Friday, September 13, 2013

G-Dragon’s ‘Coup d’etat’ invades Billboard charts

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Big Bang leader G-Dragon’s latest album “Coup d’etat” has entered several charts on Billboard including the Billboard 200.

Parts 1 and 2 of the album were released online last Sept. 2 and 5 and both charted on Billboard.
“Coup d’etat, Pt. 1″ debuted at No. 182 on the Billboard 200 chart. Part 1 consists of the songs “Coup d’etat,” “Niliria (featuring Missy Elliot),” R.O.D. (featuring Lydia Paek),” “Black (featuring Jennie Kim)” and “Who You?”.
This is the second time for Big Bang to land on the chart. In March last year, Big Bang’s album “Alive” debuted at No. 150 on Billboard 200.
“Coup d’etat, Pt. 1″ and “Coup d’etat, Pt. 2″ copped the first two places on the World Albums with Part 1 being labeled as a “hot shot debut” by Billboard.
“Coup d’etat, Pt. 2″ includes the songs “Crooked,” “Shake the World,” “MichiGo,” “Niliria (G-Dragon version),” and “You Do.”
On Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart, Part 1 debuted at No. 3 while Part 2 landed at No. 5.
Several songs from the album also debuted in the Top 20 on the Billboard K-pop 100 chart. “Crooked” landed at No. 2, “Black” at No. 3, “Who You?” at No. 4, “I Love You” at No. 13, “Coup d’etat” at No. 15 and “Go” at No. 17.
According to YG Entertainment, “Coup d’etat, Pt. 1″ topped eight countries on the iTunes albums chart upon its release.
All the five songs in Part 1 grabbed the first five places in various online music charts in Korea.
In South Korea, the songs in the album topped the Gaon chart rankings for the Sept. 1 to 7 period.
On the digital singles chart, G-Dragon copped six of the Top 10 places. “Who You?” ranked No. 1 while “Black” is at No. 2, “Coup d’etat” at No. 5, “R.O.D.” at No. 6, “Crooked” at No. 7 and “Niliria (featuring Missy Elliot) is at No. 9.
“Who You?” also topped the online downloads for the week while five other songs from the album are in the Top 10.
G-Dragon performed on “M Countdown” on Sept. 12 and won the music chart trophy.
All the songs in Part 1 and 2 and two others, “Window” and “Black (featuring Sky Ferreira),” are all included in the physical album, which will be released today.
“Coup d’etat” has racked up 300,000 in pre-orders, according to YG Entertainment.

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