Ecuadorian singer Nikki Mackliff recently released her song “Amor A Medias” and fans of BTS quickly noticed the cover art’s resemblance to BTS’s 2018 album Love Yourself: Answer.
After ARMYs took to social media to bring awareness to the issue, Mackliff responded on her Instagram story.
To all BTS fans, I find it important to speak out about what is happening …
I want you to know that my team and I were not aware of the BTS album cover.
My team is already working on new designs.
To all the fandom of the group, as an artist I respect art very much and I am sorry to have caused this.
In the next few days we will be making adjustments to a new cover of ‘Amor a Medias’
— Nikki Mackliff
She uploaded a collection of videos on her Instagram story and pinned them in a highlight titled “Clarification.”
Mackliff again confirmed that she and her team will change the artwork. She called ARMYs “an incredible fandom” and “a super-strong fandom” and thanked them for sending her messages of support and understanding.
ARMYs are hesitant to believe Mackliff’s explanation and hope to avoid instances of plagiarism in the future. Many are sending emails to HYBE in light of the issue.
the fact that she says she was not aware, it’s obviously for clout cuz the design is just bluntly copied. None of us knew about her but now we do, so I guess her plan worked🤷♀️
Negative publicity is still publicity.
— ayu⁷ | is in love with jungkook (@ttaeteland) August 12, 2021
She didn’t know? There’s something called research before a writer or designer finalizes on something. Plus we’re speaking about the album that had so much attention across the globe
— Breadcheeks Enthusiast 💜 (@TRIVIALOVE_13) August 12, 2021
Okay! As a designer, lemme tell you before we design anything we do research. Even after designing we use plagarism site to check if there is anything similar to this. She can’t say that this is pure coincidence
— Annyeonghaseyo! Tata mic imnida⁷ (@Nam_jo07) August 12, 2021