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Being victim of plagiarism boosted musician’s career in South Korea

The sun rises earlier in Korea than in Canada, which might explain the curious celebrity of Georgia Murray, the B.C songstress whose status in South Korea outshines her home-country standing, for now.

Interest in Murray, a darkly emotive singer-songwriter who sports severe blond bangs and enjoys being photographed in camouflaged trousers and little else, began in 2010 when South Korean pop star Lee Hyori unknowingly released a song (Swing) that was based on Murray's We'll Never Know. The hit single was one of several that had been plagiarized by a dubious producer-collaborator of Lee's. The case was highly publicized in South Korea; Murray settled out of court in 2011.

Recently the Victoria-based artist, who is the younger sister of the Tenors's Clifton Murray, was featured in the Korean version of Elle magazine. Over here, she was a Top 20 finalist for the boot-camp/competition Peak Performance Project. Would she have become a star without the plagiarism episode? We'll never know.

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Brad Wheeler is an arts reporter with The Globe and Mail. More

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