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Was f(x)'s "Pinocchio" plagiarised?

Submitted: May 03 2011 09:20 AM by junchan

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




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  • NduthnEss 47 Points

    i don't think SM that stupid to do plagiarism..

    03 May 2011 - 01:26 AM

  • kangyeons 0 Points

    SME bought the rights to the song before it got released. Get the facts straight before playing the plagiarism card, please. http://omonatheydidn...om/6553271.html

    03 May 2011 - 01:43 AM

    • Naysay 282 Points

      Read the article before you start playing the accusation card, please.

      03 May 2011 - 03:33 AM

    • junchan 967 Points

      Thank you, Naysay.

      03 May 2011 - 10:48 AM

    • Bang 70 Points

      Hahaha yeah, read the article.

      03 May 2011 - 11:02 AM

  • Leia 16 Points

    I think SM has enough money, people and professionalism to make a new song.
    I doubt this was plagiarism and even if it was.
    Who cares.
    Pinnochio sounds better anyway.

    03 May 2011 - 02:41 AM

  • cynthiasaysso 4 Points

    Pinocchio sounds better anyways :)

    03 May 2011 - 12:13 PM

  • tifferini 21 Points

    SM does this all the time. It's nothing new. They buy the rights to demo songs all the time. I don't understand why this has to be an issue every time SM artists release a song. It's common knowledge...

    03 May 2011 - 12:28 PM

  • JeremyKun 222 Points

    SM has the money to build amusement parks...they would have enough to buy a song T^T but its an awesum song im in dan dan ger xP

    03 May 2011 - 06:18 PM

  • nonstopnessa 0 Points

    Rights have been bought, SM didn't do anything illegal or unethical. F(x) sounds better anyways.

    03 May 2011 - 07:01 PM

  • zef 0 Points

    statement #5 unknown test not true me lies. im fact video title is Kristine Elezaj Buzz music http://youtu.be/5oFLW9hmW0Q

    09 June 2013 - 07:43 AM

  • zef 0 Points

    #2 Albanian girl> not true. she An American born New York your rash to fuck her over you did not check the facts http://youtu.be/5oFLW9hmW0Q RAzor full track and you say only 1:57 minute exist lies. in your rash fuck her over 3:38 minute track not a demo you are lier. how match did you get to cover up and ripp off indie ?

    09 June 2013 - 07:49 AM

  • zef 0 Points

    "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. " by your own words you are a fucken LYER fact here the full track that was sold to kristine Elezaj. By Alex http://youtu.be/5oFLW9hmW0Q.... Shame on all you supporting SM and there lies a girl was wronged by an ever big greedy company and that a fact. A indie artist wronged by the world and mostlly Koreans

    09 June 2013 - 08:19 AM

  • zef 0 Points

    "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. " by your own words you are a fucken LYER fact here the full track that was sold to kristine Elezaj. By Alex http://youtu.be/5oFLW9hmW0Q.... Shame on all you supporting SM and there lies a girl was wronged by an ever big greedy company and that a fact. A indie artist wronged by the world and mostlly Koreans

    09 June 2013 - 08:29 AM

  • zef 0 Points

    However, it was confirmed later on that Ke$ha had only recorded the song as a demo/guide upon the request of the song's composer(s) and never officially released her version of "Run Devil Run." The audio of Ke$has version is now floating around on the internet because it was leaked. Funny fact you cant state the same for Razor.. Why? Kasha story is not Kristine's story why guilty by Kasha story So you are saying?

    09 June 2013 - 08:33 AM

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