Was f(x)'s "Pinocchio" plagiarised?
SM Entertainment girl group f(x) recently made their long anticipated comeback and released their first full-length album, "Pinocchio." The album became an instant hit and racked up many recognitions for f(x), including achieving all-kill status on many Korean music charts, hitting 3 million MV views on YouTube within 10 days and securing the group's first music show win since their debut back in 2009.
However, the group and their title song have now been thrown into the limelight as a video of a foreign artist named Kristine Elezaj singing a song named "Razor" has surfaced. The melody and beat of "Razor" is clearly the same as f(x)'s "Pinocchio," and people are now wondering whether this is a case of plagiarism.
According to a DC Gallery, "Pinocchio" was neither a remake nor a plagiarized song. Through their research, they've discovered that:
1. Kristine Elezaj recorded what would've been her title song as a demo.
2. Kristine Elezaj is an Albanian woman who is currently working as a solo singer in America.
3. To promote her debut, the debut song "Razor" was used as the background music for that promotional video.
4. The video shows the dance practices and photoshoot session, which happened before her debut.
5. The video title included "Unknown Test," which literally means "Unrevealed/Unpublicized Test"
"Razor" was never released due to complications with her debut. Kristine Elezaj (or her management company) gave up the rights to the song and chose to debut with another song. Afterwards, the composer of "Razor," Alex Cantrall, sold the rights to the song to SM Entertainment, who then changed the name to "Pinocchio" and assigned the song to f(x). The DC Gallery representatives also contacted the fans of Kristine Elezaj, who also confirmed the previously stated points to be true.
Lastly, the DC Gallery representatives added that aside from the 1:57 long demo of "Razor," no other or longer version of the song exists, further confirming the fact that "Pinocchio" is not plagiarised.
It seems that this is a deja vu of the "Run Devil Run" incident in 2010. Soon after SNSD released the song, an English version sung by the American artist Ke$ha was discovered and ignited a plagiarism accusation frenzy. However, it was confirmed later on that Ke$ha had only recorded the song as a demo/guide upon the request of the song's composer(s) and never officially released her version of "Run Devil Run." The audio of Ke$ha's version is now floating around on the internet because it was leaked.
Check out the "Razor" demo and official "Pinocchio" MV below:
Source: DC Gallery and rogeriocn007