Which was first?

After writing the article on Jay Park and his new single, I started thinking about all these other instances in K-pop where hit Korean songs either have a foreign precedent, or even cases where a hit K-pop song inspires a foreign act to cover. I’ve therefore devised this test: Which was first? I’ll start with fairly easy questions and move along to more and more difficult ones. It may even be shocking to some people to see that some of the songs that appear on this test. Keep score by yourself and post how you did at the end. The Korean song will be listed first. (Note: The purpose of this isn’t to suggest any kind of plagiarism on anyone’s part. All songs listed here have been legally produced, but not necessarily released. In some cases the songs aren’t really covers of each other either.)
Question 1. Who was first? Jay Park’s “Count on me” or B.O.B. featuring Bruno Mars’ “Nothing on you” ?

http://www.youtube.com/v/OqWwPXJkGBw?fs=1&hl=en_US
http://www.youtube.com/v/Lh0p06oezQA?fs=1&hl=en_US
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Question 2. Who was first? Jewelry’s “One More Time” or In Grid’s “One More Time”?
http://www.youtube.com/v/Dzkfz9UWu_E?fs=1&hl=en_UShttp://www.youtube.com/v/kwnjXWiGn9Q?fs=1&hl=en_US

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Question 3. Who was first? Girls’ Generation’s “Run Devil Run” or Ke$ha’s “Run Devil Run”?
http://www.youtube.com/v/eBjETYX1awQ?fs=1&hl=en_UShttp://www.youtube.com/v/z8uH1seeCL8?fs=1&hl=en_US

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Question 4. Which was first? S.E.S.’s “Dreams Come True” or Nylon Beat’s “Like a Fool”?
http://www.youtube.com/v/eHFXK0LGAhc?fs=1&hl=en_US
http://www.youtube.com/v/OHwRoRB6u_0?fs=1&hl=en_US

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Question 5. Which was first? Dong Bang Shinki’s “Mirotic” or Sarah Connor’s “Under My Skin”?
http://www.youtube.com/v/MV0HCXvdnGc?fs=1&hl=en_UShttp://www.youtube.com/v/Orq_FI9h7_I?fs=1&hl=en_US
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Question 6. Which was first? Son Dambi’s “Saturday Night” or Fancy’s “One Night In Heaven”
http://www.youtube.com/v/JHmTwtK8IVY?fs=1&hl=en_UShttp://www.youtube.com/v/G0XYHwDylm4?fs=1&hl=en_US
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Question 7. Which Was First? Girls Generation’s “Tell me your wish”, Dinyera’s “Raqsga Tushgin” or Nathalie Makoma’s “I Just Wanna Dance”?
http://www.youtube.com/v/oI3htxHbCPE?fs=1&hl=en_UShttp://www.youtube.com/v/wicOrECbUqM?fs=1&hl=en_UShttp://www.youtube.com/v/jXd9KlFflGU?fs=1&hl=en_US

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.ANSWERS
1. B.O.B. feat. Bruno Mars was first. Jay Park released a cover video on Youtube which eventually lead to Jay’s single.
2. In-Grid was first, but in Asia Jewelry’s version is way more popular.
3. Ke$ha was first, but she never released the song nor purchased the rights. Girls’ Generation is the first to release it.
4. Nylon Beat was first, but S.E.S. is well known for the song even outside of Korea.
5. Sarah Connor was first, but Dong Bang Shinki’s version is more popular in Asia, and possibly America. Neither song is a cover, as both artists’ agency’s bought the rights to the song without any knowledge of each other, and they were recorded at roughly the same time.

6. Fancy was first, but Son Dambi’s song can’t be considered a cover as it only allegedly borrows the first part of the song. It is often cited as a case of plaigarism, but as far as my knowledge no legal action has been taken.

7. Girls’ Generation was first, and Dinyera was actually sued for plagiarism, but I believe the case has been settled. Nathalie Makoma was last but has legal rights to the English Language version of the song.
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Edit: I just had to post the following two songs. They are fan created mashups, but It’s amazing how well Son Dambi’s Queen and Ke$ha’s Tik Tok fit together.

http://www.youtube.com/v/mCTs0kkAm1M?fs=1&hl=en_UShttp://www.youtube.com/v/tIyajP0Gp7E?fs=1&hl=en_US

18 Responses to “Which was first?”

  1. Wow, I didn’t know the other song except run devil run & jay park.

  2. Wow how did you search for all of these. I had no idea about these, even I was a fan of S.E.S. when I was younger. You must’ve been had deep knowledge of music.

  3. It’s so curious songs. I am not sure who copy the songs.

  4. Omg its so interesting how the same songs would be produced with different music videos! Its quite strange listening them in different languages as well =D especially number 7!

  5. Oh, this is very interesting! I watched and listened all movies many time here🙂 I knew only number 1 and 2.

  6. In my own opinion Korea needs to work on their producing skills. I wish a time comes when Korean songs can be on the top of billboard for over 5 month

  7. im really surpriced about the DBSK song under my skin. it’s wayyyy better when they do it…

  8. The only song I knew was B.o.B’s o_o
    and I like Jay Park’s version better… don’t know why ….
    but yea, what’s the point of having a Korean band if they are going to sing in English? … 1st time I listened a K-pop song it was in English… I was kinda disappointed because I was hopping to listen some Korean😦

    • I guess its better to have both versions cause there would be a limitation if they only sang in Korean lol Some people would consider the lyrics of the song important as the melody and they’ll more likely be interested if they can understand the song lol

      • True.,,,,but I have heard a couple of songs only in Korean and even thou I don’t speak the language they are catchy and I can find myself “singing” them (or pretending to sing them lol) ..and If I like them very much I can look for the lyrics and use a translator or ask someone to help me….
        Is like if every artist would have to record their music in their own language and English just so the world can listen to them…….. right?

  9. Very good research and attentive ear! haha
    It’s true! There are a lot of songs that are similar one another… This is a big problem in the music world because sometimes it lacks of originality. It’s not the case here but a friend of mine, who’s a composer, told me that very often musicians and singers (also very famous) steal rhythms, sounds and expressions from others because they lack of imagination or they don’t have time to create a good new one…and then we find two songs that sound the same! In my opinion in the house, tecktonik and metal hardcore music there are a lot of songs that sound the same one another…! (I repeat: just my opinion🙂 )

    • The Seoul Searcher Says:

      It makes sense. Most people when they get into bands at first don’t make their own stuff, they cover other peoples’ music. Once they make it big, they are under pressure to produce original music and they hit a wall.

      You can be the greatest guitar player or singer in the world, but if you don’t have any original music to play, people will never know who you are.

  10. I found an other new one!

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