Chart highlights from the K-Pop Hot 100 and beyond featuring PSY, VIXX, Super Junior, Wheesung, EXO and more.
K-pop label Jellyfish Entertainment released its fourth annual holiday track "Winter Confession," and it debuts at the top of the K-Pop Hot 100 this week. "Winter Confession" features the all-star cast of Jellyfish Entertainment artists including Sung Shi Kyung, Seo In Kuk, Park Hyo Shin, power rookie band VIXX and currently-unknown female vocalists only credited as the "younger sister."
The song, which was produced by the company's CEO/producer Hwang Sae Jun, composed by composing team Melodesign and co-written by VIXX's rapper Ravi, is a retro synth-pop track with 80s-inspired drum beat sound that describes a man's desire to be the first person to deliver the exciting news of first snow to the woman he loves.
The K-Pop Hot 100 sees an unlikely contender at No. 2 this week: Wheesung's "Heartsore Story" was released in 2011 without much recognition, but thanks to his appearance on JTBC's TV program "Hidden Singer," the song captivated listeners years later, rising to No. 2 this week.
"Heartsore Story," featuring Yong Jun Hyung of Beast, (who sees his new solo track, "Flower," debuting at No. 20) is melodic ear goodness featuring the boy band member's smooth rap skills. Watch the official music video that recently gained nearly 100,000 more views since its return to mainstream consciouness.
Moreover, Wheesung's duet track with Gummy, "Special Love," a bluesy, mid-tempo R&B piece, remains at No. 8 this week in its third week on the chart.
As "Winter Confession," takes the top spot, Sung Shi Kyung solo remake track "To You," remains at No. 6, while Seo In Kuk's last week chart-topper "Loved You" falls to No. 7.
K-Pop on Other Billboard Charts:
--World Albums: EXO's "Miracles in December" EP debuts at No. 2.
--YouTube: PSY's "Gentleman" re-enters the chart at No. 22 for the video's non-consecutive 33rd week on the chart.
--Japan Hot 100: Super Junior's "Blue World" debuts at No. 6. SHINee's "3,2,1" falls to No. 22, from No. 2, after two weeks on the chart. TVXQ!'s "Very Merry Xmas" rises to No. 27, from No. 36, after three weeks on the chart.
--World Digital Songs (Highlights - Full Chart Available to Billboard Subscribers): PSY's "Gangnam Style" is the biggest-selling K-pop song in America this week at No. 2 on the chart. EXO sends three new entries to the chart this week with "My Turn to Cry" (No. 7), "The Star" (No. 9) and "Christmas Day" (No. 10). EXO's "Miracles in Decembers" falls from No. 3 to No. 5 in its second week.