K-Pop artists threaten legal action over music used in ‘The Interview’

Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae's track 'Pay Day' was included without consent

K-Pop artists Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae are threatening to take legal action over music included in The Interview without their consent.

The singers – who are also married – were in talks to include their track ‘Pay Day’ on the soundtrack to the controversial film, however a contract was never signed. Despite this, the track still appeared on the film and now the artists’ agency FeelGhoodMusic is threatening legal action.

As The Hollywood Reporter states, approximately 10 to 15 seconds of the track appear in the film.

FeelGhoodMusic has now released a statement regarding the situation. It reads:

“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 press release also noted the subject matter of the film – which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco and follows two American journalists recruited to kill Kim Jong-Un, the leader of North Korea – stating, “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”.

The Interview‘s release was originally pulled after Sony Pictures was hacked and terror threats were issued in the event that it were screened as planned, however the film was then given a limited release in US cinemas and online on Christmas Day.

Upon its release, the film grossed over $1 million (£642,000) at the box office on its first day.

Details of a UK cinema release are still unsure.