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Composer addresses complaints of KNK plagiarizing BTOB

By beansss   Friday, November 18, 2016   47,813   5,162   17



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After rookie boy group KNK released their 2nd mini album 'Remain' this November 17, fans noticed that one song from the group's album titled "I Know" sounded similar to a song released by BTOB back in 2015, titled "I'll Be Here". 

SEE ALSO: BTOB drops full 10-minute MV to 'Way Back Home' out of nowhere

Confusion arose as to whether or not the composer of KNK's track plagiarized BTOB's track or not, but thankfully, composer Kim Tae Ju responded to fans' questions quickly and curtly. 

Kim Tae Ju posted on his Instagram: 

"I'm writing to explain about suspicions that the melody in the chorus of "I Know", from KNK's 2nd mini album which was released yesterday, sounds similar to the chorus of BTOB's "I'll Be Here" released back in 2015. I took a listen to the BTOB song in question today. I confirmed that the beginning of the chorus, about 2 lines of it, does sound very similar, and admit that it was my mistake for not being aware of this factor beforehand. I have personally contact the composer of BTOB's "I'll Be Here", member Hyunsik, to deliver my sincere apologies. 

I would like to relay that it was not plagiarism, and I apologize to fans who love the music of both BTOB and KNK for the discomfort I may have caused because I did not carefully check, as the composer. I will work hard to approach composing songs with more caution and more effort in the future." 

Fans thanked Kim Tae Ju for his quick and honest response with understanding. Here's your chance to listen to both songs below if you haven't heard them before, and support both songs and the groups who sing them! 

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Kiyomice Saturday, March 18, 2017

Always supporting KNK and BToB! <3

Miyaka08 Sunday, November 20, 2016


federick Friday, November 18, 2016

KNK is no hating please!!

areteniera Friday, November 18, 2016

wow not only the first two lines..if u hear it,the beat is very similar..thank god its Melody, if other fandom KNK will be condemn for sure..

joycb Friday, November 18, 2016

Wow. Nice to see that it was handled properly and nicely. KNK members, their fans, BTOB members and fans do not want unnecessary drama =) BTW, I'll be here is one of my faves from BTOBs vocal line. Its a really nice song and lovely to listen to specially when they sing it live.

sheillalaa Friday, November 18, 2016

this is a nice song actually. Nah, Hyunsik ended it cooly also melody. We're melody support KNK alsoKNK Fighting~ Don't get affected by this issue. It already ended~ XD

MelodyForever Friday, November 18, 2016

maybe bigmadboi (Kim Tae Ju) is close to Hyunsik, bc he's close to Beast Junhyung, and they maybe ever use same studio, it's quite sound similar but I think it's not plagiarism, since it already handled well, let's not drag this thing too far. Btw "I'll be here" is very nice song and it was composed by BTOB member Im Hyunsik for BTOB fans, the lyric so touching.

xxkonxx Friday, November 18, 2016

At least this was handled cleanly rather than people losing it and being nasty to each other (talking about fans).

hydethislove Friday, November 18, 2016

Doesn't really sound all too similar really. It's the common 3/4 time that makes it seem similar. 3/4 time is very common especially in these types of songs.

thefabcat92 Friday, November 18, 2016

thanks melodies for not bashing KNK! this sure clears up all the misunderstanding~

edward75890 thefabcat92 Friday, November 18, 2016

who's KNK? why they called KNK it almost like the KKK wtf?

Kiyomice edward75890 Saturday, March 18, 2017

KNK means "Kpop Knock" and means "Knocking on the doors of Kpop" :)

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