SM Entertainment's new girl group Red Velvet are already off to a huge start, with their debut single "Happiness" debuting at an impressive No. 9 on this week's Gaon chart.
To put this into perspective, SM Entertainment's last new group, EXO, only reached No. 86 with their first single, "History." Outside of SM, Red Velvet is actually the highest-charting rookie group of 2014 so far.
Park Boram debuts at No. 11 with "Beautiful," but she should rise even higher next week judging by her current performance on real-time digital charts like Melon.
On the other hand, Ladies' Code's "Kiss Kiss" debuts at No. 59, but unlike Park Boram's song, it probably won't climb any higher next week; as of this posting, it's already almost out of Melon's top 100. This will actually mark the first real flop for the group, who have been on a winning streak since launching last year with "Bad Girl."
A few spots down is Brown Eyed Girls' "Hush" at No. 62, followed by Hwayobi's "Closer" at No. 66.
Check out this week's new K-pop hits, below.
No. 1. San E - Body Language
No. 9. Red Velvet - Happiness
No. 11. Park Boram - Beautiful
No. 59. Ladies' Code - Kiss Kiss
No. 62. Brown Eyed Girls - Hush
The Cocteau Twins' 1990 masterpiece is still the blueprint for dream pop.
For a band whose lyrics were famously difficult to make out most of the time, the Cocteau Twins left an indelible impact on the world of pop music.
The Scottish trio emerged in the 1980s as some of the most notable pioneers of dream pop, a subgenre of alternative rock defined by airy, sublime sonic textures. But it was their sixth album, Heaven or Las Vegas—which turns 30 today—that truly withstood the test of time, affirming the Cocteau Twins' status as perhaps the most important dream pop act of all time.
Now that Banksy's "Flower Thrower" trademark has been revoked, anyone can profit off his work.
This week anonymous street artist Banksy officially lost the European trademark to his "Flower Thrower" mural.
The guerrilla graffiti artist had engaged in a prolonged legal battle with the small greeting card company Full Colour Black—which was selling products featuring the image of a Palestinian man throwing a bouquet of flowers. But now a panel at the European Union Intellectual Property Office has announced their decision to revoke the artist's trademark on the grounds that he could not definitively prove himself to be the mural's creator.