Plagiarism or coincidence? TWICE's Nayeon comments on copying trot star Lim Young-woong
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: One shouldn't mess with Korean trot star Lim Young-woong as evident with the KBS music show producer getting arrested after his fans created an uproar about possible rigging on 'Music Bank'. He indeed is one of the biggest music sensations in South Korea from his viral singles in 2021 to his debut album crossing a million sales in just over a day in 2022. If K-pop is for the Korean youth, trot is for the older generations and they are all in love with Lim Young-woong. So, TWICE's Nayeon decided to address a hilarious rumor that she could have possibly plagiarised from him.
The TWICE star's full name happens to be Lim Nayeon as she too shares the same surname as Lim Young-woong. But in Korean, Lim is pronounced as 'Im'. Both artists decided to do wordplay of 'I am' for their debut albums with Nayeon titling her album 'Im Nayeon' while Lim Young-woong went with 'Im Hero'. But while Nayeon released her album on June 24, Young-woong released his on May 2. Whether it was a case of plagiarism or a simple coincidence, the TWICE member was asked about it.
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Nayeon asked about plagiarizing Lim Young-woong
TWICE's Sana, Momo, and Nayeon recently appeared on the first episode of Jonathan's YouTube show 'TheKstarNextDoor' season 2 to promote their newest comeback 'Talk That Talk. They spoke about everything from serious topics of contract renewal to hilarious moments like inventing the 'gyaru' peace sign and traumatizing Seventeen's Seungkwan. At one point, Jonathan brought up that 3 months ago, Knetizens had claimed Nayeon had plagiarized Lim Young-woong's 'Im Hero'. The host asked, "What happened here?"
To this, Nayeon asked, "Lim Young-woong came out first?" Jonathan confirmed, "I heard that ['Im Hero'] came out a month ago." The TWICE star then revealed, "I didn't know that when I was preparing mine. But unfortunately, it was all printed out." Turns out it was indeed a coincidence. But since it was too late, she could not change the name of her album.
Watch the video below.
'People be reaching'
International fans found it hilarious that similar names had Knetz claiming plagiarism, especially since there are several K-pop groups who have songs with the same titles. One fan tweeted, "So just because he uses the word "I'm" in his album title, no one else can? please. can we just go one day without people making a big deal out of something so small." Another said, "Damn wgat a shame, so it looks like all the songs with the same titles from ANY artist are all plagiarized too?? Lol people be REACHING."
so just because he uses the word "I'm" in his album title, no one else can? please. can we just go one day without people making a big deal out of something so small— KayPopKraze 🆔️ (@KayPopKraze) September 23, 2022
Damn wgat a shame, so it looks like all the songs with the same titles from ANY artist are all plagiarized too?? Lol people be REACHING— Byul ✨️💫 (@Dalbyull) September 23, 2022
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