Lee Hyori proves that she's still the current reigning queen of K-pop as her new single, "Miss Korea," debuts at No. 1 on the official GAON singles chart this week. Hyori was able to block 4minute's surprisingly successful "What's Your Name?" from the top spot, which is now forced to spend another week at No. 2.
If 4minute wants to reach No. 1, then next week will more than likely be their last chance to do so. If they don't, "What's Your Name?" will be the group's fourth consecutive single to peak at No. 2.
Male vocal group, 4men, debuts at No. 6 with their new single, "Propose Song," while the disappointing new 2PM single, "Come Back When You Hear This Song," arrives one spot lower at No. 7. 2PM's other, far superior single, "A.D.T.O.Y.," will debut on next week's chart, so hopefully it'll do even better than "Come Back..." since it's a much better song.
B1A4 is off to a great start with their new single, "What's Going On?," which enters at No. 9, while their new mini-album of the same name debuts at No. 1 on the albums chart. This is the group's second top ten song and No. 1 album after last year's "Tried To Walk" and In The Wind, respectively.
PSY's "Gentleman" officially falls out of the top ten in its fourth week, slipping six spots to No. 11. The song isn't delivering the kind of chart domination you'd expect, but it's still the third biggest K-pop song of the year so far thanks to some blockbuster first-week sales.
Also under-performing is T-ara N4's "Countryside Life," which falls five places to No. 16 after debuting at No. 11 last week. The group's sales have been sluggish compared to what they usually sell, but their sales picked up over the past week following the publicity they've been generating during their trip to L.A. to meet with Chris Brown. Hopefully this will help to stabilize "Countryside Life's" position on the charts.
On a more positive note, Nine Muses sexy new single, "Wild," debuts at No. 32 -- three spots higher than "Dolls" debut position. "Dolls'" made a second-week jump to No. 18, so hopefully "Wild" will follow a similar chart trajectory and slip into the top twenty next week.
Outside of the top 100, Nega Network's new boy band, LC9, debuts at No. 123 with "Mama Beat." It's a shame to see the group get off to such a weak start given how good "Mama Beat" and their accompanying mini-album, Skirmish, are.
Check out this week's key K-pop hits, below.
No. 1. Lee Hyori - Miss Korea
No. 7. 2PM - Come Back When You Hear This Song
No. 9. B1A4 - What's Going On?
No. 32. Nine Muses - Wild