The weekly round-up of the Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 chart with extra K-pop news bits.
Roy Kim, champion of reality singing competition "Superstar K," rules for a second week on the K-Pop Hot 100 with his new song "Spring Spring Spring." The TV winner, who has already gathered a large following for his vocal skills and good looks on the show, has kicked off his musical career with a bang. The contemporary country single is accentuated with acoustic guitar, brush drum and the vocalist's soft, yet deep, vocals. The song was mastered by Stuart Hawkes (known for his work with Amy Winehouse, among others). Impressively, Kim adds his own whistling to the song -- creating a cool, laidback feel for spring.
Living K-pop legend Cho Yong Pil, who hasn’t been participating in any promotional activities, is nonetheless proving his supremacy. His song "Bounce" stays at No. 2 this week after earning several trophies in various TV music programs. He is the only artist with two songs in the Top 10, with "Hello" featuring Verbal Jint at No. 9.
His 19th LP, “Hello,” has sold over than 110,000 copies since its April 23 release, breaking records set by major artists such as Junior, BIGBANG, TVXQ and Busker Busker. The album sold out almost immediately on the day of its release, selling more than 77,000 copies in its first week. Cho Yong Pil is currently preparing for a sold-out nationwide tour, which will kicks off May 31 in Seoul.
4minute makes a big comeback as their new single "What's Your Name?" rises to No. 3 this week. Despite member HyunA needing to be hospitalized from exhaustion (test results have shown she's fine, though), the group was named the champion on music competition program M! Countdown. The girls performed the electronic hip-hop track as a foursome. During the show, they opted to not perform HyunA's sections and instead continued dancing. It was perhaps for the better, as when they tried to compensate for missing member Gayoon at KCON 2012, it came off as sloppy and awkward. Watch the live showing below:
Fellow girl group Secret is also showing major success on the chart, coming in just behind 4minute at No. 4 with their latest, "YooHoo." The cute, feel-good track is Secret's first top five single in two years, after 2012's "Poison" (No. 8) and "Talk That" (No. 6). Watch their latest "M! Countdown" performance of the track below:
Elsewhere on the chart, HELLOVENUS earns their highest charting single with "Would You Like Tea?" As predicted, the six-member girl group (under Pledis Entertainment, home to After School, Son Dam Bi, NU'EST and Orange Caramel) have proven to be one of 2012's major rookie groups and continue hitting new heights. "Would You Like Tea?" debuts on the chart at No. 26. As well, as PSY continues his overseas promotions, "Gentleman" falls two slots on the K-pop charts to No. 6.