The Super Bowl is the ultimate indication of how important television can be to a song's longevity. This week's No. 1 on the K-Pop Hot 100 knows this better than anyone as female solo phenom Lyn spends another week at the top spot with "Turn Back Hands of Time." Her chart topper is the soundtrack to the most watched drama in South Korea, "The Moon that Embraces the Sun."
"Hands of Time" is a heart-wrenching ballad with an orchestral arrangement backing-perfect for the show's dramatic theme. With the show's popularity the song is expected to remain on the upper rank of the chart throughout February. Check out a scene from the hit drama with Lyn's No. 1 single in the background.
Other big moves on the K-Pop Hot 100 come from male solo vocalist SE7EN (who you might have heard in 2007 with premiere English single "Girls" featuring Lil Kim) who makes it big this week at the No. 2 spot, with his just-released, "When I Can't Sing." The song's warm reception comes from eager anticipation from fans as it marks the first time YG Entertainment (SE7EN's label) collaborated with their competitor label JYP Entertainment. The label's head, singer-songwriter Park Jin Young, composed the track--a medium-tempo ballad about a guy asking for reassurance in love, even after he losing his fame and honor.
F.T. Island, a five-member rock group who recently were as the best rock band group at the Golden Disk Awards (sometimes called the Korean Grammy Awards), made their return with fourth mini album "Grown UP" and single "Fiercely" soars up to No. 4 on the chart. Pop group Beast, who were a part of Billboard's 2011 K-Pop Masters show, drop to the No. 5 slot with their single, "I Knew It." The song was released to coincide with the boys' upcoming world tour, "Beautiful Show," kicking off in Seoul then making its way across the globe to 21 cities in 14 countries seeing them perform for more than 200,000 fans on this around-the-world adventure.
Nicki Minaj: watch out. Miryo, rapper from quintet Brown Eyed Girls (also a part of the K-Pop Masters show), makes her solo debut with her premiere single "Dirty." The No. 7 song has a music video that boasts a similar intro to Lady Gaga's "Marry The Night" (mint nurse scrubs and all) shows Miryo making chaos in her feel-good song, about a betrayal of love, over head-bopping beats.
(Additional reporting and editing by Jeff Benjamin, Billboard)