4minute is one of K-pop's longer running girl groups having been together for five years now, but it's not until this past year that they've started charting No. 1 hits. They first achieved the feat last April with "What's Your Name?," and the girls finally strike gold again this week as their latest single, "Whatcha Doin' Today," debuts at No. 1 on the official Gaon chart.
It was a close race to the top, with only the tiniest difference between 4minute and Lim Chang-Jung's "Ordinary Song," which debuts at No. 2.
AOA's "Miniskirt" is still in the top thirty after two and a half months, this week sitting at No. 28.
The most interesting entry on the charts this week belongs to Lee Michelle, who crashes and burns at No. 142 with her debut single, "Without You." Michelle first rose to fame on season 1 of reality TV singing contest, K-pop Star, which landed her a record deal with YG Entertainment. She was supposed to debut in YG's then highly-publicized girl group, SuPearls, but after almost two years of training, the group was disbanded and Michelle was dropped. Considering how much controversy the disbandment caused at the time, you'd think her long-awaited solo debut would've been a big hit. "Without You" has since fallen out of Melon's top 100 and the instiz iChart, so the chances of it climbing any higher next week are slim to none.
Anyway, check out this week's key K-pop hits below!
No. 1. 4minute - Whatcha Doin' Today
No. 6. Orange Caramel - Catallena
No. 22. Ga-In - A Tempo
No. 43. TROY - Green Light
No. 142. Lee Michelle - Without You
After posting cryptic messages on her Instagram story, it's clear that many of Azealia Banks's behaviors were a cry for help.
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Eight years ago, Azealia Banks was positioned to be the next big thing in hip-hop.
The Harlem rapper's debut single, "212," had spread through the Internet like wildfire. Banks was only 20 years old at the time and had just left her record label, XL Recordings, due to creative conflicts. Despite being strapped for cash and admittedly depressed, Banks released "212" as a free download from her website. The unforgettable hip-house track would reinvigorate her tumultuous music career.
Former Wonder Girl Sunmi scores her second solo hit this week, debuting at an impressive No. 2 with her new single "Full Moon."
It's Sunmi's second time at No. 2; her first was her debut single "24 Hours," which narrowly missed out on the top spot last year.
Veteran K-diva Park Ji Yoon debuts at No. 12 with "Beep," while her other new single, "Inner Space," enters at the much lower 122.
As we predicted last week, Ladies' Code's "So Wonderful" has raced up the charts, shooting 19 spots to No. 14. It's now the second-highest charting song of the group's career, just behind "Hate You" which briefly peaked at No. 13.
STELLAR stays on the move with their controversial new single "Marionette," which gives the girl group their first ever top forty hit this week by raising seven spots to No. 35.
Meanwhile, T-ara's special collaboration single with Cho Young-soo, "First Love," debuts at a disappointing No. 47, but could possibly rise a bit next week. After School's own special collaboration single, "Week" with Brave Brothers, enters one spot lower at No. 48.
Check out this week's key new K-pop hits below!
No. 2. Sunmi - Full Moon
No. 12. Park Ji Yoon - Beep
No. 14. Ladies' Code - So Wonderful
No. 35. STELLAR - Marionette