Netizens accuse 4Minute of plagiarism

Netizens accuse 4Minute of plagiarism

"Yeah I'm the female monster".

4Minute's buxom rapper HyunA spits out that line in the opening verse of the K-pop quintet's sassy new track Crazy.

The 22-year-old could well be describing 4Minute's position on the music scene now - collectively, they make a monster of a K-pop group.

With Crazy, which New York's Fuse TV calls "one of the biggest club bangers of 2015", the girls have hit a winning streak.

On home turf, most-recognised member HyunA, Jihyun, 25, Gayoon and Jiyoon, both 24, and Sohyun, 20, have clinched seven No. 1 trophies on various TV shows, including SBS Inkigayo, MBC Show Champion and Mnet M! Countdown.

Internationally, their results have been equally impressive.

Crazy, the lead single from 4Minute's EP with the same title, topped China's YinYueTai V and QQ Music charts.

The music video for Crazy on YinYueTai raked in more than 2.2 million hits in just two days.

Over in the US, 4Minute snagged their first No. 1 spot on Billboard's World Albums chart.

The five, whose last EP 4Minute World was released in March last year, told entertainment portal Mwave eNews that with their new image for Crazy, they have gone full circle.

And that meant ditching their previous sexy, feminine look for good.

"We decided to go back to the intense image we had right at the beginning of (our showbiz) debut (in 2009)," said Gayoon.

"To show the stronger and more intense sides of ourselves, we decided to give up on looking pretty. We looked at each other's make-up and said, 'Let's give up on men,' and laughed."

GROWING FAN BASE

But as their growing fan base continues to soak in Crazy's energetic, addictive blend of synth beats, throbbing basslines and Middle Eastern flutes, 4Minute find themselves smack in the middle of controversy.

They are facing not one, but three accusations of plagiarism.

Entertainment news site Kpopstarz reported that YouTube vlogger MRJKPOP, popular for his reviews of K-pop music videos, pointed out alleged similarities between Crazy and Big Bang member G-Dragon's One Of A Kind.

"I didn't know G-Dragon was going to be in this music video," he commented, as he juxtaposed a screen grab from One Of A Kind against a scene of the 4Minute girls dancing. "Just saying. That's disappointing."

In Crazy, HyunA, Jihyun, Gayoon, Jiyoon and Sohyun are seen wearing all-black outfits and hats with their names printed in caps, looking eerily similar to G-Dragon and his crew, who are likewise decked out in black tees with white letters.

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