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Ears Of A Hawk: STAYs Accuse Artists Of Plagiarism Towards Stray Kids

by Victoria Marian Belmis / May 09, 2022 09:29 AM EDT
Stray Kids' Hyunjin

It seems like STAYs, Stray Kids' fandom, have the ears of a hawk. Recently, the K-Pop fans accused artists of plagiarizing Stray Kids' music!

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Artist ADAM LE RIGOLOW recently dropped a new song entitled "DEMONGORGON." Though his fans enjoyed his track, STAYs noticed that the French artist's new song sounded similar to the instrumental of Stray Kids' "VENOM."

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Beyond the instrumental, it seems like member Hyunjin's "pew pew pew" line was directly copied. STAYs have edited the two songs side-by-side as proof of plagiarism. Stray Kids' dropped their b-side "VENOM" from their "ODDINARY" album on the 18th of March and though they released the song this year, the group has been working on it since 2020.

Some Stray Kids fans have explained that sampling might have been used. But, copying an entire instrumental is plagiarism, not sampling.

Furthermore, a sample that can be heard in "VENOM" can also be heard in "CH4NGE" by Giga which dropped last year. But in contrast, Stray Kids fans think the instrumental of "DEMONGORGON" sounds exactly the same as "VENOM."


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As of writing this article, the original YouTube MV for the song has been deleted. But another version that does not have the instrumental in Stray Kids' "VENOM" has taken the song's place. STAYs are wishing that JYP Entertainment will take action against the plagiarism claims towards the artists.

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