K-pop group KINGDOM recalls an album cover that resembles a Quran.

The Agency of KINGDOM Following a disagreement over the seventh mini album’s cover art for KINGDOM, GF Entertainment has officially apologized.

When the album’s pre-order period began on September 21, some people expressed worry over its cover, which they claimed resembled the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam. In response, the agency apologized to the Muslim community and anybody else who could have been impacted and expressed sorry for their ignorance. The organization also declared the recall and destruction of all 70,000 copies of the first edition of the album, with intentions to reissue the record with a fresh look and resume pre-orders on September 26. The album’s October 18 scheduled official release date has not changed.

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The full statement from GF Entertainment is as follows in English:

Hello, this is GF Entertainment.

We’ve recently received feedback concerning the cover of KINGDOM’s 7th mini album, which was originally scheduled for pre-order on the 21st. It has been pointed out that the design bears some resemblance to the Islamic scripture.

KINGDOM is a group that strives to showcase the richness of world cultures through K-pop, with a strong commitment to promoting cultural diversity and coexistence. We deeply regret that this controversy has arisen due to our lack of awareness and oversight, and we acknowledge our shortcomings in this matter. We offer our sincere apologies to the Muslim community and anyone else who may have felt discomforted by this situation.

We humbly express our regret and take this opportunity to assure you that we are committed to taking steps to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.

In light of this, we have made the decision to recall and discard all 70,000 copies of the initial album edition and proceed with a reissue. Pre-orders for KINGDOM’s new album will recommence at 11 a.m. on the 26th, and the official release will proceed as originally scheduled on October 18.

We extend our heartfelt apologies to the dedicated fans who love KINGDOM for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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