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Oricon Rankings

It’s release day and here are the Oricon Daily Rankings for the week of Wednesday, September 23, 2009.

1 Hideaki Takizawa – Hikari Hitotsu [Limited A | Limited BNormal]
2 Ikimonogakari – Yell/Joyful
3 Nightmare – Rem_ [Limited A | Limited B |  Normal]
4 B’z – Ichibuto zenbu
5 Every Little Thing – Dream Goes On [Limited | Normal]
6 Early Morning – Kamisama demo Erabenai
7 mihimaru GT – An Rock [Limited A| Limited BNormal]
8 Ken Hirai – Candy
9 TOKYO No.1 SOUL SET + HALICALI – Konya wa Boogie Back
10 Shibasaki Kou – Lover Soul [Limited | Normal]

1 AI – BEST A.I. [Limited A | Limited B | Normal]
2 Takeshi Tsuruno – Tsuruno Oto [Limited | Normal]
3 Superfly – Box Emotions [LimitedNormal]
4 Mai Kuraki – ALL MY BEST [Limited | Normal]
5 Arashi – All the BEST! 1999-2009 [LimitedNormal]
6 Ne-Yo – Ne-Yo: The Collection [LimitedNormal]
7 Kazuyoshi Saitou – Tsuki ga Noboreba [LimitedNormal]
8 m-flo – TRIBUTE ~maison de m-flo~
9 BENI – Bitter & Sweet [Limited | Normal]
10 LG Yankees – Made in LG Yankees

*All Limited Editions comes with a DVD.

1 Namie Amuro – BEST FICTION TOUR 2008-2009 [DVD | Blu-ray]
2 Omnibus – PERSONA MUSIC LIVE – Velvetroom in Akasaka Blitz- [Limited | Normal]
3 Mr. BIG – Back to Budokan [DVD | HQCD | Blu-ray]
4 Elephant Kashimashi – Sakura no Hana Maiagaru Budokan [Limited | Normal]
5 Motohiro Hata – Live at Budokan [Re-release]
6 Tohoshinki – All About Tohoshinki Season 3 [Preview Story book Limited (Import)]
7 Sendai Kamotsu – Live & Film Tour 2008 “Umanami de”
8 Michael Jackson – Live in Bucharest
9 Arashi – ARASHI AROUND ASIA 2008 IN TOKYO [Re-release]
10 Daichi Miura – Daichi Miura Live 2009 -Encore of Our Love-

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G-Dragon, Big Bang and 2NE1 scrutinized for plagiarism?

big band 2ne1

Ooo the YG Family is in trouble… it is never a dull day in K-Pop.

One of the big scandals last month was whether or not G-Dragon is a plagiarizer. His songs “Heartbreaker” and “Butterfly” are said to have been “plagiarized” because they resemble Flo rida’s “Right Round” and Oasis’ “She’s Electric”.

Not only that, but Big Bang‘s “With U” and 2NE1‘s “I don’t Care” is said to carry the same weight with Lionel Richie’s “Just Go”.

ATV Music Publishing, the South Korean branch of Sony, announced their decision on the matter. On Korean show, Current Affairs Magazine 2580, reported that Sony officials sent YG Entertainment letters containing a warning regarding these issues.

“It was a hard decision for the music critics. However, they decided that there were similarities and accordingly issued a warning letter to the production company and composers. They have also denied YG Entertainment the permission to promote these songs,”* said a Sony legal representative.

YG Entertainment has yet to release an official statement in regards to the matter.

Well one things for sure, YG sure knows how to stay in the media.

For some of us, this is being blown a bit more out of proportion. There are many songs that recycle in every country. J-Pop has been to have these same “similarities” (PENICILLIN‘s “fantasia” to No Doubts’ “Spider Webs”). America’s own LMFAO’s “La La La” sounds similar to Big Bang‘s “Haru Haru” and “Lies” with a bit of remixing. There are many songs here in America that recycle beats over and over again, and I’m sure not all of them asked permission either.

Sometimes netizens just need to keep things to themselves or at least not make such a big deal out of things. Because if things get even more messier for G-Dragon and the YG Family, we might just see something similar to Jay Park, and it will be the netizen’s at fault… again.

source: kbites, allkpop
*cited from allkpop

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The truth about “HEARTBREAKER” Part II


This was so juicy it deserved it’s own post. For the first post go here.

“A person from VIPZ called Warner Chappell and Sony to confirm this for us; Warner Chappell and Sony both have not come in contact with any journalist or writer to publish this. Warner Chappell (who has the copyright for Right Round) said they are still doing meetings inside their company and THEY HAVE NOT EVEN SENT THE SONGS TO THE STATES YET. Sony(who has the distribution rights for She’s Electric) aren’t even taking this situation in consideration(they don’t think it’s a problem at all).


**Adding to that Warner Chappell nor Sony have made an ‘official’ stand on anything.

All the articles saying they have Warner Chappell’s or Sony’s official stand or side of the story is just a plain lie.”

credit: Beau@ygworld, bbvipz via bigbangvip

Now for the really juicy story behind it all:

The copyright owner to Flo Rida’s ‘Right Round’ has came out to confirmed that Big Bang GDragon’s solo debut song ‘HeartBreaker’ has committed plagiarism to the former.

Warner Korea, which is the publishing company to ‘Right Round’ in Korea, came out to say on 18th August, “The song ‘Heartbreaker’ which was revealed in full today has been confirmed to have plagiarised ‘Right Round’ by the composer. And the composer of ‘Right Round’ in America is in the dilemma of what to do and how to deal this case.”

It has been known that from the American side, they have already did an investigation of the whole song of ‘Heartbreaker’.

Warner Korea said, “The headquarters of Warner in Korea has already proposed the problem the American side with the judgement of the composer on the issue confirmed. But it is in the composer’s decision whether to give up on fighting for copyrights or to demand for a legal lawsuit.”

Here’s an article which came in after the above article (just to give more insights to the situation)

The company in Korea which holds 50% to the copyrights to ‘Right Round’ with Warner said in an interview on 18th August, “If we look at the song as a whole, we do not think that ‘Heartbreaker’ plagiarised that of ‘Right Round’.”

The person in charge said, “We do not know if there is a part to the rap which sounds similar, and the climax and highlight to the song is different also. Also the melody to the both songs are different.”

“With this reason, we cannot say that the song plagiarised that of ‘Heartbreaker’. There is so many cases of artistes getting inspiration from one another lately, If we are going to rule the song plagiarism just because it has some parts which feels the same, then many artistes and producers will fall into serious censorship.”

The person continued, “Whether the song has committed plagiarism the final decision lies in the original composer. Before they confirm that, we cannot rule the song as plagiarism.”

It has been known that there are about 10 people who are in charge of the original composing and lyrics to ‘Right Round’. This will include the person who came out with idea of the rap, the person who wrote the rap, the different people who made the special melodies. (YGWorld; kbites)


Oh YG what a web to weave and I love you guys.

Everything that YG has said is “false”, can we still call it damage control at this point? Well yes we can. I said it in the previous post, he recycled beats, and even though the rap part in the beginning is exactly like Flo rida’s, I don’t think he plagiarized anything.

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