SB19’s Ken, also known as Felip Jhon Suson, shed light on the plagiarism allegations of his solo comeback titled Bulan, debunking the rumors of him copying from Chinese singer Lay Zhang.
On May 31, Suson addressed the supposed similarities between his music Bulan and Zhang’s Lit after Netizens pointed out that both have a resemblance in music and lyrics.
“Hello, this is FELIP & team. We are aware of certain posts circulating on social media alluding to the similarities between Bulan & Lay Zhang’s Lit. We’d like to clarify the allegations & shed light on the concerns as these are issues that need to be addressed,” Suson captioned in his tweet.
Suson clarified that his art was derived from various inspirations, saying it is inevitable to have some sort of resemblances with the works of other artists.
“A closer examination of the chord progressions, instrumentation, samples used, and even syllabication will prove the claim otherwise. Moreover, the melody and the ethnic chants in ‘Bulan’ were based on indigenous Filipino ritual music, made modern with the addition of rock and hip-hop elements.”
Suson admitted he and his team made Zhang’s music video as one of their references.
“As fans of Lay, we are saddened by the situation and wish to clarify that we did not intend to copy his work. We sincerely apologize for this unfortunate predicament and appreciate all the feedback we have received as a result of this.
“Moving forward, we will continue to create more art, break stereotypes, and promote Filipino culture and artistry,” he added.