KARA and G-Dragon are two of the longest-running, most popular idol acts in K-pop today. G-Dragon debuted in 2006 as part of BIGBANG, and KARA followed a year later. They've both racked up their fair share of iconic K-pop hits, with BIGBANG having most of their success in Korea, while KARA were able to crossover and become the most popular Korean girl group in Japan. On Monday, both KARA and GD decided to have a legends battle of sorts by releasing their new albums on the same day, and so far, GD is winning the competition with ease.
One of his new songs, "Who You?," has already hit the roof multiple times on Melon's real-time music chart, in addition to topping the instiz iChart -- and that's without it even having a music video. Additionally, another song from his latest album, "Black," has been ranking right behind "Why You?" at No. 2 on most charts. As for KARA, their new single, "Damaged Lady," is currently lagging behind at No. 9 on Melon, and No. 5 on the iChart. But while "Damaged Lady" is no match for "Why You?" and "Black," it's actually outranking GD's "Coup D'Etat," which had a music video released for it yesterday at the same time as the "Damaged Lady" visual dropped.
This is pretty poor start by KARA's standards. If things don't pick up soon, "Damaged Lady" will most definitely become the group's lowest-charting lead single in years. As for G-Dragon, he's probably going to have yet another record-breaking album era, just like Heartbreaker and One of a Kind.
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