The already controversial movie, The Interview, has taken another wrong turn in regards to its music use. As the movie washed up on South Korean shores, via online piracy, K-pop artists Tiger JK and Yoon Mi-rae claimed that the film has made unauthorized use of their music.
Their agency FeelGhoodMusic said in a press release Friday that the married couple’s duet piece “Pay Day” made a 10 to 15 second feature in the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy without a signed contract.
The press release stated that, "there were initial discussions about including the song in the film score, but negotiations stopped so we were under the impression that it wasn't happening…It was only after the film was released that we became aware of the song's unauthorized use, without taking the appropriate and necessary steps to complete a contract with the artists."
"The artists were also hesitant about authorizing the use of the music, as the film is a very sensitive topic in Korea, so they are very surprised," a spokesperson from FeelGhoodMusic told The Hollywood Reporter. The rep also confirmed that the couple will take legal action against Sony Picture’s music use agency DFSB.
Tiger JK and Yoon are credited as the pioneering icons that introduced Korea to hip-hop music in the 1990s. The song in question, “Pay Day” was released in 2007 on Yoon's album T3. View the couple performing "Pay Day" live below.