BIGBANG and GD are only two singers who cause very high traffic on Korean online music sites
Who do you think is the most popular and influential k-pop star? There could be various opinions, and it's not easy to determine the ranking of k-pop stars by measuring their popularity. But, how about the traffic of online music sites? If the traffic of online music sites increases rapidly when a k-pop singer releases his or her new album, yeah it means the k-pop singer is very popular and influential. The traffic is recorded in real time, and there are people who analyze the data.
So, here's a statement from the senior researcher of Gaon chart. According to him, BIGBANG and G-Dragon are only two singers who cause very high traffic on Korean online music sites.
When PSY's new album was released on May 10, the traffic of online music sites didn't increase rapidly even though he is a very famous singer. However, When GD's new album was released on June 8, the traffic increased very rapidly, and the album caused very high traffic on online music sites. I've been observing the traffic of Korean online music sites for a long time, but the traffic increased very rapidly only when BIGBANG and G-Dragon released their new albums. The reason why they cause very high traffic on Korean online music sites is because all the tracks of their albums receive great attention from music fans. The other singers can't cause very high traffic because music fans are interested only in their title tracks.
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