Earlier in the year, BTS‘s V released his debut album Layover, and it instantly caught the attention of fans because of its unique and fresh concept.
In particular, netizens loved the physical album, which seemingly represented V in different ways and was very unique in its design.
Yet, SM Entertainment has come under fire for allegedly plagiarizing the concept of Layover with the release of SHINee Taemin‘s upcoming album.
Recently, SM Entertainment has been teasing the release of Taemin’s new album, Guilty.
On October 22, the SHINee Twitter page shared a photo of what netizens could expect from Taemin’s album, including some of the tracks, concept photos, and the outer box.
When the tweet was shared…
TAEMIN 태민 The 4th Mini Album 〖Guilty〗
Packshot – Archive Box Ver.
— SHINee (@SHINee) October 22, 2023
ARMYs couldn’t hide their reactions as they believed SM Entertainment had plagiarized V’s Layover album. In particular, they noted the similarities in the outer box, the style of the concept photos, and the fact that one of the song’s was also called “Blue.”
— layover official manager (@kthvord) October 22, 2023
— ashu⁷ꪜ⋆g📀lden (@menacebangtan) October 23, 2023
— ᴄᴀᴛᴀ⁷ (@apobangp07) October 22, 2023
— ariie⁷ 📀 (@gguksgenre) October 23, 2023
It is possible that a lot of the song’s creation and planning for the album was done before V’s album was released, but many ARMYs are sharing their anger at just how similar the styles of both albums are.