2NE1 lands 3 songs on Billboard’s ‘2013’s Biggest-Selling K-Pop Songs in America”
Acts may have felt sales spurts from TV placements, high-profile award wins and, of course, general fanfare.
When you consider we’re in 2013, a look through America’s 10 best-selling K-pop songs has expected and majorly-unexpected inclusions.
Unsurprisingly, PSY leads the count for top-selling K-pop track. But it’s not with his 2013 single “Gentleman,” a top-5 hit on the Hot 100; rather, t’s with with last year’s international smash “Gangnam Style,” which is still selling the Korean rapper loads of singles. The 2012 single also landed at No. 55 on Billboard’syear-end Hot 100 chart. Last year, “Gangnam Style" was at No. 47 on 2012’s year-end chart.
PSY’s slinky follow-up single “Gentleman” is the second-largest-selling K-pop track of 2013. Meanwhile, PSY’s 2010 single “Right Now” — which also boasts a high-energy electronic production similar to “Gangnam Style” — is the eighth biggest-selling K-pop track.
Another surprise comes from the third-biggest seller: “Fantastic Baby” by five-member boy band BIGBANG, which was also released in 2012. “Fantastic Baby” is, perhaps, one of the most accessible K-pop tracks to American listeners, helping it outsell a slew of 2013 releases. Interestingly, the leader of BIGBANG — rapper/singer G-Dragon — did not chart any tracks from this fall’s ”Coup D’Etat” album despite collaborations with names like Missy Elliott, Sky Ferreira and Diplo. Still, the release hit No. 182 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year, the only K-pop act in 2013 to enter the Billboard 200.
K-pop girl group 2NE1 land at No. 6 with its 2011 single “I Am the Best.” Unlike “Fantastic Baby,” this track isn’t as hard to figure out, following two contestants performing a fierce rendition to the electro-pop track on “So You Think You Can Dance.”
The quartet’s reggae-tinged “Falling in Love” single, 2NE1’s first new release in a year, also rounded out the top 10 at No. 10.
Just behind 2NE1 is the girl group’s leader — rapper/singer CL — with her debut solo track “The Baddest Female.” The hip-hop track was CL’s first foray into solo stardom.
Check out the Top 10 biggest-selling K-pop songs in America below based on Billboard’s year-end World Digital Songs chart. Read weekly updates about the biggest-selling K-pop tracks in America on K-Town’s weekly chart stories.
1. “Gangnam Style” PSY
2. “Gentleman” PSY
3. “Fantastic Baby” BIGBANG
4. “I Got a Boy” Girls’ Generation
5. “Growl” EXO
6. “I Am the Best” 2NE1
7. “The Baddest Female” CL
8. “Right Now” PSY
9. “Wolf” EXO
10. “Falling in Love” 2NE1
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 “Missing You” Shows Amazing Resilience on GAON + rises over 100 places on the Norebang Chart
Another week has passed and GAON has updated their weekly charts. 2NE1's 'Missing You' continues to do amazingly well placing #6 overall, but maintaining the #1 spot on the streaming chart. Along with its amazing 103 spot rise on the norebang chart to #28 it shows that many people are loving the song; listening to and singing it over and over.
Total DAs for the song are now around 45 million which is higher than the 8 week total for previous single ‘Do You Love Me’. Streams are reaching near 10 million and downloads have passed half a million totaling 570,340. It is rare for a song to sell over 100,000 downloads for 3 weeks which again shows ‘Missing You’s’ amazing consistency.
Check out the full rankings below.
On the Billboard Kpop Hot 100, ‘Missing You’ came in one spot lower overall than on GAON landing at #7. Perhaps some of the radio shows 2NE1 is doing will help their rankings on Billboard. Still, remaining in the Top 10 shows their consistency.
YG has recently released a suspicious teaser that many are speculating will be a holiday song from member Park Bom and rookie lablemate Lee Hi. Could there have been some premonition among Korean netizens? Park Bom’s first solo sing ‘You & I' remains on the norebang top 100 only falling one place from last week.
Finally ‘Missing You’ lands on several of GAON’s monthly charts for November despite only having 9 days to chart. The song ranked particularly high on the BGM (background music) and downloads chart.
Check out the full rankings below:
 2NE1’s Missing You Tops GAON lands at #2 on Billboard + Jumps 313 spots on physical album chart
As 2NE1 slips back into the #1 spot on Melon, GAON has released their weekly chart updates. With only 3 days to chart, ‘Missing You' tops the overall DA (digital aggregate) chart and the download chart. The song is also #2 on the BGM (background music) chart. While it is lower than some might expect on streaming and mobile, usually numbers of these charts improve starting the 2nd charting week. With a full 7 days of sales 2NE1 may take #1 again next week! Until then check out the full rankings below:
Unfortunately the news is not as good on the Billboard Kpop Hot 100 where ‘Missing You’ just misses the top spot, landing at #2. This is the 3rd #2 single for 2NE1 this year as even ‘Falling in Love' missed #1 by one spot. Despite the fact that Youtube views have an impact on Billboard rankings and 2NE1’s MV has passed 5 million views, it wasn’t enough for first place. Here at YGLadies we will keep out eyes out for the next update when 2NE1 has a good shot at taking their first Billboard #1 of the year.
