Hanteo Chart clarifies that TWICE did not manipulate the chart rankings through Sajaegi
A week ago, a netizen posted on an online community which started malicious rumours that TWICE might have manipulated the charts through Sajaegi. It all started when their new Eyes Wide Open album sales increased by 80,000 copies in just 1 minute. Thereby netizens wonder how the JYP girl group can sell so many albums in such a short time.
In the past, netizens noticed that other TWICE’s albums also had suddenly jumped on the charts such as ‘Fancy.’When released in 2019, this album suddenly sold a vast number of albums in one day. Therefore, the netizen began suspecting the 9 girls of Sajaegi.
Malicious rumours spread widely, making TWICE’s reputation seriously affected. In the end, Hanteo Charts had to post a statement clarifying that TWICE did not manipulate the charts through Sajaegi. It seems that Hanteo had received a series of questions about this girl group’s sudden increase in album sales, so they had to make an official announcement.
Hanteo’s announcement is as follows:
“Hello, how are you? This is the Hanteo Charts.
We have been receiving many inquires about a specific artist’s album sales since last week. We apologize for delaying our reply because we wanted to check the information clearly.
We have analyzed the data in detail and checked that the album sales were a result gathered from 20 different countries.
There have been many slandering, defaming, and malicious rumour posts created due to this issue. It is clearly illegal to spread unverified information, create malicious rumours, and/or slander a specific individual or group.
The post in question can bring negative influence and cause harm to the artist, the fandoms, and the staff in the industry. We believe that these negative influences should not occur for anyone.
We have collected massive data from everyone, along with data from our internal monitoring. We are preparing to take strong legal action with our legal team.
We plan to take strict measures against these malicious activities for the betterment of the future of K-pop. We ask all users for support and cooperation to make the culture of K-pop more beautiful.