Kpop acts copying Western popstars? What! That happens? Gasp! I have never heard of such a thing, what sayest thou? Latest accusations to hit the blogosphere claim that 2ne1’s space version of the “Fire” MV bears some uncanny resemblances to international chart topper M.I.A.’s “Jimmy” MV. YG Entertainment hasn’t denied the accusations. Instead they sidestepped the issue to netizens by sensationalizing 2ne1’s collaboration with 1TYM’s Teddy for their first ever live TV performance, May 17.
Undoubtedly, I think M.I.A. is a far superior artist. At the same time, I see no occurrences of foul play. For starters, the song “Jimmy” contains samples from a Bollywood disco song from the 70s. As for M.I.A.’s original, money-making fashion style, I’m not surprised that the girls are heavily influenced. Imitating artists that are already making money isn’t exactly a new marketing trick. Czech out what all the fuss is about: