That Davichi reign just won't let up! The duo's new power ballad, "The Letter," enters the Gaon singles chart at No. 1 this week, making it their fifth hit single this year alone. The pair previously reached No. 1 with "Turtle" and "Be Warmed," while "Just The Two Of Us" and "Because I Miss You Today" both peaked at No. 2. Judging by the charts, there's no question that Davichi is one of the biggest female acts in K-pop today.
A few spots down is miss A's "Hush," which rises six spots to No. 5. Despite not topping the charts, the sexy single's been able to place first on two music programs so far, making this a fairly successful comeback for the somewhat struggling girl group. It also shows the importance of timing: T-ara's "No. 9" fared the same --if not better-- than "Hush," but was blocked on music programs by blockbuster acts like SHINee, IU, and K.Will.
Anyway, just below miss A is BIGBANG's Taeyang, who climbs 10 spots with "RINGA LINGA" to No. 6. This will likely be the peak for the single, which is another sign that BIGBANG's solo projects outside of G-Dragon just aren't doing the numbers that that they used to. Seungri's "Gotta Talk To U" peaked briefly at No. 3 back in August, whereas a few years ago Taeyang was reaching No. 1 with songs like "I Need a Girl" and Seungri was sweeping music programs with "What Can I Do."
Speaking of BIGBANG, T.O.P's "Doom Dada" enters at No. 10 this week. This isn't too bad considering that T.O.P's main activities outside of BIGBANG are either acting or as part of the GD&TOP unit, and "Doom Dada" still has a chance to rise a bit next week like "RINGA LINGA" did.
Trouble Maker's "Now" is already down to No. 13, which is a little surprising considering the NINE music program trophies the song has picked up. But again, this just shows how important timing is when it comes to winning Mutizens.
Check out this week's key K-pop hits, below!
No. 1. Davichi - The Letter
No. 5. miss A - Hush
No. 6. Taeyang - RINGA LINGA
No. 10. T.O.P - Doom Dada
No. 19. M&N - Tonight
Using a Black dialect isn't a meme—it's cultural appropriation.
As Black Lives Matter protests have rightfully taken the world by storm over the past couple of months, we're long overdue for thorough evaluations of just how often aspects of Black heritage have been co-opted by white audiences.
It should be obvious that much of fashion and music as we know it today was invented by Black people. We (hopefully) all know by now that we can no longer accept Blackface and use of the n-word by non-Black people as the norm—and Internet users have tried "canceling" offenders in the public eye, with varying degrees of success.
Miryo and Narsha of veteran K-pop girl group, Brown Eyed Girls, have teamed up together to form a subunit, M&N. It's the first unit project for BEG, who up until now have stuck with full group activities or solo releases.
Fans expecting something as big as Narsha's "Bbi Ri Bba Bba" or Miryo's "Dirty" from M&N's debut single, "Tonight," will probably be disappointed. Rather than going all out for M&N's promotions, the pair have settled on a small digital single release -- "Tonight" doesn't even come with a proper full-length music video. The breezy midtempo recalls Brown Eyed Girls' 2012 non-promoted seasonal release, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," so it's more like a side project than a real K-pop comeback.
The good news is that M&N have recorded "Tonight" in both Korean and English, which their international fans (like us!) definitely appreciate. Since they sound so good, we wouldn't mind some more English-language BEG down the road.
Hopefully we'll still get another full solo release from Narsha or Miryo at some stage, but until then, M&N is a nice way to fill in the time between BEG's group releases.