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Shaun shares thoughts about beating TWICE and Black Pink on the music charts + sajaegi controversy

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Shaun opened up about his sajaegi controversy on MBC Every1's 'Video Star.'

This summer, Shaun and his agency Limez Entertainment were accused of manipulating the charts after his song, "Way Back Home," beat popular artists such as TWICE and Black Pink, and took #1 on the music charts. 

On the October 23 episode of the talk show, Shaun shared his thoughts on overcoming popular idol groups and taking over the music charts. He said, "It felt unreal. Something like this actually happened in my life. I'm still stunned."

When asked if he checks the music charts every day, Shaun answered, "It's been a while since I've checked. I stopped checking after I placed #1. I thought something tremendous happened when I entered the top 100."

Shaun also shared about "Way Back Home." He said, "The melody was produced five years ago. Originally, it was a song created for JYJ's Jaejoong. But it was rejected because the original edition was deemed too similar to a Japanese song, so it got recreated in 5 hours."

Shaun once again claimed innocence on the sajaegi accusations. He said, "There was no manipulation at all. I received so much attention (for the issue). It became a pain in my heart, but I'm overcoming it well now."

He also claimed innocence for Limez Entertainment. Shaun said, "Even my close peers were suspicious, but the agency is not the size that could (do sajaegi). The people I work with have been with me for 4-5 years."

Shaun revealed he has been avoiding people and became a homebody since the controversy. He said, "I'm trying my best to be an artist who can prove myself with music."



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hiroonakamura 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

people dont realize how much it would cost to do sajaegi on this scale.... a mior agency like his really cant afford it.

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candye1127 22 days ago 1
22 days ago

I believe him. I heard this song at a supermarket but I didn’t know the song title so I couldn’t search for it online. The second time I heard I quickly recorded it on my phone and searched it on popular kpop songs on google and eventually found it after some effort. Not every song could call for a love at first sight, but so many people got hooked after listening to this song their first time (source: social media), even people who don’t usually listen to Kpop. You can say he manipulated the chart only when your song is at this level, but then again, those who claimed that he did so may not even have a competent song to begin with...

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Murderfucker 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

Next time just use such apps like Shazam. It really helps if you hear somewhere a music and you want to know the title or artist.

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Murderfucker 22 days ago 1
22 days ago

Nowadays people only think that only idol groups can tops all the charts.. but guess what there are a lot other great Korean songs (and Korean Artists) which you don't want to listen only because you are focused to much on your favorite idol..

Still I'm happy that there are many people who just love this or that song only because it's great song - not because it's from known group or known big agency..


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NgohiongPuso 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

You're right... The funny thing is... Chart toppers are actually legally manipulated by fandoms.. HOW?

I'm gonna get the hate but one person bulk buying and 100 member fandoms refreshing youtube pages are all legal ways to raise their idols back on top.

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ekxaoi 22 days ago 1
22 days ago

tbh i ddnt wnt to listen to him / support him cuz i thought the accusations were real, but damn when i heard his song i ocmpletely changed my mind. I was in korea last summer n this song was played everywhere too!! his song was so so good i liked it alot the very first time it played that it was on replay the next 2 weeks and everything made sense. It kinda sucks that ppl still think its not believable he acheived such a feat. its worse bcz ppl doubted him for a really rlly good song. N IDK makes me realize how the charts r basically how popular u are ... no matter how good of a song or bad of a song it is

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lousina 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

yeah, after hearing the song, it made sense.

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cconvo 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

His agency isn't Limez btw, it's DCTOM entertainment. His label is all djs that he worked with over years in clubs, even the ceo.


Jaejoong's voice would fit this song so well, he should cover it.

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addicthere 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

really love the song! I'm still listening to it til this day. The acoustic version is fire as well

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sandybee3 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

only Delulu's will think that only the big Groups are able to Top the charts lol

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chelle203 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

well, the fact is all idol's fans are always manipulating charts. how ? they always repeat the same songs, they buy a lot of albums, they keep streaming the MVs, they keep searching their idol's group in naver, etc etc. even when the song are not that good enough. Way Back Home is a dope.

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NgohiongPuso 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

The first time I heard his song, I said it was good. Sajaegi accusations were rising up because some people think that their idols are invincible. People were easily convinced it was Sajaegi because they had this infallible thought, "How can these nugu beat Twice or Blackpink" .... He was only top in one of the charts that time.


What people fail to know is that Sajaegi is too much for a small company. Too many people to be bribed. Too many people to be hired. The cost of production might even be less than the cost of staging a chart manipulation. I know that it's only my speculation but the fact that his song was good and he was from a small indie company... those accusations were somewhat unfair but logical.


However, what those accusers don't realize is that... his music was more important to him as an artist. Those popular groups rise through the charts even when their song is not even that good because 1) Fan buy albums in bulk and some even buy a hundred physical albums at once so they could get a chance to be in the fan signing, 2) Massive streaming from fandoms who stream songs repeatedly and some even do the incognito/refresh techniques just so their views rise.


This is why sometimes I am sad for KPop. Long ago music were appreciated for their quality now they are appreciated for the quantity.

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Nikynik345lt3Ros 22 days ago 2
22 days ago

Beat Blackpink.... by the time Shaun showed up on the charts Blackpink had already achieved the 2nd most PAKs of the year and he really didn't stop Blackpink from staying in the top 10 the longest for a Girlgroup this year. Really Twice has more right to beef with Shaun about the charts. But either way both groups outsold his song, people did stream his song but they barely bought it.

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fantasticlau 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

No, digitally Shaun sold the most this summer. From Blackpink to Twice to Red Velvet to BTS, he outsold all of them and blocked all of them on the charts throughout the summer.

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cconvo 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

No he topped the downloads charts a couple of weeks too, if that's what you mean. They made way more money than him anyways because they have good physical sales though.

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Louis_XIV 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

I've seen all the "proof" that people have posted but I've honestly never been convinced it was sajaegi in the first place. The first time I heard it was on fb and it was so catchy it made sense to me that it was becoming popular.

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Haru_ki 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

Poor guy, he should celebrate his win instead of having to explain why he was doing good in charts.

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petz4lyf 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

His song was SO good and it deserved to be number 1

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