Mariah Carey was in Korea this week, and it was revealed that she was informed of what YG had to say about the plagiarism controversy. Regarding the accusation against Big Bang and 2NE1, YG has said:
“…A few days ago, Mariah Carey’s new song, “Standing O”’, had its teaser released on YouTube. Comparing this song to “In the Club”, you get 8 bars of similar parts not just 2. It’s not just 5 seconds that are similar, but 24; and when you account for the repetition of the major theme, it’s almost an entire minute of similarity. What is Sony ATV‘s opinion towards this song? I don’t know, but I can assure that you can’t easily say that Mariah Carey has plagiarized 2NE1’s song that was released 3 months ago, although it contains longer and clearer motives from “In the Club”.”
A member of team that promoted Mariah’s visit to Korea said, “The controversy was explained in detail to Mariah by her management.” The explanation included accusations against G-Dragon, the trouble between YG and Sony ATV, and YG’s official statement including the part where he mentioned Mariah’s new song. After receiving this information, Mariah answered, “Too complicated,” and made a dumbfounded smile, according to the member.
Mariah left Korea on 15th for Japan.