Lee Hyori has beaten veteran boy band, Shinhwa, to the top of the GAON singles chart this week. Her latest effort, "Bad Girls," debuts at No. 1, while Shinhwa's "This Love" rises eight places to No. 3.
This is Hyori's second chart-topper since making her big comeback, with "Miss Korea" being her first ("Miss Korea" falls to No. 8 this week). Outside of "Bad Girls" and "Miss Korea," a slew of other tracks from Hyori's new album, Monochrome, enter the top 100 this week: "Love Radar" arrives at No. 27, "Amor Mio" follows at No. 49, and "Holly Jolly Bus" is at No. 53, just to name a few.
Despite major success on the singles chart, Monochrome only managed to debut at No. 4 over on the album chart. It was outsold by boy bands, 2PM, Shinhwa, and VIXX, who occupy the top three positions, respectively. This kind of result was to be expected, as female K-pop acts fare best with digital sales, while male acts make up the bulk of physical album sales.
Last week's No.1, 4minute's "What's Your Name?," falls just one spot to No. 2. This is the song's fourth consecutive week in the top two, which is a huge accomplishment by K-pop standards. As we've mentioned multiple times in previous posts, expect "What's Your Name?" to close out the year as one of 2013's highest-selling tracks.
Outside of the top five, SECRET's "YooHoo" slips five spots to No. 10, while Seo In Young's new ballad, "Let's Break Up," shows some staying power by holding on at No. 13 for a second consecutive week.
2PM's "A.D.T.O.Y.," falls two spots to No. 18, while their other new single, "Come Back When You Hear This Song," rises two places to No. 19.
T-ara N4's "Countryside Life" is at No. 20, down just one spot from last week. Their ability to stay in the top twenty for a fourth week is probably due to the publicity their recent trip to the U.S. generated back home in Korea, which saw their declining digital sales receive a temporary boost. The subgroup is currently preparing to wrap up promo for "Countryside Life" so they can start preparing for their upcoming Japanese single, "Target," with the rest of T-ara.
As we predicted last week, Nine Muses' "Wild" takes a minor tumble, dropping eight places to No. 30 this week. "Wild" is still the group's second highest-charting single after peaking at No. 22 last week, but it's a shame to see it burning out so quickly after the strong success of January's "Dolls."
Meanwhile, Baek Ji Young's new disco dance-pop single, "Reminded of You," debuts at No. 34, but that won't be its peak -- look for it to make a big jump when next week's chart is unveiled.
On another positive note, rising boy band, VIXX, bags its second top forty hit with "Hyde," which debuts at No. 35. Although "Hyde" hasn't out-peaked the group's previous single, "On and On" (which reached No. 25), it's still a decent showing considering that before this year, VIXX couldn't even break the top 100.
Last but not least is Girl's Day, who have clocked up two-and-a-half months in the top forty with "Expectation," which sits at No. 36 this week. It's already outsold hits by the likes of BoA, TEEN TOP, and INFINITE H, and as of today, the song is still bobbing in and out of the instiz iChart top thirty, showing that its run still isn't done. Much like 4minute with "What's Your Name?," Girl's Day's career has gotten a second wind thanks to "Expectation." It'll be interesting to see how both groups fare for the rest of the year now that they're back on the upswing after a period of decline.
Check out this week's key K-pop hits, below!
No. 1. Lee Hyori - Bad Girls
No. 3. Shinhwa - This Love
No. 34. Baek Ji Young - Reminded of You
No. 35. VIXX - Hyde