Billboard: 2NE1, Spice Girls, Fifth Harmony Dominate Girl Group Week Readers’ Poll
As Billboard.com’s Girl Group Week comes to a close, we wanted to reveal the results of our Girl Group Week Readers’ Poll, which allowed pop fans to vote for their favorite girl group albums, songs, music videos and much more. With hundreds of thousands of votes cast in just three days, it’s time to congratulate Spice Girls, 2NE1 and Fifth Harmony for emerging from the crowded field of girl groups and coming out on top in some of the biggest categories!
2NE1, the all-girl K-pop group that has recently made an impact in the States, had its album “Crush” voted as the favorite girl group album as a write-in vote, besting full-lengths by Little Mix, Spice Girls and Destiny’s Child. The group also was voted the most fashionable girl group, earning 30 percent of the votes in the category.
Check out the full results from the Girl Group Week Readers’ Poll below.
Favorite Girl Group Album
1. 2NE1, “Crush” (22%)
2. Little Mix, “DNA” (15%)
3. Spice Girls, “Spice” (12%)
Most Promising New Girl Group
1. Fifth Harmony (96%)
2. Girls’ Generation (1%)
3. 2NE1 (1%)
Most Fashionable Girl Group
1. 2NE1 (31%)
2. Spice Girls (16%)
3. Destiny’s Child (12%)
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 ‘Crush’ Nears 4 million Downloads, Passes 100 million Streams
Songs from 2NE1‘s sophomore album ‘Crush‘ have now charted on GAON for 6 straight weeks. The title track ‘Come Back Home‘ continues to chart extremely well coming in at #13 with 7 million DAs for a total of almost 80 million DAs. Music show performances have helped push ‘If I Were You‘ into the 2nd best charting position among album tracks. It comes it at #19 this week for a total of 42 million DAs. The second title track ‘Gotta Be You‘, the promised MV for which has not yet been released, comes in at #25. All songs are still charting with ‘Baby I Miss You‘ and ‘Come Back Home Unplugged‘ falling out of the top 100. The album currently has over a third of a billion (333 million) DAs.
On the monthly chart for March, ‘Come Back Home’ comes in at #1, ‘Gotta Be You’ at #5 and ‘If I Were You’ at #10 with all songs charting in the top 40 except for ‘Come Back Home Unplugged’. The #1 place means 2NE1 will automatically win the March monthly digital award at the GAON awards next year.
On the streaming chart the album continues a strong showing. The title track comes in at #5 with 3.5 million streams for a total of 24 million streams. ‘Crush‘ passes 10 million streams this week. The album as a whole has passed 100 million streams for a total of 105 million streams currently.
‘Crush’ as an album gathered an additional quarter million downloads this week with the two title tracks gathering 100,000 together. ‘Come Back Home Unplugged’ falls off the download chart but managed to gathered 150,000 downloads before doing so. The album has gathered 3.9 million downloads and will pass 4 million next week. 2NE1′s top 2013 song ‘Missing You‘ also continues to chart and is 1 week of charting away from crossing the 1 million mark!
Four songs remain on the Background Music chart including ‘Gotta Be You’ which moves up 21 spots and CL’s solo ‘MTBD‘ which moves up 41 spots. ‘Come Back Home’ came in at #3 on the BGM monthly chart. ‘If I Were You’ appropriately lands at #21 on the monthly chart.
Three songs remain on the mobile chart and they are all songs that have been performed on music shows recently. ‘Come Back Home’ shows great consistency only falling 9 spots to land at #17 its 6th week. It came in #6 overall on the monthly mobile chart. ‘Gotta Be You’ came in at #12 monthly.
With monthly charts out, GAON finally releases numbers for physical album sales. While ‘Crush’ came in at #20 weekly, moving up 2 spots, it came in at #4 monthly with 56,500 in sales. This is a slightly better first month than their 2ND mini back in 2011. Speaking of which, their 2011 album recharts at #90 monthly for total 2014 sales of just under 1,000 units.
2NE1′s consistent charting continues to impress! How many weeks do you think it will take ‘Come Back Home; to reach 1 million downloads? How many physical units do you think ‘Crush’ will sell in April? Stay tuned to YGLadies to see if your guess is correct!
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 Billboard: CL, G-Dragon Bow on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart Thanks to Skrillex’s ‘Dirty Vibe’
THE K-POP STARS SPEND A SECOND WEEK ON BILLBOARD’S EDM CHART THIS WEEK
Skrillex enlisting K-pop superstars CL and G-Dragon for new track “Dirty Vibe” made for one of the most pleasant suprises off the dubstep maestro’s “Recess” album. Now, the song is proving to be one of the record’s most popular cuts.
