Fans have accused a Chinese rapper of copying the instrumental from BTS‘s song “Ddaeng” after noticing unmistakable similarities between the tracks.
BTS’s “Ddaeng” is a diss track co-produced by Suga and performed by BTS’s rappers, RM, Suga, and J-Hope. It was released as part of the lead up to BTS’s fifth-anniversary, which took place on June 13, 2018.
Recently, ARMYs discovered a track by Chinese rapper D-Day that they claim sounds too similar to “Ddaeng” to be coincidental.
Chinese Armys found that an artist copied the same instrumental of Ddaeng. The company stated that the song was made and produced by themselves.
Please retweet to spread the word and report to BigHit ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) pic.twitter.com/LakOwGhtu0
— ً (@mygtrivias) December 30, 2018
This composite, which layers the two songs, reveals undeniable similarities between the beats.
이 좋은 날에 진짜!!!!!!! 감히 땡을 표절해????????? 죽고싶냐????!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/Lno9YZMrHd
— 약속모드 (@JMLOVEMODE) December 30, 2018
After discovering the alleged plagiarism, ARMYs expressed their outrage and attempted to bring the incident to the attention of BTS’s label, Big Hit Entertainment.
— eva / #약속 (@introddaeng) December 31, 2018
@BTS_twt @BigHitEnt @bts_bighit
Plz do something about this!
our beloved 《Ddaeng》was plagiarized by this person who just announced it as his “original works”.
and it was already uploaded to WangYi music app (one of the biggest music platform in China#BTSatMMA #BTS pic.twitter.com/DzynIcSNLa
— shalltearV (@xiatiya1230) December 30, 2018
In response to the backlash, D-Day’s company released an official statement on the matter.
The company claims that D-Day, fellow singer-songwriter HAMY, and producer DMT composed the track together. They claim that their track is “totally different” in terms of “melody, note composition, and chord progression” than “Ddaeng”.
The company also states that they will take action against any who spread false rumors and accusations against their artists and their original works.
ARMYs did not take kindly to this statement and refused to change their stance. Even though the company states that D-Day’s song is an original work, many BTS fans still do not believe the similarities were coincidental.
Uh… they sound the same, man. Don't disrepect DDAENG like that daaaaamn. On Tae's birthday, too… 😑😑😑 What a cop out statement? Did they think BTS isn't famous and ARMY is weak shit? You guys messed with the wrong family then…😠😠😠 https://t.co/b3F5DqX5lC
— E (@bangtanxsf) December 30, 2018
HOW IS THIS AN ORIGINAL WORK WHEN THE BEATS ARE ALMOST SAME WTFFFF
— AccioHoseok (@bluespark28) December 30, 2018
As of January 1, D-Day’s song has reportedly been removed from its streaming site, due to illegitimacy.
An official statement regarding its removal has yet to be made.