Billboard goes K-Pop today (Aug. 25) with the launch of a new chart, the
2NE1's "Ugly" is an electronic dance track, a genre that the group has come to represent in Korea. Infused with electronic-infused rock guitar, The song's upbeat rhythm is contrasted by its morose, self-criticizing lyrics. In it, 2NE1 sings and raps from the perspective of young teenage girls who are unsatisfied with their appearance and hate the fact that their "ugly" face prevents them from being loved. All five tracks of 2NE1's second EP have been top digital sellers in Korea signaling the lasting appeal of these four vibrant young women.
T-ara dials back to Korea of the 1980s with "Roly-Poly." The track's repetitive melody even recalls a touch of the Bee Gees' classic hit "Night Fever." As the seven girls dance on a retro nightclub stage, they sing about suddenly meeting with Mr. Right on the dance floor and chasing him down all night. The "Roly-Poly" music video also has a short film as the intro ... so you can fast forward to 4:20 to hear the song.
Miss-A, "Good-bye Baby"
Miss A's hit song, "Good-bye Baby," is a dance track that smoothly combines hip-hop and soul elements. Park Jin Young, who produced Wonder Girl's hit song "Nobody" (which landed in the U.S. Hot 100 in late 2009), wrote the lyrics and composed the music for "Good-bye Baby." Miss-A sings a powerful chorus telling their cheating boyfriends to leave for good. In the video, the four ladies saunter around their jet black leather dresses, giving a visual representation of this lyrical appeal for independence. Miss-A, who has two members -- Fei and Jia -- of Chinese descent, also has a sizable fanbase in China.
Dalshabet, "Supa Dupa Diva"
The six members of Dalshabet (which means 'sweet sherbet') have found great success with their third single, the disco-esque "Bling Bling". In the music video, the ladies move away from the innocent and sweet image that they portrayed for their first two single albums and emphasize their more playful, sexy side. Dalshabet sings about meeting their ideal boy at a disco club and dancing the night away.
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