In its second week on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, the hyperactive “Dirty Vibe” track sits at No. 23, down from its No. 19 peaks last week. It’s the first appearance on the EDM chart for both CL, a member female quartet 2NE1, and G-Dragon, a part of boy band BIGBANG, who both lay down deliciously vulgar verses over the Skrillex/Diplo beat.
The track is lifted off Skrillex’s “Recess” album — at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 this week after debuting at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 last week. The song boasts more than 1 million streams from Skrillex’s YouTube account. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7ot7fnFyuk
CL and G-Dragon are no strangers to making big Billboard chart moves, either.
With 2NE1, CL broke the record both highest-charting and biggest-selling K-pop album in America to date when their sophomore LP “Crush” debuted at No. 61 on the Billboard 200 with 5,000 copies sold last month; G-Dragon is the only K-pop star to land two consecutive records on the Billboard 200 with 2012′s “One of a Kind” (No. 161) and last summer’s “Coup D’Etat, Pt. 1” EP entering at No. 182. Last year, G-Dragon became the highest-charting Korean artist to land on the year-end World Albums chart.
Skrillex‘s EDM-meets-K-pop collaboration isn’t the only album track to make waves on the Hot Electronic/Dance Song ranking. “Recess” stays at No. 13 while “All Is Fair in Love and Brostep” is at No. 18, from No. 17, both in their second week on the chart.
Get a feel for CL and G-Dragon live with a performance of his track “R.O.D,” off “Coup D’Etat, Pt. 1,” below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLS7Xbat68w
 Chart Recap: ‘Crush’ Surpasses 3.3 million downloads, Nears 75 Million Streams
2NE1 has now charted on GAON for 4 weeks, it has been a month since ‘Crush' was released digitally. The girls continue their amazing sales and consistency with every song still in the top 100 and 8 in the top 50. 'Come Back Home' falls to #3 but maintains 4 weeks in the top 5, no easy feat gathering 62 million DAs.
‘If I Were You' also shows consistency, likely due to show performances, also only falling 2 spots to #15 with about half the total DAs of the title track. Total DAs for the album now hover over 270,000,000.
On the download chart ‘Come Back Home’ sells just under 100,000 downloads last week bringing the total to about 690,000. ‘Gotta Be You' the second title track has passed half a million. CL's solo, 'MTBD' also remains strong with 35,000 in sales for a total of 260,000 downloads. Total downloads for the album are at 3.3 million a huge number for 4 weeks of charting.
2NE1 was always strong in streaming due to their popularity with the general public. ‘Come Back Home’ remains at #2 with an amazing 4.3 million streams for a total of well over 16 million. ‘Gotta Be You’ just passed 12 million and ‘Happy' has passed 5 million. Every song except 'Come Back Home Unplugged' and 'Baby I Miss You' gathered over 1 million streams last week.
On the Background Music chart, such as that used on website Cyworld, ’If I were You’ moves up one spot while ‘Come Back Home’ falls one. 6 songs remain on the BGM chart. This is great because this is the chart where songs fall the fastest. The BGM chart also only goes to #100 not #200 like other charts.
On the Mobile ‘Gotta be You’ moves up 6 spots and ‘If I Were You’ moves up one. CL’s solo and the title track remain fairly steady but ‘Happy’ is falling rather quickly. In total 5 songs remain on the mobile chart.
On the physical chart, ‘Crush’ moves up one spot, showing great consistency in sales. In the next couple of weeks, monthly numbers should be out but 2NE1, as of today, has reached 23,000 on Hanteo. 2NE1’s first full album ‘To Anyone' also moved up 23 spots to #85 and has a good chance at charting on the monthly chart as well. If it does its sales would add to the over 150,000 in sales the album has gathered in Korea since its release in 2010.
On the Billboard Kpop Hot 100, ‘Come Back Home’ moves down one spot to #3 while ‘Gotta Be You’ hangs onto the Top 10 at #10. With Youtube views counting on Billboard perhaps the second title track will see a boost when its MV is finally released. 3 other songs remain in the top 50.
Crush Album #1 on Melon for 5 Weeks!! Credit: @yghwaiting
2NE1 also shows their consistency by topping music site MelOn's weekly artist and album charts. 'Missing You, which was released last year, continues to chart as well as it inches towards 1 million downloads. How long do you think ‘Come Back Home’ will remain in the top 10 on GAON? Will 2NE1 top MelOn again next week? Stay tuned to find out!
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 Chart Recap Week 2: 2NE1′s ‘Crush’ sells 2.24 million downloads and is #1 on GAON, #2 on Billboard Charts
Sorry for the delay in getting this chart recap up, our resident chart guru was recovering from a dental emergency. We will work have to this week’s report up by Thursday or Friday.
