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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.
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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.
Ballad singer Kim Dong Ryul has the No. 1 song on this week's Gaon digital chart, with his new single, "How I Am," debuting at the top spot.
K-pop princess IU enters the charts at No. 4 with her special Seo Taiji collaboration, "Sogyeokdong.' This gives the 21-year-old the 27th top five entry of her career, easily making her the biggest female force in K-pop today.
After spending two weeks in the top ten, TaeTiSeo's "Holler" tumbles ten spots to No. 17. The song has underperformed compared to the subunit's debut single, "Twinkle," and with the recent news of member Jessica's departure from Girls' Generation, right now isn't exactly the ideal time for the trio to be out promoting with their typically bubbly image.
Check out this week's biggest new K-pop hits below.
No. 1. Kim Dong Ryul - How I Am
No. 3. Ailee - Don't Touch Me
No. 4. IU - Sogyeokdong
No. 26. Juniel - I Think I'm In Love
No. 46. BtoB - You're So Fly
Gary, who is one half of Korean hip-hop duo LeeSsang, is the big winner on this week's Gaon chart. His first solo single, "Shower Later," easily slides in at No. 1, dethroning last week's chart topper, Ailee's "Singing Got Better," which slips to No. 3. Meanwhile, Gary's other solo single, "ZOTTO MOLO," enters at No. 5, giving the rapper two top five hits.
B1A4 also has a lot to celebrate this week, with their comeback single, "Lonely," debuting at No. 2 -- their highest position yet. Unfortunately, the boy band's currently under suspicion of buying back their own albums so they could secure a first place win on Korea's main music programs over Girl's Day and TVXQ, so the celebration's short lived.
Speaking of Girl's Day and TVXQ, both are still going strong with their respective new singles of the same name, "Something." Girl's Day's at No. 4 this week, while TVXQ's down to No. 8.
A Pink, who are already well on their way to becoming K-pop's next top girl group, have another hit to add to their growing discography with "Good Morning Baby," which debuts at No. 6. Not bad for a random digital single that isn't even being officially promoted!
Rain continues to show some staying power, with his single, "La Song," remaining at No. 10 for another week. Although his comeback album has underperformed compared to his previous ones, he's still doing good by general K-pop standards.
Further down is AOA's "Miniskirt," which slides in at No. 18. It's the group's first top twenty hit and it's still performing well on Korea's various digital charts, so it probably won't be a one-week-wonder like many of Nine Muses songs are.
Rounding out the top twenty is Dal Shabet's "B.B.B. (Big Baby Baby) at No. 20. It's down four places from last week, but this is still pretty good for them.
Check out this week's key K-pop hits, below!
No. 1. Gary - Shower Later
No.2. B1A4 - Lonely
No. 5. Gary - ZOTTO MOLO
No. 6. A Pink - Good Morning Baby
No. 18. AOA - Miniskirt
Ailee's recent nude photo scandal clearly hasn't hurt the 24-year-old's career, with her new single, "Singing Got Better," debuting at No. 1 on this weeks Gaon chart. It's her third chart-topper following last year's "U&I" and "Shower of Tears" with Baechigi.
However, "Singing Got Better" was actually this close to being pipped at the post by Girl's Day's "Something," which jumps four spots to No. 2. The points difference between the two songs was incredibly small, but in the end Ailee won out -- barely. Girl's Day won't be too upset, though, because "Something" is now their highest-charting single yet. Their previous best was "Twinkle Twinkle" and "Female President," both of which peaked at No. 5.
In more good news, K-pop kings TVXQ just scored their biggest hit in years with their new single, "Something." The jazzy throwback debuts at No. 4, making it the group's highest-charting song since relaunching as a duo back in early 2011.
Rain receives a second-week boost with his double comeback tracks, "La Song" and "30 Sexy," which rocket up to No. 10 and No. 12, respectively. They're still low positions by Rain's standards, but at least this is good enough to say that he didn't totally flop.
Further down, Dal Shabet debuts at No. 16 with "B.B.B. (Big Baby Baby)" -- two spots lower than what their last single, "Be Ambitious," reached. The girls have been trapped in the top twenty since they debuted back in 2011, unable to find that one special song and concept that will take them to the next level.
Check out this week's key K-pop hits below.
No. 1. Ailee - Singing Got Better
No. 2. Girl's Day - Something
No. 4. TVXQ - Something
No. 10. Rain - La Song
No. 16. Dal Shabet - B.B.B. (Big Baby Baby)
There's already been a few huge releases in K-pop this year, and the unlikely victor in the K-pop battle appears to be Girl's Day. The foursome's new single, "Something," is still top five on the Instiz iChart and No. 2 on Melon's real-time chart more than a week after its release. This puts it just ahead of its closest competition, Ailee's "Singing Got Better," as well as higher than TVXQ's "Something," and miles in front of Rain's double comeback tracks, "30 Sexy" and "La Song."
The girls already trumped Rain on the Gaon chart, debuting at No. 6 with "Something," while "La Song" entered at No. 19 and "30 Sexy" followed at No. 22 -- making Rain's new tunes the lowest-charting of his career.
With Girl's Day toppling some of the fiercest competition in K-pop this month, it looks like the winning streak they started with last year's surprise hit, "Expectation," isn't going to die down any time soon.
Multiple K-pop stars over the past year have received considerable backlash from fans and the public for offences as small as not smiling on stage or misusing a word in an interview, but Ailee --who recently had a batch of nude photos leak online-- appears to be benefiting from her scandal.
Since the photos hit the web, Ailee's surged ahead in the fan-voted polls for the 2013 MAMA Awards. She's now ranking first for Best Female Artist, surpassing Lee Hyori who was previously leading, as well as first in the Best Female Vocal Performance category, beating out last week's leader, IU.
While it's obvious that Ailee's scandal has given her the extra votes to surpass formidable competition like Hyori and IU, you can't say that she doesn't deserve to be where she is. Her last two pop singles, "I'll Show You" and "U&I," were both huge hits, and she's also featured on the third most successful single of the year, Baechigi's "Shower of Tears."
Meanwhile, there's currently rumours floating around that AllKPop --the media outlet that allegedly leaked Ailee's nude photos-- is about to be sued by a bunch of Korean media outlets for over a million bucks. Bet they're regretting leaking those photos now, huh?