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The Legacy of Kanye's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy"

The rapper's magnum opus turned 10 years old over the weekend.

It's almost eerie how accurately Kanye West predicted his own fate when he uttered the words "I miss the old Kanye" on 2016's The Life of Pablo.

In my head, and likely in the memories of many others, there are two Kanyes: a then and a now. Both are cocky, self-important, certifiable jerks, but then, he at least still felt a marginal need to continue proving himself.

Now, he's so immeasurably detached from reality that it's a little hard to take anything he does or creates seriously—at this point, I find it difficult to even care. I don't want to explicitly cite a certain presidential election and its aftermath as the dividing line between the Kanye of then and now in my conscience, but...yeah, Kanye rubbing elbows with Trump was pretty much the last straw for me.

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Davichi remain unstoppable on this week's Gaon digital chart as their latest single Cry Again climbs to No. 1.

This gives the vocal duo their eighth No. 1 single since the Gaon chart started in 2009. It's also their first chart-topper since 2013's The Letter; none of their singles in 2014 reached the top, which may have factored into their decision to leave longtime record label Core Contents Media last year.

INFINITE H, the hip-hop subunit of boy band INFINITE, narrowly miss the top spot this week: Their new single, Pretty, arrives at No. 2.

Further down, Nine Muses' new single Drama soars to No. 13, giving the group their highest-charting single to date. The sassy Drama beats the group's previous peak of No. 16 for Gun, and No. 17 for Dolls.

A few spots lower, 4minute's pre-release ballad Cold Rain debuts at No. 15. It's not a great position by 4minute's standards, but their official single Crazy drops next week so you can expect that to chart much higher.

Last and sadly least, Lizzy jumps 50 spots to No. 38 with her first solo single Not An Easy Girl. While it's good to see her enter the top forty, the song is essentially a flop compared to the high chart positions her two girl groups After School and Orange Caramel usually reach.

Check out this week's key K-pop hits below.

No. 1. Davichi - Cry Again

No. 2. INFINITE H - Pretty

No. 13. Nine Muses - Drama

No. 15. 4minute - Cold Rain

No. 38. Lizzy - Not An Easy Girl

After debuting at No. 1 last week with "Empty," YG Entertainment's new boy band WINNER have been dethroned by Jang Bum Joon. The former Busker Busker guitarist and vocalist slides in at No. 1 with "Difficult Woman," pushing WINNER to second place.

Newbie Park Boram is showing a lot of longevity with her first single "Beautiful," which is down just one spot to No. 3, while SHINee's Taemin makes a solid solo debut with "Danger" at No. 5.

Veteran girl group KARA, who recently lost two members and gained a new one, arrive at No. 17 with their new single "Mamma Mia." This is weak compared to the group's usual chart ranking, but when you take into consideration that they just reshuffled their lineup, as well as the fact that "Mamma Mia" seems to be holding up on the various real-time digital charts, a top twenty debut really isn't too shabby at all.

A few spots lower is Orange Caramel's "My Copycat," which enters at No. 22. This is the trio's lowest-charting single ever, but lately the K-pop charts have been more about longevity than one-week peaks, so we'll see how this does in the long run.

Speaking of girl groups with low charting singles, SECRET's "I'm In Love" plummets to No. 29 after debuting at No. 14 last week, while poor Sunny Hill just flopped beyond belief with "Monday Blues" at No. 96.

However, even Sunny Hill can't match STELLAR in flopping, with the controversial girl group's new single "Mask" missing the top 100 altogether. STELLAR were never big on the charts to begin with, but they did score a surprise top forty hit earlier this year with the amazing "Marionette," so it's sad to see that the equally-as-good "Mask" has failed to continue their winning streak.

Check out this week's new K-pop hits, below.

No. 1. Jang Bum Joon - Difficult Woman

No. 5. Taemin - Danger

No. 17. KARA - Mamma Mia

No. 22. Orange Caramel - My Copycat

No. 96. Sunny Hill - Monday Blues

No. ???. STELLAR - Mask

K-pop princess IU has taken over the top five of the Gaon singles chart for another week, but for once she wasn't able to nab the No. 1 spot. That honour goes to recently reformed R&B duo Fly To The Sky, who top the charts with their first new single in five years, "You You You."

IU fills the next three spots, with "My Old Story" at No. 2, "The Meaning of You" at No. 3, and "When Love Passes" at No. 4.

Meanwhile, INFINITE's new single "Last Romeo" debuts at the lucky No. 7, becoming the seventh top ten hit of the boy band's career.

SECRET hottie Hyosung slips five spots to No. 14 with the catchy "Good-night Kiss," while her current chart rival G.NA suffers a much harsher fate, falling 18 places to No. 29 with "Pretty Lingerie."

Speaking of female soloists, T-ara's Jiyeon debuts at a so-so No. 17 with her first single, "1min1sec," but manages to beat INFINITE to No. 1 on the official Social Chart.

One spot lower, Orange Caramel enter at No. 18 with their Baskin-Robbins promotional single "Abing Abing."

And way down the bottom, Humming Urban Stereo's collaboration with Brown Eyed Girls diva Narsha "Bullshit" debuts at No. 70, despite not actually being promoted as an official single.

Check out this week's key K-pop hits below!

No. 1. Fly To The Sky - You You You

No. 2. IU - My Old Story

No. 7. INFINITE - Last Romeo

No. 17. Jiyeon - 1min1sec

No. 18. Orange Caramel - Abing Abing

No. 70. Humming Urban Stereo feat. Narsha - Bullshit

 

The Korean entertainment industry has been at a standstill ever since the tragic Sewol ferry disaster, and it's reflected in the official K-pop charts. There's been little movement on the charts for weeks, with virtually all of the previously-scheduled new releases having been pushed back to unspecified dates in the future.

Akdong Musician's "200%" takes back the No. 1 spot after 15&'s "Can't Hide It" dethroned the teen duo last week. IU and HIGH4's "Not Spring, Love, or Cherry Blossoms" moves one place to No. 2, followed by 15& in third place.

A Pink's "Mr. Chu" is back in the top five, climbing two spots to No. 4, while Soyou and Junggigo's "Some" hops three places to No. 12, and Orange Caramel's catchy "Catallena" moves to No. 13.

4minute's "Whatcha Doin' Today" is No. 30, Crayon Pop's "UH-EE!" is No. 31... That's about it. Sorry, but there's just not much to report this week!

Anyway, take a listen to this week's No. 1 below.

After debuting at No. 1 last week with "200%," YG Entertainment's AKMU slips one spot to make way for 15&'s "Can't Hide It," which takes the top spot this week.

Both AKMU and 15& are teen pop duos that got their start on the reality TV singing competition K-pop Star, so it's nice to see thing work out for the pairs as they trade places at the top of the charts.

Rookie boy band HIGH4 and their duet with IU, "Not Spring, Love, or Cherry Blossoms," falls one spot to No. 3 this week, while Sihwan Park's "I Just Loved You" debuts at No. 4.

Trending girl group A Pink are showing a lot of longevity with their current hit "Mr. Chu," which is back up one spot to No. 6 this week, while Orange Caramel's "Catallena" bounces back five spots to No. 14.

Meanwhile, Crayon Pop's "UH-EE!" is at No. 25, while 4minute's former chart-topper "Whatcha Doin' Today?" is at No. 29.

Check out this week's No. 1 K-pop single below.