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Vietnamese singer’s new song comes under suspicion of plagiarism

Sunday, August 14, 2016, 11:17 GMT+7

A Vietnamese song has recently stirred up controversy, as it sounds suspiciously like Charlie Puth’s hit, ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore.’

‘Chung Ta Khong Thuoc Ve Nhau’ (We Don’t Belong to Each Other) is the latest music video by Son Tung M-TP, an emerging young singer.

The piece of music tells the story of a guy, starring Son Tung, who tries hard to look for a girlfriend but continuously fails due to his selfishness.

Unusual similarities

Both works of Tung and Puth were released on August 2 on YouTube and attracted a huge number of viewers.

A few hours from the release, Vietnamese listeners quickly realized similarities between the two songs, questioning the origin of Tung’s work.

On his Facebook fan page, DJ Heyder, the artist involved in the production of ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore,’ posted a status on August 3 saying the Vietnamese track sounds “quite similar” to his remix.

The post received 13,000 likes and over 2,000 shares.

The reactions came mainly from those Vietnamese who had already recognized the similarities between the two songs.

Heyder later answered questions from some local reporters who wished to find out the truth regarding the copyright of the song.

In an interview with news website VnExpress on August 9, the 25-year-old DJ called ‘Chung Ta Khong Thuoc Ve Nhau’ the “Vietnamese version” of his remix.

“You don’t need to be professional to point out the similarities. I think the audience can also see that,” he was quoted as saying.

The Vietnamese song has so far received over 29 million views.

A mashup video which compares the similarities between ‘Chung Ta Khong Thuoc Ve Nhau’ by Son Tung M-TP and ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ by Charlie Puth

Questions from K-pop fans

Not only is its beat said to plagiarize the U.S. hit but local K-pop fans have also found out that the song’s chorus is similar to that of a song named ‘Fire’ by BTS, a Korean boy band.

Some scenes made audiences think about artworks by famous Korean artists such as G-Dragon or Big Bang.

On YouTube, users have made a number of video mashups to prove that Tung’s song is unusually similar to those international artworks.

This is not the first time Tung has stirred debate over his songs.

Last year, the singer, now 22, released his hit ‘Chac Ai Do Se Ve’ (Maybe Someone Will Come Back) and quickly captured public attention, not merely because of its strange melody but also due to its highly questionable origin.

Vietnamese K-pop fans said the song’s beat was borrowed from ‘Because I Miss You’ by Korean singer Jung Yong Hwa.

The case was so serious that the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Department of Performing Arts and Copyright Office of Vietnam had to step in.

Tung was finally forced to change the beat of the song.

A mashup video which compares the similarities between the chorus of ‘Chung Ta Khong Thuoc Ve Nhau’ by Son Tung M-TP and ‘Fire’ by BTS

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