B1A4 Accused by Other Fans on ‘Mass Buying’ of Albums
B1A4 is being accused for buying out its own albums in order to raise the score on album sales charts.
WM Entertainment, B1A4’s agency, and Hanteo Chart expressed their concerns regarding their current situation. They reported, “It’s been hard to carry on with our activities due to the fans calling in.”
B1A4’s second full-length album Who Am I recently ranked number one under the weekly album sales charts of Hot Tracks, Interpark, Yes24, Aladdin and Kyobo Books. In addition, the album also charted at number one under Japan’s Tower Records, HMV Japan and more.
However, the fans of other idol groups have raised objections against B1A4’s accomplishment, claiming that the agency bought off the albums in order to raise the group’s ranking on the charts, even sending out official mails to Korean press reporters.
They claimed, “According to Hanteo Chart’s data pulled between January 17 and 19, B1A4 sold over 8,000 albums within just two hours. Even when you consider fan signing or group purchase, this number is impossible.”
About this controversy, B1A4’s agency told enews, “The album showed normal increase in album sales. But the fans have been demanding to see the receipts for the 67,000 copies of the album that have been sold so far. We are worried that this may tag B1A4 with a bad name, who’ve worked very hard to accomplish this.”
Hanteo Chart also claimed, “The album sales increased during that time period, due to the fan signing event and purchase made by countries overseas. The sales records did not increase due to an artificial influence, but was a natural result.”
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