With sajaegi accusations and alleged occurrences as strong as ever, rumors regarding the real reason why veteran singer Im Chang Jung delayed the release of his most recent album has become a hot topic.
On online community board Instiz posted on October 3rd, a netizen published a discussion thread titled “Im Chang Jung already knew about sajaegi on online music charts.”
Sajaegi is when companies buy albums, or “hoarding,” to boost up the ranking of artists. They are essentially buying back their artist’s albums.
Im Chang Jung was originally set to release his 20th anniversary album on September 15th, however, it was inexplicably pushed back a week to September 22nd.
Posted on his DC Gallery, Im Chang Jung writes on September 11th, “Regarding the delay of the album~~~~ Next week~ you’ll see why~! You’ll be happy if you see why~!!! ^^ Next week, you’ll find out~!!! ^^ It’s a good thing, so be happy~!! If you knew the same thing, you’d have also told me to delay it~! Only if you knew~! ^^”.
However, fans who commented on the above post revealed that fans were clueless about his “hint” and the reason behind his album delay as the posted comments like, “Why are you delaying the album when you’re having a concert soon???”
On the day of his album release, September 22nd, Im Chang Jung returns to DC Gallery to post once again, “While I was making the songs…. While I was making the songs~… I wasn’t thinking of the general public but only you stupid people that have been by my side…..”
“You have all been by my side for a long time~ I was happy thinking how you guys would be smiling like today… It’s all I need….. All I need… I will continue writing lyrics~ and melodies on my handphone~!!! Thank you~ so much!!!!^^ You f******~!!!! ^^” (Note: Im Chang Jung is known to affectionally call his fans names)
“If you understand~~ Return to now~!! You must be busy~~!!!…… And about the digital sajaegi~! I already knew some one was going to do it two weeks ago~!! I guess in about a week, the effects will go away~and I’ll be able to make my comeback…..^^”.
“So what’s to be happy about (why did you delay your album)?”
Comments read, “…Sajae…gi…ou….st…?” “Sajaegi…..”
Veteran singer Lim Chang Jung’s “Love Again” is currently taking over music charts at number 1 showing how even such a strong song would have been effected by the practice of sajaegi.
Koreaboo has collected reactions from Netizens who commented on the original article from our Korean source. The below comments are the most popular comments at the time of this article being published.
- ㅋㅋㅋㅋChang Jung Oppaㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
- The reason why he delayed his album was because of sajaegi…..
- “fuckers”ㄱㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㄱso funnyㅋㅋㅋ
- His fans are telling him to stop pretending to be cuteㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ the fans are funny tooㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
- So someone was doing sajaegi when he originally thought of releasing his album?? daebak…
- Hmm…so whose song was at #1 during his 2 week delay I wonder…