G-Dragon’s new album tops iTunes in 41 countries » Manila Bulletin Entertainment


Big Bang’s leader G-Dragon set a new record for a Korean artist by topping iTunes in 41 countries and territories aside from ruling all music charts in South Korea.

G-Dragon (Instagram)

G-Dragon released his new solo album “Kwon Ji Yong,” which is his real name, on June 8 and it quickly rose to No. 1 on domestic and international charts.

The album zoomed to the top on iTunes Top Albums charts in the Philippines, US, Canada, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Ukraine as of press time.

This put G-Dragon on record as the Korean artist with the most No. 1 rankings on iTunes through one album.

“Kwon Ji Yong” consists of five tracks: “Untitled, 2014” “Middle Fingers Up,” “Bull***t,” “Super Star” and “Divina Commedia.”

At the last minute, YG Entertainment changed the album’s title song to “Untitled, 2014” from the previously announced “Bull***t” and no explanation was given.

“Untitled, 2014” is a slow beat song about G-Dragon missing his former lover, the agency said. The song’s music video on YouTube has garnered 4.63 million views in 18 hours.

For the first time, G-Dragon released the album in USB drive instead of the usual CD. The physical album was released on June 10.

On the same day, G-Dragon also kicked off his world tour “ACT III, M.O.T.T.E” at the Sang-am World Cup Stadium in Seoul and then visit 19 cities in Asia, North America and Oceania.

“Kwon Ji Yong” is his first solo album in four years after “Coup d’etat” in 2013.

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