In the wake of recent claims that Jungkook’s solo debut single “Seven” bore resemblances to a melody from Fin KL’s ‘Time of Mask,’ released in 2000, BigHit Music has issued a statement rebuffing these allegations. The South Korean news website’s report had raised concerns that the song shared a “borrowed scale sequence” from the older track.
The solo single “Seven” was co-composed and written by Andrew Watt, Jon Bellion, Henry Walter, Theron Makiel Thomas, along with American rapper Latto. Addressing the copyright controversy, a representative from BigHit Music unequivocally dismissed the claims of plagiarism, stating, “The collaborative work ‘Seven’ was crafted by five overseas composers and stands as an independent creative endeavor. It is wholly unrelated to a song released 24 years ago in South Korea, as alleged.”
BigHit Music firmly underscored that the assertions made by the claimant lacked the necessary elements for determining copyright infringement, such as substantial similarities or originality. The agency’s statement has categorically rejected the notion of any infringement taking place in the creation of “Seven.”
Fin KL’s ‘Time of Mask’ is a track from the girl group’s special album ‘Special,’ and it was composed by Yang Joon-young. The songwriter, Yang Joon-young, has reportedly submitted a request for an evaluation of the scale sequence shared between the two songs. This move suggests a potential legal course of action, with Hybe Labels producer involvement in assessing the similarities between the tracks.
As the controversy unfolds, the music industry and BTS fans around the world eagerly await further developments in the matter.