Another week has passed and 2NE1‘s new album ‘Crush‘ finally has had a whole week to chart. The results are just as, if not more amazing. than expected. 2NE1′s title track ‘Come Back Home‘ lands at #1 on GAON with just under 18 million DAs for a total of 38.5 million DAs in two weeks. ‘Gotta Be You‘ and ‘If I Were You‘ both move up the chart to #3 and #8 respectively.
Every song moves up onto the streaming chart with ‘Come Back Home Unplugged‘ moving an amazing 47 spots. The regular version gathered almost 5 million streams last week. Adding up all their streams from just this week nearly equals 23 million! An impressive showing without a doubt.
2NE1 takes the top 2 spots on the download chart with ‘Gotta Be You’ selling about 150,000 downloads. ‘Baby I Miss You‘ was the 2nd lowest at #19 and 58,000 downloads meaning almost all of 2NE1′s songs were in the top 20 for downloads. Adding in last week’s downloads, the album as a whole has sold 2.24 million downloads!
The background music (BGM) chart is notoriously difficult to stay on but ‘Come Back Home’, CL’s solo ‘MTBD‘, ‘Happy‘ and ‘Scream‘ all manage to move up the chart. 7 songs in total are in the top 50.
As usual, it takes a couple of week for songs to rise on the mobile ringtone chart. ‘Come Back Home’ moves to #5 and with 6 debuts, 2NE1 has 8 songs on the top 100 for mobile ringtones. This is particularly impressive since people often only have one ringtone at a time so it is possible that different people like different songs. Of course they could also be using them as ringtones for different people. Certainly it shows the different charms of 2NE1′s music.
Finally on the physical album chart ‘Crush‘ comes in at #2 and the 1ST and 2ND minis both re-charting in the top 100.
As for the Billboard Kpop Hot 100, ‘Come Back Home’ remains at #2 while ‘Gotta Be You‘ falls to #6.
#11 If I Were You
#25 Good to You
#40 Baby I Miss You
Also 2NE1 is the #1 Artist weekly on MelOn and ‘Crush’ remains #1 for 3 weeks running. Certainly the MelOn Awards look promising for 2NE1 this year! Some enterprising fan made a comparison chart of the top 3 idol albums’ digital sales, 2NE1′s digital sales are exponentially larger than those of other idols promoting at the moment.
So far 2NE1 has sold 17,400 physical copies of the album on Hanteo. Unfortunately, Hanteo only covers a limited number of stores so we won’t have an accurate numbers until GAON updates next month. However, if 2NE1′s Hanteo to GAON ratio remains the same they likely sold about 50,000 copies in their first two weeks. Again that is just an estimate and we won’t know until next month.
Until then YGLadies will update you with all the digital numbers!
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[INFO/TRANS] Korean netizen comments on: “2NE1, set a new K-POP record in America’s Billboard”
1. [+2675, -262] Congrats! Love the songs, can’t pick any specific fave song
2. [+1686, -206] Came here to see the comments but there were none so I was a bit confused…. Anyways congratulations!!! I’ll spread this and let the whole Korea know ㅎㅎ
(t/n: I LOLLED HARD AT THIS hahahahaha the comment got upvoted coz its now obvious the article got the attention and knetz be prolly humoring this person that s/he might have really done what he said lol)
3. [+3237, -313] Heolll daebak! Not just the Kpop Charts but also the Top 200! 2NE1 also shines abroad, FIGHTING!!
4. [+2218, -208] Wow this is amazingㅋㅋㅋ2NE1
5. [+2182, -218]As expected, 2ne1’s songs are just something different, congratulations
6. [+457, -64] Heol, this is crazy amazing the album on Top 61 heol daebak… This would’ve become daebak anyways even without any publicity…..lmao
7. [+8, -14] Is there something like Billboard 300 too?ㅋㅋ
8. [+290, -22] This album is really daebak!! Congrats 2NE1
9. [+93, -11]It’s because all the songs in their entirety are great!
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 2NE1 ranks #2 on Billboard’s World Albums & #9 on their ‘Independent Albums Chart’
In addition to placing 61st on Billboard’s overall album chart the Billboard 200, 2NE1 charted at #2 on the World Albums chart and #9 on the ‘Independent Albums Chart’. This is a chart for albums from the non-major US labels to get some recognition.
2NE1 is one of three K-pop artists on the World Album chart this week. SNSD's Mr.Mr. is ranked 3rd and CN Blue’s Can’t Stop at #6. However, there are no other K-pop artists ranked on the Independent Albums chart.
The World Albums Chart counts sales from all over the world, where as the Independent Albums Chart only counts USA sales.
The World Album chart ranks the biggest-selling world music albums, including catalog titles.
