste and opinion. Though as long as
    there are remakes of songs this whole stupid war on artists will continue. All
    in all, it comes back to your own personal opinion. Some people like the
    remakes, some don’t and people just have to realize that. And honestly, as long
    as a company has money to buy songs off other artists, things like this will
    continue to happen. We just need to accept it. 

    5 years ago
  37. in my opinion, I think buying songs are better than
    plagiarized song. If the songs have been bought from the song writer
    even if it was used buy other artist but as long as the company get the
    song legally, I don’t see anything wrong to use that song.

    And if the company hired the song writers to write the song
    “Originally For the K-Pop Artist”, how do we know that the song wasn’t
    plagiarized? (See Lee Hyori’s last album as the example)

    For me, I concern only how good that they can perform and how good that the sing the song and the song wasn’t plagiarized from other artist, because even if the song is not fresh but the emotion of the artist in every single performance is real. I think I’d be happy with that.

    5 years ago
  38. It’s not like SM Artists don’t write their own songs … many of them do. It’s just that it’s ridiculously hard for them to please SME enough to make their lyrics into a song. Onew tried may times before his song “The Name I Loved” was created. :/ 
    it’s a bit sad ~

    5 years ago
  39. Those boy bands girl bands in Korea are sort of puppets. They are given songs, given conceptualized images, and trained how to dance and sing.
    I don’t think there’s any point discussing puppets’ musicality- just enjoy the show.There are better musicians in Korea who are actually in control of their own music. It’ll be much more productive thinking about them instead.

    5 years ago
    • Singing and dancing (especially singing *while* dancing) is not easy. It annoys the pants off me when people say that anybody can do it, because guess what – they can’t!!

      4 years ago
    • The fact is they dance on their own and sing on their own and do it well (most of them).  It’s not as though they have no talent because they don’t write the songs or compose the music.  Most artists don’t – in Korea or out of Korea.  It’s only more evident with Kpop.

      5 years ago
    • The fact is they dance on their own and sing on their own and do it well (most of them).  It’s not as though they have no talent because they don’t write the songs or compose the music.  Most artists don’t – in Korea or out of Korea.  It’s only more evident with Kpop.

      5 years ago
    • Still, they are talented, most of them really have the talent, even if they don’t make their own music, just having the ability to dance really well and do a 2 hour concert while dancing exhausting choreographies and singing it’s quite difficult and not everyone can do that. Musicians who make their own music have talent too, but I don’t see them dancing so greatly and singing at the same time.

      5 years ago
  40. hahaha omg i love the pie-shirt xD

    5 years ago