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Girls' Generation Subunit TTS Hit With Plagiarism Accusations For ‘Holler’

By Lily James | September 19, 2014 10:03 AM EDT


Girls' Generation subunit TTS released their hit single "Holler" on September 16 and has been making headlines for their addictive track and impeccable choreography.

TTS are now reportedly being accused of plagiarizing the 2007 Japanese track "Hello Me!" by female artist Mizrock, according to the Korean news outlet Naver.

"It sounds just like TTS' 'Holler,'" wrote social media users in Korea.

The trio's management agency, SM Entertainment, reportedly didn't mention that TTS's "Holler" was based on a previously released track, which has caused further controversy. Currently, Ength Anna Sara Christina and Bostrom Fredrik Hakan are listed as the composers for the track, according to the Korean Music Copyright Group.

"The composers gave both TTS and the Japanese artist the same song," stated SM Entertainment.

The management agency continued, "'Holler' is a song that's been reproduced as we have completely altered the structure. We, as well as artists in Japan, have the right to use the basics of the track."

The entertainment company reportedly noted that "Holler" is "not a remake" of Mizrock's "Hello Me!" and is a track that's been changed so much structurally that it's a completely different song altogether.

Reproducing a track, like in the case of "Holler," is quite common in the music industry, according to the Korean publication. SM Entertainment has churned out hits, including TVXQ's "Spell" as well as SHINee's "You're Like Oxygen" and "Juliet," using this system.

Despite plagiarism accusations, TTS, also known as TaeTiSeo, is currently promoting their new mini-album.

The girls of TTS are scheduled to perform their track "Whisper" on the MBC music program Show! Music Core on September 20 followed by a performance of "Only U" on the SBS program Inkigayo.

They will also be appearing on fellow Girls' Generation member Sunny's radio program "Sunny's FM Date," according to the publication Yahoo Entertainment Singapore.

Although the members of TTS have been known for their stunning looks and dance skills due to their years with Girls' Generation, the trio revealed that with their new album, they wanted to make sure they shined as singers.

"Our main goal was to not be visually entertaining, but be vocally entertaining. You can listen to it and still be so entertained, so energized and so inspired. With Girls' Generation, you need to see the costumes, the shoes, everything put together. Whereas you can just listen to the [Holler] material and go 'Wow, this is so fun,'" Tiffany told Billboard during a recent interview. 

Tagged :  Girls Generation, tts, Holler, SM Entertainment, TVXQ, SHINee, Whisper, Only U, Sunny, Tiffany


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