Shortly after Lee Hyori made her comeback, she received lots of plagiarism accusations. To settle down the controversy, Mnet Media, her company, responded to those accusations to justify the plagiarizing. Now, Lee Hyori herself is speaking up on the situation and it looks like she is acknowledging the damage those accusations have done on her promotions. Mnet Media said that the songs were all written by her producer Bahnus and the versions sung by others exist because the demo version of the song got out. Lee Hyori wrote on her fan cafe on the 20th,
It looks like it's been a while since I wrote an entry here. After the release of my 4th album, many interrogations rose, it was frustrating for me and you must have been worrying about them at some point. I've been thinking to myself whether I should tell you all of it or not. There were things to take into consideration. Time has passed... it took me some time to talk to you. It must have been frustrating for you as well, I'm truly sorry about that... When I was making the album, in the beginning, I received songs from Bahnus. When we released it, plagiarism issues were raised, there was something wrong. I, too, believed everything he told me, there was no way we could know. The company first received the songs from him, under his name, and we didn't suspect anything. But we kept moving forward, and suspicion rose again; artists saying that he wasn't the original composer of the songs, that he stole them and claimed they were theirs. Finding the original writers of the songs was hard and it took time to make sure what we heard was the truth. We investigated more about him and we found out that the songs were not his. We know for sure that 2 songs out of the 6 songs that we recorded are not his, we already contacted the original composers. Regarding the remaining songs, we couldn't find the original creators but the company is still looking into it and will take care of the matter. We will do what we have to to put that behind us. We will take moral responsibility. I wanted to release the album as soon as possible but it took me a long time to make it. I wanted to promote it for a long time, but until these issues are solved, I won't be able to keep promoting. The problems will need a long time to be solved. These matters take time to be put behind. It's unfortunate but it appears that it will be impossible for me to continue on with album activities. I'm truly sorry for you who expected more from me and waited (for the comeback). I've always been passionate when recording songs for my albums, although I went through a lot and experienced headaches. My heart aches because I couldn't present to you something perfect. I've been constantly blaming myself. But instead of being helpless, I feel that it is my responsibility to step up and take care of this. It's my responsibility to handle all of this. For putting you through this hard time with me, I apologize once again to all of you. I want to always show the best of me. I'll be working even harder to show the best of me. I will show you more, the best. Source: Lee Hyori Official Cafe Translations: Hyoleesubs (Yoojin @Hyoleesubs)Though plagiarizing music is wrong, I do feel bad for Hyori.