While ratings stay high for the popular Korean TV drama, "The Moon That Embraces The Sun," the single to its soundtrack continues to rule the K-Pop Hot 100. Female vocal virtuoso, Lyn, sits comfortably atop the chart for her fourth consecutive week. Lyn may find herself tying (and possibly breaking) a K-Pop Hot 100 record as the longest track at the No. 1 spot as IU's "You and I" reigned just one week longer than Lyn a few months back. As the drama is reaching its final episode (set to air on the March 8th), one can only wonder if the soundtrack's single will still continue its reign next week and the next?
Elsewhere on the chart, K.Will shoots up to the No.2 spot as he began promotions for the title track to his new EP, "I Need You." The versatile male vocalist took the No. 2 spot from former K-Pop Hot 100 chart-toppers duo Davichi's "I'll Think of You," which is down to No. 4. "Fiercely" by boy band F.T. Island managed to keep their their No. 3 slot. One of Asia's biggest girl groups, T-ara, round out the Top 5 with "Lovey Dovey," which hit No. 1 earlier this year.
Rookie female soloist Ailee earns her way into the Top 10 with her track "Heaven," an emotional R&B ballad with a melody that recalls Bruno Mars' hook on the Bad Meets Evil track "Lighters." An American-born Korean, the vocalist has made a name for herself with her YouTube covers and TV appearances in both the U.S. and Korea. Her big moment came with her first place on Korean television show "Singers & Trainees" with a cover of Beyonce's "Halo" (which the song sounds somewhat similar to). The beautiful harmonies on the verses (no doubt helped by her training with mentor, Wheesung, who's also on the chart at No. 25 with "Road of Tears") and the catchy, repetitious "heaven" hook make this one likely to stick around for a promising new act.
Another American-born Korean, big time solo male act Jay Park, makes his way to the Top 10 too at No. 9 with "Know Your Name." A sonic combination of Euro-electro pop and R&B, the club banger has a production that wouldn't sound out of place with on a Jay Sean or Jason DeRulo album. With a lot of English lyrics in the track, perhaps the song could make its way to their ears? The song kicks off with underground rapper Dok2 spitting some raps before Jay (Park, not Sean, keep up) takes over the track. Yet where Jay Park may have other male vocalists beat is in the dark department with Jay showing off slick solo moves and tight choreography with his dancers.
Meanwhile, male soloist Lee Seung Chul's soundtrack single "Did You Forget" is this week's top debut landing at No. 6. Se7en continues to slowly descend down the Top 10 with "When I Can't Sing" falling from No. 5. And female soloist Lee Young Hyun crawls from No. 21 to No. 10 in her second week on the chart with "Love Over Thousand Years." Keep an eye out for acts like miss A and BIGBANG to make big moves on the chart next week as these two highly anticipated comebacks have just begun.
(Additional reporting and editing by Jeff Benjamin, Billboard)