(LEAD) G-Dragon switches new album’s title song amid T.O.P scandal

South Korean singer-rapper G-Dragon poses for a photo during a publicity event in Seoul on May 1, 2017, to promote the apparel brand 8seconds. (Yonhap)

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SEOUL, June 8 (Yonhap) — G-Dragon, a member of South Korean boy band BIGBANG, changed the title song of his new solo album, according to his agency Thursday, most likely to avoid controversy over the provocative name.

The title song of G-Dragon’s album “Kwon Ji Yong,” which comes out Thursday evening, has been changed from “Bullshit” to “Untitled,” according to YG Entertainment. Earlier this month, YG had announced that the title track was “Bullshit.”

YG didn’t offer an explanation as to why the rapper-singer switched the title song. But observers speculate that the artist may have decided to place the provocative hip-hop track on the back burner to avoid controversy, especially in light of band mate T.O.P’s recent marijuana scandal and drug overdose.

A track list of G-Dragon’s new solo album, “Kwon Ji Yong” (Yonhap)

T.O.P was hospitalized Tuesday from an apparent overdose of benzodiazepine, a day after he was indicted without detention on charges of smoking marijuana. He is suspected of smoking the banned substance four times with a 21-year-old female trainee singer at his home in Seoul in October last year.

According to the company, “Untitled” is a slow-tempo track that sings of longing for a love to return after a breakup.

Kwon Ji-yong is G-Dragon’s real name. As the title suggests, the album has an strong autobiographical aspect to it, with lyrics focused on G-Dragon’s personal character and growing pains as he is about to enter his 30s.

“It’s not an album meant to produce another hit song but rather he filled it with the music and lyrics that he wanted to produce and tell,” a YG representative said.

For the album’s physical retail copy, G-Dragon decided to ditch the traditional CD format and release it on a USB drive.

“Alongside digital copies, G-Dragon is selling the album in a USB format. Customarily CDs are produced for sales of physical copies but we opted for a differentiating strategy,” YG said.

Debuting as a BIGBANG member in 2006, the singer made a solo debut in 2009 with “Heartbreaker.” He has since released two more albums: “One of a kind” in 2012 and “Coup d’etat” in 2013.

Following the release of the new album, the singer is to begin a concert tour of 19 cities around the world in Seoul on Saturday.



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