The K-Pop chart queen continues her reign as K.Will, As One, Jaurim, T-ara and more rise.
Last week, IU snagged her third K-Pop Hot 100 No. 1 with "The Red Shoes" giving her a record-extending 10 weeks at the summit on the chart. This week, IU is again at the top, her 11th week altogether, blocking Busker Busker, K.Will and T-ara from hitting No. 1.
To keep the excitement over her throwback-inspired single high, IU released a "performance version" music video for "The Red Shoes." This time, we see the 21 Under 21 honoree performing flapper-inspired choreography with an old-school band backing her. Of course, look out for her red heels:
IU at No. 1 means Busker Busker's former two-week chart topper, the heart-wrenching ballad "Love, At First," stays put at No. 2 for a second week. Both acts still have many chart entries in the K-Pop Hot 100; IU has eight "Modern Times" album cuts on the chart two weeks after its release, while Busker Busker still have seven entries from their sophomore album inside the ranking four weeks after releasing it.
All the other five album cuts off the EP bow on the chart this week too: "It's Not You" (at No. 13), "Bubble" feat. Bora of SISTAR (No. 45), "A Slip of the Tongue" (No. 51), "First Love End" (No. 53) and "Fall in Fall" (No. 96).
At No. 4, controversial girl group T-ara defies the odds once again and snags another Top 5 single with "No.9."
While the girl group hasn't hit No. 1 since a bullying scandal in summer 2012, their latest effort shows there is still room the charts for their catchy pop singles, also evidenced by 2012 single "Sexy Love," that peaked at No. 3. T-ara recently released a third version of the "No.9" video. Watch it below and click here if you missed the first and second renditions.
While Lim Chang Jung's "A Guy Like Me" slips one place to No. 5, Jaurim's "Twenty Five, Twenty One" lands just below it at No. 6, up from No. 54 this week.
The co-ed band's new album "Goodbye, Grief" was released on Oct. 14 and has risen steadily up the chart. The lead single, "Twenty Five, Twenty One," is a soft rock ballad that talks about one's dim collection of her youth. Lead vocalist Kim Yuna moves through the melancholy track with her smoky wisps and heavy vocals.
Female duet duo As One -- comprised of Lee Min and Crystal -- skyrockets into the Top 10 with "What Are We" featuring Bumkey for a No. 10 debut.
"What Are We" is the duo's lead single off their first album since 2006, titled "Simply As One." The groovy R&B track was co-composed and -written by Bumkey, it is said to be the first time the artist has gifted his song to another. "What Are We" showcases As One and Bumkey's perfect harmony as they express the subtle nuances and confusing emotions one feels in the beginning of a relationship with lyrics like, "We meet during the weekend / Sometimes we get drunk / Sometimes we lean on each other / What are we? / This is confusing."
As the fall competition heats up, check back next week on Thursday morning, when the K-Pop Hot 100 is refreshed, to see whether IU, Busker Busker, K.Will or, maybe, an unexpected act take the coveted No. 1 position.