Singer-actor Lee Seung-gi poses in the cover image of his 2012 mini-album “Return,” rolled out on November 22, 2012. [Hook Entertainment]
Ballad king Lee Seung-gi topped the Gaon Singles chart three weeks in a row, while soloist Shin Hye-sung made a hot debut atop Gaon Album chart last week.
Lee’s hit ballad “Return” was crowned as the most-listened to song during the week of December 2 and 8, according to figures released by Gaon Thursday.
The continuing popularity of Lee`s nostalgic song is all the more notable since the 25-year-old singer has not been following the usual promotion routine of other K-pop stars, such as appearing on weekly TV music shows.
Yang Yoseob of boy band BEAST secured the second position with his solo-debut song “Caffeine”, with a big gap from the chart topper.
Yang’s first mini-album “The First Collage,” his first collaborating with his teammate Yon Jun-hyung, is considered as one of the more successful example amongst idols who began their first solo singing career this year.
Artists from Jellyfish musicians such as Sung Si-kyung, Park Hyo-shin, Lee Seok-hoon, Seo In-guk and VIXX—landed at No. 3 with their sweet carol “Because It’s Christmas.”
While the witty acoustic song “Don’t Cross Your Legs” by the sibling duo Akdong Musician slipped down to No.4, while modern rock band Nell rounded out the top five with their new single “White Night.”
Other songs in the top ten include “White Love” by K.will, SISTAR’s Soyu and Boyfriend’s Jeongmin, “White Winter” by R&B king Kim Bum-soo and Lena Park, female quintet Secret’s “TALK THAT,” Juniel’s “Bad Man” and hip-hop duo Geeks’ “Officially missing you, too.”
On the album chart, male balladeer Shin Hye-sung grabbed the top status with his sixth album “WINTER POETRY,” an 8-track record with winter mood songs.
Last week’s winner TVXQ! was ranked at No. 2 with their sixth repackaged album “Humanoids,” while K-pop princesses KARA landed at the third position with “KARA SOLO Collection,” their new record listing the five members’ solo tracks.