“My Teen Girl” is an MBC girl group audition program that aired its finale live on February 27. Jeon Soyeon was a mentor on the show and gifted the contestants a song called “SUN” that she composed for them to perform in the finale. After the finale aired, people drew attention to the similarity of the chorus to ATEEZ’s 2019 song “Wave.”
KQ Entertainment, ATEEZ’s agency, stated that while their producing team’s name had been listed in the credits of “SUN,” they had not given permission for either the song or the producer’s name to be used.
Late at night on February 28, Cube Entertainment released the following statement:
Hello, this is Cube Entertainment.
This is our official statement regarding the controversy around the “My Teen Girl” finale song “SUN,” in which (G)I-DLE’s Jeon Soyeon participated as a composer.
First, we bow our heads and apologize for causing controversy with the release of “SUN.”
After the finale aired, we monitored the situation and recognized the similarity of part of the melody to another song. Our artist [Jeon Soyeon] spoke directly to the producer of that song about the situation and apologized to them.
In that process, we judged that since we had acknowledged the similarity, we had to give credit to the original producers. After Soyeon’s discussion with the producer, she sent a request to the production company of “SUN” asking to modify the credits. One hour before it was set to be released, the producer’s agency told us that they opposed this, but since the request to the production company had already been made, the song was released as it was without the agency’s opposition being reflected.
Once again, we apologize for this situation in which the credits were modified without concrete discussion with the producer in question and their agency. We will do our best so that this issue does not occur again.
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