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U.S. music-chart publisher Billboard launched a new chart, the Billboard K-pop Hot 100, on Thursday, with the girl group Sistar’s “So Cool” taking the No. 1 slot.

Hip-hop duo Leessang landed in second with “I Turned Off the TV,” while girl group 2NE1 took the No. 3 position with “Ugly.” The girl group also appears on the chart in the No. 14 spot with “Hate You” and the No. 21 spot with “I Am The Best.”

The new chart, launched in conjunction with Billboard Korea, is based on digital sales from leading Web sites as well as downloads from mobile service sites, according to Billboard.com.

“We’re excited to be expanding Billboard’s globally recognized Hot 100 chart franchise into this country, and look forward to enhancing the K-pop Hot 100 chart in the near future with additional data as well as creating new charts that showcase the breadth of Korean music,” Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard’s director of charts, said in an article on Billboard.com.

The K-pop Hot 100 was posted simultaneously in four places - on www.billboard.com, on the international chart section of www.billboard.biz, in Billboard magazine and also on Billboard Korea’s Web site (www.billboard.co.kr), according to the article.

Billboard.com said that the artists dominating the new chart reflect the fact that girl groups are a top attraction in Korean music, referring not only to Sistar and 2NE1 but also to T-ara, whose song “Roly Poly” landed in the No. 4 position, and Miss A, whose “Good-bye Baby” came in at fifth.

About Sistar, it said, “As you can see in the music video, Sistar’s appeal is not only in its music but also in its choreography.”

As for 2NE1’s “Ugly,” it said, “Infused with electronic-infused rock guitar, the song’s upbeat rhythm is contrasted by its morose, self-criticizing lyrics.”


By Moon So-young


한글 관련 기사 [뉴시스]

빌보드 사상 첫 K팝차트, 1위 씨스타 So Cool

그룹 ‘씨스타’의 ‘소 쿨’(So Cool)이 빌보드 K팝 차트 1위에 올랐다.

17일부터 23일까지 집계한 첫 번째 K팝차트에서 정상을 밟았다. 2위는 ‘리쌍’의 ‘TV를 껐네’다.

미국 빌보드닷컴은 26일 “블루오션으로 급부상하고 있는 K팝의 성장 가능성을 높이 사 일본에 이어 아시아에서 두번째로 빌보드 K팝차트를 론칭하게 됐다”고 소개했다. 매주 한국, 미국에서 동시 발표되며 러시아, 브라질, 일본에도 차트가 공개될 예정이다.

빌보드 발행인 하워드 에펠바움은 “K팝의 잠재력이 하나 둘씩 펼쳐지고 있다. 한국은 매우 중요한 음악 시장”이라면서 “빌보드 K팝차트를 통해 K팝이 세계 음악시장에 활력소가 되기를 기대한다”고 전했다.
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