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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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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. 


However, Gaon Chart refused to accept 'Kwon Ji Yong' USB as an official album and announced that they will not be including it in the count of album sales. Gaon Chart claims that 'Kwon Ji Yong' USB is not an album because it does not contain the tracks but only the links to download the song where you have to input your special key code. 


The contrasting opinions on the USB form of 'Kwon Ji Yong' are also expected to have an effect on music shows. The rankings of SBS 'Inkigayo' and 'MBC 'Show! Music Core' includes the calculations by Gaon Chart. Meanwhile, KBS2 'Music Bank' and Mnet 'M Countdown' includes the calculations by Hanteo. As a result, the total calculations leading to the first place are expected to have a significant difference on music shows. 


Should USB be considered an album? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. 

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    beashineeshawol 7 days ago

    I don't understand why they didn't just put the songs on the album. Wouldn't that have essentially eliminated all of the controversy? It can't be a physical album if there's no actual content on the USB. >.>

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    Jackie_H 7 days ago

    Okay, I just saw what they are charging for this USB. They're charging $35,99 on YesAsia. That is absolutely ridiculous! You can literally download the album on iTunes for probably $10,99

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    alex_6388 10 days ago

    its not considered a 'physical album', not album in general. get it right allkpop

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    Unknown_2014 alex_6388 9 days ago

    Yah, that may lead to confusion and misunderstanding.

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    xxveron 10 days ago

    Whether in a cd form or not, the album that the artist has produced serves the same purpose as normal mainstream albums, and that is to store the songs that the artist has worked hard to prepare. Why should his unique way of presenting the album be a barrier for him to earn the recognition and reward that he very much deserves? The fact that many chose to oppose to the presentation of his album, even some the fans, is really ridiculous to me. To those who found the inability to play it in the car an issue, please be reminded that you can always download the music and copy it to a CD. Just because it is not physically appeasing, it does not mean that the album which contains many hidden meanings should not be considered as one.

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    L_catzzz xxveron 10 days ago

    1) It's inconvenient (especially for the amount of price u pay) 2) U can just download the songs urself for a much lesser price 3) Not everyone at every part of the world have a stable internet connection to download the songs from the site, so it would have been much better to have the songs readily available in it 4) It's more like a digital album than a physical album since u have to "download" it 5) And yes, it is not physically appeasing. Point is, people would much be agreeable for it to be considered as a "Digital" Album than a "Physical" Album and also for a much cheaper price as well considering the songs weren't really inside the usb.

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    stephxsteph L_catzzz 10 days ago

    I think the moment you put convenience over artistry is the moment that you should no longer be considered an artist of any sort.

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    L_catzzz stephxsteph 10 days ago

    The art is in the music itself. C'mon. This is YG we're talking about. They have always been so cheap with their albums. Bigbang rusting Alive album, Winner's photobook fail & tearing and now this. If you follow YG long enough, you'll know that excuse is just BULLSHIT.

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    stephxsteph L_catzzz 10 days ago

    I get that they've made production mistakes in the past, but unlike the rusting and photo book, which I admit were cheap quality mistakes, I feel like GD's vision for this album was more focused on it as an overall art piece and extended metaphor if that makes sense? I feel like a little more thought could have put into the actual production like sealing the red onto the USB with a clear solution that would prevent the rubbing off though

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    L_catzzz stephxsteph 10 days ago

    Lol. If they really meant to do that from the start, they wouldn't have mentioned in the other article "Previously, when we mentioned (facing difficulties) with the USB album's production, this was the reason.". Even real artists doesn't sells a melted painting that comes off easily to their consumers & buyers.

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    stephxsteph L_catzzz 10 days ago

    I think the reason they mentioned the previous production issues was to showcase that they did try to address the problem, but were unable to find a good sealant so they included the warning on the packaging and incorporated it into the artistic design. Overall, it seems like YG's past has already cemented your views about cheap production, so I don't think there's anything I can say that will help open your mind up to different possibilities

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    L_catzzz stephxsteph 10 days ago

    Yes. That's exactly what I mean. It's a "problem" and not "intentionally" made. And yes, YG's past incidences has cemented my views coz there are a lot more incidences that relates to YG in terms of product quality other than what I have mentioned.

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    Jackie_H L_catzzz 7 days ago

    Also the fact that they are charging people $35,99 for an empty USB is absolutely ridiculous. I mean sure it's pushing the boundaries of art and I'm sure the songs are still awesome it's just that this doesn't seem like a very good decision.

