MOMOLAND are one of the hottest girl groups in K-pop right now thanks to the success of their latest single "Bboom Bboom," but popularity can often result in backlash and negativity too.
Earlier this week, the girls were swept up in a 'sajaegi' controversy. Sajaegi means chart manipulation, and is usually defined by a company bulk buying copies of their own albums in order to get higher on the charts or to have a better chance at winning first place on music programs.
Netizens suspected MOMOLAND of sajaegi after their Great mini-album 8,200 copies in a single day, which is virtually unheard of for a smaller group.
However, now both MOMOLAND's agency, DubleKick Entertainment, and the CEO of the official Hanteo Chart have come forward to clarify the suspicious sales and clear the group of any wrongdoing.
"We believe 8,200 is the total amount counting in the pre-orders for February," Duble Kick said in a statement, clarifying that the sales weren't all made in a single day. "The initial supply of Momoland's 3rd mini-album was very small. Therefore, we had to take additional orders (due to increased demands) and the total all together for February added up to 8,200."
Hanteo's official CEO backed up the claims, telling Osen: "Hanteo Chart conducted a review of our data processing system in response to a rush of inquiries that we received on February 12, and there was no error."
So, there you have it. MOMOLAND did nothing wrong and are free and clear!
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