Korean broadcaster KBS has banned singer Tae Ji-ah's version of popular performer Rain's La Song from its network because it apparently mentioned the names of popular sports carmakers Maserati and Ferrari.
This was revealed in a recent announcement of current K-Pop music deemed unfit for broadcast on KBS, reported Soompi.
Six other songs were also banned, including Ga In‘s Fxxk U and Swing‘s I Will Survive 2.
Tae's remake of Rain‘s hit was a astonishing inclusion in the list, considering it shares the exact set of lyrics to Rain's version, which was given the green light, and raised curious eyebrows from observers.
Rain released La Song in his latest album, Rain Effect, while Tae released the remake in his album, 2014 Tae Jin Ah Dear I Like You!
KBS later made another announcement, explaining the decision to ban Tae's version of La Song.
“When Rain sang 'Maserati' and 'Ferrari', he pronounced it as ‘Maserella’ and ‘Ferrella’. When he submitted the song for review, the lyrics were written as ’Maserella’ and ‘Ferrella,’ so the song was judged appropriate [for broadcast]," said the broadcaster.
"Tae Jin-ah also sings the lyrics as ’Maserella’ and ‘Ferrella,’ but the lyrics submitted for review was ‘Maserati’ and ‘Ferrari' instead, so his song was deemed unfit for broadcast because of that part.”
Due to a technicality in spelling, Tae's version of La Song won’t be heard on KBS until his team submits a modified version of the lyrics for review.
“Tae Jin Ah’s agency will be resubmitting the lyrics. We will be reviewing the song again next week, and it should able to pass the review," said KBS.