Ahead of aespa’s comeback, the girl group was accused of plagiarizing LE SSERAFIM after netizens noticed “similarities” between “Drama” and “ANTIFRAGILE.”
aespa Releases Mood Sampler Video for 4th Mini-Album ‘Drama’
The “fourth-gen K-pop representative” aespa will finally return in November!
On the 10th of next month, the quartet will make their speedy return to the music scene with their fourth mini-album, “Drama,” after releasing its single, “Better Things,” in August.
“Drama,” contains a total of six songs: the title track of the same name, “Trick or Trick,” “Don’t Blink,” “Hot Air Balloon,” “YOLO,” and “You,” all of which are expected to showcase aespa’s upgraded vocals.
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Ahead of their comeback, aespa has been teasing fans with concept teaser photos and MV teaser clips. On October 30, they dropped the mood sampler, which contains the overall atmosphere of the album in advance.
Indeed, the video signaled the dramatic transformation of aespa with an even darker aura!
In the clip, members Karina, Giselle, Winter, and NingNing amplified the curiosity of K-pop fans especially (MYs) with the meaningful narration. The video also features the conceptual and sophisticated beauty of the girls in the setting of an abandoned building.
Did aespa Copy LE SSERAFIM? FEARNOTs Point Out Similarities Between ‘Drama’ & ‘ANTIFRAGILE’
Amid the excitement, an unnecessary “drama” started between MYs (aespa fandom) and FEARNOTs (LE SSERAFIM fandom) after the latter noticed the similarities between aespa’s upcoming release and “ANTIFRAGILE,” released in 2022.
aespa 에스파 ‘Drama’ The Scene | Mood Samplerhttps://t.co/IYpNkp5djD
aespa 에스파 The 4th Mini Album 〖Drama〗
➫ 2023.11.10 2PM (KST) / 0AM (ET)
— aespa (@aespa_official) October 29, 2023
르세라핌 컴백 트레일러 <The Hydra> pic.twitter.com/8LMqxFV5ZK
— 땡이 (@QueenKO_O) September 25, 2022
Some of the comments said:
- “This is so LE SSERAFIM-coded.”
- “SM taking notes from HYBE again is insane.”
- “SM literally copy-pasted LE SSERAFIM’s ANTIFRAGILE.”
- “Reminds me of LE SSERAFIM.”
- “If you do it with narration, isn’t it LE SSERAFIM?”
- “aespa saw LE SSERAFIM’s aesthetics in an abandoned building and decided to shamelessly copy it. “
Apparently, some FEARNOTs claimed that aespa’s narration in the mood sampler was “started” by LE SSERAFIM, and aespa’s teaser photos in the abandoned building also shared an uncanny resemblance with the latter’s concept.
MYs then immediately defended aespa and argued that LE SSERAFIM isn’t the first girl group to do a narration in MV teasers. SM also then pointed out that f(x), NCT, and more have been doing it way back.
This is f(x) coded pic.twitter.com/X8VwLoAcIf
— AESPA 2.1M 🌶️ (@fullofgiselle) October 30, 2023
only delusional fearnots would look at this aespa teaser and be like “this is le sserafim!” while everyone else think of red light by fx 😭 this look nothing like what lsrfm done. literally. your faves is not a trendsetter and that’s okay pic.twitter.com/AHM49Ux0aP https://t.co/5IGn623qlS
— lar (@yujibluu) October 29, 2023
Ugly hybe stans needs to wake and realize that their faves did not invent anything new and aespa would be the last ones to copy anything from them. If anything this concept looks more like f(x)’ red light and guess what? That came before your faves even existed so sit tf dwon https://t.co/YLfLhrI8nA
— ❧ (@aeharuno) October 29, 2023
do people really think the company that created not only kwangya but also a storyline for most of their groups before aespa needs to copy another company? mood samplers are sm’s thing, and this one feels very sm. some scenes even reminded me a bit of nctmentary. https://t.co/LTstBrZ4Bk
— luli ☄︎ 17th heaven × guilty × on my youth (@RenoirsGarden) October 30, 2023
Regarding the “abandoned building” with “fire” concept, a lot of SM artists have been doing it as well, taking SNSD and SHINee as examples.
On the other hand, aespa’s fourth mini-album, “Drama,” will be released on various music sites at 2 p.m. KST on November 10, and will also be released as an album on the same day.
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Written by Eunice Dawson.