Chart highlights from the K-Pop Hot 100 and beyond featuring 2NE1, Rainbow Black, AOA, Dal*Shabet, GOT7 and more.
Hyorin fends off tough competition from a slew of hot singles for a second week atop the K-Pop Hot 100 with "Goodbye."
A soundtrack single from super-popular Korean drama "My Love From the Star," the airy ballad is the first chart-topper by the SISTAR leader that has been able to stay on top longer than a week: The singer's "One Way Love" debuted at No. 1 last December, but fell to No. 5 the following week; "Crazy of You" debuted atop the chart in September 2013, but fell to No. 2 next week.
An official visual for the track was released today, featuring scenes from the drama playing over Hyorin's emotional vocals. Watch below:
Hyorin's popular ballads block Ga In from earning her first K-Pop Hot 100 No. 1 with her racy comeback track, "Fxxk U." Due to its explicit nature, the bouncy R&B track has been banned from South Korean broadcast, but hitting the No. 2 slot still proves big public support for the controversial song.
"Fxxk You" is the buzz track leading off Ga In's new album "Truth or Dare." To promote the record, the Brown Eyed Girls member released a teaser video featuring singers like IU, 2AM's Jo Kwon, her Brown Eyed Girls bandmembers and other industry folk speaking candidly about the notoriously sexual singer. IU divulges that Ga In "really likes erotic stuff" while composer Lee Min Soo wonders if she's "a hermaphrodite." The mini-doc further proves the singer as one of South Korea's most brazen stars -- one of a kind for the K-pop scene.
With "Fxxk You" in the runner-up chart slot, Ga In returns to her previous peak as a solo act when fall 2012 single "Bloom" hit No. 2. She also hit No. 2 as a part of Brown Eyed Girls with "Sixth Sense" in October 2011.
While Ga In's boldness has pushed her to the No. 2 slot, girl group AOA has earned its biggest hit to date with "Miniskirt" after toning down the group's sexiness.
As K-Town reported this week, January saw four girl groups altering sexually-charged choreography for Korean TV. AOA simmered down their routine that saw the girls writhing on the floor, accentuating their bums with slo-mo hip rolls and unzipping their dresses to flash a little more leg. Three weeks after the song's chart debut, the girls finally hit the Top 10 with "Miniskirt" at No. 8 this week.
"Miniskirt" is a major accomplishment for the rising girl group. Prior to the single, AOA hadn't even landed in the Top 20; the closest it had come was with "Moya," a track released by a sub-unit AOA Black, peaking at No. 21 in summer 2012.
Produced by hitmaker Brave Brothers -- who produced "Gone Not Around Any Longer," the No. 1 K-Pop Hot 100 song of 2013 -- the spicy pop track is centered around whistle tones heard throughout the verses that create the addictive hook.
Watch the racy music video below:
While AOA saw the changes working in its favor on the charts, the choreography alterations have only made slight -- if any -- improvements for Girl's Day, Rainbow Black and Dal*Shabet.
Girl's Day's "Something" holds at No. 3 for its fifth week on the chart. Meanwhile, Rainbow Black's "Cha Cha" rises one spot to No. 26, after three weeks, in while Dal*Shabet's "B.B.B (Big Baby Baby)" falls two to No. 31 in its fourth week on the chart.
K-Pop on Other Billboard Charts:
--World Albums: GOT7's "Got It?" EP falls from No. 1 to No. 10 after two weeks on the chart.
--World Digital Songs (Highlights - Full Chart Available to Billboard Subscribers): PSY's "Gangnam Style" is the best-selling K-pop song of the week, at No. 2, followed by 2NE1's "I Am the Best" (below) at No. 3. Likely spurred by a performance on "The Bachelor," the girl group's signature hit returns for its non-consecutive 79th week on the chart. Meanwhile, B1A4's "Lonely" falls from No. 20 to No. 24 in its third week on the chart.