The term sajaegi carries along with it a foreboding nuance and it isn’t something new to K-pop, an industry rife with politics and corruption, which exists mainly to generate profit. On April 28, girl group Laboum had brought home Music Bank’s #No 1 trophy for the first time ever since their debut in 2014. Their comeback song “Hwi Hwi”, was up against IU’s “Can’t Love You Anymore”, featuring Oh Hyuk. But instead of celebratory felicitations, they were met with the wrath of netizens for accusations of committing sajaegi.
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LABOUM's label denied sajaegi rumors.
The rumors had started with LABOUM's win on 'Music Bank', as viewers couldn't believe a song that ranked so low on digital charts could have won. Also, the first-week album sales count of 28,000 is a very high jump from their previous album's 900 first-week sales and 3,000 total sales.
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However, LABOUM's label said,
LABOUM's 2nd mini album 'MISS THIS KISS' is definitely not sajaegi. We are currently pursuing a lawsuit against those writing hate comments saying this is sajaegi for spreading false information.
Watch: Jung Eun Ji Takes 2nd Win For The Spring On Show Champion, Performances By Gong Minzy, EXID, LABOUM, And More
On the April 19 episode of MBCs Show Champion, Jung Eun Ji took her second win for her solo comeback The Spring, beating out IUs Cant Love You Anymore, WINNERs Really Really, EXIDs Night Rather Than Day, and Taeyeons Make Me Love You.
In addition, April 19 was the day of Apinks sixth debut anniversary, making the win all the more meaningful. In her speech, she thanked her family and fans and expressed surprise at having achieved her second win.
Girl group Laboum show off dance moves to promote new album.
The April 21 episode of KBS2s Music Bank features performances from BA BA, EXID, PRISTIN, SF9, WA$$UP, Gong Minzy, DIA, DreamCatcher, LABOUM, Lip Bubble, Berry Good, Bonus Baby, Brave Girls, Yesung, Oh My Girl, Lee Sun Jeong Band, Lee Hae Ri, Jungigo, Jung Eun Ji, and Teen Top.
Watch performances live below!