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.

Miryo & Narsha (otherwise known as M&N) debut at No. 19 with their subunit single, "Tonight," while T-ara's "No. 9" remains in the top forty more than a month after its release at No. 37.

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

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.

Pornography is illegal in South Korea, but that hasn't stopped Miryo and Narsha of the Brown Eyed Girls --also now known as the sub-unit, M&N-- from reading Penthouse magazine in the teaser for their new song, "Tonight."

Most K-pop idols could never get away with something like this, but Miryo and Narsha are both in their early thirties, and Brown Eyed Girls has earned a reputation over the years for doing sexy concepts. In fact, last year they were the first girl group to hold an adults only 19+ rated concert. But they're seriously the only ones who could whip out a porn magazine without causing an uproar -- if any other female idol did it, they'd be toast.

By the way, did anyone else notice how vintage those Penthouse mags are? Bloodrayne is advertised on the back of one!

Anyway, check out the teaser below, which features a short preview of a very sexy sounding new M&N song called "Tonight."

So, it turns out that Girls' Generation winning YouTube's Video of the Year award isn't the only spectacularly amazing thing to happen in the world of K-pop today. It's just been announced that Miryo and Narsha of Brown Eyed Girls --also known as K-pop's most talented and overall perfect girl group-- will be releasing a mini-album together as a subunit.

The pair are reportedly looking to launch in mid-November, and are currently in the process of wrapping up some final recording stuff.

We're trying really hard not to completely freak out right now!

The pair have previously worked together on covers and OST tracks like "This Winter" and "I Love You," and even recorded a duet called "Leggo" for Miryo's solo album, which they performed live on Music Bank.  Putting them together as an official unit makes a lot of sense for multiple reasons. Firstly, the solo career of the group's most popular member, Ga-In, is managed exclusively by a different agency, and Brown Eyed Girls already made a full group comeback in July. JeA was also the last Brown Eyed Girl to release a solo project, so it's Narsha and Miryo's turn now. And lastly, Narsha and Miryo probably have more chance of charting well if they release something together, rather than apart -- it's not like Brown Eyed Girls are as popular as they used to be.

Anyway, we're excited, we can't wait, and this is probably going to be completely fantastic as long as they stick with their unique style and don't get too conventional on us all of a sudden.

 

2NE1's Park Bom gives plastic surgery in K-pop a bad name, but for every Bom there's ten celebrity plastic surgery success stories out there. Veteran girl group, Brown Eyed Girls, are a perfect example of one. Since debuting back in 2006 as homely ballad singers, the members' appearances have consistently changed, and they're now widely recognized as K-pop's sexiest girl group. They used to keep their surgery a secret, but in recent years the group's come clean and even made fun of it -- going as far as to record a parody version of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" for SNL Korea called "Plastic Face."

Unfortunately, even good plastic surgery can have its downside. This week, the group's rapper, Miryo, revealed that she's had so much work done now that people no longer recognize her.

After the girls' 5th album 'Black Box' was released, Miryo went on the internet to do a search and discovered a new topic: "Miryo has suddenly left the group." Kim Gu Ra then said people probably wondered where Miryo was because they did not recognize her. Miryo agreed with his theory, saying, "I evolved with each album." JeA added, "We went to a recording studio yesterday, and Kim Na Young thought Miryo was some other rookie singer, so she ignored Miryo and greeted only the rest of us."
Miryo had asked Kim Na Young, "You honestly didn't know I was Miryo, right," to which Kim Na Young responded in surprise, "You're Miryo?"
The rapper concluded, "I think I'm going to love me for me now. I'm satisfied with how I look. I won't be getting any more surgery." [Via allkpop]

Well, at least Miryo's honest now: Back in 2011, she attributed her altered appearance to simple exercise and weight loss!

Check out some photos of gorgeous Miryo's (and BEG's!) evolving beauty throughout the years, below.

It's common knowledge in K-pop that stars like G-Dragon, PSY, and B1A4's Jinyoung (just to name a few) have written and produced a lot of their own music, but what about the ladies? The creative skills of many female idols are often overlooked by fans and the Korean media, despite there being a handful of talented songstresses in K-pop who are just as involved in the creation of their own tunes as the guys are.

Thankfully, chart giant, Instiz, has just released a list of female idol acts with the most copyrighted songs to their name, and some of the results will definitely surprise people. (Note: The list applies to idol acts only.)

Topping the list with 56 songs is Brown Eyed Girls rapper, Miryo. The 31-year-old has co-written huge hits for BEG like "Sign" and "Sixth Sense," and also co-produced all the tracks from her solo album, MIRYO aka JOHONEY.

Coming in second place is Miryo's bandmate, JeA, with 12 songs to her name. JeA's helped compose music for BEG, as well as her own solo career and a couple of other artists, too, like SPINEL and ZIA. She even wrote Ga-In and Jo-Kwon's We Got Married duet, "We Were In Love," which topped the charts in 2011 and picked up two music program trophies.

Following JeA is (surprisingly) SECRET's Zinger, who ranks third with 11 songs. While Zinger wasn't involved in any of SECRET's big hits, she's co-written tracks from the group's various albums and EPs, including her solo rap track, "Amazinger." SECRET already has a reputation as one of the more talented girl groups in K-pop, but if more people only knew about Zinger's songwriting prowess, the quartet's credibility would receive another boost and finally bring them some attention that doesn't solely center on Hyosung's famously bangin' bod.

Fourth on the list is solo superstar, IU, with ten songs. The 19-year-old's most notable creation to date is probably the acoustic ballad, "Peach," which reached No. 2 on the charts last year. Her creative input has gradually increased over time, and she should have a fresh bunch of self-written songs to add to her catalog when her next studio album drops in April.

Rounding at the top five is Wonder Girls star, Yenny, who has composed songs for both herself and for Wonder Girls.

Soloists, G.NA and Juniel, follow Yenny with seven copyrighted songs each, while former After School member, Bekah, Sunny Hill's Misung, and Girls' Generation's Yuri close out the top ten.

Oddly enough, BoA is absent from the list, despite boasting a catalog of self-composed songs that could easily rival Miryo's. Perhaps Instiz considers the K-pop legend above idol status, and has put her in the "real artist" category with Tasha?

Check out some key songs from five of K-pop's most talented stars, below.

1. Brown Eyed Girls - Sixth Sense

2. JeA - Let's Hug

3. Zinger - Amazinger

4. IU - Peach

5. Yenny - Hello To Myself

[Via Netizen Buzz]