PSY's "Gentleman" predictably rockets straight to No. 1 on this week's GAON singles chart, blocking R&B balladeer, K.Will, from the top spot. In last week's chart roundup, we predicted that K.Will might bag another chart-topper based off of strong digital downloads and streaming points, but that was before "Gentleman" was released.
Outside of Korea, PSY's new hit makes a big splash on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 12 after less than two days of availability. "Gentleman"'s impressive debut is mostly due to streaming points, with the song shifting just 27,000 downloads, but reaching No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart with 8.6 million streams. Expect to see a huge jump from "Gentleman" on next week's chart due to increased downloads (it's since reached the top 10 of US iTunes) and insane Youtube views (140 million and counting so far).
Now, who was it again that called PSY a one-hit-wonder?
Coming in at No. 3 this week is JYP entertainment's female duo, 15&, with their second single, "Somebody." The song has been billed as an unofficial sequel to Wonder Girls' K-pop classic, "Nobody," which is the kind of comparison that can only be made with a straight face if the song in question is really good, and "Somebody" definitely is. It's still holding up relatively well on the digital charts, so hopefully it'll stick around for a little while and give 15& a much-needed hit that can stand up against Lee Hi's mammoth success.
Vocal queen, Lyn, debuts at No. 7 with her buzz single, "Tonight." The song was produced by hitmakers of the moment, Double Sidekick, and features popular hip-hop duo, Baechigi, so seeing it enter so high is hardly a surprise.
The last new debut in the top ten goes to Zion.T, whose funky new single, "Babay," featuring Gaeko, arrives at No. 9.
Meanwhile, Ga-In --who is currently making waves for her role in PSY's "Gentleman" music video-- debuts at No. 19 with "Brunch," her new collaboration single with labelmate, Hyungwoo.
Check out this week's key K-pop hits, below.
No. 1. PSY - Gentleman
No. 3. 15& - Somebody
No. 9. Zion.T. feat Gaeko - Babay
No. 17. Jay Park - JOAH