Life is pretty stressful right now, and if you're like much of the rest of the world, you've turned to the Internet for solace.
Some of us find escape in video calls and games, others in Netflix and music, others in endless scrolling. But if you're looking for a new, relaxing, visually stimulating way to ease your frayed nerves, perhaps consider watching videos of slime, soap-cutting, or any other form of "oddly satisfying" content.
The world of "oddly satisfying" content is large and undefinable. There are thousands of different types of content optimized to satisfy and relax you—from ASMR to binaural beats to zit-popping, the list goes on and on. The Reddit thread "oddly satisfying" is a hotbed of these types of posts, as are YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.
For the purposes of this article, we'll stay away from auditory ASMR, instead focusing purely on visual content. This is your invitation into the safe, magical, fanciful world of colorful paint, billowing slime, and deliciously skilled workers doing their jobs well.
It's the group's highest-charting single to date by far, easily beating the No. 36 peak of their 2012 debut, Whoz That Girl.
The No. 1 song of the week belongs to ballad king Sung Si Kyung's Christmas single Don't Forget, followed by A Pink who stay put at No. 2 with LUV.
Super Junior's Kyuhyun is still going strong with his solo single At Gwanghwamun, which is back up two spots to No. 3, while rapper Master Wu's Come Here featuring Dok2 and Bobby arrives at No. 8.
Meanwhile, trending girl group AOA continue to show staying power as their latest hit Like a Cat remains at No. 10 for a second consecutive week.
Last but not least is new female soloist Shannon, who arrives at a solid No. 32 with her first single Daybreak Rain. This is quite good for a rookie female pop artist, especially one from a smaller agency like Shannon.
Check out this week's top K-pop hits below!
No. 1. Sung Si Kyung - Don't Forget
No. 5. EXID - Up & Down
No. 23. INFINITE F - My Heart Is Beating
No. 24. BtoB - You Can Cry
No. 32. Shannon - Daybreak Rain
It looked like A Pink were going to land their first No. 1 single this week with "LUV," but the adorable girl group were blocked from the top by legendary ballad singer Park Hyo Shin's new single, "Happy Together."
"LUV" settles for second place, but A Pink can be compensated in the fact that all five tracks from their new mini-album managed to debut in the top fifty.
A few spots down, EXID's "Up And Down" jumps a huge 27 places to No. 7. As Popdust previously reported, the sudden popularity of "Up And Down" is all down to a fan-recorded video of member Hani performing the song's sexy choreography that went viral in Korea a fortnight ago.
AOA's "Like a Cat" spends a third week in the top ten at No. 10, while rapper LOCO debuts at No. 19 with "You Don't Know."
Ex-KARA member Nicole continues to struggle with her solo single "MAMA," which slips down to No. 80, but it's nothing compared to T-ara's Korean remake of the Chinese novelty hit "Little Apple," which debuts at No. 91 -- the lowest position of the group's career. However, considering that it's just a one-off special collaboration single that isn't being fully promoted in Korea, you can't really hold its chart position up to T-ara's official single releases.
Check out this week's new K-pop hits below.
No. 2. A Pink - LUV
No. 7. EXID - Up And Down
No. 41. MAMAMOO - Piano Man
No. 60. MBLAQ - Spring, Summer, Fall, And... Winter
No. 91. T-ara - Little Apple
SM Entertainment's f(x) have narrowly missed out on topping the Gaon chart with their new single "Red Light," which is forced to settle for second place this week. The edgy electro-pop track was pipped at the post by A Cube's seasonal summer single, "Break Up To Make Up," performed by balladeer Huh Gak and A Pink's Eunji.
While f(x) missed out on No. 1, they did manage to land two songs in the top ten, with the bhangra-flavoured "Milk" debuting at No. 10.
Hyosung's "Good-night Kiss" falls out of the top forty for the first time since its release, dropping to No. 43 (although it's still in the top forty of Melon's real-time digital chart), while Tiny-G's "Ice Baby" falls to No. 60.
Look out for some more interesting moves on next week's chart, which will include new entries from Girl's Day, B1A4, Kim Hyun Joong, and Henry.
No. 1. Huh Gak & Eunji - Break Up To Make Up
No. 2. f(x) - Red Light
No. 10. f(x) - Milk
No. 16. f(x) - All Night
After topping Korea's official Gaon chart last week with the ballad "No More," boy band B2ST have done it again with their latest single "Good Luck." The song enters at No. 1, while "No More" takes a tumble down to No. 10. It's the first time that B2ST's ever yielded more than one No. 1 from an album, with "I Knew It" from 2012's Midnight Sun serving as their only other chart-topper to date.
Coming in second place is Maroon 5's "Maps," which is quite surprising given Korea's insular music industry.
Taeyang's "Eyes, Nose, Lips" slips to No. 4, while Bumkey's new digital single "Home" arrives at No. 5. Meanwhile, Davichi's "Pillow" debuts at No. 11, but could still rise higher next week like their previous single "Again" did.
Rising girl group AOA land their second top twenty entry with "Short Hair," which debuts at No. 14. The song is currently performing well on Korea's main real-time digital charts, so expect it to rise next week -- it could even become the group's first top ten hit.
Further down, we've got some older singles showing a lot of staying power: Hyosung's "Good-Night Kiss" is at No. 21 despite promotions for the song officially ending last weekend, while A Pink's three-month-old "Mr. Chu" is still in the top forty at No. 35.
Check out this week's key K-pop hits below!
No. 1. B2ST - Good Luck
No. 4. Bumkey - Home
No. 11. Davichi - Pillow
No. 14. AOA - Short Hair
No. 53. MAMAMOO - Mr. Ambiguous
The Korean entertainment industry has been at a standstill ever since the tragic Sewol ferry disaster, and it's reflected in the official K-pop charts. There's been little movement on the charts for weeks, with virtually all of the previously-scheduled new releases having been pushed back to unspecified dates in the future.
Akdong Musician's "200%" takes back the No. 1 spot after 15&'s "Can't Hide It" dethroned the teen duo last week. IU and HIGH4's "Not Spring, Love, or Cherry Blossoms" moves one place to No. 2, followed by 15& in third place.
A Pink's "Mr. Chu" is back in the top five, climbing two spots to No. 4, while Soyou and Junggigo's "Some" hops three places to No. 12, and Orange Caramel's catchy "Catallena" moves to No. 13.
4minute's "Whatcha Doin' Today" is No. 30, Crayon Pop's "UH-EE!" is No. 31... That's about it. Sorry, but there's just not much to report this week!
Anyway, take a listen to this week's No. 1 below.