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
No. 53. BESTie - Hot Baby
K-pop is known for it's signature dance moves (just look at PSY), but lately those moves have been getting a whole lot sexier. With girl groups like Girl's Day, AOA, and STELLAR hitting it big thanks to their erotic music videos and provocative performances, female K-pop stars are now constantly trying to one-up one another in the sexy stakes.
The latest lady to give it a shot is Sunmi, former member of the squeaky clean Wonder Girls. The music video for her new single, "Full Moon," doesn't push the envelope quite as far as STELLAR's "Marionette" recently did, but it's far more titillating overall thanks to some seriously sensual choreography.
On the song's addictive a post-chorus (a hypnotic repetition of "eh eh ehs"), Sunmi drops down into a squat and grinds seductively to one side, before flinging her legs open and sliding over to the other side do it again. She then climbs onto an antique sofa, points and crosses her lean legs just to show off how pretty they are, and then flings her legs open again -- dropping her hands to her crotch to preserve some modesty.
Yes, I know it sounds trashy and stripper-ish, but Sunmi actually manages to make it look surprisingly classy thanks to a seductive vampire theme and a tasteful wardrobe. It definitely comes off a lot more elegant than something like Rihanna and Shakira's "Can't Remember To Forget You," which was all plotless wall humping and faux-lesbo action.
Check out your new favourite dance move, below!
The K-pop end-of-year awards season is about to start, beginning with the Melon Music Awards on November 14, and the Mnet Asian Music Awards (also known as the MAMAs) on November 22. The majority of the Korean awards shows are usually rigged (allegedly!) and tend to favour whoever bothers to show up on the night, but they're still fun to check out if you don't take them too seriously.
The MAMAs unveiled their official 2013 nominees this week, and we've already got our favourites from the key categories picked out. Please note that these picks aren't who Popdust thinks WILL win, but for who we think SHOULD win. We also want to hear your picks, too, so leave us comment with who you want to see take home a MAMA this year.
Best New Male Artist
Yoo Seung Woo
Jung Joon Young
We almost picked none of the above because all these reality TV show contestants are starting to look and sound the same to us, while Bangtan Boys is just another hip-hop boy band in the same vein as B.A.P and Block B. Bumkey seems to rely too heavily on guest features and he doesn't bring anything new to the Korean R&B genre he's in, but he's definitely the best out of this bunch of nominees.
Best New Female Artist
Yoo Sung Eun
Ladies' Code is the most successful new girl group of the year (and with good reason) and the excellent Lim Kim had a huge hit with "All Right," but Crayon Pop is the only act that truly brought something new and different to the K-pop industry this year. They went from total nobodies to utter superstars after creating the biggest K-pop craze of 2013 with "Bar Bar Bar."
Best Male Artist
Lee Seung Gi
Lee Seung Chul
Cho Yong Pil
PSY has done so much for K-pop, but 2012 was his year. Cho Yong Pil is 63-years-old and was still able to beat out young rookie acts on music programs with his hit singles, "Bounce" and "Hello," not to mention that his new album is one of the year's biggest sellers.
Best Female Artist
Baek Ji Young
This category is full of strong contenders who all deserve to win, but none more so than Lee Hyori. After a scandal and a three year absence from the Korean music scene, Hyori topped the charts with TWO hit singles --"Miss Korea" and "Bad Girls"-- and snatched back her crown as K-pop's Queen Bee.
Best Male Group
Shinhwa showed that it's possible for idol groups to have a long career with the success of their single, "This Love," beating out their younger contemporaries on multiple music programs and performing to 25,000 fans at their Seoul concert.
Best Female Group
It's a tie between SISTAR and Girls' Generation for this one. Girls' Generation pushed musical boundaries with "I Got a Boy" and kept their title as the single biggest act in K-pop, but SISTAR's cemented their position in K-pop's big leagues with four triple crown wins and two No. 1 hits, "Gone Not Around Any Longer" and "Give It To Me."
Best Dance Performance – Male Solo
G-DRAGON – “Crooked”
Jay Park – “JOAH”
Seungri – “Gotta Talk to U”
PSY – “GENTLEMAN”
B2ST's Yoseob – “Caffeine”
PSY's "Gentleman" was a blast, but the choreography wasn't exactly original like "Gangnam Style." On the other hand, B2ST's Yoseob brought a unique and artistic style to the stage with his gorgeous "Caffeine" choreography.
Best Dance Performance – Female Solo
G.NA – “Oops!”
Seo In Young – “Please Love Me”
Sunmi / 24 Hours
CL / The Baddest Female
Lee Hyo Ri / Bad Girls
Could this go to anyone else but Sunmi? She went from a Wonder Girl to a Wonder Woman with the racy tango-inspired routine for the year's sexiest dance-pop single, "24 Hours."
Best Dance Performance – Male Group
B1A4 – “What’s Going On”
EXO – “Growl”
Beast – “Shadow”
SHINee – “Dream Girl”
INFINITE – “Man In Love”
Any group that can film a music video of non-stop choreography in one-take deserves our vote.
Best Dance Performance – Female Group
Girl’s Day – “Expectation”
Girls’ Generation – “I GOT A BOY”
SISTAR – “Give It to Me”
Crayon Pop – “Bar Bar Bar”
4Minute – “What’s Your Name?”
All worthy contenders, but Crayon Pop's "Bar Bar Bar" started a dance craze that's going to go down in history alongside Brown Eyed Girls' "Abracadabra," Wonder Girls' "Tell Me," and KARA's "Mister."
Check out the rest of the nominations over at Soompi!