The worldwide sensation BTS, accused of plagiarism? Here’s what we know

BTS is under fire with speculations of plagiarism regarding their new hit Butter involving the background music for the Japanese videogame Monster in My Pocket.

On July 19, an online community made a post about BTS’s Butter and how the soundtrack to Monster in My Pocket sounds similar.

BTS is one of the most popular music groups on the planet, and this post has gotten a lot of attention.

BTS ‘Boy with Luv’ reached yet another significant milestone

On July 18, at approximately 4:18 p.m. PST, the music video for BTS’s song Boy With Luv, which features Halsey, reached 1.3 million views on YouTube. It was the boy band’s second MV to reach this milestone, following DNA.

BTS’s video for Boy With Luv was released on April 12, 2019, at 6 p.m. PST. It took more than two years, five days, and 22 hours to accomplish this feat.

BTS’s ‘Butter,’ plagiarized?

Konami released Monster in My Pocket for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1992. It follows the basic plot of the same-named comic series and features the majority of the monster characters.

Konami is a Japanese entertainment company known for its video game franchises. In Japan, it is also a well-known name. TwinBee and Metal Gear, as well as Yu-Gi-Oh! Ganbare Goemon, Pro Evolution Soccer, and Castlevania are among them.

An anonymous user posted in an online community a YouTube link to the Monster in My Pocket background music.

In the comments section, netizens had a mixed reaction to the topic. Some netizens pointed out that the background music Butter and Monster in My Pocket sound the same.

Other commentators claimed that not only was the intro to Monster in My Pocket being used, but also BTS’s song Butter.

Others speculated that if Butter was indeed plagiarized from the Japanese videogame’s BGM, Konami would have sued HYBE for plagiarism months ago.

Furthermore, some users claimed that it was an interpolation rather than plagiarism. This is where you personalize the notes by re-recording them in your own style.

Is BTS’ Butter plagiarized from the BGM of Monster in My Pocket? What do you think?


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