Lyta, a Nigerian singer and songwriter, has been accused of plagiarising a music video by GOT7, a South Korean pop band, with his recently released visuals ‘Hold Me Down’.
On Friday, the 22-year-old, who recently signed to Naira Marley’s Marlian Music, put out the video for his track ‘Hold Me Down’, which quickly racked up over 500,000 views on YouTube.
Shortly after Lyta released the video, some K-pop (South Korean music) fans took to social media platforms to draw the attention of the public to the striking similarities between ‘Hold Me Down’ visuals and the music video for ‘Just Right’, GOT7’s 2015 hit song.
Watch ‘Just Right’ below:
The intro of both videos, as seen by TheCable Lifestyle, showed a lady sitting in front of a table within her room as a drawer, inside of which miniature version of her admirer was enclosed, begins to vibrate.
Watch “Hold Me Down’ below:
Other similar scenes also include the subjects of both videos dancing on the table in front of foods and their miniature selves riding on top of zebra figurines, albeit, with slight differences in position.
Lyta they’re dragging ur hair in Asia right now😂😂😂😂 Lyta’s not the video director mf. #ApologiseLyta 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
— nairamarley (@officialnairam1) August 15, 2020
Reacting to the accusation, Naira Marley took to his Twitter page, where he asked Lyta to apologise.
“Lyta they’re dragging ur hair in Asia right now. Lyta’s not the video director mf. #ApologiseLyta,” he wrote.
Lyta had made headlines after he left Olamide‘s record label in 2019. He had complained that he was given a music release calendar which was inconsistent with how often he intended dropping new songs.
“When we want to drop new songs, we do so in a group of five. I was dropping my songs and they were talking about a calendar of some sort that I knew nothing about,” the singer had said.
“I couldn’t always have to wait that long before dropping songs for my fans. That was why I made the move to leave the label. Olamide treats me well.
“He takes me like a son and taught me lots of stuff, told me I had to hustle. While I’ve been there, I’ve been okay with the family. But for the good of my music career, I decided to move.”
Here is what some users had to say:
Naira Marley signed Lyta 3 days ago and the first official video under the label is a problem.
Naira Marley 🤝 Controversy.
— YOUR VILLAGE PEOPLE (@Ayxxxbami) August 15, 2020
I think lyta just set a new record of Africa artiste with the most dislikes on a video 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/FazlDCuqGg
— #PAMI (@Wet_Wizkid) August 15, 2020
But Lyta gave the Got7 and BTS people credit na. So why are you people shouting? 🤷🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/00ejSFBYLf
— E-zrael Ani (@EzraelAni) August 15, 2020
Some Twitter users who copy and post someone else's tweet word for word, or who copy quotes from Google without giving credit will condemn Lyta too. pic.twitter.com/qgJMuKcEGw
— Mr Gump (@AYO_FAD) August 15, 2020
There's nothing you're telling me, this video was done intentionally for publicity stunt.
See how Lyta is in international news and everybody is talking about him.
Naira Marley na PR himself.
— King Monye 👑 (@iamkingmonye) August 15, 2020
Dude @official_lyta I'm happy for your first single, BUT I don't agree that you guys plagiarized the GOT7 Just Right video. You need to have your own creativity when producing. GOT7 works hard to get where it is, they need an apology.#ApologizeLyta#갓세븐 #GOT7 @GOT7Official pic.twitter.com/aidJHBtuCz
— Señorita Tuan♡ (@LaEsposadeMark) August 14, 2020
"JYPE we saw similarities between Just Right MV and 'Hold me down' by Lyta. Please take action"
— GOT7 VOTING TEAM 🚚🚛 (@Got7VotingTeamm) August 15, 2020
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