I've said this before, but I'll say it again: 4minute is one of my favorite K-pop groups. I've been a fan since their uber-cheap Japanese debut Diamond, but I graduated to full-blown stan after they reinvented themselves as a more fun f(x) with their wacky Brave Brothers hits like "What's Your Name?" and "Whatcha Doin Today?".
When HyunA debuted her new single "Red" on Music Bank last week ahead of the official audio and video release, it was easy to feel a bit disappointed. While Her HyunAnesty delivered a phenomenal performance, the song itself sounded more like one of G-Dragon's convoluted electro-hop messes than the kind of addictive pop ditties we've come to expect from the "Ice Cream" chanteuse. However, when experienced with its masturbatory music video, "Red" becomes a whole different beast entirely.
4minute scored the second No. 1 single of their career yesterday when "Whatcha Doin' Today" debuted at the top of the Gaon chart. I immediately thought "Sajaegi!!!" to this for three reasons: 1) K-pop fans both in Korea and abroad have been mercilessly trashing this comeback for being too weird or too generic (depending on which idiot you ask). 2) The song hasn't done too well on the digital charts since its release, and 3) Both 4minute and producer Brave Brothers have been suspected of chart manipulation in the past.
Korea is obsessed with random rankings, surveys, and polls. Most of it's just inane shit that isn't worth reading ("So-and-so voted the celebrity people most likely want to read a bedtime story to"), but I get a kick out of popularity rankings. The downside is that most of them are usually biased or uninformed, like the new 2014 Girl Group Popularity Ranking that Sports Chosun published today.