Various media outlets accuse former EXO member Kris Wu of manipulating iTunes U.S. chart and sales with his latest album, “Antares”
On November 8, various foreign media outlets reported, “Kris Wu’s solo debut album dominated the iTunes U.S. chart on November 6. Ariana Grande’s “Thank you, Next” is the only track from the Top 10 Songs that is not from the Chinese-Canadian artist’s album.”
Regarding this phenomenon, these media outlets are accusing Kris Wu of “fraudulently” acquiring the iTunes U.S. sales. They argue that these sales seem rather suspicious, taking into account that his album “Antares” has yet been released in China.
One media outlet pointed out that as soon as Wu’s album became available in China, his rank slipped down to no. 90 on the U.S. iTunes Chart. In addition, another outlet supported the claim by saying, “While he’s a household name in Asia, in America, he’s comparably an unknown. Looking at the phenomenon from different angles, we suspect there has been a manipulation.”
As a result, Wu’s albums sales were reported as a scam to Nielsen and will not count toward the iTunes sales chart disseminated by Billboard.
Regarding the accusation, Apple Music remains silent.
Translated by Dasol Kim