Gaon Chart Unearths Album Sales And Virtual Ratings For First Part Of 2016

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Gaon Chart refuses to accept G-Dragon's USB form of 'Kwon Ji Yong' as an official album
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Gaon Chart refuses to accept G-Dragon's USB form of 'Kwon Ji Yong' as an official album

YG Entertainment recently revealed that G-Dragon's new solo album 'Kwon Ji Yong' will be sold not in the usual CD but via USB. This unique form of 'Kwon Ji Yong' is stirring up a debate about the very definition of an album. 

According to Hankook Ilbo on June 13, the Korea Music Content Association has decided to accept and include the USB in counting the total album sales. The decision was made to adapt to the changes in the industry. Music chart site Hanteo has also announced that they will accept the USB as an official album and include it in counting the album sales. 

G-Dragon Responds To Gaon Chart Rejecting Kwon Ji Yong USB As An Album
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G-Dragon Responds To Gaon Chart Rejecting Kwon Ji Yong USB As An Album

In response to the recent announcement from the Korea Music Content Industry Association that G-Dragon’s new album, which will be released offline in USB form only, cannot technically be acknowledged as an “album,” G-Dragon responded on Instagram.

He said, “What’s The Problem?

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“Is that it, if someone who you don’t even know decides that an artist’s work ‘is an album’ or ‘is not an album’? What’s the reasoning behind that point of view?

Gaon Chart Maintains G-Dragon's 'Kwon Ji Yong' Is Not An Album! Fans Are Outraged
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Gaon Chart Maintains G-Dragon's 'Kwon Ji Yong' Is Not An Album! Fans Are Outraged

While G-Dragon's fans from all over the world are applauding his creativity in releasing his solo comeback "Kwon Ji Yong" in USB format, Gaon Chart is not among those who support the idea. The Korean album sales organization is refusing to accept "Kwon Ji Yong" as an album and the decision is expected to shake things up for the K-pop scene.

It can be recalled that unlike other albums, G-Dragon decided to be innovative and do away with typical CD for the physical album. Instead, the physical album came in USB form which contains G-Dragon's personal information like his name, birthday and blood type in his handwriting, which fans appreciated, Kpopstarzreported

Gaon explains why they will not consider G-Dragon's USB an album, says they will work with YG to take digital sales
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Gaon explains why they will not consider G-Dragon's USB an album, says they will work with YG to take digital sales

Gaonfurther explained why they will not be considering G-Dragon's 'Kwon Ji Yong' USB album as physical album sales.

The company released a statement saying,

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We are writing to let you know our stance on the 'Kwon Ji Yong USB', which will be released on June 19th, on the Gaon Chart.

First, the Gaon Chart that is a public music chart in Korea, was first established in 2010. We have set data collection regulations and chart types and have been maintaining our first policy since then.

EXO tops album sales chart with 'The War'
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EXO tops album sales chart with 'The War'

EXO has topped various album charts with 'The War'.

The boys dropped their 4th full album on the 19th, and have topped Hanteo and Synnara's weekly album chart. This is of course on top of their amazing achievement of topping 42 countries on iTunes and 18 countries on Apple Music.

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Congratulations to EXO.