Coup d'Etat (G-Dragon album)

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Coup d'Etat
Studio album by G-Dragon
Released Digital:
September 2, 2013 (Part 1)
September 5, 2013 (Part 2)
September 13, 2013
Recorded 2011-13
Genre K-pop, hip hop[1]
Length 45:58
Label YG Entertainment
KT Music
Producer G-Dragon, Teddy, Yang Hyun-suk (exec.)[2]
G-Dragon chronology
One of a Kind
Coup d'Etat
Singles from Coup d'Etat
  1. "Going Crazy"
    Released: April 20, 2013
  2. "Coup d'Etat"
    Released: September 2, 2013
  3. "Crooked"
    Released: September 5, 2013
Part 2 cover

Coup d'Etat (stylized as COUP D'ETAT) is the second studio album by South Korean artist G-Dragon, member and leader of the K-pop group Big Bang. The album was initially released on iTunes. The first five tracks of the album were released on September 2, 2013, the next seven tracks were released on September 5, and physical copies were released on September 13. The album contains the single "Going Crazy" which was released earlier in 2013.[3][4][5]

The album features collaborations from various artists such as Diplo, Baauer, Missy Elliott, Boys Noize, Sky Ferreira, Zion.T, Lydia Paek, and labelmate Jennie Kim.[5][6]


Baauer was involved with the production of the title track "Coup d'Etat".

YG Entertainment announced in June that Missy Elliott and Diplo will be collaborating on the album.[6] A series of teaser photos were then released by YG Entertainment on August 26 and on August 27, 2013.[7][8] YG then released the full album tracklist on September 1 which revealed other collaborating artists such as Lydia Paek, Jennie Kim, Boys Noize, Baauer, and Sky Ferreira.[5]

In LOEN Entertainment's "Ask in A Box" interview, G-Dragon revealed that it took less than two years recording Coup d'Etat. He also revealed that the he recorded "Niliria" in 2011.[9]


G-Dragon and Missy Elliott debuted the song "Niliria" with a live performance on KCON 2013 on August 25, 2013.[10][11][12] YG Entertainment released the music video for "Coup d'Etat" on YouTube on September 1, 2013 which garnered over 750,000 views after a day.[13] The music video for "Crooked" was then released on September 4, 2013.[14][15] G-Dragon performed the tracks "Niliria", "Michi Go" and debuted the song "Black" (with Jennie Kim) on the SBS music show Inkigayo on September 8, 2013.[16][17]

G-Dragon held an art exhibition in Seoul on September 10 to 17, 2013 which coincided with the release of the album. The exhibition was entitled "Space Eight". The art exhibition showcased 88 items which relates to the number 8.[18][19]

On September 29, 2013, YG Entertainment announced that limited edition vinyl copies of Coup d'Etat will be released on October 18. The package is said to include a badge, a mask and a booklet with hand-written lyrics. Photos from the "Space Eight" art exhibition held in Seoul as well as photos from the "Coup d'Etat" music video will also be included. Only 8,888 units will be sold.[20][21] Pre-orders for the vinyl edition was made available on September 30, it sold out on October 2 after getting pre-orders for all copies.[22][23]

Commercial performance[edit]

Tracks from Coup d'Etat topped major Korean music sites such as MelOn, Mnet, Bugs, Naver, and Olleh. A total of seven tracks were placed from one to seven on the Mnet charts upon release,[24] while six tracks from Coup d'Etat were also placed within the top 10 of the Gaon Singles Charts with "Who You?" being number one.[25] Up to June 2014, the album has sold over 5.5 million copies of digital downloads.[25] Coup d'Etat is the third top album digital on Melon of 2013.[26] The album also topped the iTunes charts in several countries.[27][28]

On September 10, it was revealed the physical album had received pre-orders in excess of 300,000 copies in South Korea.[29] The album eventually debuted at number one in the South Korean Albums Chart.[30] The album went on to be number one on the Gaon Charts for the month of September after selling 198,489 copies.[31]

Coup d'Etat, Pt. 1 debuted at number 182 in the US Billboard 200 charts with first week sales of more than 2,000 copies.[32]

