The male solo singer joins the elite five acts with three or more chart toppers. Plus, chart highlights on Park Ji Yoon, Urban Zakapa and more.
After earning his first K-Pop Hot 100 No. 1 on the Nov. 10, 2012, chart, solo singer K.Will has earned his third chart topper with new single "You Don't Know Love" less than a year later. The bouncy R&B track jumps up from No. 3 to take the K-Pop chart crown.
K.Will becomes just the fifth act to earn three or more No. 1s since the K-Pop Hot 100 was introduced in summer 2011. The 31-year-old now ties female soloists IU and Lee Hi, who both have three, and trails indie-pop band Busker Busker and idol girl group SISTAR with four No. 1s. (Fun fact: Tae Yeon of Girls' Generation actually has been atop the chart three times too -- twice with her group, once with a solo single "And One." But a No. 1 is officially counted for the act, not for individual members.)
"You Don't Know Love" follows two No. 1s that ruled the chart for one week each. First came November 2012 comeback single "Please Don't," lifted from his first album in three years, while "Love Blossom" was released in April of this year and is his only chart entry to debut at the No. 1 slot.
Watch a recent live performance of "You Don't Know Love" from K-pop music program "Inkigayo" below and check back next week to see if K.Will can spend more than a week atop the chart.
K.Will on top means IU's two-week reign at No. 1 with "The Red Shoes" is over. With the throwback single spending two weeks at the chart summit, IU extended her reign with most weeks at No. 1 on the K-Pop Hot 100 to 11 weeks. "The Red Shoes" falls two spots to No. 3.
Park Ji Yoon shoots to the No. 2 spot from No. 34 this week with latest single "Mr. Lee," featuring rapper San E. "Mr. Lee" was crafted and penned by Primary -- a producer under Amoeba Culture (Dynamic Duo, Simon D and Zion T).
"Mr. Lee" is a retro-pop track with feel-good beats and infectious hook. The K-diva's unique vocal styling mixed with San E's rhythmic rapping adds depth to the song as she talks about a girl who lingers around a man she is interested in to figure him out. Expect Park Ji Yoon to continue shaking up the chart with plans to release three more singles by summer of 2014.
Urban Zakapa's "Backwards," a pre-release track from their upcoming third LP, debuts at No. 6 as this week's Hot Shot Debut. "Backwards" is a slow ballad with minimal piano sounds that talks about a heartbroken person who is unable to move forward with life. Urban Zakapa's hotly anticipated album is to release in November.
While one male soloist sits atop the K-Pop Hot 100, another makes the second-highest debut. 2AM member Changmin lands at No. 8 with his ballad "Moment," recorded for the soundtrack to popular Korean drama "The Heirs." Over lush piano and string arrangements, the boy band member belts "Love is the moment," in almost perfect English, on the chorus. Listen for the 27-year-old to hit some impressive high notes in the bridge and hold several long belts in the final chorus.