Friday, August 26, 2011

Billboard opens K-pop chart

Billboard launched a new chart, the Billboard K-Pop Hot 100, on Aug. 25 in conjunction with Billboard Korea.

Billboard Korea said that it is the second such chart in Asia after Japan, reflecting the rising potential of K-pop and its current worldwide popularity.

In the first standings, girl group Sistar’s “So Cool” grabbed the No. 1 slot, followed by Leesang’s “I Turned Off the TV” and 2NE1’s “Ugly.”

Based on digital sales via major websites as well as downloads from mobile service sites, the rankings will be announced every week simultaneously in the United States and Korea and offered to other countries such as Japan, Russia and Brazil through the Billboard network.

The K-Pop Hot 100, other content and news provided by Billboard Korea are available on in the international chart section of, in the offline Billboard magazine, and also on Billboard Korea’s website,

“The launch of the Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 chart is a milestone, as it will provide the Korean music market with what we believe is Korea’s most accurate and relevant song ranking,” says Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard’s Director of Charts on the website.

“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.”

The site features Korean girl groups such as Sistar, 2NE1, T-ara and Miss A, which rule the K-Pop 100 this week. It introduces Sistar’s “So Cool” characterized by its intense beat.

“As you can see in the music video, Sistar’s appeal is not only in its music but also in its choreography. Though Sistar has just recently released its debut album, the girls’ sexy moves hint at dancing skills that will continue to win fans as they progress further into their career,” according to the website.

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