Despite a plagiarism controversy, G-Dragon, the leader of pop idol group Big Bang, continues to stand out in the local music market with his first solo album.
“Heartbreaker,” the album’s title track, ranked first in various online music charts such as Mnet and Melon as of Thursday.
Other songs on the album, such as “Breath,” were among the top 20.
Sales of the album are also on the rise. According to YG Entertainment, G-Dragon’s agency, more than 100,000 copies of G-Dragon’s album have been sold in just four days since its release.
“We are surprised at the album’s sales volume at a time when it is difficult to expect sales of even 30,000 copies,” a YG official was quoted as saying.
G-Dragon plans to sing “Heartbreaker” and “Breath” on a music program on SBS-TV on Sunday.
Internet users recently pointed out that “Heartbreaker” sounded quite similar to American rapper Flo Rida’s “Right Round.”
G-Dragon, whose Korean name is Kwon Ji-yong, began training under YG Entertainment at the age of 12. After six years of vocal and dance training, he made his debut in 2006 as part of Big Bang. (Korea Times)