[Editor's Note: Added an update at end of the article.]
Overseas netizens have displayed their own detective work in defense of BTS.
An American group named Pillow Talk featuring members J.Snow, Luke Jones, and Lamorne Morris are being accused by netizens of plagiarizing BTS' "I Need U." The track in question is titled "Body Pillow" and was uploaded to YouTube nearly a month ago on July 16, 2016.
Netizens are saying that the beat used for "Body Pillow" is the same as "I Need U" which was released more than a year ago. In the YouTube description, "Body Pillow" is stated to be produced by a producer named Jukebox.
ORIGINALITY PLEASE, I CAN HEAR I NEED U AT YOUR FVCKING SONG (BODY PILLOW) :'( IS IT WHY YOU DISABLE THE COMMENT SECTION? HOW PATHETIC— micah ♡ (@PONYTAELS) August 13, 2016
GUYS!!!!!! REPORT THIS VIDEO AND YOUTUBE MIGHT DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT https://t.co/WoGlAZybmm— DAEGU BOYS ♡ (@taehyungboo) August 12, 2016
GUYS THIS GUY PLAGIARIZED THE BEAT OF BTS I NEED YOU!https://t.co/x6s5Vl3iXK— NaBi ||BamBi (@NaBi7xz) August 12, 2016
After numerous BTS fans left negative comments on YouTube, the comments for the video were disabled.
The group may have received permission for the usage of the music, we have reached out to our contacts at Big Hit for comment and they haven't responded yet.
Check out both tracks below and share your thoughts.
Update: The producer jukebox tweeted that the instrumental in question is from a loop pack titled 'We Sink: Future RnB 2'. The loop pack was released 2 months prior to BTS releasing "I Need U." It appears both jukebox and BTS used the same loop, which is a common practice.
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in.]