BTS Chart-Rigging Scandal: Korean Ministry Of Culture Launches Investigation Into Sajaegi Allegations

The Korean Creative Content Agency is investigating chart-rigging allegations against BTS, revisiting 2017 claims of manipulation. The inquiry involves potential court assistance and consultation with music streaming services, per recent updates.
BTS Chart-Rigging Scandal: Korean Ministry Of Culture Launches Investigation Into Sajaegi Allegations

BTS Chart-Rigging Scandal: Korean Ministry Of Culture Launches Investigation Into Sajaegi Allegations

In the latest update in the ongoing HYBE vs ADOR conflict, the Korean Creative Content Agency, under the Korean Ministry of Culture, has announced that it will be investigating the chart-rigging allegations against BTS.
According to reports, the receipt of an official complaint into the matter has been confirmed by the KCCA. The popular boy band found itself in trouble in 2017 when allegations of chart manipulation, known as sajaegi, surfaced.
Recent updates indicate that a fresh inquiry into the allegations of chart manipulation by BTS' label has been launched. Furthermore, the KCCA may seek assistance from courts or investigators if needed. According to Sports Kyunghyang, KCCA might also solicit information from music streaming services. Once the committee concludes its review, the findings will be forwarded to the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.
"The term 'music chart manipulation' itself is misleading. Whether it's physical albums or digital music, this is clearly 'music chart manipulation.' Whether KOCCA and its subordinate agencies will conduct a proper investigation into music chart manipulation remains questionable, given their close ties with music streaming platforms," an industry insider was quoted as saying.
For those unaware, in 2017, HYBE (formerly BIGHIT Entertainment) faced blackmail from four individuals, including one named Mr Lee. They accused the label of engaging in sajaegi with BTS' 2015 album. Sajaegi refers to the illegal act of manipulating album sales and chart positions to artificially inflate a K-pop artist's popularity. Initially, HYBE settled with the blackmailers, but reports indicate that Mr Lee was later sentenced to one year in prison for the act of blackmail. The other three individuals were fined by the court.
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