Last week, BIGBANG leader G-Dragon dropped his comeback mini album, titled “Kwon Ji Yong”, to much fanfare. While the album is becoming one of his most successful projects – selling a whopping total of 762,000 copies on the day of release in China and entering Billboard 200 for the 3rd time – his album format has sparked a debate.
This is because the album adopted a non-traditional/non-conventional form.
“Kwon Ji Yong” was released in a red USB that did not contain the songs, but instead links with special input keys to download said songs. As interesting a strategy as it is, coupled with the Korea Music Content Association deeming it an official album, some South Korean music charts are debating whether or not to include it in their ranking.
Note: South Korean music charts are important for artistes as it tracks album sales and impacts an artiste’s performance (read: awards, music shows).
Gaon Chart has straight up refused to accept G-Dragon album as the USB doesn’t actually contain songs. This means that it will affect the idol’s rankings in music shows like “Inkigayo” and “Show! Music Core”, which includes Gaon Chart calculations.
But BIGBANG’s leader is not one to just sit back and let it brew. Shortly after the news broke, G-Dragon took to his Instagram to ask, “What’s the problem?”
In his caption, he questioned the people who judged his work based on whether or not it’s a physical album. “What really matters is being remembered in the ears and mouths of others, or the lyrics and music that will be remembered for a long time,” he wrote.
We can’t agree more. Fighting, G-Dragon!
Meanwhile, G-Dragon is about to embark on his “ACT III, M.O.T.T.E (Moment Of Truth The End)” world tour. More information on that here.