Did Sunmi Plagiarize for Heroine?

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SunmiHeroine.pngAfter August 2017’s Gashina Fever, Sunmi is back for round two with her followup bop Heroine.

A true Heroine

Despite the multiple meanings behind Sunmi‘s ambiguous summer smash Gashina, the only meaning for Sunmi behind Heroine is “to show a woman who is sad to be left by a man, but is able to get back on her feet,” and has been conceptualized by Sunmi as the prequel to Gashina. Sunmi explained that “making a prequel was my idea. The thought that it would be good if Heroine tells the prequel story of the woman in Gashina came to my mind in the middle of working on the new song. So I proposed that idea, and the song’s video also came to have the same plot. If Gashina was red, then Heroine is blue. You can see the two as a continuing storyline.”

It’s not all doom and gloom for the Heroine in question, however, and Sunmi revealed the tougher side to Heroine: “The woman may appear sad, but as the song’s lyric ‘the show must go on’ shows, she has this ‘let it be’ attitude. If you listen to Heroine, you will understand why that woman in Gashina was shooting a gun in madness. Some might have expected Heroine would be about me bragging about myself, but it’s actually about the man the woman loved,” the former Wonder Girls member explained.

Fight For This Heroine

While Heroine has naturally been received fantastically well by audiences (despite Sunmi‘s concerns that it may not have as much impact as Gashina), Heroine has also been met with a different kind of fate from Gashina: Heroine has been accused of plagiarizing Cheryl Cole‘s 2009 bop Fight For This Love.

Heroine does sound alarmingly similar to the Brit’s single and considering Heroine‘s producer Teddy’s plagiarism stained background, it doesn’t feel like a coincidence. Both Heroine‘s production team and Sunmi‘s agency, Makeus Entertainment, have denied all of the claims, but you can still hear the similarities for yourself:

Of all the songs to plagiarise, I wouldn’t have imagined that cheap sounding Cheryl Cole song would be one of them…

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The Show Must Go On, Sunmi Must Go On

The show must go on despite these claims, and Sunmi has expectedly continued to effortlessly SLAY her comeback stages for Heroine. While the choreography to Heroine doesn’t feel as iconic as Gashina and its thorny gunfingers, Sunmi is an enthralling performer and her body language is remarkable at expressing the nature of Heroine.

All hail the new QUEEN of K-Pop!

Listen to Heroine by Sunmi on Spotify

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Sunmi – Heroine English Translation

My body
My head
Turns quickly around
How do you feel right now?

We’re like magnets
We hold each other
Then push each other away

You drive me crazy
You make me go out of it
You probably know
You are so unbelievable

You make me dance
You make me drunk without alcohol
You probably know
You make me so potent

In this movie of ours
You’re the true hero baby
Again today, you’re so you
Like the glamorous star you are

Just do as you always did
Even if it’s a villainous role
Even if it makes me sad
For you, it has to be you
Even if it hurts me
Even if it’s a sad ending

the show must go on
the show must go on

You always push it to the end
Trying to cover up everything
Why do you give me wings
And ask to fall?

You always say I’m a nice girl
Making me swallow my tears
Yes, you probably know
You make me infatuated

In this drama of ours
You’re the true hero baby
Again today, you’re so you
Like the glamorous star you are

Just do as you always did
Even if it’s a villainous role
Even if it makes me sad
For you, it has to be you
Even if it hurts me
Even if it’s a sad ending

the show must go on
the show must go on

Just do as you always did
Even if it’s a villainous role
Even if it makes me sad
For you, it has to be you
Even if it hurts me
Even if it’s a sad ending

the show must go on
the show must go on
you must go on

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