The release of ‘Missing You’ seems to have made many nostalgic for 2NE1’s vocals as their 2012 Live album from their New Evolution tour has jumped an amazing 313 spots on GAON’s physical albums chart, landing at #85.
In a recent interview CL and the rest of the members mentioned their desire to have a full album out before their new world tour starts in March of next year, but until then continue to support ‘Missing You’. To find out how you can as an international fan, check this post out.
 YG-Life: Billboard Says “CL’s Nude Scene, with More Class than Miley”
“Sad and naked with more class than Miley Cyrus’s nude scene!”.
America’s Billboard spotlighted CL’s nude performance for the music video of 2NE1’s new single “MISSING YOU”. In an article titled “2NE1 Gets Sentimental, CL Gets Naked in ‘Missing You”, published on the 20th of this month (local time), Billboard praised CL’s naked performance as such.
Billboard begins the article by saying, “2NE1 has caught the attention of both the East and West with forward-thinking music, fierce fashion and carefree attitudes.”, and focuses on CL’s transformation, stating, “The music video also shows a softer different side for the group — particularly leader CL.”.
Then, it goes on to say, “The video’s talking point is undoubtedly when CL goes nude for a daring naked scene during the second chorus”, then “Look out for haters to call out the comparisons from Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” but CL does sad and naked with way more class.”
Miley Cyrus, who is very popular as so-called “every American’s younger sister”, created sensation by presenting a naked performance in the music video of “Wrecking Ball” released in August this year. Billboard has given higher scores for CL’s nude scene than to Miley Cyrus’s, highly praising CL.
While the music video of “MISSING YOU” is drawing global attention with the music and images that express 2NE1’s musical and emotional transformation, as well as CL’s naked performance, the number of views of the video on YouTube recorded 2,280,000 as of the morning on the 22, proving such sensation.
In addition, Korean top stars are drawing attention by openly supporting “MISSING YOU”, which is sweeping the top places in the charts of 9 music-streaming websites including Melon, Mnet, Bugs, Olleh, and Soribada for two days in a row. On her Twitter, Lee Hyolee said, “Dara, your new song is so nice. Good luck”, cheering DARA, one of 2NE1’s members. Miss Korea-turned-actress Lee Honey also supported 2NE1 on the same day, by posting the link of the music video on her Twitter, saying “2NE1 Amazing!”
Meanwhile, 2NE1 is now staying in Hong Kong to attend MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards), which is held in the country on the 22, and announced their world tour from next March in Seoul, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Japan, in a press conference for reporters from media outlets of China and Hong Kong. Local media outlets proved 2NE1’s high popularity, reporting every move of 2NE1.
2NE1 will come back to Korea on the 23.
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 Billboard: 2NE1 Gets Sentimental, CL Gets Naked in ‘Missing You’
The K-pop quartet return at their most vulnerable yet.
2NE1 has caught the attention of both the East and West with forward-thinking music, fierce fashion and carefree attitudes. But the K-pop girl group is showcasing their most vulnerable and mature side yet in new single “Missing You,” which brings surprises in the song composition and video.
Opening with subtle bass and guitar plucks — recalling productions by The xx — the first verse adds in bubble pops, hip-hop shouting and woozy harmonies over a swelling electro-pop production. But soon, soft piano chords get thrown into the mix, growing louder with each measure before listeners find themselves at an acoustic chorus featuring piano pounding and guitar strumming, letting the vocals shine.
2NE1’s singles from earlier this year "Falling in Love" and "Do You Love Me?" — both of which found big success on the K-Pop Hot 100, peaking at No. 2 — were crafted around catchy, repetitive choruses. But “Missing You” is just a striking, perhaps more so, even without a simple hook.
The music video also shows a softer different side for the group — particularly leader CL. Dressed in fashionable, at times witch-like, winter gear, the girls spend most of the video on the verge of tears singing the heartbreakingly bitter lyrics. The video’s talking point is undoubtedly when CL goes nude for a daring naked scene during the second chorus. The rapper/singer wistfully sits in a room of deteriorating cement, covering herself with only her arms and legs.
Look out for haters to call out the comparisons from Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” but CL does sad and naked with way more class.
In February, CL first told Billboard about the track, saying, “I was really connected to that song because I was missing my fans and the stage. I love that song. I know people will love it." Look out for it to make a splash on the K-Pop Hot 100 this week or next.
Despite 2NE1’s label initially promising a single every month until an October album release, 2NE1 fell silent after the August release of “Do You Love Me?” But apparently moving right along, the group has revealed plans for a new world tour in 2014, announcing the Asia stops today. Member Dara added, “Wherever Blackjack fans are is a reason for us to visit. So, foreign promoters, give us a call.”
2NE1 was and still is the only K-pop girl group to hold an arena tour in the U.S. after two concerts in summer of 2012.
