Gaon Chart refuses to accept G-Dragon’s USB form of ‘Kwon Ji Yong’ as an official album
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Gaon Chart refuses to accept G-Dragon’s USB form of ‘Kwon Ji Yong’ as an official album

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. 

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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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