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“23“, a bonus track from ‘The Producers‘ included on the physical CD purchase of IU‘s latest album, “Chat-Shire“, has come under fire for allegedly illegally sampling Britney Spears‘ song, “Gimme More“.

Britney’s voice saying “keep on rocking” can be heard in IU’s song. This is an issue because the song does not credit Britney Spears and it is unclear whether there was any permission given concerning sampling the track.

Loen Entertainment stated that the composer who arranged the song used the sample from a group of purchased vocal samples and they are working on...
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Earlier today, I explained that it seems like a lot of the netizen complaints about IU‘s supposed plagiarism controversy were just plain confused about the difference between her title track, “Twenty-Three“, and the track accused of plagiarism, “23“, from ‘The Producers‘ OST.

Perhaps, I thought, eventually calmer heads would prevail as netizens realized they were confused and this would sort of go away eventually.


What a dumbfuck I am for giving people the benefit of the doubt, because once again my pessimistic instinct to assume the worst in the general population proved correct,...
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Netizens and fans have been criticizing a Facebook post for IU's upcoming fan meeting following the recent controversy surrounding her song "Zeze" from the album 'CHAT-SHIRE'.

On November 5, a post for IU's fan meeting in Beijing, '2015 IU in Bejing', was made to her Facebook, but it seems that many netizens as well as fans took offense. They left comments, such as, "Is this a situation where you can post things like this? Is there no explanation for this? I don't know why she re-signed with the agency. Please use the time to explain," "Apologize first," "Loen shake my head," "Please give feedback in the time used to post things like this," and more.

As previously mentioned, "Zeze" has been drawing negative feedback for its alleged references to 'lolita' themes.

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There were some great new albums that came out in K-pop recently, and it shows in Billboard's latest World charts! f(x)'s new album '4 Walls' has made its debut at the coveted number one spot on this week's 'World Albums' chart!

Also impressively coming in at number 4 is IU's new album 'Chat-Shire'! And on Billboard's 'World Digital Songs' chart, f(x)'s title track "4 Walls" has made it onto the number 2 spot.

A huge round of congrats to both f(x) and IU!


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IU has seen immense success with her new album 'CHAT-SHIRE' since its release a couple weeks back; however, one netizen decided to put a damper on that success.

One netizen declared that IU's song "23" sampled Britney Spear's voice in "Gimme More" without proper authorization.

The netizen, who goes by 'Hwanhee-eh,' previously shared the statement released by IU's agency, Loen Tree.

As a refresher, here's the full statement:

"Hello, this is IU's agency Loen Tree.

We deliver an official statement regarding the content that was uploaded online concerning the bonus track '23' on IU's mini-album...
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After the voice sampling controversy, netizens are now pointing out a possible troubling 'lolita' concept behind IU's new album 'CHAT-SHIRE'.

One netizen uploaded a post on an online community portal explaining what s/he considers to be problematic with IU's album concept, which apparently revolves around a 'lolita' theme.

IU herself had explained the concept behind "Zeze," the song on her new album which drew criticism from listeners, "'My Sweet Orange Tree's Zeze is a character with flaws. In a certain light, he is described as an 'angelic child' and a 'child with a shining heart,' but in...
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In light of accusations of plagiarism regarding the bonus track from IU‘s latest album CHAT-SHIRE, LOEN Entertainment quickly released an official response.

To reassure fans who were worried about the situation, LOEN Entertainment posted a message on IU’s official Facebook page acknowledging the situation and assuring fans that they are currently looking into it. A translation of the post can be found below:

Hello, this is IU’s agency LOEN. We would like to make an official response to the issue at hand with regards to the bonus track ‘Twenty-Three’ in IU’s mini-album [CHAT-SHIRE]....
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Female soloist IU recently made a comeback with her latest album, Cheshire, and has been topping the digital charts with her title track “Twenty Three.” However, her success has also brought some suspicions from some netizens.

On October 31st, a netizen noted the suspicious activities on Korean music site MelOn, a company known to be own by LOEN Entertainment and in turn, manages IU among other singers under the sub-label LOEN Tree.

Via online portal site Pann, the netizen writes the title’s post as “Raised suspicions that MelOn is manipulating IU..(?).”

Find out what Netizens had to...
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On November 3rd, a famous Korean media site, Daily Sports reported that IU sampled Britney Spears’s song without permission from the artist.

The song under question is ‘Twenty Three’ and it is currently accused of sampling ‘Gimme more’ using sounds such as ‘Ah Oh’ from the famous pop artists song from 2007.

The accusation was started by Britney Spears’s fans. A fan of Britney Spears uploaded on an online community saying, “I am positive that the voice singing ‘keep on rocking’ in IU’s song is Britney Spears. Britney’s fans are not complaining only about the ‘Ah Oh’...
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Have you been enjoying IU's new album? Fans have been really enjoying not only her title track "Twenty-three" but also the rest of the songs in her album. That's why 1theK released a special clip of IU performing "Knees" earlier, and now it's time for "Zeze"!

It's a beautiful performance video, almost like an official follow-up MV in our opinion! With her beautiful vocals and the acoustic band in the background, all filmed in the outdoors, it's a must-watch performance video.

Which song from IU's album is your favorite?

