Kim Na-young to fight ‘false rumors’Singer Kim Na-young reported netizens who “falsely spread rumors about her manipulating the charts” for defamation on Friday.
Kim’s agency Neverland Entertainment announced Friday that it has submitted a report to the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office requesting investigations into certain netizens who were spreading rumors about Kim’s alleged sajaegi.
As defined in the dictionary, sajaegi refers to the act of buying something in bulk knowing that it will sell at a higher price in the future. In the music industry, it refers to the act of buying albums in bulk to increase the sales of a particular act and help them perform well on the charts.
In the digital era, the word has come to stand for manipulating the charts on various music streaming services by using multiple IDs to stream or download an artist’s music so that they appear on the charts.
“These netizens are using information online that have not been confirmed to be true as if they are facts and spreading rumors about Kim with malice,” the agency said in its statement.
“We cannot let just a couple of people ruin the reputation and fame that artists have worked very hard to build. Melon [a music streaming service] did not find any irregularities in the purchase records of Kim’s songs. We will continue to take legal action regarding the issue.
By Esther Chung