Meghan Trainor’s hit song may not be that original after all.
Up-and-coming pop singer Meghan Trainor’s upbeat track with a positive message, All About That Bass, is one of this summer’s biggest hits. It’s cute, it’s fun and it’s catchy – you can’t resist shaking your booty and singing along to the track once it’s on.
However, 21-year-old Trainor seems to have gotten herself in a bit of a pickle recently when K-pop fans started pointing out the similarities between All About That Bass and Happy Mode, a 2006 song by a Korean pop trio called Koyote.
One fan has even cleverly layered the two tracks together in a single video and uploaded it on YouTube for everyone to scrutinise and make comparisons. (We did just that. Trainor and the song’s co-writer Kevin Kadish have some explaining to do.)
Apparently, this issue has come to the attention of Happy Mode’s composer Joo Young Hoon, who yesterday tweeted that he will seek the advice of a “specialised lawyer” on the matter. This in a way shows that Joo had not been approached by Trainor, Kadish or anyone from her management or record label for the rights to use, replicate or sample his work.
So far, Trainor’s camp has yet to come up with a statement. They really should.
A story on BuzzFeed also mentions how similar the two tracks were to another song that was released way back in 1989 by American rock band Phish called Contact. That track amusingly uses a car as a metaphor for a loved one. We know this has nothing to do with this story about music plagiarism, but we just thought you'd like to know.