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EXO Fans Accuse Swedish Boy Band The Fooo Conspiracy Of Plagiarizing Choreography From 'Growl'

By Robert Kuang | January 09, 2015 11:34 AM EST


Swedish boy band The Fooo Conspiracy has been accused of plagiarizing the choreography to EXO's "Growl."

Last July, The Fooo Conspiracy released the music video for their single "All Over the World." Perhaps due to a recent dance tutorial video that was uploaded, some observers noticed a similarity between the group's choreography for the song to that of EXO's 2013 single, "Growl."

YouTube viewer Tammy Tong isn't convinced.

"Yes, some moves are similar to EXO's 'Growl,' but maybe this was just a coincidence," Tong wrote in a comment to the video sharing website. "You don't know the full story yet so please don't bash them."

Fooo Conspiracy member Felix Sandman claims EXO is just one of a long list of influences for the group.

"We have tons of inspirational sources,"  Sandman told Hollywood Life in a interview last month.

"Justin Timberlake is a huge inspiration. Well, Oscar loves Ariana Grande. And Nick Jonas's 'Jealous.' But inspiration-wise, we take inspiration from everything like, dancers, artists, songwriters."

Allkpop reader Carenza spots a trend.

"2015 seems to be the year of copy and plagiarism in K-pop," carenza wrote in response to an article on the subject. "First there was the whole Sistar, 2NE1 outfit thing, then the 'Eyes, Nose, Lips' thing, and now this."

And the reader may be onto something.

On Dec. 31, chrt-topping K-pop girl group Sistar performed on the annual year-end music program "MBC Gayo Daejun." During this performance, observers noticed similarities between the stage outfits of Sistar's backup dancers to that of 2NE1.

On Tuesday, singer Derrick Bullock also accused Taeyang of copying his song "Change Me" for the Big Bang member's 2014 single, "Eyes, Nose, Lips."

"Derrick Bullocks single (written four years ago contrary to popular belief) documentation and dated video feeds are available from 2008 videotaping me composing this music," wrote Bullock in the video's description.

"It does not belong to a Korean band. It was stolen from me and used in music in Korea four years ago. Before you start telling Derrick he stole this music, get your facts straight. Video and paper documentation are available for proof that all rights belong to Derrick Bullock."

A rep for Taeyang's record label YG Entertainment told the Korean news outlet Sports Donga that they are reviewing the allegations.

"Currently the agency has looked into the content in question and we're preparing a countermeasure," the rep said.

Tagged :  EXO, 2NE1, Taeyang


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