Netizens confused with Yang Hyun Suk’s statement, “I applaud Im Chang Jung for beating iKON”

Just last week, iKON released the first half of their debut album WELCOME BACK, unveiling their double title track “Rhythm Ta” and “Airplane,” which rose up the charts.

Unfortunately, with the comeback album release of veteran singer 칠 who is celebrating his 20th anniversary this year, iKON did not achieve all-kill with their official debut releases.

As a response, Yang Hyun Suk commented, “I applaud Im Chang Jung [for topping the charts] for seven days.” 

During the press conference of iKON’s debut concert SHOW TIME on October 3rd, Yang Hyun Suk had met with several media reporters as he covered several topics.

“I regret that they didn’t reach #1,” said the YG Entertainment CEO, “It would have been great to win 1st place but it is alright, first of all, Im Chang Jung is iKON’s sunbae by 20 years. If we had lost to another idol group I would have been sad but, I applaud Im Chang Jung for topping the charts for seven days.”

“iKON won first place in another chart and is in top 10 on Melon. Isn’t it amazing as their first album.”

Koreaboo has collected reactions from Netizens who commented on the original article from our Korean source. The below comments are the most popular comments at the time of this article being published.

Netizen comments from TV Report via Naver:

[+271, -16] Isn’t it a given that he would beat iKON??

[+248, -16] Is it such a huge feat for him to beat iKON? They’re not even first on other charts??

[+230, -13] He doesn’t even have that big of a fandom…but he won 1st everywhere this is a true winner…

[+160, -3] You won two awards and you talk like that?

Netizen comments from Pann:

[+193, -9] Whoopee.. Did they think God Chang Jung would party for beating a rookie… Their arrogant because their CEO is like this too, talking as if iKON is a top level group that no one can beat, Im Chang Jung’s track is really good.

[+162, -16] The singers are arrogant because their CEO is like this tsk tsk I didn’t say who it was^^ But you know who I’m talking about ㅋ

[+132, -8] Tsk…ㅈㄴ I’ve seen rookie groups getting promoted by big companies before but never media play like this. YG really stans iKONㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Source: TV Report and Pann