G-Dragon is all set to begin his first solo European tour in September. Meanwhile, Dragon's agency, YG Entertainment has revealed that the K-pop idol will be adding five more cities to his schedule. Titled ACT III, MOTTE,' the live concert will be held in Birmingham, London, Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Paris, and Berlin. With this, the Big Bang member will be holding solo concerts in 29 cities including 9 cities in Asia, 8 cities in North America, 4 cities in Oceania, and 3 cities in Japan.
Dragon's next pitstop will be Bangkok, Thailand on July 7. Meanwhile, his latest USB album Kwon Ji Yong has divided the music industry quite literally. There is a widespread discussion happening on whether the USB can be accepted as a full-fledged album. Recently, the Korea Music Content Industry Association—that operates Gaon charts— announced that the USB cannot technically be acknowledged as an album.
According to them, any physical object that contains music will be considered as an album. But, Dragon's latest USB only contains a link to download the album. So, technically there is no music in the object and Gaon has rejected the work. The organisation has also christened such works as 'Kino album.'
However, music streaming site, Billboard, has accepted Dragon's album despite the debate. They confirmed that the album will be listed on its charts as long as its American sales (combining the physical and digital forms) are reported on Neilsen Music. The controversy has opened up a whole lot of questions in the Korean music industry. Are fans really listening to music on CDs today? With the digital revolutions at its best, netizens feel that any form of music should be eligible for listing.
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