Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2014 – August Week 5

A rookie artist is taking our chart and the Kpop world by storm this week! YG Entertainment’s prized new male group WINNER impressively scores their first No. 1 song on their debut hit “Empty.” Amazingly, WINNER did it in just two weeks as “Empty” moves up from No. 12 last week.  The song won on SBS Inkigayo, KBS Music Bank, and M!Countdown last week. Just like their labelmate senior BIGBANG, WINN...

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Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2014 – August Week 4

After getting close with many of their past hits, Block B finally scores their first ever No. 1 song on our chart this week with “HER.” This song won on M!Countdown last week and was also consistently among the top songs in all our sources. “HER” narrowly edged out the champion of the past two weeks, SISTAR’s “Touch My Body” by eight points to win the top spot this week. Block B was voted by our f...

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Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2014 – August Week 3

There is another log jam on top of our chart this week, but SISTAR’s “Touch My Body” managed to stay on top for the second straight week.  This song scored another three music show wins on KBS Music Bank, M!Countdown, and SBS Inkigayo this past week. Despite not scoring as high as last week, it is still good enough to be our No. 1 song again. Congratulations to SISTAR. Only one point separates the...

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SISTAR Wins Triple Crown on Inkigayo + Performances from Taemin, Secret, Winner, and More

This week on SBS’ “Inkigayo,” it was SISTAR vs Block B vs Red Velvet for first place. Block B’s “HER,” Red Velvet’s “Happiness” and SISTAR’s “Touch My Body” competed against each other for no.1, with SISTAR winning. Congrats, SISTAR! This is their third win in a row for “Touch My Body” on “Inkigayo.”  See also: Red Velvet Nominated for No.1 on SBS’ “Inkigayo” Just Two...

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MBC Music Core 08.16.14 – Secret Comeback Stage

♬ Comeback Stage – SECRET 『I’m In Love』 ♬ Hot Stage – SISTAR 『TOUCH MY BODY』 – Block B 『H.E.R』 – HyunA 『Red』 – Wheesung 『Night and Day』 – Girl’s Day 『Darling』 – K-Will 『Day 1』 – AOA 『Short Hair』 – HyoMin 『Nice Body』 – Henry 『Fantastic』 – NU’EST 『Good bye bye』 – LADIE’S CODE 『KISS KISS』 – Red Velve...

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Opinion: Why New “Inkigayo” Rulings on 19+ Music Videos Will Not Work

Any opinion expressed in this column is the writer’s only and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Soompi Editorial Team and its management. When SBS announced that “Inkigayo,” its flagship music show, was no longer going to count music video hits from music videos rated 19+ as part of its chart ranking system, my initial reaction was to think, “Poor HyunA.” Her latest single, “R...

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Soompi K-Pop Idol Rap Battle: Round 1

Hip-hop has played a major role in influencing the sound of K-Pop, ranging from artists who incorporate a slight hip-hop influence in certain songs (2NE1 or Girls’ Generation) to groups that have a much heavier emphasis on hip-hop (Block B or B.A.P). Even within each idol group, there’s almost always a rapper — with so many groups these days, that’s a lot of rappers. (We...

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“Inkigayo” Changes Rules for “19-rated” Videos, HyunA First to be Affected?

The producers of SBS music show “Inkigayo” have announced that songs whose music videos are rated suitable only for viewers aged 19 years old and over will no longer be eligible to gain chart points based on video views. The chart compilers announced that hits through YouTube clicks would only be counted in its SNS rankings if a song’s music videos were rated at least rated suitable for viewers ag...

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