When G-Dragon made his long-awaited solo comeback last week with his new album "Kwon Ji Yong," he released it in a very unique format. Forgoing the usual CD release, the BIGBANG leader opted to release his new album via USB. While the USB launch is something unique within and noteworthy, it has caused a debate over the definition over what is an "album" due to some South Korean music charts excluding G-Dragon's new release in the album sales counts.
According to a new report, the Korean Music Content Association has stated that it will accept USBs as a form of album and thus will be counted towards the total album sales count. Following this decision, music chart site Hanteo subsequently announced that it will also accept USBs as official albums and will include them into the album sales count.
However, fellow Korean music chart site Gaon has announced that it will not accept USBs towards its total album sales count, stating G-Dragon's USB does not contain the actual songs off his album but merely the download links to the songs.
While it remains to be seen how this will affect sales, this decision could potentially have an effect on how the rankings on various Korean music shows are tallied. "Inkigayo" and "Music Core" include sales numbers from Gaon while "Music Bank" and "M!Countdown" includes sales numbers from Hanteo, thus the calculations in deciding 1st place on these shows could be considerably different in the future.
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