Chart highlights from the K-Pop Hot 100 and beyond, featuring Rain, Lyn, PSY, BoA, TVXQ! and more.
Breaking a seven-year hiatus, rock-pop band M.C. The Max -- comprised of lead vocalist LSU, leader/bassist Jae Yoon and drummer Chun Minhyuk -- finally released its long-awaited seventh LP, "Unveiling," which gives the trio an impressive debut bow on the K-Pop Hot 100, launched after their break in Sept. 2011. "Unveiling" contains 10 new tracks along with seven live versions of the group's modern-day classics, all led by the ballad single "Wind That Blows" at No. 1 on the K-Pop chart this week.
Before the release of "Unveiling" on Jan. 2, M.C. The Max released music video teasers for various songs on the album -- helping ramp up anticipation from fans. The buzz paid off, with many album tracks scattered throughout the K-Pop Hot 100 this week.
The lead track "Wind That Blows" is a dramatic piano ballad with powerful percussion, complex bass licks along with LSU's powerful, heartbreaking vocal belts that express the angst and frustration of an irresistible yearning for past love.
A fun chart note: LSU's girlfriend -- female vocal virtuoso Lyn -- is ranked just below her significant other at No. 2 with her soundtrack single, "My Destiny." The track was recorded for Korean TV drama "My Lover From the Stars," which features Korean celebrities Jeon Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun.
Proving herself a supportive mate, the 32-year-old stunner spoke about her excitement over the success of her boyfriend's latest release. "Tears are falling. Congratulation," she is quoted as saying.
While M.C. The Max ruled over a slew of hot comebacks at the top of the year, provocative female act Girl's Day still has reason to celebrate this week. Their new single, the slinky, disco-inspired "Something," is at No. 4 this week, giving the act its highest-charting single to date.
Notably, Girl's Day score the highest debut on the U.S.-based Digital World Songs chart at No. 9. The girls outsell other new songs by internationally-known acts like TVXQ! and Rain, along with consistent sellers EXO and BIGBANG, only outsold by PSY's crossover tracks "Gangnam Style" and "Gentleman."
The chart success of "Something" is further fueled by the girl's sexy live performances. You've already seen the music video, so check out a live performance of "Something" below from South Korean music chart competition show "Show Champion." Watch the girls crawl on the floor and tease viewers with a revealing, slit dress. Then listen for fan boys' and girls' screams cheering them on.
Upon making his return to the K-pop scene after a four-year hiatus with "Rain Effect," Korean wave pioneer Rain makes an impressive first appearance on the K-Pop Hot 100. "30 Sexy," one of two lead singles from his new LP, debuts at No. 8 on the K-Pop Hot 100 while the other, "La Song," starts at No. 20.
Since you've watched both music videos, check out a performance of "30 Sexy" from music chart show "Music Core" below. Does the K-pop vet still have it?
Next week, we should see M.C. The Max's album tracks trickling down the charts which will create more room for promoted singles to race up the charts.
K-Pop on Other Billboard Charts:
--Japan Hot 100: TVXQ!'s "Very Merry Xmas" slides to No. 37, from No. 15, after six weeks on the chart. BoA's "Meirkuri" jumps from No. 78 to No. 31 after 11 weeks on the chart.
--World Albums: EXO's "12 Miracles in December" EP falls to No. 9 from No. 6 in its fourth week on the chart.
--YouTube: PSY's "Gentleman" stays at No. 25 for its 36th non-consecutive week.
--World Digital Songs (Highlights - Full Chart Available to Billboard Subscribers): PSY's "Gangnam Style" is the biggest-selling K-pop song this week at No. 2 on the chart. The third biggest-seller is Girl's Day's "Something" at No. 9. Rain's "30 Sexy" bows at No. 15 while "La Song" starts at No. 25.