American singer Bryson Bernard—who created the “Cupid Shuffle”—is accusing a popular K-pop boy band of copying his song.
In a tweet, Bernard—better known as Cupid—said the Seventeen’s song “Left & Right” sounds like his 2007 hit.
“This is the music business! That ‘inspired’ card has EXPIRED. The business hasn’t been done. @pledis_17 I made the blueprint. That cost $ @SeventeenFY,” he tweeted on Friday.
Bernard included a video featuring snippets of the band’s song alongside his own song. He also played the snippets in a since-deleted YouTube video, asking fans to “check (out) this album and tell me what me and my team should do.”
— CUPID (@NEWCUPID) August 15, 2020
He later announced in a follow-up tweet that he will be “taking action.” “It’s funny how Black artists supposed to just shut up when Companies try to not do squarebiz. This ain’t Cadillac Records no more,” he said in another
It’s funny how black artist supposed to just shut up when Companies try to not do squarebiz. This ain’t Cadillac Records no more
— CUPID (@NEWCUPID) August 15, 2020
By making the allegations public, the Twitter-sphere felt the need to weigh in. “Wait cause i thought we all knew that left and right sounded like the cupid shuffle…” one user tweeted.
wait cause i thought we all knew that left and right sounded like the cupid shuffle… pic.twitter.com/hZJUqIGLWW
— 𝐜𝐡𝐲𝐥𝐚⁷ (@diaryksj) August 15, 2020
If you don’t think that Left & Right by Seventeen doesn’t blatantly sound like Cupid Shuffle then you ain’t got ears. You can love 17 & not be a dumbass at the same time. Everyone made mashups & KNEW from the moment they pressed on Left & Right. Hell I bought it for that reason
— 106 & Seoul: A Black K-Pop Podcast (@106AndSeoul) August 15, 2020
Some are accusing Seventeen of cultural appropriation, and others are decrying how often Black artists get stolen from. “I love my seventeen boys but I’m tired of black artists being stolen from and shit on he has ever right to be upset,” one user wrote.
This is the SAME SHIT white folks have historically done to Black folks since forever. I love KPOP and don’t mind it’s clear Black influences, but this is straight up cultural appropriation and THEFT!!! Shame on Pledis and SEVENTEEN!!! #LeftRight #CupidShuffle ##SEVENTEEN #Cupid pic.twitter.com/ARWvtWufiW
— Skylar Ezell is a Black, Broke, and Bougie Writer (@Skylar_Writer) August 15, 2020
You can’t be “inspired” and sample an entire beat without credit. That’s not inspiration that plagiarism. I love my seventeen boys but I’m tired of black artists being stolen from and shit on he has ever right to be upset
— exo-l🌻🌻 (@tixfe) August 15, 2020
— 💋brown skinned bre (@_brexoxo_) August 15, 2020
Fans are urging Bernard to refrain from pinning the blame on the group’s members and instead blame the South Korean entertainment company they are being trained by, Pledis Entertainment.
it is the company who should be held responsible so do not try to blame the boys because they clearly do not have control of such matters. and if they are aware i am sure they do want to apologize but they just completely CANNOT because of pledis. we all know how controlling
— 🍞 (@22MlNS) August 15, 2020
just let him and pledis settle this we all have no say in this matter so please don't attack the artist and learn how to respect
— eu (@hoshiftsvt) August 15, 2020
“Left & Right” is featured on Seventeen’s album, Heng:garae—a Korean word for throwing someone in the air in celebration. According to meaww, the album sold over 1 million copies in pre-orders before its June 22 release.
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