IU Songs’ Composer Finally Takes a Stand and Addresses Plagiarism Allegations Directly
Lee Min Soo, the composer of “Good Day” and “The Red Shoes,” which recently faced renewed plagiarism allegations, has spoken out about the issue.
On May 11th, Lee Min Soo opened up on Instagram, saying, “Yesterday afternoon, I read an article about the plagiarism allegations surrounding IU’s two songs that I composed, ‘Good Day’ and ‘The Red Shoes.’ Regarding ‘The Red Shoes,’ back in 2013 when it was released, I refuted the issue through press materials and have refrained from further comments as any additional perspectives would be meaningless. However, due to recent escalated criticism towards the artist that goes beyond enlargement and reproduction, I am cautiously writing this message.”
He continued, “When I worked on ‘Good Day’ and ‘The Red Shoes,’ I did not refer to or consider other people’s songs during the process. My hope is that as the composer of ‘The Red Shoes’ and ‘Good Day,’ I do not inflict any wounds on the hearts of IU’s fans, especially IU herself.”
According to Maeil Business Newspaper, IU was reported to the police on May 8th by a civilian for alleged copyright infringement. The accused songs include “The Red Shoes,” “Good Day,” “BBIBBI,” “Pitiful,” “Boo,” and “Celebrity.” Among them, Lee Min Soo composed “The Red Shoes” and “Good Day.”
“The Red Shoes” has previously been involved in plagiarism allegations. However, at the time, IU’s former agency, Loen Entertainment, refuted the accusations, stating that “the chord progressions of the two songs are completely different.” Producer Bang Si Hyuk, composer Kim Hyung Seok, and other experts also supported IU’s official statement, putting the plagiarism suspicions to rest.
IU’s agency, EDAM Entertainment, stated on May 10th regarding the accusation, “We have not been officially contacted by the investigative agency at the moment, and we first learned about the accusation through news articles. We are currently unable to confirm the contents of the accusation as reported by the media. We are in the process of verifying the details.”