If you are a person with an internet connection (which it appears you are; congratulations! Unless you are Milli Vanilli, my cat, using my iPad without permission again — YOU BETTER NOT MAKE ANYMORE IN-APP PURCHASES WHILE PLAYING KIM KARDASHIAN: HOLLYWOOD, MISTER!), then surely you have heard Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” by now. With its throwback doo-wop sound, pastel-colored music video, and body positive lyrics such as “every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top,” Trainor’s debut single burned through the charts and is currently sitting at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
But with popularity and success comes increased scrutiny and scandal: it has recently been pointed out that the brassy blockbuster, which, according to liner notes, was co-written by Trainor and Grammy Award-nominated songwriter Kevin Kadish, sounds a bit like a 2006 song from South Korean pop group Koyote. “Gippeummodeu,” which translates in English to “Happy Mode,” was written by Joo Young Hoon who tweeted that he is consulting a “specialized lawyer.” But, since this is the Internet, things don’t end there: some are speculating that both Trainor and Koyote pulled from a 1989 Phish song called “Contact.” Oh, what a tangled web we weave: when first we browse YouTube late at night!
Since there is no fun in reporting on other’s theories without forming some of our own, let’s compare the songs, shall we? First “All About That Bass” and “Gippeummodeu,” side-by-side:
Now let’s throw “Contact” into the mix!
What do you think?
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