BLACKPINK’s “Shut Down” MV Plagiarized A Hong Kong Female Trio

Fans on the internet have noticed similarities in the music videos for BLACKPINK’s “Shut Down” and COLLAR’s “OFF/ON.” BLACKPINK dropped the music video for “Shut Down” and their second full-length album, “BORN PINK,” on September 16. The music video got close to 50 million views on its first day online. The musical maturity of BLACKPINK is emphasized in “Shut Down,” which has garnered the group much acclaim. In this post you will read if BLACKPINK’s Shut Down MV plagiarized a Hong Kong Female Trio?

However, many portions from the music video for “Shut Down” have been accused of being lifted wholesale from the music video for the song “OFF/ON” by the Hong Kong girl group COLLAR.

Some online users noticed the similarities between the two MVs by posting screen captures showing parallel moments from each. They made comparisons to moments in which a member sat in a bathtub or drove a car, as well as to ones in which the member pointed to the ground with his fingers or wore a fur hat as part of the choreography. A vocal subset of the internet refuses to accept that this is a mere coincidence, arguing that COLLAR would have been criticized for imitating BLACKPINK had the “OFF/ON” MV been released first.

Both MVs have scenes of a member sitting in a bathtub
Both MVs have scenes of a member sitting in a bathtub
The driving scenes in BLACKPINK’s MV and COLLAR’s MV
The driving scenes in BLACKPINK’s MV and COLLAR’s MV

Some online commenters believe that the “Shut Down” music video has nothing to do with COLLAR because many of the scenes are rips off of their own MVs.

The virtual concept of BLACKPINK and aespa look similar
The virtual concept of BLACKPINK and aespa look similar

A music video by BLACKPINK has been accused of plagiarism before this year. aespa’s virtual AI concept was allegedly stolen and used in BLACKPINK’s “Ready For Love” music video in early August, sparking a major uproar.

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The lyrics and melody of BLACKPINK’s pre-release single “Pink Venom,” which was released on August 19th, have been compared to those of Rihanna’s “Pon de Replay,” Notorious BIG’s “Kick in the Door,” and 50 Cent’s “P.I.M.P.”

BLACKPINK
BLACKPINK

The Instagram user who compared Pink Venom lyrics to those of the songs above went viral after posting a comparison video. Although some BLACKPINK fans were offended by YG’s announcement that BLACKPINK’s song would sample the other pieces, the similarities were an attempt to pay tribute to the other artists rather than steal their work.

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