Koda Kumi and New KPop Girl Group æspa Share the Same Song?

On December 2, Koda Kumi will release her 20th anniversary mini albums, “angeL [MY NAME IS…]” and “monsteR [MY NAME IS…].” Late last month, Kumi released a video teaser for the ballad “RUN”, one of the songs from “angeL [MY NAME IS…].”

Today, the KPop company SM Entertainment uploaded a video for their soon to debut girl group æspa, which features a song that sounds quite similar to “RUN”, but with a faster tempo. The video features one of the group members, NINGNING, along with her virtual avatar. The four members of æspa all have virtual avatars, which brings to mind something like the group Aqours.

So what is going on here? Is this NINGNING covering Koda Kumi? Or have both Avex and SM bought the same track for their respective acts? Are we living in 2008 when Dong Bang Shin Ki and Sarah Connor released the same song within weeks of each other? Decide below!