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
Happy birthday to the world's biggest genre
On this day in 1973, Clive Campbell, the Jamaican-American "selector" known as DJ Kool Herc, hosted a "back to school jam" at 1520 Sedgewick Avenue in the Boogie Down Bronx of New York City.
Armed with a booming sound system and reggae beats, Herc– a shortened nickname for "Hercules"– commanded insatiable audiences across the South Bronx with his unique looping technique called the "Merry-Go Round." "[I knew that] they were waiting for this particular break," Herc later said, "and I got a couple of records that got the same break up in it. I wonder how it would be if I put them all together."
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This week's K-pop chart is a tough one for idol stars, with the majority of the top ten songs coming from non-idol acts. The No. 1 spot belongs to Postmen's "Can't Go To Shinchon," which was originally released eight months ago. The song's late-blooming success comes after a contestant performed it on the popular reality TV singing competition Superstar K6, bringing national attention to the little-known K-indie act and their music.
Rapper IRON follows at No. 2 with "Malice," followed by Yoon Mi Rae's "I Love You" at No. 3, and Bobby's "Bounce" at No. 4.
Outside of the top ten, Girls' Generation-TTS (TaeTiSeo) debuts at No. 11 with their slinky single, "Whisper." You can expect to see more of the talented trio on next week's chart now that their new album Holler has been released.
Much further down is T-ara, who make a disappointing debut with "Sugar Free" at No. 37. It's the group's worst performing lead single ever, which is a bit surprising considering that they just had a top five hit late last year with "No. 9." Hopefully the song will fare better in the clubs, where it's currently being promoted with a slew of dance remixes from high-profile DJs.
Last but not least is YG Entertainment's work-in-progress Team B, who arrive at No. 48 with "Wait For Me." The song was recently performed on the group's reality show Mix & Match, which is like a Korean version of MTV's Making The Band.
Check out this week's key K-pop hits below.
No. 1. Postmen - Can't Go To Shinchon
No. 6. Ladies' Code - I'm Fine Thank You
No. 11. Girls' Generation-TTS - Whisper
No. 37. T-ara - Sugar Free