Did any of you guys check out the official K-pop chart rankings this week? G-Dragon just landed six songs in the top ten (and his album also charted on the Billboard 200 off digital sales alone), while Seungri's "Gotta Talk To U" just plunged to No. 33 in its third week.
I was not here for G-Dragon's "Black" when I saw "featuring blah blah blah of YG's next generic flop" tacked on next to it, but then he released a second version of the song featuring Sky Ferreira, and I was all in. Who the hell saw this collaboration coming? The King of K-pop (YG stans' delusional words, not mine) hooking up with the Queen of Blog-Pop is the most random pairing since T-ara N4 collided with Chris Brown's misogynistic fist.
As a massive BIGBANG fan, I've honestly tried to get into G-Dragon's solo career, but I just can't do it. As I've said a thousand times before, he's the Will.i.am of BIGBANG. He's incredible as the creative force and puppet master behind his group and the other artists he produces, but on his own he's fucking unbearable. Not to mention that all his solo music is just a bad regurgitation of whatever happens to be popping off in America at the time, yet somehow it always managed to conquer the K-pop charts with total ease. Meanwhile, sex fiend Seungri and the unfairly maligned CL are flopping like there's no tomorrow despite putting out the best music that YG Entertainment has had to offer.
Seungri'sVVIP mini-album is easily the best BIGBANG solo release to date. Ever since it dropped back in early 2011, I've thought of Seungri as the less-successful Fergie of BIGBANG with his stunning-but-sparse solo career, while G-Dragon is the inescapable Will.i.am, who's brilliant at pulling the strings of others, but unbearable on his own. Judging from the couple of quick spins I've given Seungri's latest album, Let's Talk About Love, it doesn't quite stack up to the perfection of VVIP, but its lead single, "Gotta Talk 2 U," is definitely something special.