Chart highlights from the K-Pop Hot 100 and beyond featuring 2NE1, Lim Chang Jung, Orange Caramel, PSY, Lee Michelle and more.
Soyou and Junggigo's monster hit "Some," featuring Lil Boi of Geeks, won't budge from the top as it spends its sixth week at No. 1 on the K-Pop Hot 100. The accomplishment now ties the all-time chart record for the K-Pop chart set back in January 2013 by singer/actor Lee Seung Gi.
On the K-Pop Hot 100 chart dated January 12, 2013, Lee Seung Gi earned his sixth week atop the K-Pop Hot 100 with his ballad "Return," hitting an unprecedented record and even beating PSY's "Gangnam Style" and IU's "You and I" for the all-time chart record. The following week, Girls' Generation comeback single "I Got a Boy" snatched the No. 1 slot away from the Korean celebrity. Interestingly, "Some" also competed against GG's new single, the Underdogs-produced "Mr.Mr.," but was able to hold off the ultra-popular girl group. After two K-Pop No. 1s, Girls' Generation's latest only peaked at No. 3, this week falling to No. 8.
With the feel good collaboration between the SISTAR memeber, the R&B singer and rapper continuing to hold off strong competition from popular K-pop girl groups and longtime veterans, could the trio break the all-time chart record next week?
"Some" has already topped 20-year veteran singer/actor Lim Chang Jung and his return single "Ordinary Song," at No. 2 this week.
Lim abruptly left the music scene at the pinnacle of his career in 2009, but broke his retirement with the release of his 12th album, "Ordinary Song... Ordinary Melody." Lim recruited Korea's top producers and composers for his comeback album, including singer-songwriter Wheesung, Ahn Young Mi, Lee Dong Woo and Wild Dogs. The LP, which was released on March 20, placed nine out of the 15 tracks onto the chart this week with lead single "Ordinary Song" debuting in the runner-up slot. Lim Chang Jung's chart dominance is as follows:
No. 2 "Ordinary Song"
No. 26 "Stupid"
No. 32 "Forget"
No. 37 "One Day"
No. 39 "Last Handshake"
No. 53 "Should I..."
No. 57 "When We Separate"
No. 71 "Effusion"
No. 81 "Happy Man"
Its lead single, "Ordinary Song," is an emotional track about a man going on about his everyday life despite his heartbreaking breakup with a production of acoustic guitar and string sounds. Lim Chang Jung will embark his first nationwide tour on May 23 and plans to perform his long list of hits, as well as new tracks.
After three weeks holding the No. 2 spot, record-making girl group 2NE1's new single "Come Back Home" falls from to No. 3. It's a tough break for the girl group who now have sent each of their last four singles to No. 2, missing the chart summit each time. The group last hit No. 1 with 2012's "I Love You" when it reigned for two weeks. Watch a recent live performance of the reggae-trap track below:
With a full week of sales, 4Minute's new track "Whatcha Doin' Today" soars to No. 4 this week, from No. 21. The girl group had one of the biggest singles of 2013 with "What's Your Name?" and their latest has another promising start. The addicting "What's Your Name" hit No. 1 in its fourth week on the chart, one of the longest chart journeys to No. 1 that year. (Most K-pop singles peak in their first or second week.) If the high interest continues, could 4Minute creep up and snag their second K-Pop No. 1?
Check out one of the girls' comeback performances of their new track on K-pop music chart program "Music Core" below:
Falling from No. 4 to No. 6 is Orange Caramel's "Catallena." Curiously, even in its second week on the chart, the trio's new single has outpaced any single by its mother group, After School, since the K-Pop Hot 100's late 2011 introduction.
To date, both acts have landed two singles in the Top 10 with Orange Caramel's 2012 single "Lipstick" (peaking at No. 2) and "Catallena" (No. 4)" while After School made their mark with 2012's "Flashback" (No. 10) and 2013's "First Love" (No. 7).
Watch a recent performance of "Catallena" featuring Raina, Nana and Lizzy decked out in sushi-inspired outfits below:
K-Pop on Other Billboard Charts:
--World Albums: 2NE1's "Crush" album falls from No. 6 to No. 7 in its fourth week on the chart.
--World Digital Songs (Highlights - Chart Available to Billboard Subscribers): 2NE1's "Come Back Home" falls to No. 7, from No. 6, in its fourth week on the chart. Orange Caramel's "Catallena" rises to No. 11, from No. 14, in its second week. Girls' Generation's "Mr.Mr." falls to No. 13, from No. 9, in its fourth week. Lee Michelle's "Without You" (below) is the Hot Shot Debut at No. 14.