Gary, who is one half of Korean hip-hop duo LeeSsang, is the big winner on this week's Gaon chart. His first solo single, "Shower Later," easily slides in at No. 1, dethroning last week's chart topper, Ailee's "Singing Got Better," which slips to No. 3. Meanwhile, Gary's other solo single, "ZOTTO MOLO," enters at No. 5, giving the rapper two top five hits.
B1A4 also has a lot to celebrate this week, with their comeback single, "Lonely," debuting at No. 2 -- their highest position yet. Unfortunately, the boy band's currently under suspicion of buying back their own albums so they could secure a first place win on Korea's main music programs over Girl's Day and TVXQ, so the celebration's short lived.
Speaking of Girl's Day and TVXQ, both are still going strong with their respective new singles of the same name, "Something." Girl's Day's at No. 4 this week, while TVXQ's down to No. 8.
A Pink, who are already well on their way to becoming K-pop's next top girl group, have another hit to add to their growing discography with "Good Morning Baby," which debuts at No. 6. Not bad for a random digital single that isn't even being officially promoted!
Rain continues to show some staying power, with his single, "La Song," remaining at No. 10 for another week. Although his comeback album has underperformed compared to his previous ones, he's still doing good by general K-pop standards.
Further down is AOA's "Miniskirt," which slides in at No. 18. It's the group's first top twenty hit and it's still performing well on Korea's various digital charts, so it probably won't be a one-week-wonder like many of Nine Muses songs are.
Rounding out the top twenty is Dal Shabet's "B.B.B. (Big Baby Baby) at No. 20. It's down four places from last week, but this is still pretty good for them.
Check out this week's key K-pop hits, below!
No. 1. Gary - Shower Later
No.2. B1A4 - Lonely
No. 5. Gary - ZOTTO MOLO
No. 6. A Pink - Good Morning Baby
No. 18. AOA - Miniskirt
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.