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Netizens talk about iKON's poor performance on Korean charts even though they're from YG

By yckim124   Thursday, May 25, 2017   179,970   13,306   11



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iKON finally made their long, long awaited comeback but they're not doing so well on Korean music charts.

The group returned with new album 'New Kids' consisting of two title tracks ''B-Day'' and ''Bling Bling''. Immediately after release, iKON did manage to top real-time search on Olleh Music, as well as other music charts and internet portals. However, music chart rankings of their new tracks quickly plummeted down. As of May 24 (2 p.m. KST), ''Bling Bling'' and ''B-Day'' ranked 66th and 86th, respectively. 

SEE ALSO: iKON drops teaser image for comeback mini album

Ranking within the top 100 is considered a success and an honor considering numerous idol groups and singers in the market today. However, iKON's rankings are perceived as being extremely low or even a ''failure'' because the group is under YG Entertainment; a digital ranking powerhouse and one of the BIG3 agencies of South Korea. 

The poor results of iKON are seen as an even bigger failure due to the success of fellow YG artists who made their comeback around the same period. 

In April, iKON's brother group WINNER topped charts with ''Really Really'' and ''Fool'' while Psy achieved all-kills with ''I Luv It''' and ''New Face'' earlier this month. 

In a report on May 24, a Sports DongA reporter blamed iKON's absence in Korea, lack of promotions, and poor quality of songs as the reasons behind their ''failure''. The media outlet claimed that iKON might have faced better results if they focused more on promotions in Korea instead of touring Japan. But out of all, the biggest blame was put on the poor quality of their new tracks as they just were not good enough to steal the hearts of the public. 

Many netizens agreed with the report and named iKON as the only group to disappoint in YG Entertainment. Comments stated, "It's not that they're doing bad for a YG group. They're just a failure in general. They are ranking lower than Seventeen who made their comeback on the same day. This is serious", "They're seriously the biggest failure in YG history...", "I'm also shocked that there are 7 members. It was more like a unit of Bobby and B.I. What are the other 5 doing?", "Their songs are just not good", "Honestly, if they weren't under YG, they'll already be out of the charts."

What are your thoughts on iKON's comeback and the lackluster results? Comment your thoughts below. 

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Fantastic_Bibi Saturday, June 24, 2017

That's just downright mean. Their comments are too cruel. Give these boys a break. They have enough pressure as it is. Their time will come soon. I love their songs and I trust they'll find success in the future.

Kristen_Bacon Monday, June 19, 2017

It's shocking for me to hear that people are calling them a failure. I enjoy their comeback songs. I don't think that they are a failure. :(

hotbuns Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Honestly, I didn't even know that IKON had a comeback? I think it's definitely due to their long hiatus and lack of promotions. It's not really the group itself that's a failure but more the fact that YG doesn't really promote his idols too well. Also, I don't really think it's fair to compare a group/person's success to their company? Being apart of a big/small company doesn't automatically equate to success/failure.

beashineeshawol Saturday, May 27, 2017

When I first saw this article, I was like "it's because they're never in Korea" and yup there it is. I'd say that's the number #1 reason.

enjiaxx Saturday, May 27, 2017

the society is so cruel, posting mean comments without thinking of fans, ikon members and the company feelings... honestly i agree that they should have promote more on korea but please before posting hate comments think of other people feeling first, although i am not a ikon fan but i would say those people that write those hates are so selfish and immature btw i love their song bling bling though, ikon fighting

hahahoho Saturday, May 27, 2017

IKON and NCT.. talented groups with great songs but doesnt do well in charts in korea. This is so saddening. International fans appreciate them more

PinKookiE Saturday, May 27, 2017

Its sad they are below the popularity they should have by now (same goes for winner) and I'm worried YG will give up on them now that he has a new jewel.

kpoplolita PinKookiE Saturday, May 27, 2017

Highly doubt that, Ikon broke records in china and Japan they are still new and their sales were v high, Earning YG blingbling . They just need to work on fan base in SK now

WickedWitch PinKookiE Saturday, May 27, 2017

YG earn more money in Japan and China, definitely not giving up this talented Kids.

thefabcat92 WickedWitch Sunday, May 28, 2017

more like his favorite kids

WickedWitch Friday, May 26, 2017

I agree on more activities and more time promoting in Korea, but it's too unfair to call it failure. IKON don't care about being no.1 on Chart they just want people to enjoy their music. Japan is more active in promoting  IKON..

kpoplolita WickedWitch Saturday, May 27, 2017


FK97 Friday, May 26, 2017

I think its the timing and promotion,if we talking about hip hop you know DFD and DPR LIVE came out around that time with their music. (As much as I like YG groups, I was more hyped for DFD compared to Ikon). Anyways Ikon are still finding their music direction, so the next album could be something to look forward for.

ThsDee Friday, May 26, 2017

I dont like ikon, dont even know the names of the other boys, to me the tracks are similiar to Bigbang's, nothing new...... But this wasn't too harsh?

i_belong_to_yg ThsDee Friday, May 26, 2017

both iKON and BigBang are hard hiphop groups so their music style is similar and their songs are likely to sound similar....

ThsDee i_belong_to_yg Friday, May 26, 2017

There are lots of hip hop songs with the same style who doesn't sound similar

i_belong_to_yg ThsDee Friday, May 26, 2017

if your effort is to dismiss explanations and to insist that iKON and Bigbang songs sound similar, sure, you have it as you like.

kpoplolita ThsDee Friday, May 26, 2017

in what way to bb and ikon sound the same? lol bibobby and millinium/airplay worked on this album, not even teddy.kush the yg inhouse producers. imo its a hit/miss, its popular among intl fans,not so much domestically, it could be the style, it could be lack of fans who knows. im glad they did their best and they did wat THEY wanted to do.

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