Wednesday, March 28, 2012

[News] Big Bang & Lee Seung Chul rank high on music charts despite fierce competition

It goes without saying that fierce competition exists on the Korean music charts. There is a new song seizing the #1 spot with each day, and different charts rank the same songs differently.

But of the many competitors, there are two names that continue to maintain their status on the charts, and they are none other than idol group Big Bang, and legendary singer Lee Seung Chul.

Even an entire month after releasing new albums, these two artists still rank high on the charts, and this sort of outcome was almost expected by fans and music professionals alike.

Lee Seung Chul managed to stay popular on the charts for 40 days after releasing his new ‘Feast of the Gods‘ OST, “Did You Forget“, on the 17th of last month. And as of March 27th at 6:00PM KST, “Did You Forget” ranked #5 on charts such as Melon, Mnet, and more. When it comes to the call-back ringtone download charts, he is way ahead of most of the popular idol groups out there today, and the Youtube video for the track has already passed the 750,000 hit-mark.

An insider from his agency remarked, “His deep, appealing vocals pair well with the emotions of the drama series and is garnering much attention.” MBC’s ‘Feast of the Gods’ is currently drawing in an impressive 17.2% of total viewer ratings, and Lee Seung Chul has been coined the ‘OST god’ after his OSTs for “East of Eden“, “Baker King Kim Tak Goo“, and more became hit classics.

His album producers are also excited about the success of the song. A representative from the producing team remarked, “Because “Did You Forget” has been such a hit, we are even thinking of postponing the release of the new OST.”

In addition to Lee Seung Chul, leading idol group Big Bang quickly achieved an all-kill after releasing their single “Blue” on February 17th, and their song “Fantastic Baby” from new mini-album ‘ALIVE‘ is not only #1 on Melon, it also ranks within the top 10 on Olleh Music, Monkey3, Mnet, Soribada, and Bugs. Other tracks such as “Blue”, “Bad Boy“, and “Love Dust” also continue to maintain their high ranks.

Some of the biggest names in K-Pop such as legendary idol group Shinhwa, 2AM, SHINee, CNBLUE, Jang Nara, Busker Busker, and more have all released their new albums around the same time, but the fact that Big Bang’s album has not been threatened by these big players, and maintains its elite status on the charts, is extremely noteworthy.

YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun Suk remarked, “We were also surprised seeing the endurance of Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby”. This is the first electronic track we’ve released in five years since “Last Goodbye“, and I think fans like it, as it is a track they feel sounds most like Big Bang.”

Source: Nate,

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