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    shikey 10 days ago

    30 $ for an empty usb i rather pay the same ammount for a brik ? and it's obvious gaon will not call it an album when the link send you to buy the digital version...if he wanted it to count as phisycal he should have done like got7 and other people before him who sold their song through usb with all the song , just think if you want to put it on the car you can't listen to it because you have to re-pay

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    Vanslp90 10 days ago

    I think I can understand why Gaon chart didn't accept GD album. It's because they didn't understand business( buying and selling ). When people buy something, they want to use it immediately. Like food, cars, house, anything. As an artist, especially musician the product you guys selling is your song, your music. Although the evolution of storage of music from Vinyl Record to Tapes to CD, the most important when you buy this thing you can listen to your favourite song or music almost immediately. The way GD sell his new album via USB sticks is very creative and thinking towards the future. But why the hell did put you put only LINK to download your song inside the USB sticks?? Your fans had to go his/her computer just to stick the USB and then had to download it. Very wasting time, money, energy.

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    Unknown_2014 Vanslp90 9 days ago

    yeah may friend to me that he need to pay again just to listen it in car

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    stephxsteph 10 days ago

    I think GD's statement has been misinterpreted by AllKpop. I don't think he's attacking Gaon or any of the charts who don't recognise his album because of the unconventional design, I think he's raising the question about why the physicality of it is so important & why the people determining whether it should or shouldn't be considered an album should even have that power.

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    hexrealm stephxsteph 10 days ago

    Because you have different categories like physical and digital and definitions to determine which category the sales it falls under. It matters because that is how you segregate the different categories. Gaon should stick to its definition of a physical album, nothing wrong with that. Why should they change the rules just because its GD, there is no right or wrong here, its how you define "physica album".

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    stephxsteph hexrealm 10 days ago

    I don't think GD wants them to change the rules & I don't think they should either. What he's trying to bring into question is why the rules exist in the first place. I think he's just stating that what's important is the music & not the form that it comes in. Honestly, by the translation of his words it seems like he doesn't care whether or not Gaon accepts it as an album & I'm just saying that fans shouldn't care either. We should all just listen to the music.

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    hexrealm stephxsteph 10 days ago

    If he doesn't care whether or not Gaon accepts it as an album then I applaud him for that. That should be the attitude, if you want to do something radical or different, at least man up to take up any negative consequences.

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    Unknown_2014 stephxsteph 9 days ago

    if you can actually read hangul. That's what he sarcastically saying. It's a silent attack (well that kind of issue is not new to gd since he did this also to mama 2014). He silently slaps the gaon by saying music is more important than its appearance. But he really didn't understand the problem. It's not his revolutionary idea but the content of usb

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    Jackie_H 10 days ago

    What is this usb gonna cost? I mean they have a point. The music has to be downloaded so it's a digital album and not a physical album. This has the same feel as downloading the album from iTunes. Why pay extra for an usb if you get the same result from downloading it on iTunes.

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    Deetje Jackie_H 10 days ago

    Yeah its true.. i really love GD he is my bias but i think i cant even use this in the car.. most of the time i use the album for when im not at home.

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    nessitup 11 days ago

    Yo Gaon Chart peep my soundcloud.

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    jeyjin 11 days ago

    So what if the tracks aren't on the actual USB. The people paid to get all of the tracks on the album and they got it regardless of the form it came in. I understand they needed a special code but it's not like they had to repurchase all of the songs.

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    Renm jeyjin 11 days ago

    lol next, they sell a paper with download link , it count as physical album too ?

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    jeyjin Renm 10 days ago

    What are you talking about? If you have to download it, it's basically a digital album plus the USB

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    jeyjin Renm 10 days ago

    So next are we gonna say digital albums aren't albums? I mean, you have to download those too

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    NoahL jeyjin 10 days ago

    It's a digital download key. Hence, it is consider as an digital album. The reason Gaon Chart refuse to accept them because GD sold through a physical form (Physical Album Price) but only a digital key pisses them off and other artists. Because they need to pay a % cut and to KMCA under a sole category. While GD attempt to throw a stone to two birds doesn't seem that honest to begin with.

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    jeyjin NoahL 10 days ago

    Ooooh, he should have said it was a digital album since there are no songs on the album

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    Unknown_2014 jeyjin 9 days ago

    yeah theres no actually songs. You need to pay again just to play it on car 😭 so its better than to download the album directly on itunes than double buying. Its a digital

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    jeyjin Unknown_2014 8 days ago

    you're the first person to mention that to me. Everyone else has only said that you need to go to a link and enter a special key to download the songs but they never said they had they had to pay for them again...

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    Unknown_2014 jeyjin 7 days ago

    if you gonna play it in the car

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    jeyjin NoahL 7 days ago

    Read EVERYTHING. I never said that the USB was a physical album and i told someone that it was a digital album long before you commented. The only piece of information i didn't know was that it was being sold as a physical album. The article was never clear about there being a separation being digital and physical album sales.

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    jeyjin Unknown_2014 7 days ago

    so you can't put the songs on the USB after you download them?

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