Young, talented and snazzy, Lee Hi, 16, clinched the No. 1 spot this week with her new boppy, retro-soul track, "1,2,3,4," making her the first female debut act to capture Billboard's K-Pop Hot 100 top spot this year. The perky performer was runner-up on the popular audition program "K-POP STAR" before signing with YG Entertainment (home of PSY, 2NE1, Epik High and BIGBANG).
Lee Hi's debut solo music video, directed by Han Sa Min (the visionary master behind music videos for BIGBANG's "BLUE," "MONSTER," and 2NE1's "LONELY") is fun and captivating, with eye-popping colors and punk/rock and roll outfits. The world was excited for this rookie's debut with the high-scale video racked up more than four million views within a week of its release.
Her debut effort, released under YG Entertainment, is a modern take on 60's soul music, inspired by Motown artists, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and The Jackson 5. She spills her deep, emotive and soulful vocal prowess in the track as she repeatedly tells her past boyfriend its "game over." The song was mashed up by both CHOICE 37, an in-house YG producer responsible for hits like BIGBANG's "BAD BOY" and G-Dragon's "ONE OF A KIND" and promising power force Lydia Paek, who co-composed 2NE1's latest chart-topper, "I Love You."