 2NE1’s Singles “Falling in Love” & “Do You Love Me” still Charting!
Any day now YG should be updating us on 2NE1's album plans. Although they did not release a single in September, their older singles continued to chart well.
‘Falling in Love' was released 3 months ago and has 73,144,435 DAs, it fell out of the Top 100 just this week. Their first single as a group in 2013 also has 19,042,152 streams and is still gaining over half a million per week. 863,620 downloads have been recorded of the song on GAON. The song was also popular with overseas fans on iTunes, but those sales aren’t reflected on GAON.
‘Do You Love Me’, on the other hand, has been out 2 months and has 41,952,282 DAs overall. It has been streamed 12,375,736 times and downloaded 594,420 times in Korea. It ranked at #88 on Billboard’s Kpop Hot 100 this week.
Hopefully we soon hear about YG’s plans for 2NE1’s next release. Perhaps they are trying to built anticipation for the album! In the meantime stay tuned to YGLadies!
 2NE1 Chart Update: Falling In Love still charting after 7 weeks and Do You Love Me continues to do well
As G-Dragon gears up for his comeback (which will hopefully include a collaboration with one of 2NE1's ladies, or all of them) and we patiently await news of 2NE1's 3rd single for the year here is a sales update. It's the 7th week charting 'Falling in Love' which is still in the Top 50 overall and came in at #24 on GAON's weekly streaming chart. It has also been charting on the norebang chart for a few weeks coming in at #92 weekly just below 2NE1's norebang mainstay song 'Lonely' which has been charting for years. 'Do You Love Me' is in its 3rd GAON charting week staying in the Top 10 in downloads, streaming and overall.
Check out the full update below.
On the Billboard Kpop Hot 100 ’Do You Love Me’ falls to #18 in its 4th charting week while ‘Falling in Love’ just falls out of the top 50 in its 8th charting week.
Will September 7th bring a new single? Stay tuned to find out!
 2NE1’s “Falling in Love” & “Do You Love Me” Doing Well on Korea’s Music Charts
2NE1 is likely gearing up for their next release right now, so this is a perfect time to look at how their first two single have charted.
‘Falling in Love' has been out a month and a half and is still ranking in the top 30. On GAON's July monthly charts it ranked #4 on the digital aggregates (overall) chart and the download chart. It also ranked high on the background music and streaming chart. After 6 weeks of charting 'Falling in Love' has gathered 65 million DAs, nearly 14 million streams and 770,755 downloads. Last week it ranked #35 on the Billboard Kpop Hot 100.
Their new single ‘Do You Love Me' is also ranking really well despite the low budget music video. It has gathered 22.5 million DAs in just 2 weeks as well as 4 million streams and 339,922 downloads. It debuted at #2 on the Billboard Kpop Hot 100 and came in at #6 this week. Unfortunately, both of 2NE1 recent singles just barely missed #1 on the Billboard Kpop Hot 100 despite 'Falling in Love' ranking #1 on GAON.
We should be getting teasers for the new single in the coming weeks, until then continue to support 2NE1 and their first 2 singles!
 2NE1 talks ideal types & music in Billboard Korea (Oct. 2013) + Purchase Options
2NE1 are the cover girls for the October 2013 issue of Billboard Korea. Despite having Korea in the name, Billboard Korea is actually a Japanese Kpop magazine. In addition to some fabulous photos. 2NE1 discusses love, and much more in their interview for the magazine.
Dara mentions the big M again during this interview stating, “I’ve never thought of marriage, but I’m jealous of [Wonder Girls’] Sunye because she seems happy. Seeing Sunye made me feel like marriage is near for me." She also talked about watching MBC variety program "We Got Married’. “Whenever I watch WE GOT MARRIED, I feel sad.”
Both CL, Bom, & Minzy discussed their ideal types and what the see in men. CL said, “I don’t care about his appearance or money. I work for my own expenses." Bom had similar sentiments, "I want to meet someone who can take care of himself in whatever circumstances.”
On the other hand Minzy revealed her evolving ideals, “Before I liked muscular men, but now I like slim and smart men. And because I’m 20yrs old, I don’t like someone younger (laughs)”.
“In reality, us who have no love life are shameful. First, no one makes a move on us." said Dara and Bom about their ‘scary unnie’ image.
The topic of acting was raised, with Dara pondering, “I wonder if it (my love life) will change if I appear on a movie or drama, if I act about love. I prefer Kang Dong Won (as my leading man)." [So long Won Bin.]
Finally the girls talk about their music and fans, “We made up our minds to not disappoint our fans. We’ll give them our music in exchange of all the love they give us." said CL.
These are just brief snippets of the article, we will provide a full translation when available. Tons more fabulous scans HERE
You can purchase a copy of the magazine at the online retailers below:
Amazon Japan ($13 USD)
CD Japan ($12 USD)
HMV Japan ($13 USD)
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130818 Scans of Bom in ‘Billboard Korea’ Vol. 2 Oct 2013 Issue
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