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Posted by yckim124 AKP STAFF 27 days ago

Hanteo Chart admits and apologizes for manipulating EXO's Chinese album sales after 14 months

Hanteo Chart finally issued an apology regarding EXO's Chinese album sales.


Last summer, a former employee of Hanteo Chart was accused of manipulating EXO's Chinese album sales - making it count less than it actually is. Hanteo Chart vaguely addressed the issue at the time, leading to even more anger to fans.


Finally, after nearly 14 months on October 18, Hanteo Chart posted an official apology via Twitter. The apology stated,


"First of all, we once again apologize for causing concerns to the fans with our employee's immature actions. It took a long time for us to deliver an official greeting like this because we have a vision and strong belief of our own. It is our vision and goal to create a fair platform that satisfies the K-pop lovers and the artists all over the world. We equally support fandoms of all nations and the hardworking artists who love K-pop. We are also a huge fan of K-pop."


Hanteo Chart also explained they've updated their system, so the fans' sales can be directly reflected on the charts. It assured fans, stating, "You don't have to worry anymore."


Despite the apology, fans continue to express anger. Fans claim the apology is overdue and lacks sincerity.



Meanwhile, EXO is scheduled to make their comeback with 'Don't Mess Up My Tempo' on November 2.

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byun_je_ri 27 days ago 1
27 days ago

The troublesome part is that we can't trust official sales charts. Anyone can manipulate data to how they see fit, and this only hurts the artists.

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yiqing 24 days ago 0
24 days ago

And the fans. We work hard and spend hard-earned money to help them in the charts, and this is what EXO and EXO-Ls get too. Honestly we need more credit from the manipulating charts. Imagine spending your money to buy an album but the money you spend isn't even worth a number on a screen? Helping EXO on the charts is one of the reasons we buy the albums. Imagine being cheated. There is justice in this world, and the Hanteo chart shattered that.

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mirusako 27 days ago 0
27 days ago

Oh, good, now we can worry if sales we've been seeing for ALL artists on Hanteo charts were legit or not. Good job, Hanteo for making buyers and fans even less trusting towards music charts...

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AegyoFree 27 days ago 0
27 days ago

Imagine being so popular a disgruntled employee decides to manipulate your sales down.

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WhippedForCookie 27 days ago 0
27 days ago

After 14 months? Wow

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birdofparadise82 27 days ago 0
27 days ago

Are their employees some delusional fangirls or? This is just ridiculous...

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DelightGalaxy 26 days ago 3
26 days ago

Magically, a scandal occurred just before the cb. Nice work SM!

Yes the chinese sales were millions and they counted for hundreds, sure, thats it.

Are you Delulu much? They didnt even announce the real numbers. Is it even true?

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lilmisstasya 26 days ago 1
26 days ago

Then hanteo must be an idiot who wants to sacrifice their name, image and trust from ppl, just to help SM promote EXO.. LOL

SM already raised numbers of legend without this kind of scandal.. SM and EXO dont need this.. they don’t even have to care..

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DelightGalaxy 25 days ago 0
25 days ago

Actually there was No manipulation. Just a misunderstanding by an employee of Hanteo but SM used it now. They "expose it" now cuz of the upcoming cb, so everyone feel sorry for the poor band. But you can believe whatever it suits you

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gotbangxoxo 26 days ago 0
26 days ago

Sales in China are always "millions"; so much so that there are never clear numbers or actual registry to go by which is why most award shows tend to dismiss a percentage of chinese sales. Most kpop albums are MADE in china, so there's always tremendous inflation and difference between copies sold and copies sent to stores to sell in that country. The story is real but this method of ignoring some Chinese sales exists since forever.

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Maneesha_Rawat 26 days ago 0
26 days ago

why are these stupid people dragging bts in this i don't want to know about them i only care about EXO only here for my EXO EXO EXO EXO

stupid shit people

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Ryen (Banned) 26 days ago 0
26 days ago

"You don't have to worry anymore."

Uh, yes we do. With a pathetic half-ass apology like that, like anyone is going to trust Hanteo Charts, or any charts, after this.

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kzrn_nrzk 26 days ago 0
26 days ago

I still don't understand why...

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amy_amiable 26 days ago 0
26 days ago

one word for hanteo - Pathetic!

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zxxn 26 days ago 0
26 days ago

Funny. They apologized after a year. I'm waiting for SM's action. If SM wouldn't make a move, I don't know anymore.

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shadow 26 days ago 0
26 days ago

When you are so legendary they can cheat you out. Can I ask how much their actual sells tho? Doesn't that mean that Exo Probably sold over 2M already since their last album sell is 1.6M? That's with manipulation of course lmao

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Rainbow_Pearls 27 days ago 3
27 days ago

i'm not even an exol i'm army but i'm so ungry of what they did to exo like sm is the biggest entertaining company in korea but they don't protect exo and i also heard during kokobop comeback that gayon did something bad to exo i don't remember what is is but it affect exo sales anyway i hope non of this happen again and best of luck to exo this comeback

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Sarah_mia (Banned) 26 days ago 2
26 days ago

shut up you fake army. stop pretending to be an army to give your flop oppas a clout. ewww

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taemkitten 26 days ago 1
26 days ago

You're rude and not welcomed here.

Also, the word clout. Why is that such a trendy word to use? I mean, sure it describes "influence or power, especially in politics or business" but like come on. I see it on so, so many comments here and elsewhere in regards to KPop (specifically on BTS and EXO articles).

