Girls' Generation Make Huge Splash With Comeback
Last week Lee Seung Gi made K-Pop Hot 100 history when he spent six weeks at No. 1 with his emotional ballad "Return." One of the reasons for the success was a lack of major music competition in South Korea -- but that all changed when Girls' Generation made their mega-awaited K-pop comeback on New Years Day.
To celebrate their comeback track, "I Got a Boy," the girls had a television special where they performed new album tracks. If topping the K-Pop Hot 100 with "I Got A Boy" (which has over 28 million views on YouTube) wasn't indication of how much Korea missed SNSD, every one of their new album tracks charted within the Top 80. Their chart dominance ranges:
No. 1 "I Got A Boy"
No. 4 "Dancing Queen"
No. 29 "Baby Maybe"
No. 35 "Express 999"
No. 45 "Lost In Love"
No. 48 "Promise"
No. 49 "Talk Talk"
No. 56 "Romantic St."
No. 67 "Look At Me"
No. 76 "XYZ"
Sultry vocalist Baek Ji Young takes the biggest debut this week at No. 2 with her latest ballad "I Hate It." Baek Ji Young, known as "Korea's Ballad Queen," collaborated with the famous pianist Yiruma for her new tear-jerker. Baek Ji Young expresses the throbbing heartache of a breakup and her hatred of all fleeting love. The song reflects her anger at herself for loving and wanting one person so much accentuated by refined piano and strings. Following the success of her previous singles (including "Voice" "Don't Forget" and "Like Being Shot By A Bullet,") Baek Ji Young will perform her first solo concert in seven years on Feb. 16, in Seoul, Korea. The concert, "An Outing After 7 Years," will be a huge milestone for this renowned artist and her music.
A new project effort by BEAST's Hyunseung, A Pink's Eunji and Namjoo titled, "A Year Ago," makes the second highest debut this week at No. 13. "A Year Ago" off the "A CUBE FOR SEASON" album was composed by hitmaker extraordinaire Shinsadong Tiger and written by Rado. In the song, the trio looks back and reminisces about the past year through heartwarming lyrics and beautiful harmony. In the accompanying video, the three vocalists are seen having a peaceful year-end party at a cafe. The video was highlighted by the clips of each member's 2012 promotional activities which included a No. 1 K-Pop Hot 100 single for Eunji with her soundtrack duet "All For You" with Seo In Kook.