The world of Korean entertainment has expanded all over the world. Starting from movies, dramas, to music. KPop music is now also being loved by young people. The agencies in the KPop music world are competing to produce good songs.
But did you know that sometimes the released songs are remakes of existing songs? Some songs sound like other songs, from the rhythm to the lyrics, but that doesn’t mean they are plagiarizing.
In contrast to plagiarism, remake or recycle this song, there are only a few lyrics and the same parts. The goal is that songs that were already famous in the past are also famous in the future. Immediately, here is a row of KPop songs which are remakes of old songs.
- Red Velvet – Be Natural
Red Velvet’s song Be Natural is a remake of S.E.S’s song of the same name. These two groups are under the auspices of the SM Entertainment agency. S.E.S released Be Natural in 2000 and it became a hit.
Red Velvet released their version in July 2014, with three members being part of a recording and dance video featuring Irene and Seulgi. The song was originally released under the group name SR14G, part of the SM Rookies team in 2014. The song also features former SM rookies and current NCT member Taeyong as a rapper. This song shows a more mature girl side, and is well-liked by fans.
- GFRIEND – American Tourist
The song GFRIEND Wave, which they released for American Tourister, is a remake of the song of the same name by UN. The song was a success and even won a music show on Inkigayo.
GFRIEND’s version is reminiscent of the classic 2001, but has a brighter vibe and a more feminine look. The Music Video shows them having fun on the beach and enjoying their vacation.
- TWICE – Precious Love
TWICE’s song Precious Love is a remake of Park Ji Yoon’s song of the same name. He released this song in 1998 and is considered a classic. At that time, Park Ji Yoon was still under JYP Entertainment, the same agency as TWICE.
TWICE released their own version in 2016. The TWICE members revealed they felt a pressure to record a new version but were fortunately guided by Park Jin Young. TWICE members Jihyo and Chaeyoung helped write the rap part of the song.
- I.O.I – Whatta Man
Whatta Man by I.O.I is a remake of Salt-N-Pepa’s song of the same name released in 1993. The song rose to fame and peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and number seven on the UL Singles Chart. The song was even nominated for a Grammy Award and an American Music Award.
I.O.I released their version of the song in 2016 and sampled a hook from the song Salt-N-Pepa for their chorus. The song peaked at number 2 on the Gaon Album Chart. While they were promoting the song, they won five music show wins.
- Girls’ Generation-TTS – Holler
The song Girls’ Generation-TTS Holler is a remake of the song “Hello Me” by Mizrock, released in 2007. The composer of the song has given the song to both artists, so the songs sound identical to each other.
Girls’ Generation’s version peaked at number 3 on the Gaon Weekly Chart and number 6 on the Billboard World Digital Song Chart.
- Oh My Girl – Listen to My World
A-Ing, also known as Listen to my World, is a remake of Papaya’s song originally released in 2000. Oh My Girl’s version features the reggae duo Skull and Haha.
Oh My Girl’s successful version, Listen to My World, peaked at number 15 on the Gaon Digital Chart.
- HuhGak – Ocean.wav
HuhGak Ocean.wav is a remake of the song Bada by UP. UP released the song in 1997. The song was popular and was nominated along with their title track Ppuyo Ppuyo, which is a surprising feat as it is rare for two songs from one album to compete for first place on a music show.
HuhGak released his own version of this song with Apink’s Jung Eunji in 2016.