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K-Pop Hot 100: Lee Hi 3-Peats at No. 1, Son Dam Bi Channels Lady Gaga
Lee Hi lives up to her new epithet, "monster rookie," spending a third straight week atop the chart with her debut single "1,2,3,4." This marks yet another week Lee Hi has kept fellow young singer Ailee from the top with her disco-inspired "I Will Show You" that has gone on to No. 1 on some of Korea's weekly music programs.
With three straight weeks at No. 1 under her belt, the young singer is aiming for another hit her newest single, "Scarecrow," released Nov. 22. On this soft ballad Lee Hi expresses the pain of not being able to move on referring to herself to an immobile "scarecrow." The song, produced by the head of JYP Entertainment, Park Jin Young, was originally intended to be given to Lee Hi's label mate Park Bom, 2NE1's vocalist. Bom had performed the track live for her intended solo debut in 2007. YG Entertainment announced that the song will not be accompanied by a music video, but that wouldn't stop Lee Hi from earning another chart topper -- several tracks without accompanying visuals have gone to No. 1.
Zia, who topped the chart this year with her collaboration track "I Need You" with Huh Gak, has released "Tears Falling Down" featuring Block B's Park Kyung from her upcoming new EP. The track, which takes this week's biggest debut at No. 11, was produced by the hitmaker Duble Sidekick. The full video is set to release in December along with the release of her new EP.
Solo diva Son Dam Bi made her long-awaited return with her recent comeback "Dripping Tears" mini-album with the title track rushing up to No. 12 from No. 28. Her comeback track finds the singer reuniting with one of her most successful collaborators, producer Brave Brothers. The controversial music video is garnering a ton of attention and pop fans may think it resembles Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" visual with Dam Bi forcefully submerged in a hospital bathtub, dancing with alien-like creatures, and wearing a Gaga-esque blonde wig with sharp bangs.The sexy, doe-eyed singer has been missing from the K-pop world for two years, but is making a successful comeback with "Dripping Tears," with the dance ballad that sounds like it may sample Nelly and Kelly Rowland's No. 1 Hot 100 hit "Dilemma."
Six-member girl group Dal Shabet made several different videos for their comeback single, "There Is, There Isn't." The "There Isn't" version (below) of the track shows the girls having fun frolicking around a supermarket while pinching each other's cheeks. The quirky European-inspired dance track sounds similar to No. 2 hit "Lipstick" by Orange Caramel and is every bit as addicting. The girls have said they worked to make the choreography simple enough for everyone to join. They soar to No. 19 this week as official promotions began from the No. 81 spot.