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A Japanese composer ‘Monster in My Pocket’ said that BTS’s “Butter” sounds similar to his song

Published on 22/07/2021
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One of the original composers of the background music for the Japanese game “Monster in My Pocket” has responded to the plagiarism controversy surrounding BTS’s “Butter.”

Recently, BTS’s “Butter” has become a hot topic in a way that it is allegedly copied from the “Monster in My Pocket” soundtrack.

The original composer since then commented on the plagiarism issue regarding the K-pop song and BGM.

Previously, there was attention being focused on the song “Towering Catastrophe” from the Nintendo game ‘Monster in my Pocket‘ which was released in 1992, after netizens found that the melody for BTS’s “Butter” sounded vastly similar to it.


As more netizens drew their attention and interest to “Towering Catastrophe,” there have been many news articles published in regards to this topic. One Japanese news article published by Wow! Korea stated that the composer of the track talked about the similarities and that the two songs “sound almost the same, it is beyond just sampling.” 


However, after the article was released, the composer himself wrote on his blog page and clarified that he did not say “it is beyond just sampling.” He explained in a blog post that he knew of BTS but had not heard their song “Butter.” When he came across the news about the similarities, he listened to BTS’s song but thought it was only a coincidence that the two melodies sounded similar. He clarified, “I saw that the article was released saying that I said ‘It’s beyond just sampling’ but then I didn’t say that.” He said he thought it was fascinating that his song was gaining attention.

 

The composer wrote in his blog, “This is the first update in a long time but I was surprised today! A long time ago, I wrote music for a game called ‘Monster In My Pocket.’I knew of BTS but I didn’t know this song. So when I compared the two, I did think they were certainly similar. However, I think that the similar melodies were just a coincidence” and denied that he had accused the group of copying the melody to the song.

He continued to write, “It was written (in the article) that I said it sounds nearly identitcal and ‘it is beyond sampling,’ but I never said such a thing. But I wonder who on earth said that, lol.”

The composer also added that he doesn’t own the rights to the video game song and it belongs to the video game developer Konami.

Source: AllKpop

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