Vietnamese pop divas Bảo Anh and Đông Nhi have a new song out -- Leave Me Alone. It's a very simple and standard pop song. There's nothing particularly outstanding about it. Leave Me Alone is so run-of-the-mill that I wasn't even going to talk about it; however, there's something that I need to get off my chest.
There are people out there that believe Leave Me Alone is a plagiarized version of Bad Girls by Kpop star Lee Hyori. At first, I was kind of open to the idea. Song stealing is something that often takes place in the Asian music industry (more so in the past than now). But after listening to each song one after the other, I am going to have to say that these claims of plagiarism are completely bogus. Instead, I believe it's nothing more than haters hating.
I have noticed that a lot of people like to put down Vietnamese pop music. Normally, I wouldn't care, but it really bothers me that a lot of these Vpop haters are Vietnamese. I could understand if these haters were Korean Kpop fans talking trash, but that's not the case. Instead, I see a trend in which young Vietnamese Kpop fans like to belittle their own culture and put Korean culture on a pedestal. It's crazy to me. To say Leave Me Alone is a Vietnamese cover version of Bad Girls? That's a stretch. It's crazy to me that people will instantly try to discredit Vietnamese singers while at the same time they will blindly defend Kpop singers. Lee Hyori is one of the biggest known plagiarist of the modern pop world! Oh, the irony! Did people forget that 7 out of 14 songs off of her 4th album was proven to be plagiarized?
When I listen to Leave Me Alone, I just think to myself: Hmm. This song sounds like another generic pop song from a past era. I don't think: Hmm. This song sounds like that Lee Hyori song. Perhaps this pop music thing is too new for some younger Vietnamese fans to understand. A lot of pop music sounds the same. That's the nature of pop music. If you say Bảo Anh and Đông Nhi copied Lee Hyori, then everyone is copying everyone else. G-Dragon's Heartbreaker is a copy of Flo Rida's Right Round, which is a copy Dead Or Alive's You Spin Me Round. How about a more recent example, is Fifth Harmony's Work from Home a copy of Daniel Bedingfield's Gotta Get Thru This? These songs are way more similar than Leave Me Alone and Bad Girls.
All you Vpop haters out there, just leave Bảo Anh and Đông Nhi alone. They may have committed the crime of putting out a mediocre song, but that doesn't mean that it's plagiarized.