Singer Lim Jae Hyun Responds To Accusations Of Chart Manipulation After Song Tops Melon

Rookie singer Lim Jae Hyun addressed a controversy surrounding his song “If There Was Practice in Love.”

While the track was released in September of last year, it rose to the top of the realtime chart of Korea’s largest music site Melon at midnight KST on May 21. It has maintained that ranking every hour since then. It also ranks high on other major music charts, including Mnet and Genie.

The song didn’t receive a great amount of attention when it was first released in September, but some have attributed its sudden success to covers being posted on YouTube by Monday Kiz’s Lee Jin Sung and a YouTuber who calls himself Cerebral Palsy Creator. As of the time of this article’s publication, Lee Jin Sung’s video has 435,900 views and Cerebral Palsy Creator’s video has 2.36 million views. Some people have written to share that they found out about the song through the YouTube cover videos.

At the same time, others have questioned the song’s sudden rise and expressed their suspicions of chart manipulation. For many, this is due to the fact that an artist such as Lim Jae Hyun, who is so new that his name does not even come up on portal sites, could take No. 1 just through the power of “word of mouth” via social media. People have expressed their suspicions about the song rising to first place during the night when idol fandoms usually dominate, and then maintaining a higher rank than currently popular tracks by idol groups such as BTS, TWICE, and WINNER, as well as digitally strong artists including Park Hyo Shin, Davichi, and Jannabi.

On May 22, Lim Jae Hyun posted on Instagram to address the controversy and deny any chart manipulation.

His statement is as follows:

Hello, this is Lim Jae Hyun.

I’m so grateful that you have shown interest and love for my song ‘If There Was Practice in Love.’

I wonder if I’m someone who deserves this love… I’m just in a daze and grateful. I was born in 1997, and I’m a student in my second year at the Seoul Institute of the Arts, majoring in vocals. For your reference, I’m currently not registered on Naver. The other singer Lim Jae Hyun who appears on Naver is not me.

I do not feel prideful or conceited at all about the love I’m receiving now. I’m grateful to everyone who has told me off or given me advice in terms of what I lack when it comes to music.

The recent controversy about my song is clearly false. My family, myself, and the people who love me are being severely hurt mentally by the spreading of rumors, thoughtless slander, defamation of character, and malicious comments. Since this can clearly become a criminal act, I earnestly ask you to stop these malicious actions.

I did not do anything at all that would betray the trust in me held by the people who like my music and who trust and support me. There is a lot that I want to say, and a lot that is unfair, but I’ll stop here and work hard so that I can present you with even better music.

I express my gratitude to the people who love me. I won’t forget my original intentions and will work tirelessly. Thank you.

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안녕하세요 임재현 입니다 이번 제 노래 '사랑에 연습이 있었다면'에 뜨거운 관심과 사랑을 보내주셔서 너무 감사드립니다. 제가 이런 사랑을 받아도 되는 사람인가.. 얼떨떨하고 황송하기만 합니다.. 저는 97년생의 서울예대 보컬전공 2학년 학생입니다. 참고로 현재 네이버에 인물등록이 되있지않아 네이버에 나오는 또다른 임재현 이라는 가수분은 제가 아님을 밝힙니다. 저는 이번에 받은 사랑에 대해 절대 자만하거나 우쭐하는 마음이 없습니다. 저의 음악적인 부족함을 더욱더 꾸짖어 주시고 저에게 조언해주시는 모든 분들에게 감사드립니다. 최근 제 노래에 대한 논란은 명백히 사실이 아니며 루머 유포와 무분별한 비방, 명예훼손 및 악성 댓글로 인해 저를 포함한 저희 가족은 물론 저를 사랑해주시는 분들까지 심각한 정신적 고통과 상처를 받고 있습니다.. 이는 명백한 범죄 행위가 될 수 있음에 계속되는 악의적인 행위들을 멈춰주시기 간곡히 부탁 드립니다.. 저는 제 음악을 좋아해주시고 저를 믿고 응원 해주시는 분들에게 믿음을 저버릴 행동은 절대 하지 않았습니다. 하고싶은 말도 많고 억울한 부분도 많지만 말을 줄이고 더 좋은 음악을 들려 드릴 수 있도록 열심히 노력하겠습니다. 저를 사랑해주시는 분들께 정말 감사하다는 말씀 드리면서 초심 잃지 않고 끊임없이 노력하는 가수가 되겠습니다. 감사합니다

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