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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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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
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.
American Idol for K-pop stars, otherwise known as Immortal Song 2, is set to get a K-diva double dose with news that both Ivy and Brown Eyed Girls' songstress Narsha will join the current season of the hit show. Ivy's involvement was confirmed last month, while Narsha was just announced today. According to a statement released by the show's reps, Immortal Song bigwigs are looking forward to having the two sexy singers battle it out in front of viewers.
“Narsha plans to showcase her capabilities not as Narsha of Brown Eyed Girls, but as Narsha the solo artist… With also the new addition of singer Ivy, viewers can look forward to a showdown between Narsha and Ivy’s vocals and performances.”
With Immortal Song's format of having established singers compete against each in weekly performances, it should be very interesting to see both Narsha and Ivy --two stars not only known for their strong vocals, but also their good looks and bold concepts-- thrown into the mix. Other top female idols who have starred on the show include SISTAR's Hyorin, balladeer Lyn, K-pop princess IU, 4minute's Jiyoon, breakout rookie Ailee, and f(x)'s Luna. And then of course, there's Narsha's bandmate Jea, who called upon her fellow Brown Eyed Girl just last weekend to help her out in a performance. Perhaps TV execs were so impressed by Narsha's sizzling sex appeal and vocal skills that they just had to add her to the lineup?
Don't count Ivy out, though. The 30-year-old may be a scandal magnet, but behind the controversy lies a big voice. And Immortal Song is pretty much the perfect gig for her right now, as the pop diva has been making a concentrated effort to revamp her image ever since making her "Torn Heart" comeback last year. But if that fails, she can always steal Narsha's thunder with an impromptu performance of her underrated classic, "Touch Me."
Check out Narsha and Ivy performing live below, and let us know who you're most excited to see.