Heartbreaker (G-Dragon album)

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Heartbreaker
Studio album by G-Dragon
Released August 18, 2009
Recorded 2009
Genre K-pop, Rap, hip hop, dance-pop, R&B
Length 35:52
Label YG Entertainment
Producer Yang Hyun Suk, G-Dragon
G-Dragon chronology
Heartbreaker
(2009)
Shine a Light
(2010)
Singles from Heartbreaker
  1. "Heartbreaker"
    Released: 11 August 2009
  2. "Breathe"
    Released: 21 September 2009
  3. "Butterfly"
    Released: 23 October 2009
  4. "A Boy"
    Released: 9 November 2009

Heartbreaker is the solo debut album of South Korean artist G-Dragon, member and leader of Big Bang. The lead single "Heartbreaker", was a hit, topping various charts upon release.[1][2] The album has sold approximately 285,000 copies in South Korea since its release.[3][4]

Information[edit]

Although initially scheduled to be released in April, the released date was pushed back to August[5] to coincide with his 21st birthday.[6] G-Dragon collaborated with several artists, including Teddy Park of 1TYM, Tae Yang of G-Dragon's own group, and CL and Dara of 2NE1. His song "The Leaders" (which featured Teddy and CL) also referenced Girls' Generation's song "Gee", SS501's Kim Kyu Jong's "Wuss Up", as well as 2NE1's "I Don't Care." Additionally, the song "Sonyeoniya" featured the thoughts and struggles he had to go through as a young boy who started as a YG trainee at the age of 12.[7] The lead single "Heartbreaker" has reached number-one on various charts, including the Mnet and Melon Music chart, while "Breathe" was ranked in the Top 20.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. "A Boy" (소년이여; Sonyeoniyeo) G-Dragon G-Dragon, Choice37 Choice37 3:29
2. "Heartbreaker"   G-Dragon G-Dragon, Jimmy Thornfelt Jimmy Thornfeldt 3:22
3. "Breathe"   G-Dragon G-Dragon, Jimmy Thornfelt Jimmy Thornfeldt 3:27
4. "Butterfly (featuring Jin Jung)"   G-Dragon Choice37, G-Dragon Choice37 3:42
5. "Hello (featuring Sandara)"   G-Dragon Kush, G-Dragon Kush 3:17
6. "Gossip Man (featuring Kim Gunmo)"   G-Dragon Teddy, G-Dragon Teddy 3:31
7. "Korean Dream (featuring Taeyang)"   G-Dragon G-Dragon, Jimmy Thornfelt Jimmy Thornfeldt 3:16
8. "The Leaders (featuring Teddy & CL)"   G-Dragon, Teddy, CL Teddy Teddy 3:48
9. "She's Gone (featuring Kush)"   G-Dragon Kush, G-Dragon Kush 3:44
10. "1 Year Station" (1년 정거장; Ilnyeon Jeonggeojang) G-Dragon Kush, G-Dragon Kush 4:04
Total length:
35:52

Chart[edit]

Sales[edit]

Chart Amount
Gaon physical sales[8]
  • 210,303(2009)
  • 33,453(2010)
  • 15,000(2011)
  • 16,792(2012)
  • 12,853(2013)

Controversy[edit]

G-Dragon was accused of plagiarism by Sony Music, as his tracks "Heartbreaker" and "Butterfly" are similar to Flo Rida's "Right Round" and Oasis's "She's Electric", respectively.[9][10] EMI1, who also has rights to "Right Round" said that they saw no similarities between these two songs.[11] Sony Korea has denied G-Dragon the ability to promote the track any further without paying reparations. On September 21, 2009, Sisa Magazine, a news program on MBC, stated that officials from Sony reportedly sent YG Entertainment warning letters about plagiarism. Sony's legal representative stated, "It was a hard decision for the music critics." However, they decided that there were similarities and accordingly issued a warning letter to the production company and composers. They have also denied YG Entertainment the permission to promote these songs. However, YG Entertainment claims that nothing has been decided or legally determined and that the "letter" which YG received from Sony is not considered legal action; the company has also stated that they have not received a direct response from the American publishers regarding this matter.[12] On March 6, 2010, YG Entertainment announced that they personally contacted Flo Rida's representatives and Flo Rida is going to appear as a featuring artist in a new version of Heartbreaker, to be released as a bonus track on G-Dragon's Live Concert Album. Then on May 22 G-Dragon appeared as a special guest at Flo Rida's Korea concert and performed the new version of Heartbreaker featuring Flo Rida.

Awards[edit]

Year Award-Giving Body Category Result
2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards Album of the Year[13] Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ (English) Kim, Lynn. G-Dragon conquers Korean music charts Asia Economy. September 7, 2009. Retrieved September 29, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Han Sang, Hee (October 28, 2009). "G-Dragon Shines on First Album". Korea Times. Retrieved November 5, 2009. 
  3. ^ (English) Seo Tai-ji Tops Album Sales. The Korea Times September 18, 2009. Retrieved September 29, 2009.
  4. ^ "G-Dragon album designated as harmful media content". 10asia. Retrieved January 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ (English)[1] (English) Kim, Lynn. G-Dragon Vol. 1 - Heartbreaker Yes Asia. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
  6. ^ (English) G-Dragon of Big Bang to Release Solo Album KBS World. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
  7. ^ (English) Han, Sang-hee. G-Dragon to Hold 1st Solo Concert The Korea Times. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
  8. ^ (Korean) "Gaon album chart". Gaon. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ (English) YG Hits Sony Over Plagiarism Allegations. The Korea Times. September 25, 2009. Retrieved September 29, 2009.
  10. ^ Lee Sung, Moo (October 28, 2009). "Is Plagiarism a New Genre?". The Korea Times. Retrieved November 7, 2009. 
  11. ^ (Korean) 지드래곤, '표절이라 단정하기엔 섣부른 판단!'. 한경닷컴. August 21, 2009. Retrieved Oct 2, 2009.
  12. ^ (Korean) “표절 경고장 불쾌”…양현석 뿔났다. donga.com. September 25, 2009. Retrieved October 2, 2009.
  13. ^ "2009 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.

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