Did Meghan Trainor Plagiarize “All About That Bass” From A Korean Dude, or Phish?


Buzzfeed is at it again. One of our most popular posts ever was a correction of one of their articles about Cape Cod. I think it’s time we dismantle another one of their pieces of “journalism” now that they are taking shots at our Cape Cod native daughter.

Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” is currently sitting at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. According to the liner notes, the song was co-written by Meghan Trainor and Grammy Award-nominated songwriter Kevin Kadish. It’s recently been pointed out, however, that “All About That Bass” sounds suspiciously a lot like a song by a South Korean group called Koyote.

Here are the two songs…

Do they sound alike? Yeah a little bit, the melodies are similar but for starters that Korean song is in a completely different language.

In all seriousness though, I’m calling bullshit on the plagiarism angle. I’m willing to bet that if you go back to old school Jamaican/Caribbean music, even before reggae, you could find a bunch of songs that sound just like these two.

Sure, it’s a rip off, but it’s a rip off of a rip off of a rip off, all music is. That progression in that style of music is like a 1-4-5 chord progression in Rock and Roll, it’s the basis of a million songs.

Now we get to the real interesting twist. Our friend Dennis from Cape Cod Phish Heads alerted us to this article and here is why…

Interestingly though, Joo Young Hoon and Meghan Trainor both might have taken inspiration from Phish. The band released a song in 1989 that is also pretty similar.

Now we are cooking with gas! How hilarious is it that these two massively popular songs may have been ripped off from one of the most ridiculous Phish songs ever written? If I know Phish like I think I do, there will be a Contact>All About That Bass>Contact on fall tour sometime, or at least a tease.

P.S. The absolute, hands down, best part of this entire article is that this is Joo Young Hoon, the guy who wrote the Korean song…

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Get the fuck outta here! That’s not Joo Young Hoon, that’s Long Duck Dong! Is Meghan Trainors next song gonna be called “No More Yanky My Wanky”?!

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Comments 7

  1. Thanks for mentioning old school Jamaican/Caribbean. That's exactly what I thought of … second … when I first heard this.

  2. Was helping my daughter do some reacher on Meghan Trainor’s who she is and how she got started in the music business. Meghan is my daughter's Morgan's top favorite signer. My daughter saw where she was sick and using a nebulizer machine for asthma. My daughter has server asthmas that caused her to have seizures. So my daughter can relate to Meghan and it shows that she is a down to earth person and can relate to every girls issues. According to the above article it states that Meghan might have h plagiarized“All About That Bass” from the Korean group. The bass or lyrics sounds a little similar but it is nothing like South Korean group called Koyote song. Meghan has a 50 ish style going on to her songs which I like very much. Meghan is a great singer and she has a lot going for her. As a mother and a new fan myself all I have to say is your go girl and make for fun songs like " All About That Bass". Now if I can learn how to dance to these song it would be even better.

  3. The song sung by the Korean band is saying something completely different than what Meghan Trainor was singing. The only reason it sounds similar when being sung is because how the Korean language is structured. However, Koyote is accused of using the same beat from Phish's song Contact, and well then that's just calling the kettle black. The bigger issue is that you have too many bias for Kpop, that most won't take the time to rationalize. Anyone with a background in music would see that the songs are indeed different. In Koyote's song it breaks for a rap sequence but also their song sounds more "machine" made.

  4. Umm.. I think I gotta call B*shit on the "B*shit caller" here.. those 2 melodies are almost Exactly the same. Now kudo's on her coming up with fun words to fit that melody, and is the song really a hit just because of the melody or her take on it? I'd guess the Latter actually. But no doubt that Melody is a total ripoff. I also call BS on the way they dismiss it – the Korean is probably a ripoff of some Reggae song somewhere. I don't think that's how it works in court systems… or anywhere else where logic prevails, when trying to "prove or disprove" something. Probably is a ripoff of something that exists somewhere else.. huh?! weird.

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