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Posted by Sophie-Ha Wednesday, February 24, 2021

(G)I-DLE drops on MelOn chart after Soojin's school bullying controversy

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Recently, a post talking about (G)I-DLE's MelOn chart ranking is gaining attention among Korean netizens.

On February 24th, a post with the title, "The effect of having a school bully in a K-Pop group," was created in an online community. The post included a photo of the MelOn 24 Hits chart and highlighted the change in ranking.

The netizen who created the post showed (G)I-DLE's chart ranking from the 19th and the 24th. The netizen pointed out that (G)I-DLE's "HWAA" had vastly dropped in ranking after the school bullying controversy.

In fact, when the track was first released, "HWAA" won number one in various music shows and ranked on the upper tier of music charts. According to the Melon 24 Hits charts, "HWAA" ranked in at number 24 on February 19th but had dropped to number 38 on the 24th.

In response to the post, Korean netizens commented, "I also took that song off my playlist," "I don't listen to that song anymore," "That's song is old, isn't it?" "Even though it was released a while ago, it's not normal for the song to drop more than ten places in just five days, especially for an idol group that was at the top of the ranking."



Earlier, (G)I-DLE's Soojin and Cube Entertainment released a statement about the school bullying allegations on February 22nd. Both the idol group member and the agency admitted that Soojin was rebellious while attending school but denied the allegations of being a school bully.

Despite the statement denying the allegations, some are not satisfied with the explanation provided by the artist.

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kagayakugucci
kagayakugucci8,769 pts Wednesday, February 24, 2021 24
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Please report on what the accuser has been saying, not this fluff. [Link 1] [Link 2]

A popular investigative TV show MBC PD note is likely to be reporting on this and speaking with the accuser(s). If they are willing to lose their anonymity and speak with journalists, it's really difficult to see them all being complete liars. The accuser has asked to be emailed links of people writing malicious things about them on Twitter because they plan to sue.

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Nicole_Cervantes
Nicole_Cervantes5,925 pts Wednesday, February 24, 2021 2
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

"The effect of having a school bully in a kpop group"...?? Why do they conclude like that? Last I knew, the bullying accusations haven't been proven yet. They could at least say "alleged school bully".

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