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A past franchisee of Korean fried chicken chain 'Mexicana' has sent a personal letter to IU, who is currently an advertising model for the brand, beseeching the singer to "confirm the 'influence' (quality) of the chicken."

On November 3, Lee Heung Mook, who used to run a 'Mexicana' chicken franchise restaurant in the Dongdaemun District up until 2013, gathered ten people to demonstrate in front of Loen Entertainment's headquarters denouncing the quality of 'Mexicana' chicken and delivered IU a handwritten letter.

In said letter, Lee claimed, "I deliver this letter to IU in the hopes of informing...
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The bonus song "23" from IU's latest album 'Chat-shire' is making headlines. Allegedly, the track is using sampling from Britney Spears' hit song "Gimme More" without permission.

Listeners have noticed that the part in IU's song that says "keep on rocking" sounds like Britney Spears. Loen Entertainment commented, "We were notified of this issue over the weekend. The producer who arranged the song used a sample from voice samples he previously purchased. We have contacted Britney Spears' agency to confirm whether it's her voice as the producer was unsure."

The agency concluded, "We will make an...
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Everyone holds onto a little bit of baby fat even as you grow older. We're not saying baby fat is unattractive — in fact we think its cute! But, slowly but surely most of us will eventually grow past our baby fat — signifying our step into adulthood. Take a look at our list of 13 idols who blossomed after losing their baby fat.

2. Chanyeol - EXO

3. Xiumin - EXO

4. IU

5. Mino - WINNER

6. Lee Hi

7. Doojoon - B2ST

8. Suzy - miss A

9. Hoshi - SEVENTEEN

10. Jungshin - CNBLUE

11. Soyou - SISTAR

12. Jimin - BTS

13. T.O.P - Big Bang

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1theK uploaded a 'Special Clip' of IU performing "Knees," with nothing but a mic in hand and piano melody to back up her sweet vocals.

The stage is scantily decorated; just several floor lights shining brightly behind her against a minimal grey backdrop. The singer herself is also dressed in dull colors, perfecting the simplistic, slightly dull atmosphere. It is the perfect set for this song in particular, as the lyrics explore the deepening sadness you feel in shedding youth to enter the realm of adulthood where sleep doesn't come easy and you grow more cynical.

Two more of these special clips will be uploaded on November 4 and November 6 at noon on 1theK's YouTube channel.

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The Instiz chart combines the overwhelming variety of charts that South Korea uses to rank music sales, and it's also what fans use to determine whether their favorite artist has achieved an "All-Kill".

Check out the chart rankings for the first week of November (October 26 to November 1) below!

Instiz Chart Singles Ranking

1. IU - "Twenty-three" - 42,765 Points

2. IU - "The Shower" - 21,584 Points

3. f(x) - "4 Walls" - 20,298 Points

4. Taeyeon ft. Verbal Jint - "I" - 16,232 Points

5. Lim...
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IU has taken the #1 place on 'Inkigayo'!

The singer snagged the #1 place for the first week of November with "Twenty-Three", placing over Taeyeon's "I" and TWICE's "Like OOH-AHH". She had 8208 points over Taeyeon's 7894 and TWICE's 4845, a pretty impressive feat as she had 0 album points and 0 voting points.

Congratulations to IU!

Tip: agust_D

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IU has revealed her intent to take legal action against those who distributed wrongfully depicted, edited photos of her on social media.

On November 1, Dispatch released a report on a statement by IU's label, Loen Entertainment, which went, "Using the captures of the postings we received, we are investigating the accounts and those who disseminated [the photos]."

The singer's edited photos were spread via Facebook this past October 31 under the title 'IU's official risque concept.'

The photos in question show IU on stage at her seventh anniversary fan meeting concert which was held on September...
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The Gaon Chart is the national chart of South Korea and is intended to be the equivalent of Oricon in Japan and Billboard in the United States.

Check out the chart rankings for the week of October 18 to October 24 below!

< Gaon Chart National Digital Singles Ranking >

1. IU - "Twenty Three"

2. IU - "Shower"

3. Zico ft. Penomeco & The Quiett - "Yes & No"

4. Taeyeon ft. Verbal Jint - "I"

5. IU - "New Shoes"

6. IU - "Knees"

7. Zion.T - "No Make Up"

8. IU - "Zeze"

9. Soyu & Brother Su - "You Don't Know Me"

10. IU ft. Zion.T - "Red Queen"

< Gaon Chart National Physical Albums Ranking >...
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It has been recently reported that six out of seven tracks from IU's latest album 'CHAT-SHIRE' has placed themselves in the top 10 weekly digital chart on Gaon!

According to the reports, IU's title track, "Twenty-Three," is currently on top of the list while "The Shower," "New Shoes," and "Knee" followed closely, placing 2nd, 5th, and 6th place respectively.

In addition, "Zeze" and "Red Queen" was also spotted on the top 10 list as 8th and 10th place respectively.

Congratulations IU!

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IU performs 'Zeze,' 'Knees', and more live at her MelOn showcase

Singer and songwriter IU held a live MelOn Showcase, 'CHAT-SHOW', where she invited a hundred 23-year-olds for intimate live performances.

In the recap video release, IU chats away with her fans as if they were friends and performs the tracks from her latest album live.

Check out IU above!

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