T-ara Number 9 Gaon
That T-ara reign JUST WON’T LET UP!

In its second charting week, T-ara’s “No. 9” has shot from No. 20 to No. 5 on the official Gaon singles chart. Yes, TOP FIVE, BITCHES!

This beats the No. 11 peak of T-ara N4’s “Countryside Life,” and is just one spot lower than the group’s last single, “Sexy Love,” which reached No. 4 last year. “No. 9” also spends a second consecutive week at No. 1 on the Gaon Social Chart, which is ranked when Gaon users “share” a music video through social media (through Twitter, Facebook, Me2day, etc), while the Again mini-album debuts at No. 2 on the albums chart, just behind SHINee.

“No. 9” is still ranking in the top ten of the Melon real-time chart and is floating in and out of the top five on the Instiz iChart, so the song’s run is far from over just yet. Also, don’t forget that T-ara’s already planning to return in December with a brand new single.

And to think that people actually said T-ara was over and would never be successful again. Ha!

In other surprising chart news, this week’s No. 1 single belongs to none other than SHINee’s “Everybody.”

This I did not expect.

“Everybody” was huge on the digital charts for about a day or two before plunging, but I guess those early sales were enough to take SHINee straight to the top. The song’s gonna suffer a huge drop next week, but congratulations to the group for bagging the sixth chart-topper of their career. Although, for the record, let me say that it’s bullshit that “Everybody” can hit No. 1 while TVXQ’s superior “Catch Me” and EXO’s “Wolf” only reached the top twenty and top ten, respectively, while Super Junior-M’s awesome “Break Down” had to settle for being a Chinese single.

Another shock this week comes from Nine Muses, whose latest single, “Gun,” somehow debuted at No. 16 to become the highest-charting single of their career (“Dolls” peaked at No. 17). Of course I believe that the heavenly Nine Gods deserve this success, but “Gun” has been flopping on Instiz and Melon all week, so I have no fucking idea how this actually happened. Anyway, it’s going to have an enormous second week drop, so I wouldn’t start celebrating just yet.

I’ve been giving Nine Muses’ current situation a lot of thought, and think that they should’ve released “Gun” after “Dolls” and promoted it as a sassy summer single (it’s built around bloody surf guitars, for Christ’s sake!), and then warmed up the cooler seasons with the dance-pop “Wild.” It would’ve worked better for the group as “Wild” would sound like even more of a musical reinvention following “Gun,” which is so obviously a Sweetune production.

Last and sadly least this week is poor Kahi, whose epic comeback single, “It’s Me,” falls to No. 51 this week after debuting at the already lowly position of No. 45 last week. No matter how you look at this, it’s a huge flop. Even people like Lee Jung Hyun and Brown Eyed Girls’ JeA could get in the top 30 and 40 with their singles this year. I blame Pledis for this failure, both for waiting so long to bring Kahi back and then for putting her out during the most crowded K-pop comeback rush of the year.

“It’s Me” is brilliant and the choreography makes every other female dancer in pop music look like a basic bitch by comparison. And can we please take a moment to acknowledge the perfection of Kahi’s concept outfit of pointed-toe heels, high-waisted men’s pants and matching blazer, and an early-2000s Britney-style midriff?

Pray for Kahi’s kareer, y’all.