In recent weeks, internet celebrities have drawn criticism on two separate occasions from STAYs for allegedly plagiarizing Stray Kids‘ music.
When French content creator and musical artist ADAM LE RIGOLOW released his new song “DEMONGORGON,” STAYs quickly noticed that it sounded extremely similar to the instrumental of Stray Kids’ “VENOM.”
— Bob L'Éponge @ Hose World (@copyianaa) May 6, 2022
In addition to the instrumental, it also seems as if Hyunjin‘s memorable line “pew pew pew” had been copied directly. Some fans even edited the two songs together to display how seamlessly they mesh.
he’s talking to me he says i need to PEW PEW PEW AYE SPIDER YOU GOT ME LOCKED UP AYE skz stray kids hyunjin meme venom verse pic.twitter.com/LwIdMWAXGo
— ً (@imnoaesy) May 6, 2022
ADAM LE RIGOLOW’s “DEMONGORGON” was inspired by the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things, as evident in the song title and video.
Stray Kids’ released their b-side “VENOM” from their ODDINARY album on March 18. It was created by Stray Kids’ producer line 3RACHA (Bang Chan, Changbin, and Han), as well as American DJ DallasK. Though released this year, it has been in the works since 2020.
Some fans have called the use of sampling into question regarding the accusations. Sampling is a common occurrence in music, and when done properly, is totally legal. It’s often why certain songs may sound similar. However, copying without permission, especially an entire instrumental, is still plagiarism.
hi this is 10000% copied but venom's main rift is a sample , listen to ch4nge by giga it has the same rift in the beginning and it came out in 2021
— lily !! ia i will be active before the concert (@fishy_toast) May 7, 2022
A sample that’s found in “VENOM” can also be heard in “CH4NGE” by Giga which came out in 2021. However, fans believe the instrumental of “DEMONGORGON” to be too similar to “VENOM.”
This is both def incorrect. Yes, there’s a grey area if a sample is buried inside other music or altered to where it’s hard to recognize. This is not that, the entire music under his vocals is almost entirely Venom w/almost no alteration. He absolutely can get into trouble for it
— K-popODDINARY#1Dad #StrayKids + SKZ GA’s + #TWICE (@KeithPalau) May 8, 2022
Since the accusation initially occurred, the original YouTube video for the song has been deleted. Another version that doesn’t include the instrumental found in “VENOM” has replaced the track, further fueling the idea that the song was copied without permission to begin with.
Still, fans are hoping to bring attention to the plagiarism accusation.
idk why no one paying attention reporting that artist who recently plagiarized skz venom and even released it on spotify like hello its 100% plagiarism and shouldn't get streams.
— 한 (@JSNGH4N) May 8, 2022
This isn’t the first accusation STAYs have made against an artist for allegedly plagiarizing music from Stray Kids’ ODDINARY album. Previously Venezuelan-American content creator and singer Lele Pons received criticism after releasing her song “Piketona” with fellow internet celebrity Kim Loaiza.
Some fans found that the song’s intro sounds similar to Stray Kids’ most recent title track “MANIAC” which was released on March 18. “MANIAC” was created by 3RACHA and VERSACHOI. “Piketona” was released on April 6.
While some STAYs have argued that this incident is closer to the proper use of sampling…
This might be an unpopular opinion, but imo Lele Pons didn’t plagiarise maniac. It’s similar but not the SAME. They’ve either used the same sample as the base of their tracks OR it’s simply parallel thinking bc both songs borrow elements from the same genres they’re inspired by.
— c a t ☻ (@NoeasyCat) May 3, 2022
…some fans have still found an issue with it, even taking to the YouTube comment section of the song to make jokes about the similarities.
Neither artist has addressed these accusations, and fans are urging JYP Entertainment to take action against what they believe are serious claims.