Decide If This Boy Band Ripped Off A Digital Tune

The music might sound familiar. That's because it is.

Kat-Tun is a popular Japanese boy band. But when popular boy bands steal, the internet knows it. Released in mid-November, the group's newest single features a track called "Never X Over", which sounds exactly like a popular Vocaloid tune.

Vocaloid is synthesiser software that was developed by Yamaha and a Spanish university. The Vocaloid character Miku Hatsune is now iconic in Japan, "appearing" in concerts, having her face plastered on race cars and even used in political campaigns.

Sega makes a series of Vocaloid-based music games for the PSP and Japanese arcades.

Vocaloid producer AVTechNO!, who first got into Vocaloid after hearing Miku Hatsune, released a tune on February 1 this year called "DYE".

When asked where he gets his inspiration from, AVTechNO! told, "This is a hard question to field, but I can say that when I'm working on one particular track, ideas for several others come rushing in."

Kat-Tun's producers apparently looked to AVTechNO!'s "DYE" for inspiration. Kat-Tun's "Never X Over" sounds as though it is either sampling or based on "DYE".

Sampling is not uncommon in music. Artists and groups do it all the time - but they typically get permission first. Unless they're Oasis.

AVTechNO! expressed his surprise upon first hearing "Never X Over", stating that he never gave permission for his song to be sampled.

Fans of the boy band are pointing the fingers at the composers of "Never X Over", which makes sense. Japanese boy bands - especially those that belong to Kat-Tun's agency - typically have little say in their imagine, music and even social life. They're the face, but not necessarily the brains.

The story is starting to pick up steam in Japan, appearing on Yahoo! News. If there's any payoff for AVTechNO!, it's that "DYE" is climbing the Japanese iTune Charts.

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    Ah this lil piece of net drama.

    Oddly enough someone actually bothered to do a mash-up of both songs intros and they really do sync perfectly... hence the huge controversy.

    I'm so sure this is Hans Johnson's fault, since he pretty much made the arrangement. KAT-TUN's job is turning up to the recording studio on their allotted day, and singing according to the sheet music they're given - even using a small keyboard to tap out the tune when they're not sure (like, they've enever even heard of the song they're singing before) Interestingly, only the first minute of the two songs overlap. The rest of KAT-TUN's song is a giant rap by diffrent members talking about their bandmates LOL. Those lyrics are mostly written by their rapper on the day of recording after he's heard the backing track.... so what I'm trying to say is that KAT-TUN themselves can't possibly be the root of this problem. Shouldn't the title of these articles be more like "Composer hired by Johnny's Entertainment gets inncent band into a tonne of trouble"?

    Its KAT-TUN, not Kat-Tun. You would know that if you'd researched properly.

    Hard to take someone seriously that messes up something that simple.

    I agree with Melissa Zhu.

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