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
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After two weeks at the top, PSY's "Gentleman" slips to second place on the official GAON singles chart this week. The electro-pop hit is replaced by Roy Kim's seasonal single, "Spring Spring Spring," which debuts at No. 1.
While PSY's small slip in Korea isn't too bad, "Gentleman" takes a much bigger tumble in America, nosediving 5-26 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song only managed to stay in the top ten for one week, as opposed to the 12 that "Gangnam Style" spent. The huge drop is a combination of decreased digital sales and streaming points, as well as American radio's continued reluctance to embrace PSY and his latest single. The 35-year-old rapper's scheduled to embark on a heavy U.S. promo tour this month, which will hopefully turn things around for the now struggling "Gentleman."
Back to the K-pop charts, Cho Yong-pil's new single, "Hello," debuts at No. 4, while new OST singles from Akdong Musician and Baek Ji Young, "I Love You" and "Spring Rain," debut at No. 5 and No. 7, respectively.
As for this week's new chart debuts from idol acts, Juniel's "Pretty Boy" arrives at No. 12, 4minute's "What's Your Name?" follows at No. 17, and SHINee disappoints at No. 32 with "Why So Serious?." Expect all three songs to rise next week once they've got a full seven days' availability under their belts -- especially 4minute, who has been performing surprisingly well on the digital charts. Sadly, there's little hope of SHINee turning "Why So Serious?" into anything more than a minor top forty hit, but that's what they get for releasing their new album without Jonghyun.
Songs that have dropped down the chart this week include Jay Park's "JOAH" from 17-24, Girl's Day's "Expectation" from 20-27, and saddest of all, D-Unit's underrated "Thank You," which falls 56 places to No. 131 in just its second week out.
Check out this week's key K-pop hits, below!
No. 1. Roy Kim - Spring Spring Spring
No. 12. Juniel - Pretty Boy
No. 17. 4minute - What's Your Name?
No. 32. SHINee - Why So Serious?