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K-Pop Singer IU Stole Britney Spears' 'Gimme More' Lyrics? Agency Denies Plagiarism Rumors

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(Photo : Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images) IU gets involved in a plagiarism issue. The K-pop singer was accused of stealing Britney Spears' "Gimme More" lyrics for her song "Twenty Three."

Popular Korean musician IU is accused of plagiarizing Britney Spears,

Naver News recently reported an anonymous article that alleged one of IU's new songs plagiarized Britney Spears' "Gimme More." According to Naver News, the anonymous article argued that IU's new song "Twenty Three" sampled Britney Spears' 2007 song "Gimme More" without permission. Another fan raised concern that the phrase "keep on rockin'" which appears a minute and 32 seconds into IU's song is Britney Spears' voice.

IU's agency Loen Tree issued a statement regarding the alleged plagiarism. "We confirmed with the composer that the song features a voice sample the composer has purchased. The composer decided the source of the voice sample is unidentifiable, and we are in the process of contacting Britney Spears' agency to confirm the facts," the statement read. Loan Tree thanked the Britney Spears fans who raised the issue and added that the agency plans to clear the allegations as soon as possible after discussing the results with Britney Spears' agency. 

The song in issue, "Twenty Three," is a bonus track from IU's fourth album "Chat-Shire" released on Oct. 23. IU did not participate in composing "Twenty Three." 

IU is a popular singer and songwriter in Korea, well known in part for her soft voice. Unlike most singers of her age who are viewed as idol k-pop stars, IU is regarded as a musician because of her talent in composition and live performance.

Loen Tree is in the process of verifying the facts about the voice sample in issue with Britney Spears' agency. Loen Tree shared in the statement that they will "discuss with the (Britney Spears') agency and clear the sample as soon as possible" if it is confirmed that the sample of Britney Spears' "Gimme More" was used without permission.

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Nov 04, 2015 02:00 PM EST

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