GDragon's 'Kwon Ji Yong' USB Release Opens Debate About What Makes an Album
publish date: 2017-06-19
While G-Dragon's Kwon Ji Yong made a major debut on the 200 last week, the album's physical release has found a bit of a snag on its album charts at home. As previously reported, the five-track release is currently considered ineligible for South Korea's domestic Gaon Chart due to its USB flash drive format that links out to song downloads rather than actually containing the music, per chart operator the Korean Music Content Industry Association (KMCIA).
The issue has drawn debate from fans and industry executives, with the BIGBANG leader himself commenting on the issue, writing, "Isn't the most important thing for music a good melody that will linger on the ears, mouths and minds of people for a long time and the lyrics that can touch people and make them laugh and cry?" The issue goes further as G-Dragon's rankings will be affected on Korean music-chart programs where top-selling artists all vie for the coveted honor of being named the week's top release.