K-Pop Hot 100: San E Edges Out 2NE1 for No. 1

K-pop chart highlights from the K-Pop Hot 100 and beyond featuring Noel, 2AM, Boyfriend, Trouble Maker and more.

K-pop rapper San E commands the K-Pop Hot 100 this week, rising above strong competition from 2NE1's "Missing You," at No. 2 this week.

The 28-year-old earns his first K-Pop No. 1 with his pop-leaning, hip-hop collaboration featuring Sanchez of rap trio Phantom. Upon hearing the news that he topped the chart, San E posted a quick message on his official Facebook page saying, "Thank you father."

"Break Up Dinner" stays consistent with one theme: The lyrics detail San E's last dinner with a girlfriend; The music video also shows him and his leading lady eating one last meal together -- as she tries to eat through tears. Watch the music video below.

 

San E at No. 1 means K-pop phenoms 2NE1 and new single "Missing You" settle for the No. 2 slot, earning their third Top 2 hit of 2013. But there's still hope for the ballad to snag the top slot. As Lee Seung Gi's record-breaking ballad "Return" proved last year, South Korea's taste lean towards emotional, slow-tempo tracks during the winter.

2NE1's "Missing You" won't be the only winter ballad released this year -- look out for seasonal-themed tracks from EXO and Secret too -- but it got a head start on its competition after a live premiere at the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMAs). Watch the performance below as the quartet perform their somber 2011 single "Lonely" before moving into "Missing You."

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The strong debuts from San E and 2NE1 send last week's No. 1, Davichi's "The Letter," down two spots to No. 3. 

Scrolling down the chart, quartet group Noel's "When The Night Comes," featuring hip-hop heavyweights Dynamic Duo, drops to No. 10 from No. 5 this week.

The track off Noel's latest EP, "Trace," is a smooth, midtempo track heightened by Noel's melancholic vocals and rhythmic rapping from Dynamic Duo. The song was composed Choi Kyusung -- the producer behind Noel's past K-Pop No. 1 "I Miss You" -- and mastered by Miles Showell from Abbey Road Studio. 

The four-member boy band 2AM's newest single, "Just Stay," from their latest EP "Nocturne," debuts at No. 11 this week.

"Just Stay," put together by Ra.D and d.ear (Real Collabo), is a mellow ballad with soft guitar and piano melodies that expresses a man's crush on his friend that is suffering from her relationship with another man.  

K-Pop on Other Billboard Charts:
--YouTube: 2NE1's "Missing You" debuts at No. 21.
--Japan Hot 100: Boy band Boyfriend's Christmas single "Pinky Santa" debuts at No. 9.
--World Albums: Sexy duo Trouble Maker's second EP "Chemistry" (featuring the K-Pop Hot 100 No. 1 hit "Now") debuts at No. 8.