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GD is a ‘heartbreaker’

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With his new album released, G-Dragon managed to steal 9 of top 10 spots on Korea’s top ranking charts. All but one song, “Korean Dream (feat. Taeyang)” ranked number 11. You’d think with Taeyang and it being called what it is, it would have ranked higher right? This new album has been the talk among fans everywhere, now will the sales be just as sweet as his smile?

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Even though GD‘s managed to steal ten of the spots on the charts means nothing if sales are not as expected. Meaning, if they don’t outsell 2NE1‘s debut album, there is a problem. While many fans are encouraging others’ to purchase the album, how many of you actually did?

I said it before, all those accusations seem to have been a PR stunt set by the marketing department and/or GD himself. Don’t believe me? Look at the charts, he dominated the top 9 slots. Ever since he released the first 30 seconds of “HEARTBREAKER“, accusations have been said that GD plagerized Flo rida’s “Right Round“. Even though Warner Bros. dismissed it as plagerism, I do agree with them to a point. The fact that he used recycle beats is undeniable. Did he copy Flo rida? I don’t think so. I said it before and I’ll say it again, everyone uses recycled beats.

Truth be told I was a bit skeptical to listen to it when I got the cd. I actually waited to see what others would say, and it’s been nothing but praise so far. I finally listened to it and I actually like it.

HEARTBREAKER” is diverse in its sounds, a rarity for solo albums. It was this missing diversity which made Big Bang‘s Japanese album a disappointment (if GD did any co-producing in that album). “A boy” is a typical GD song to be honest, its a very cliché song. We’ve all heard the tiny preview of “HEARTBREAKER“, after finally listening to the whole song, well there’s not much to say other than it sounds like what you heard. You’ll like it though, it’s catchy and a club tune, same goes for the song “Breathe“.

Now the song “Butterfly” did surprise me. He went acoustic and pulled it off well. It isn’t something I would have expected from him, but I wouldn’t put it past him either. Think of Jason Mraz and you’ll get what I’m saying. If you don’t, then just know this: it’s a song that if he did it all in English, it would be playing on U.S. radio stations. Out of all the songs, this falls into the adult contemporary genre.

If anything that made me laugh was the song, “The Leaders” featuring none other than other YG leaders, Teddy (1Tyme) and CL(2NE1). Why did this song make me smile and laugh? Upon hearing the preview from Big Bang TV, it reminded me of Snoop and Pharrell‘s “Drop it like its hot“. Don’t get me wrong, it still does. Hearing it whole and finalized brings me back to the old school hip hop tunes. CL is hot in the track, sorry GD, you were afraid she was going to be better than you and unfortunately for you, she is. My only concern here is, if fans are going to be bumping this song in L.A., don’t. You might get laughed at or shot, just kidding. Think thug music and that describes “The Leaders“. Which is ironic because none of the leaders are thugs.

Remember when Big Bang went rock with “Friend” and “Dirty Cash“? Remember when they failed at them too? Fortunately for GD he did right by the song, “She’s Gone“. The song, like “Butterfly“, is different from the rest of the album, adding flavor and style. While GD may not have the best ‘grunge’ type vocals, his attempt is commendable and not horrible. You can understand what he saying, which is a lot more than those who are in grunge rock bands and you can’t understand a thing they’re saying.

Through the net, non Big Bang fans have taken a liking to this album as well. Which is a good thing, because it will open them up to listen to Big Bang. If you’re not familiar with G-Dragon‘s style, he is a very unique person, with a unique style and has flavor. Although his rapping still sounds the same in almost every song. What will you get in this album? You’ll get club/dance, pop, rock and acoustic in this album and they all fuse together like a Robek’s smoothie.

Three of eleven songs made this an ‘A’ album. While the other songs are typical GD and club type songs, the fact is he added flavor and did this album his way. It wasn’t made for him, he made it the way he wanted to. You can see his style is very diverse and is great at expressing himself through music.

It seems he made this album this way because he can’t fully express himself in Big Bang. Why? Because in Big Bang, he isn’t just writing for himself, he’s writing for 4 other people. When you have your own album, you have more freedom for creativity. While I wouldn’t call him a genius so much, he has major talent, a music prodigy.

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Can G-Dragon ‘DROP IT LIKE ITS HOT’?

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The album cover, title and track list are out, but can GD really drop it like it’s hot?

Lately, G-Dragon has been droppin’ previews from his album on his me2day and on Big Bang TV. But how much of it really is original? YG has gotten blasted in the past for “plagiarism” over other songs and this time it’s no different. With all the publicity of his 33 sec preview of “HEARTBREAKER“, anyone who listens to American pop music knows that it sounds like Flo Rida’s “Right Round“. The only difference honestly is the change in keys. While GD has a higher tone in voice and sound, Flo Rida has a more bass tone.


On August 11, YG Entertainment said, “In no way was Heartbreaker plagiarized. This is a completely original track created by G-Dragon.”*

Then on August 12, YG released another statement, only this time, contradicting themselves. “Up until this point, G-Dragon’s solo album has been touched by many hands. It was co-produced and the title song ‘Heartbreaker’ had been produced hand in hand with Swedish producers.*

If indeed they worked with Swedish producers, it’s possible that Flo Rida worked with those same producers. It’s impossible for GD to not have heard those same beats, especially since he listens to a lot of hip hop and American music.

It’s not just Flo Rida, but it seems that GD’s latest sneak peek of the song “The Leaders (wassup)” sounds like Snoop Dog and Pharrell’s “Drop it like its hot“. It’s not as obvious as Flo Rida’s, but if you know American hip hop, you know that “The Leaders” had to have been influenced by Snoop and Pharrell.


Either way, GD and YG, just own up to it if you did. No one is gonna hate you, everyone recycles beats….and I mean everyone. Really you are getting cool beats from some of my favorite songs. Maybe that’s why when I heard “The Leaders (wassup)”, I heard Snoop and Pharrell too.

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2. Heartbreaker
3. Breathe
4. Butterfly (feat. Jin Jung)
5. Hello (feat. Sandara)
6. Gossip man (feat. Kim Gun Mo)
7. Korean Dream (feat. TaeYang)
8. What’s up (feat. Teddy , CL)
9. She’s Gone (feat. KUSH)
10. Hollow
11. 1년 정거장 (Station 1 year)

*statements cited from allkpop

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