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.
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
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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.
SISTAR have hung onto the No. 1 spot for a second week with their latest single, "Touch Your Body." The song is still sitting comfortably at No. 1 on the Melon digital music chart, too, so we could potentially see the quartet spend a third week at the top of the Gaon chart. If that happens, then "Touch My Body" will become the longest-running No. 1 in almost two years.
Overall, "Touch My Body" is SISTAR's fifth No. 1 as a full group, and their 11th if you include their subunit, solos, and collaborations. It's this kind of success that's helped them become Korea's second biggest girl group -- after Girls' Generation, of course.
In second place is Block B's "Her," which climbs one spot to No. 2 this week. It's the highest-charting song of Block B's career, and its success is pretty impressive by boy band standards. Male artists generally tend to fare better with physical album sales, while the digital market is dominated by girl groups and OST ballads.
HyunA's racy "Red" debuts at a solid No. 3, matching the position of her signature hit, "Bubble Pop!," but failing to reach the No. 1 and No. 2 peak of both "Ice Cream" and "Change."
JYJ's new single "Back Seat" debuts at No. 6, while all the songs from their latest album, Just Us, are scattered throughout the rest of the top 100.
Further down, Wonder Girls' Yenny, who now goes by the bizarre and confusing name of HA:TFELT, enters at a respectable No. 16 with her first solo single, "Ain't Nobody." The position pales in comparison to her ex-bandmate Sunmi, but is relatively decent by solo female standards, putting her on par with T-ara's Jiyeon and Hyomin.
Speaking of flops, BESTie's "Hot Baby" debuts at a disappointing No. 53. Although this matches "Thank U Very Much" as their highest-charting single, it's still a let down for the group, who should be doing much better at this point.
Check out this week's key K-pop hits, below.
No. 1. SISTAR - Touch My Body
No. 3. HyunA - Red
No. 4. INFINITE - Back
No. 6. JYJ - Back Seat
No. 16. HA:TFELT - Ain't Nobody