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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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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“My Lovely Girl” Stills Show Rain, Krystal, L and More Gathered for First Scri...

The first script reading for SBS’ new Wednesday-Thursday drama “My Lovely Girl” took place recently, an images from that exciting meeting have been released. “My Lovely Girl” stars Rain in his first drama in four years. The heroine of this story is f(x) member Krystal, who is taking on her first leading role in a drama. Other idol singers join the cast, Infinite membe...

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Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2014 – August Week 2

We had a four way battle for the top spot this week: Last week’s champion Girl’s Day’s “Darling” took on a trio of brand new songs: SISTAR’s “Touch My Body,” INFINITE’s “Back,” and Block B’s “HER.”  It was SISTAR’s “Touch My Body” taking the top spot this week. This song is the title track of SISTAR’s second mini-album, “Touch & Move.” It has an additive melody and lyrics that are easy to sing...

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Girl Groups f(x), SISTAR Lead “Most Viewed K-pop Videos in America” List by Bi...

It looks like female K-pop idols reigned supreme in America last month as the female groups f(x) and SISTAR led Billboard‘s list of “Most Viewed K-pop Videos in America” for the month of July! f(x), who has made their return to the colorful world of K-pop after a year of rest, has garnered almost 10 million views for their dark music video of their title song, “Red Light,&#...

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INFINITE Unveils Performance Version of “Back!”

INFINTE has a special surprise for fans! The group has just unveiled a performance version for their recent single, “Back.” The video focuses on the sharp choreography that was made for the song. Fans also have a better view of the line choreography and the precise movements that INFINITE has been known for since their debut days. Meanwhile, INFINITE is currently having their “That Summer 2” conce...

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INFINITE’s Hoya’s Ankle Injury Is Worse Than It Seemed, Might Affect Participa...

The ankle injury sustained by INFINITE‘s Hoya during the recording for the music show “Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook” on July 29 is diagnosed to be worse than it looked like and would affect his future activities with the group. After a more detailed check up at the hospital for his leg that was twisted while recording for the show, it was confirmed that Hoya had a more serious...

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