The Independent Albums chart (previously titled Top Independent Albums) ranks the highest-selling independent music albums and extended plays (EPs) in the United States, as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and published weekly by Billboard magazine.
It is used to list artists who are not signed to major labels. Rankings are compiled by point-of-purchase sales obtained by Nielsen, and from legal music downloads from a variety of online music stores. The chart began in the week of December 2, 2000. As with all Billboard charts, albums appearing on the Independent chart may also concurrently appear on the Billboard 200, the main chart published based solely on sales, as well as any of the other Billboard chart.
Continue to support 2NE1’s ‘Crush’ the girls are doing AMAZINGLY well.
 2NE1’s ‘CRUSH’ Sets New U.S. Record for Highest-Charting, Best-Selling K-Pop Album
The female quartet snags the accomplishment on the Billboard 200 without revealing any album material prior
K-pop notches its biggest sales week yet for an album, thanks to 2NE1. The girl group’s new album “Crush" opens at No. 61 on the Billboard 200, selling 5,000 copies in the week ending March 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The set surpasses the previous best week, logged by boy band BIGBANG's “Alive" in 2012, which launched with 4,000. More impressively, the quartet managed the feat with four days of sales.
2NE1 also immediately sets the record for the highest-charting K-Pop album on the Billboard 200 [Editor’s note: I think they mean by a girl group.]. Until this week’s chart, the scene had only hit as high as No. 126 with Girls’ Generation-TTS’ “Twinkle” EP in 2012.
Similarly to Girls’ Generation's “Mr. Mr." EP rollout — which bows at No. 110 on Billboard 200 in the week ending March 2 — “Crush” had an atypical album release. The LP dropped on digital retailers on Feb. 27 without revealing any of the album’s material — not even a snippet. No music videos promoted the album either.
The videos for lead single “Come Back Home" (above) and album track "Happy" (below) were revealed on March 2, after that week’s tracking period. 2NE1 did spend 2013 promoting three digital singles — "Falling in Love," "Do You Love Me?" and "Missing You" — but none appear on this LP.
Elsewhere on Billboard charts, 2NE1 sends every album track to the K-Pop Hot 100 this week, all charting inside the top 40 slots. Their chart dominance ranks as follows:
No. 2 “Come Back Home”
No. 4 “Gotta Be You”
No. 7 “If I Were You”
No. 9 “Crush”
No. 11 “Good to You”
No. 16 “MTBD”
No. 17 “Happy”
No. 18 “Scream”
No. 22 “Baby I Miss You”
No. 39 “Come Back Home (Unplugged Ver.)”
On the World Digital Songs chart, 2NE1 controls six of the 25 titles on the tally, led by “Come Back Home” at No. 5. All charts will be refreshed tomorrow morning on Billboard.com.
Source: Billboard Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield
 2NE1 lands 4 Songs on the Billboard Kpop Hot 100 & GAON Top 10
2NE1's 2nd full album 'Crush' does amazingly on GAON with all songs in the Top 20 except the unplugged version of ‘Come Back Home' at #28. The regular version comes in at #2 overall with nearly 21 million DAs. It was also #2 overall in downloads accumulating 276,288 downloads in 3 days. Many are expecting an increase in ranking next week as 2NE1's songs will have 7 full days to chart. Their single from last year 'Missing You' continues to chart as it inches towards a million downloads. Full rankings below!
On the Billboard Kpop Hot 100, all the songs charted extremely well with ‘Come Back Home’ just missing out on the #1 spot where Soyu & Junggio's 'Some' holds its position. Who knows what might happen next week though! 'Gotta Be You' came in at #4, 'If I Were You' at #7 and 'Crush' at #9 rounding out four songs in the Top 10 with 'Good To You' yet again just missing the Top 10 at #11. The only songs out of the Top 20 were 'Baby I Miss You' at #22 and the unplugged version of 'Come Back Home at' #39. Full chart below:
#11 Good to You
#22 Baby I Miss You
#39 Come Back Home Unplugged
2NE1’s album was also #1 weekly on MelOn, which is the Korean online music retailer with the largest share of the market, nearing 50%. 2NE1 was also the #1 artist weekly on MelOn. The site is so big it now hosts its own awards show every year. 2NE1 has frequently been in MelOn’s yearly Top 10 artists and could do very well this year if rankings continue.
With only 3 days of charting on GAON and their first week on Billboard’s Kpop Hot 100, 2NE1 is off to a great start! Tomorrow we will also see if 2NE1 managed to chart on the USA Billboard Top 200 as they managed impressive sales on iTunes. The physical album officially comes out on March 7th so be sure to pre-order it if you haven’t yet.
Did your favorite song charting as well as you hoped? Stay tuned to YGLadies to find out all the details on 2NE1’s chart rankings!