Coup d'Etat debuted at number eleven in the Oricon Charts in Japan with an estimated total of 11,150 copies sold during its first week of release.[33]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
MTV Iggy favorable[34]
Pitchfork Media 6.1/10[35]
The New York Times favorable[36]
Tiny Mix Tapes 1/5 stars[37]

Jon Caramanica of The New York Times expressed that "though largely in Korean, Coup d'Etat is perhaps the K-pop album with America most heavily on its mind and in its credits", referring to various collaborations by American artists Baauer, Sky Ferreira, Diplo and Missy Elliott.[36]

Jakob Dorof of Tiny Mix Tapes gave the album a negative review, stating that tracks from Coup d'Etat "just aren't there", further elaborating that "If Missy and Sky’s cameos sound like filler on their own terms, then the suspicion’s confirmed when each of their songs reappear without them for a very challenging game of spot-the-difference." in regards to collaborations from Missy Elliott and Sky Ferreira. Dorof gave the album a rating of one out of five.[37] Corban Goble of Pitchfork Media concluded in his review that, "If you come to Coup d’Etat expecting some kind of revolution you'll be disappointed; it’s an intriguing listen, if not an important one." He gave the album a 6.1 out of 10.[35]

Allkpop music gave the album a favorable review, praising G-Dragon’s songwriting in particular. “GD really shines as a storyteller, as evidenced on 'Black' and 'Who You?', where simple instrumentals accompany emotional delivery that never feels too cheesy or overwrought,” as stated, concluding “When GD doesn't bury himself under the pressure to go hard or remind us of how great he is, he's got a real talent for finding heart- and, in songs like 'Michi Go', 'Niliria', for example, the humor- in all corners of the human experience.” Allkpop gave the album a rating of seven out of ten.[38]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. "Coup d'Etat" (쿠데타; Kudeta, featuring Diplo and Baauer) G-Dragon G-Dragon, Diplo, Baauer Diplo, Baauer 2:58
2. "Niliria" (늴리리야, featuring Missy Elliott) G-Dragon, Missy Elliott Teddy, G-Dragon, Missy Elliott Teddy 2:52
3. "R.O.D." (featuring Lydia Paek) Teddy, G-Dragon, Choice37 Teddy Teddy 3:56
4. "Black" (featuring Jennie Kim) Teddy, G-Dragon Teddy Teddy 3:23
5. "Who You?" (니가 뭔데; Niga Mwonde) G-Dragon G-Dragon, Kush Kush, Choice37 3:21
6. "Shake the World" (세상을 흔들어; Sesangeul Heundeuleo) G-Dragon G-Dragon, Choice37 Choice37 2:55
7. "Going Crazy" (미치Go; Michigo) G-Dragon G-Dragon, Ham Seung-Cheon, Kang Wook-Jin Ham Seung-Cheon, Kang Wook-Jin 3:28
8. "Crooked" (삐딱하게; Ppiddak-hage) G-Dragon, Teddy G-Dragon, Teddy Teddy 3:45
9. "Niliria (G-Dragon ver.)" (늴리리야) G-Dragon, Teddy Teddy, G-Dragon, Missy Elliott Teddy 2:52
10. "Runaway"   G-Dragon G-Dragon, Dee.P Dee.P 3:21
11. "I Love It" (너무 좋아; Neomu Joh-a, featuring Zion.T and Boys Noize) G-Dragon G-Dragon, Boys Noize, Siriusmo Boys Noize, Siriusmo 3:15
12. "You Do (Outro)"   G-Dragon G-Dragon, Choice37 Choice37 2:38
13. "Window"   G-Dragon, Teddy G-Dragon, Choice37, Teddy Choice37 3:47
14. "Black" (featuring Sky Ferreira) G-Dragon, Teddy Teddy Teddy 3:24
Total length:
  • Tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9 are promotional tracks.
  • Part 1 included tracks 1 to 5, whilst Part 2 included tracks 6 to 12.
  • Tracks 13 and 14 are exclusive to the physical edition.



Chart (2013) Peak
Japanese Albums Chart[33] 2
South Korean Albums Chart (Gaon)[30] 1
South Korean Albums Chart (Hanteo)[42] 1
US Billboard 200[32] 182
US World Albums (Billboard)[32] 1