Just stop.

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zedi 26 days ago 0
26 days ago

well,,, it's good to see who is commenting now,, not just trolls

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GreenPoop 27 days ago 0
27 days ago

Sajaegi, data manipulation etc. Korean music industry has a lot of corruption, that's not a secret. It's all about money or being on the top rather than music quality for all. Well, we can't do anything, it's their problem after all.

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SharCx 27 days ago 0
27 days ago

lame, no actual numbers revealed.

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kaavya 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

this is so not fair to EXO, golden disk awards and seoul music awards and other awards shows count/depend on hanteo charts to present their daesang winners. This means not only did they manipulate but interfered with exo winning some awards due to this reckless mistake. they keep saying don't worry when they keep making mistakes. Hanteo should shut down for a while. Because of this neglegence exo may have lost a chance at winning the daesang prizes in various awards shows :( especially when daesangs rely on irresponsible charts like these :(

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T_Jazz 26 days ago 0
26 days ago

I'm not concerned about an apology to fans, I'm wondering how this may have adversely affected EXO. Educate me please.

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gotbangxoxo 26 days ago 1
26 days ago

This smells like mediaplay to hype their comeback. Does SM not trust that they'll pull the big numbers unless there's some type of scandal? Please.
Also not to be that person, but we ALL KNOW that Chinese sales are always inflated to a nearly worriesome degree and that it's near impossible to have actual numbers of those. The fact that they didnt even bother stating a number just means that this is some unimportant amount.

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lilmisstasya 26 days ago 0
26 days ago

If you are not EXOL who worked hard on buy exo album and vote them.. you better shut up tho.. don’t accuse SM for such thing.. EXOL already know this matter since last year but hanteo didn’t want to admit it.. they thought there’s nothing wrong with their system.. as an EXOL i dont really care about the award that already given to other group tho.. we dont need it, EXO already got a lot of awards anyway.. so, other fandoms whose don’t know how it feels like to be cheated, just shut up 🤐 You just afraid to admit that EXO is still difficult to get rid off..

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Menece 26 days ago 0
26 days ago

Bu- but people say that there really is no such thing as "data manipulation" and Momoland Nilo etc are just popular because phantoms count as fans.
pd: disclaimer, Duble Kick Company did sajaegi Not the prestigious MLD entertaiment, my bad.

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Not_interested 26 days ago 0
26 days ago

what would they gain from it tho? SM is still biggest player in kpop,everyone tries to have a good telationship with them.....

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Murderfucker 27 days ago 0
27 days ago

Hanteo Chart -> Hoaxed Chart ?

and now please tell me which numbers of the album sales in your chart has been deliberately overstated higher than it actually was..


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Sone98 27 days ago 0
27 days ago

That was a real cheap move from them ..

And now that Exo's CB is approaching they are admitting their faults..haneto are just the first on the list Mnet will be next for what they did to Exo last year .. They will all regret it .

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My_baby_Stars 27 days ago 0
27 days ago

I don't even like EXO and I can see this situation is fucked up. A whole fucking year went by? Wow

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Sarab_eel 27 days ago 0
27 days ago

who is behind this? Someone BIG and HI

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Sarah_mia (Banned) 26 days ago 5
26 days ago

doesn't matter this group is still a flop. powerful? eggshits are full of delulu bragging abt sales with repackage and 23974746 versions and languages.


BTS did a 2 million sales in less than 2 months with ONE repackage albums only. lmao

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zxxn 26 days ago 0
26 days ago

Why are you even here? This post is not about BTS. Why are you bragging about your faves here?😒

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shy_kpop_girl 26 days ago 2
26 days ago

Hey - Come on now... I'm a huge BTS fan but lets show some respect for other fandoms. EXO works hard - they are not up there as one of the most powerful k-pop groups without a reason. And if they were cheated on then EXO-L's deserve to be angry. I'm angry as well! How can we trust Hanteo charts after this - if they do this to one group who's to say they don't do it to others, regardless of which fanbase you are from?

I seriously hate this fan-ware. Who can't we all just bind together and see the bigger picture here? This effects ALL k-pop fans because it could happen to any of our group whom we stan.

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yiqing 24 days ago 0
24 days ago

Lmao even if you're bragging about your faves, you're just wasting time. You're insulting EXO for what? They don't know you exist, and you're only losing face by doing this. This is why most people brand ARMYs as one of the most toxic fandom. You think by insulting EXO, you're making BTS more superior? Wow, another sick fan. If BTS knew who you truly were, they wouldn't like you, trust me. You're just bringing shame to your own fandom, you selfish brat. You know what? You need to stop wasting your time, hurting other people and commenting untrue toxic shit because you're only losing your time. Do you really have nothing else better to do than spread unwanted hate? If you feel satisfaction by doing this, I'm worried for you. Please get a life and stop being such a keyboard warrior, hiding behind a screen. By commenting shit like this doesn't make EXO any less of kings than they are or BTS any more superior, you're only making yourself and ARMYs look stupid. You seriously need to get a life, Sarah. I really hope you get some counselling on your sick way of thinking and re-evaluate your life choices. I'm disappointed and disgusted that there are human beings like you in the world. People like you only make life harder and more difficult for people. Please become a better person, online and in real life.

Sincerely, an Exo-L and an ARMY.

No hate to the kpop groups intended :)

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