K-pop Chart Report: New Singles From EXO, T-ara, and Nine Muses Make Their Debuts

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EXO came this close to scoring their first No. 1 single this week with "Miracles In December," but were pipped at the post by Seo In Guk and Zia's new duet, "Loved You," which takes the top spot. EXO settle for second place, matching the peak position of their hit single, "Growl."

Wheesung & Gummy's "Special Love" reaches No. 3 this week, followed by Lim Kim's Reply 1994 OST cut, "Happy Me," at No. 4. Last week's chart-topper, Hyorin's "One Way Love," rounds out the top five at No. 5.

2NE1 continue to show a lot of longevity with their new single, "I Miss You," which slips a few spots to No. 6 this week. The sparse ballad has done so well that it's definitely put a stop to the group's declining popularity. We can only hope that YG Entertainment keeps the momentum going with an album early next year, instead of letting it all go to waste like they did after "I Love You."

Further down, T-ara's "What Should I Do?" debuts at a disappointing No. 19. Unless it rises next week, it'll be the lowest-charting lead single of the group's career -- including T-ara N4's "Countryside Life," which managed to reach No. 11.

A few spots down, Crayon Pop's "Lonely Christmas" rises to No. 23, while Nine Muses' "Glue" enters at a so-so "No. 24."

There seems to be a trend in K-pop this December, with ballads and darker-themed music ruling the charts, while happy and upbeat concepts are flopping. That would explain some of the latest chart positions, like T-ara's "What Should I Do?" tanking right after the success of "No. 9," Crayon Pop and Nine Muses' latest singles failing to match the success of their predecessors, and the current poor digital performance of SECRET's "I Do I Do" (expect that track to make a mediocre debut next week). On the other hand, stuff like miss A's "Hush," 2NE1's "I Miss You," EXO's "Miracles In December," VIXX's "Voodoo Doll," and Hyorin's solo music are all doing very well, not to mention all the random acoustic ballads that are out.

Bad timing can be such a bitch.

Anyway, check out this week's key K-pop hits, below!

No. 1. Seo In Guk & Zia - Loved you

No. 2. EXO - Miracles In December

No. 19. T-ara - What Should I Do?

No. 23. Crayon Pop - Lonely Christmas

No. 24. Nine Muses - Glue

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