SNSD’s “Genie” sounds eerily familiar… *cough* Rihanna *cough*

Posted: June 22, 2009 in K-Pop Madness
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riri snsdI don’t get on the internet for ONE day and I miss so much! SS501 MV release, album controveries, Big Bang photoshoots (YUM!) and most importantly… SNSD’s comeback song (though… weren’t they always here?).

Anyway, the ex-band geek that I am, I couldn’t HELP but notice the similarities between Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music” and SNSD’s just released single, “Genie.”

Now I’m a fan of both songs, but one cannot deny the resemblance in them. They have the same rhythmic patterns, instruments as well as the clapping sound effects. I mean, obviously, Rihanna’s version came out before theirs, so I’m forced to say its copying. I made a video where I combined the music together and blended them so you can see the similarities easier.

Ah well, it’s not going to make me like the song any less, so I better get used to it, considering it’s going ot be everywhere, as well zillions of covers, renditions as well as performances in the very near future.

My only quarell with SNSD is that now, this mean DBSK comeback (and theirs actually WILL BE a comeback) will be that much farther away TT__TT

  1. vudu says:

    but srsly
    i dont really hear it

  2. miyakanon says:

    a lot of songs can have the same beat =P but no, it actually does sound like another english song…not this one…it’s the prechorus that sounds familiar…i just can’t put my finger on it…

  3. .nodame. says:

    Well, Rihanna sampled a Michael Jackson song for hers, maybe SNSD did the same?

  4. IndustryInsider says:

    Rihanna didn’t sample Michael Jackson’s song. Rihanna’s song was co-written by Michael Jackson who sampled his own material. “Don’t Stop the Music” was number 1 or 2 nearly everywhere around the world, and it’s very obvious to anyone with a bit of music history that this is an utter ripoff of that multi-national hit. There is no such thing as little harmless free sampling. Period. It wouldn’t pass the legal checks here in the states, and it wouldn’t pass the media scrutiny over the obvious imitation. But in Korea it’s fairly common to hear top world music repackaged in Korean by K-POP, since most simply don’t listen/watch anything outside of the Korean Media. Furthermore, Korean culture do not penalize plagiarism in ways Westerners do. Most schools view it as socially acceptable evil that cannot be eradicated. Thus, the same people who grow up freely plagiarize, no one attempts to control it, and they don’t feel a bit of remorse over it. The most ironic thing about all of this is that Koreans go head over heels when they discover that Chinese or Southern Asians or any foreign markets “sample” k-pop, which are derived from Europe or US anyway. They are intensely nationalistic. A little scary really.

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  8. raine says:

    i don’t think it sounded similar to Rihanna’s song. But i do think that the opening of the chorus reminded me of “Insomnia”

  9. notthesamesh*T says:

    Sounds nothing alike. Yeah sure they may have used the same patterns at certain times of the songs but their style is clearly different. You should get your ears checked.

    And that clapping rhythmic pattern is used in A LOT of American R&B music. So I guess we should go pick out the tinniest differences between songs and bash the artist(s) for ADOPTING or coincidentally using bits of styles or patterns into their songs, huh?

  10. […] New mashup; Ne-Yo’s “Closer” vs Super Junior’s “WhyI Like You” What with SNSD’s latest song, “Oh!” plagiarizing Rihanna’s song “Shut-up and Drive” I have received serious fluctuation in comments on that video a made some time back about SNSD’s (or rather SM Entertainment’s) copying of Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music.” […]

  11. Heh says:

    “Rihanna didn’t sample Michael Jackson’s song. Rihanna’s song was co-written by Michael Jackson who sampled his own material”

    Which means that in the end, it sampled his song.

  12. LIA says:

    ding dong dance by CHIHIRO is probably more so similar 😀
    It was released on 11.11.2009, but I don’t know if it was sampled from Genie OR that BOTH of them sampled the same song/music, because the release dates between Genie (june/july? 2009) and Ding Dong DANCE (in album DRESS 11.11.2009) are a tad too close to be likely.

  13. ablestmage says:

    Not even close. There’s a new copycat on the block, though, named Nathalie Makoma, who pretty much lifted the *precise* patterns and vocals and made them English, with “I Just Wanna Dance”..

  14. Tom says:

    Are you kidding me? It’s not even close. You might as well have compared Rihanna’s to MJ’s Thriller. You need to get your head checked out.

  15. Congratulate my girls on successfull debut in Japan. I love them so much.

  16. Nate says:

    I’m a band geek for life! 🙂
    These songs don’t sound EXACTLY alike, but those of you who cannot here the similarities DEFINITELY MOST LIKELY have no music experience and thusly your opinions don’t count.
    thankyouuu byyyye!

  17. Nate says:


    @Lia — CHIHIRO ★ Ding Dong DANCE .. sounds nothing like “Genie”

    @ablestmage — I knew I’ve heard “Genie” somewhere before… Nathalie Makoma’s “I Just Wanna Dance” is PRECISELY IT! THANK YOU for this info… i can now go to bed at night lol

  18. Ryan says:

    FYI Dsign Music, a group of composers who composed “I Wanna Just Dance” originally, sold the rights to SM Entertaintment legally. SM Entertaintment manages SNSD. Here is a reference: //

  19. Ryan says:

    By the way, I personally like Nayhalie’s version as it has stronger beats to it but SNSD girls do dance really cute.

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