Seventeen Gives Coldplay & The Chainsmokers 'Don't Wanna Cry' Credit Amid Plagiarism Concerns

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Members of South Korean boy band Seventeen meet fans at a shopping mall on Aug. 11, 2017 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

K-pop boy band Seventeen has added Coldplay and the Chainsmokers to the copyright for its latest single, reportedly to avoid any issues in court due to alleged plagiarism.

The decision was made after there were concerns of Seventeen’s “Don’t Wanna Cry” being similar to “Something Just Like This.”

The website for the Korea Music Copyright Association (KOMCA) now lists Andrew Taggart of the Chainsmokers and Guy Berryman, Johnny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin of Coldplay as co-copyright holders, along with Korean songwriter Kye Bum Joo and several of Seventeen's members who were involved in crafting “Don’t Wanna Cry.”

"We are asserting that 'Don't Wanna Cry' is an independently created song but we were worried that the artists would suffer a great amount of stress over this matter if it went to court and their image may be negatively affected regardless of the truth of the situation,” Seventeen's label, Pledis Entertainment, said, reports Yonhap. “Because of these reasons we decided to recognize a share of the copyright to [Coldplay and the Chainsmokers].”

“Don’t Wanna Cry” is the Korean act's biggest hit to date on the Billboard charts; it led to Seventeen’s biggest week of sales ever in June when the group's EP Al1 charted No. 2 on the World Album chart.

Pledis Entertainment’s announcement comes amid Seventeen’s ongoing Before Al1 release project ahead of the boy band's upcoming album.


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