BTS Fans MAD at Melanie Joy Fontana for Taking Credit for BTS' Success?
Fans are calling out American singer-songwriter Melanie for apparently taking credit for BTS’ success.
8 July 2019 by Fachana Techamaneewat
An old Instagram post made by singer-songwriter Melanie Joy Fontana in April 2019 is circulating social media as fans claim that she's taking credit for writing BTS' recent song ‘Boy With Luv’.
In her Instagram post, Melanie Joy Fontana wrote:
I "Over the last 10 yrs working in music, I’ve been shit on & been told I’m “just too extra”. I’ve secured MAJOR singles that never came out."
I "I survived a decade of career beat downs & hard lessons. Even through all of that, I knew one day I’d see one of my songs do the damn thing."
I "Well here I am. Here we are in Times Sq under a massive screen advertising my work! I did it without the help of anyone except my own pen & my husband @iamlindgren, who co-wrote it with me."
I "Cheers to our baby #BoyWithLuv, the collaborators who believe in us & to much more music with our new friends & co-writers @bts.bighitofficial!!! Also, thank you @iamhalsey for trusting in #kpop. Watch @nbcsnl tonight, ok?!”
How did ARMYs (BTS fans) react?
Some fans are unhappy with the post. These fans accuse Melanie of taking a significant amount of credit for the song’s success, and implying that she's the main writer of the song.
Fans are also taking issue with Melanie calling BTS her co-writers, despite her name appearing after BTS members, RM and Jungkook. They argue that since RM and Jungkook's name came first, they must've contributed more to the song than she did.
Check out some of BTS fans' tweets below:
I "did she... call bts.... Co-writers??”
I "She just said [BTS] are her cowriters? And not the contrary? She-”
I "This is what arrogance looks like. I don't wanna be rude, but please Never, i repeat never try to take credit from our boys. They worked very hard since their debut & someone can't just come and call bts "co writers" of their own song. “
I "Let's be real. Even if it wasnt boy with luv that got released, we would still get the job done. Streaming, charting and breaking records. We would still do it for our boys. She's so arrogant for claiming that everything happened bc of "HER" song.”
So, who exactly is Melanie Joy Fontana?
For those who don't know, Melanie Joy Fontana is an American singer-songwriter, who is signed to Universal. She has contributed as a writer for songs made for Britney Spears, Justin Bieber and the Chainsmokers.
Not only that, but Melanie often works with Big Hit Entertainment, a South Korean entertainment company who manages popular K-pop groups such as BTS.
Due to this, Melanie has co-written songs for other popular K-pop groups such as f(x), AOA, Girls Generations and for the recently popular K-pop reality talent competition, Produce 101.
Also, this isn’t the first time Melanie co-wrote songs for BTS. Besides ‘Boy With Luv’, Melanie has contributed to two other BTS songs called ‘Euphoria’ and ‘Mikrokosmos’
Fachana Techamaneewat is a news writer at Exclusive Hollywood and is responsible for researching and writing news articles while providing story updates wherever necessary.
Fun fact: On the weekends, she's an avid writer for practically anything. Her current obsession is the Umbrella Academy, and as of now, is writing a book.