Ailee's recent nude photo scandal clearly hasn't hurt the 24-year-old's career, with her new single, "Singing Got Better," debuting at No. 1 on this weeks Gaon chart. It's her third chart-topper following last year's "U&I" and "Shower of Tears" with Baechigi.
However, "Singing Got Better" was actually this close to being pipped at the post by Girl's Day's "Something," which jumps four spots to No. 2. The points difference between the two songs was incredibly small, but in the end Ailee won out -- barely. Girl's Day won't be too upset, though, because "Something" is now their highest-charting single yet. Their previous best was "Twinkle Twinkle" and "Female President," both of which peaked at No. 5.
In more good news, K-pop kings TVXQ just scored their biggest hit in years with their new single, "Something." The jazzy throwback debuts at No. 4, making it the group's highest-charting song since relaunching as a duo back in early 2011.
Rain receives a second-week boost with his double comeback tracks, "La Song" and "30 Sexy," which rocket up to No. 10 and No. 12, respectively. They're still low positions by Rain's standards, but at least this is good enough to say that he didn't totally flop.
Further down, Dal Shabet debuts at No. 16 with "B.B.B. (Big Baby Baby)" -- two spots lower than what their last single, "Be Ambitious," reached. The girls have been trapped in the top twenty since they debuted back in 2011, unable to find that one special song and concept that will take them to the next level.
Check out this week's key K-pop hits below.
No. 1. Ailee - Singing Got Better
No. 2. Girl's Day - Something
No. 4. TVXQ - Something
No. 10. Rain - La Song
No. 16. Dal Shabet - B.B.B. (Big Baby Baby)
Breaking down the bias of comfort films.
With the constant onslaught of complicated news that 2020 has brought, sometimes you just want to be able to shut off your brain, relax, and feel happy.
Enter comfort films. These are the feel-good movies that feel like a warm hug when you finish them, the ones that allow you to escape for a short while. We often turn to these types of films in times of trouble or extreme stress, and when we're not sure what films of this nature we should watch, we turn to the Internet for options.
25 years ago, pop stars and rappers were were expected to stay in their respective lanes. But Mariah Carey proved that hip-hop and pop were a match made in heaven—changing popular music as we know it.
Hip-Hop is pop—not in sound, but rather in terms of influence and authority.
Certainly pure pop—pasteurized and whipped into its ultimate peak in the early 2010s—is still breathing, though despite its name, the genre's reign as the chieftain of popular music has ended.
Drake and Bad Bunny are as much of pop stars in 2020 as Carly Rae Jepsen and Kesha were in 2012. Spotify reports that, at this very moment, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's "WAP" is the most-streamed song in the United States. Immediately following that is trap-pop cut "Mood," a TikTok-famous summer bop by 24kGoldn and Iann Dior, two of many rising zoomer rappers who have embraced Hip-Hop's guidance in most melodic forms, like trap-pop, emo rap, alternative hip-hop, and pop-rap. And if that's not enough to give Hip-Hop a throne, Nielsen Music has confirmed that eight of the top 10 artists of 2020 so far are, of course, rappers.