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(LEAD) G-Dragon record tops iTunes chart in 39 countries

All News 16:19 June 09, 2017

(ATTN: UPDATES with details of Chinese chart performance in para 4)

SEOUL, June 9 (Yonhap) -- G-Dragon's new solo album has conquered Apple's iTunes album charts in 39 countries upon its release, his agency said Friday.

"Kwon Ji Yong," the fourth solo album released by the singer-rapper of boy band BIGBANG, has stormed the charts in the United States, Canada, Argentina, France and Hong Kong, according to YG Entertainment.

Other countries include Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Singapore and Spain. The title song "Untitled" has also conquered all eight major South Korean music streaming charts as well.

"Untitled" also swept the number one spots on all five of category charts on China's QQ Music. The song topped the new song, music video, K-pop music video, trending and real-time popularity charts as of Friday afternoon.

Kwon Ji-yong is G-Dragon's real name. As the title suggests, the album has a strong autobiographical aspect to it, with lyrics focused on G-Dragon's personal character and growing pains as he is about to enter his 30s.

Album art for G-Dragon's new album "Kwon Ji Yong" (Yonhap)

The music video for "Untitled" has also racked up some 4.1 million views on YouTube within 15 hours of its release.

Just hours before the album's release, G-Dragon changed the main song of his new solo album from "Bullshit" to "Untitled."

YG didn't offer an explanation as to why the rapper-singer switched the main song. But observers speculate that the artist may have decided to place the provocative hip-hop track on the back burner to avoid controversy, especially in light of band mate T.O.P's recent marijuana scandal and drug overdose.

T.O.P was hospitalized Tuesday from an apparent overdose of benzodiazepine, a day after he was indicted without detention on charges of smoking marijuana. He is suspected of smoking the banned substance four times with a 21-year-old female trainee singer at his home in Seoul in October last year.

Debuting as a BIGBANG member in 2006, G-Dragon made his solo debut in 2009 with "Heartbreaker." He has since released two more albums: "One of a kind" in 2012 and "Coup d'etat" in 2013.

Following the release of the new album, the singer is to begin a concert tour of 19 cities around the world in Seoul on Saturday.

In this file photo, G-Dragon poses for a photo during a publicity event in Seoul on May 1, 2017, to promote the apparel brand 8seconds. (Yonhap)


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