TS Entertainment is accused of bulk-buying B.A.P’s BADMAN album

B.A.P and TS Entertainment has come under fire again, but this time it’s by the general netizen population of the K-Pop world. Netizens are accusing TS Entertainment of bulk-buying B.A.P’s BADMAN album.

A day before B.A.P’s 3rd mini-album BADMAN was set to be released, the album already had 20,000 pre-orders, which apparently is a number only top-tier K-pop groups see.

But the 20,000 pre-orders wasn’t the real red-flag. It was the huge spike in sales that the album saw on Hanteo’s chart. At 5:00PM KST, BADMAN sold 1,716 copies, but 30 minutes later, that number skyrocketed to 19,762 copies.

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Netizens were saying that even Super Junior at their prime wouldn’t be able to achieve that huge of a sales spike, and most top-tier groups usually see only around 5,000-8,000 additional sales with each Hanteo update, not 18,000, and for B.A.P, a rookie group, to achieve those sales within a 30-minute time span is even more irregular.

TS Entertainment accused of bulk-buying B.A.P's BADMAN album

B.A.P’s Babyz quickly jumped to the group’s defense saying that B.A.P recently held a concert in Singapore where the album was selling. The group also has a great international fanbase that could’ve helped contribute to B.A.P’s huge sales spike.

After the huge irregularity on the charts, B.A.P’s BADMAN sales number only increased around a hundred copies every half hour until it reached a standstill from 8:00PM to 11:00PM. On August 9th, the album sales numbers seemed to have normalized after the physical album was released.

Whatever the case may be, these accusations alongside the plagiarism accusations and TS Entertainment’s terrible response to them have not been good for B.A.P. But B.A.P is powering through with their continued promotions for BADMAN. Hopefully all of this negativity blows over and these boys can continue their career in peace.

130808 – Hanteo Real-Time Chart

10:00 – 553

10:30 – 553

11:00 – 553

11:30 – 553

12:00 – 553

12:30 – 571

13:30 – 571

14:00 – 571

15:30 – 1,398

16:00 – 1,398

16:30 – 1,593

17:00 – 1,716

17:30 – 19,762

18:00 – 19,839

18:30 – 20,012

19:00 – 20,053

20:00 – 20,380

20:30 – 20,380

21:00 – 20,383

21:30 – 20,383

22:00 – 20,383

22:30 – 20,383

23:00 – 20,383

 

130809 – Hanteo Real-Time Chart

10:00 – ?

13:00 – 1,140

13:30 – 1,234

14:00 – 1,407

16:00 – 4,314

16:30 – 6,882

17:00 – 6,969

17:30 – 9,577

18:00 – 10,436

18:30 – 12,884

19:00 – 12,910

20:00 – 15,374

20:30 – 15,642

21:00 – 15,704

Source: OneHallyu