T-ara N4

T-ara N4 –who many of you will know as the greatest subunit in the history of music that isn’t QBS– have effortlessly snatched their haters’ weaves once again.

Gaon released its official 2013 mid-year chart rankings this week, and guess which girl group came FIRST in physical sales? Eh, not T-ara. It was actually Girls’ Generation, who shifted 285,090 copies of their delightful I Got a Boy album. But guess who came second? Yes, Slay-ara N4!

The foursome’s Countryside Life EP sold 26,669 copies in Korea, making it the second highest-selling female release of the year, and 23rd highest-selling overall. Those numbers might look low to you, but female K-pop artists generally sell squat, so it’s actually not that bad.

Here’s a list of rival albums of that the legendary T-ara N4 nonchalantly OUTSOLD with TOTAL EASE this year.

  • Lee Hi’s First Love
  • Lee Hyori’s Monochrome 
  • Davichi’s Mystic Ballad
  • SISTAR’s Give It To Me
  • 4minute’s Name is 4minute EP
  • SISTAR19’s Gone Not Around Any Longer EP
  • Girl’s Day’s Expectation
  • SECRET’s Letter From Secret

To be fair, T-ara N4 did kind of get pwned in digital sales this year, but that’s not entirely surprising. Countryside Life was just a subunit release with two songs, and their title track was basically just three-minutes-and-fifty-seconds of trashing haters and netizens. Although I am still curious as to how 4minute managed to outsell both T-ara and SECRET with “What’s Your Name?,” especially now that “Is It Poppin’?” is out and flopping hard. Anyone else suspect more of Cube and Brave Brothers illegal buy backs? Hmm?

Anyway, all hail T-ara N4, QBS, captain Qri, and 6-ara’s 2014 comeback!


  • ICONI3

    Am I the only one who finds it’s strange that while SISTAR is suppose to be a top tier girl group (only third to GG and 2ne1) that their album sales are strangely low? Not even passing 20k? Seems like the moment they fall out of the good graces of the public they’ll flop. Makes you wonder if those rumors are true about the digital manipulation.

    • lildarien

      You’ll find they get topped in physical by almost all other boy groups. Even VIXX’s Hyde album sold over 40,000, and they’re still comparatively low tier compared to Sistar. Girls just don’t shift albums (unless they’re Girl’s Generation).

      • ICONI3

        This is true. Makes you wonder what’s really considered a “flop” in Korea.

        • lildarien

          I think the element of the fangirl has something to do with it. Girls buy boy group cds, take them to fan meetings for signing, general fangurl gushing etc. Guys are more likely to digitally enjoy the music, while fapping to the eye candy in the privacy of their homes..

          At least thats my take on the chart situation there haha

          • ICONI3

            lmao that may just be it.

    • SISTAR def don’t do digital buy backs. That’s just a nasty rumor started by typically hateful netizens who need to bring the group down now that they’re on top. Their lowest-charting single is their first one, “Push Push,” which still reached the top ten at No. 9, which is major. Every thing else they’ve released has been top five. They won their first music program back in 2010 with “How Dare You,” so their popularity has been big since the year they debuted.

      They just worked really hard and released the right songs to get where they are. Even their youtube popularity is super high. “So Cool” has over 30 million views and Ma Boy has over 27 mill.

      • ICONI3

        Yeah I think because of their association with Brave Brother is where that rumor came from(since 4minute get’s those rumors too). I just feel that at the very least SISTAR sales should be way better than what they are. I’m not expecting over 100k but at least they should be someone in the 20k mark. Especially considering that majority of the album songs are selling well digitally.

        • I agree that SISTAR’s sales should be higher and Starship needs to fix this. T-ara averaged 70k per album before their scandal, which is why at their peak they were the second or third biggest girl group in K-pop (whether they had surpassed 2NE1 to claim second place or weren’t there yet is debatable and hard to say). I think Black Eyes + Funky Town repackage sold a combined 130k or something.

          KARA also average 70k per album now, so I feel like that is the number of albums that top tier girl groups outside of YG and SM Entertainment should be shooting for. SISTAR essentially took T-ara’s spot once T-ara’s scandal happened, but during T-ara’s peak they were digital monsters AND solid album sellers, whereas SISTAR are only digital monsters but that’s it.

          It’s a shame though because T-ara’s album sales were rising all the time and I think if they hadn’t had their scandal then Mirage would’ve sold a shit load and “Sexy Love” would’ve been a No. 1 hit.

          • i love when you guys explain the charts because i know they’re an important part of the k-pop cake, but i personally don’t give shit about the sales.

            i’m more into the music quality of the releases and this is where t-ara is my favorite group in k-pop. ALL of their albums are amazing pop productions with highly inspired music, even the fillers.

            and this is also why i consider them superior as most groups. i personally like sistar and even though i like their first album and the “alone” EP, they’re nowhere close to t-ara’s genius production.

      • Kevin Jones

        #OffTopic But I would love to here your thoughts on new girl group Fifth Harmony!!!

        • Awful! More unoriginal crap.

          Serebro and MKS are like the only good Western girl groups out right now.

      • Li_Shaolan

        they’re not doing buybacks but their company hire streamer from china(hacker),they paid them so they can use software to stream their song(digital) u can see their graphic chart on instiz all their song have same graphic(even when graphic fall or rise),i witness it at 3 am kst give it to me cyworld #3 but after 1 hour suddenly rise to #1 and then they got PAK..no one wake up at that time in korea..

  • t-errorist

    Crying. Only Slay-ara could effortlessly achieve something like this.

  • speaking of slay-ara, have you heard this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kxxosl1DaIc

  • Nicole Naeun

    Those numbers of Gods of K-Pop Girls’ Generation’s album sales clearly show that the Gods are on a whole new different level that basic groups like 2NE1 can never touch.

    SISTAR and 4Minute should be ashamed of their physical numbers, considering that their digital is crazy.

  • Johnnyyy

    T-ARA N4 of you will know as the greatest subunit in the history of music that isn’t SNSD-TTS– would have been more appropriate.

  • Poppinfresh

    I don’t think Cube (or any other agency would be able to sustain charting within the top 10 of Instiz and Gaon for well over a month…. WYN was a clear hit amongst Koreans (only evidenced from seeing it in one episode of running man lol – but if celebrities find a reason to do the dance and editors cut it in, it’s more relevant than you’ve given it credit. Is it poppin? is a clear flop; it’s just a rip off of In the night sky, because of you and shady girl. And Hyuna as a rapper is in steep decline especially compared to Euaerin. Give it to me continues to chart higher even though it was release weeks before. Why accuse them of buy backs if the current song is flopping so hard? Doesnt make sense…

  • Poppinfresh

    I don’t think Cube (or any other agency would be able to sustain charting within the top 10 of Instiz and Gaon for well over a month…. WYN was a clear hit amongst Koreans (only evidenced from seeing it in one episode of running man lol – but if celebrities find a reason to do the dance and editors cut it in, it’s more relevant than you’ve given it credit. Is it poppin? is a clear flop; it’s just a rip off of In the night sky, because of you and shady girl. And Hyuna as a rapper is in steep decline especially compared to Euaerin. Give it to me continues to chart higher even though it was release weeks before. Why accuse them of buy backs if the current song is flopping so hard? Doesnt make sense…

    • um

      WYN was a major success in Korea. I was there when the song was released and you couldn’t escape that shit. I loved it but I got sick of it so fast; since it was a very repetitive song anyways. Is it Poppin wasn’t promoted properly by CUBE since they were more concerned with B2sts upcoming single.

  • Queen’s for T-ara

    T-ara love