I keep an occasional eye on what’s top of the music charts. I’ve been noticing that one or two of the album’s I’ve bought have been appearing there. Whether it’s because I’m at the cutting edge of K-pop I somehow doubt. I just tend to buy the things I come across in the blogosphere because I’m interested in hearing what other people are listening to. And then I learn not to buy a particular artist ever again.
One trend in the first half of 2006, according to KBS, is the dominance of ballads. (I get confused between what’s a ballad and what’s R&B, but that’s by the by.) Seven out of the top 10 in the first half of the year fall into that category, including SG Wannabe’s third, Vibe’s third, and Baek Ji-young’s disappointing fifth. Plus I noticed the singles chart had a fair smattering of entries from Lee Soo-young’s seventh.
What’s with the glum taste? Where’s the sense of fun? Are South Koreans just feeling a bit downbeat right now, or is it a quirk in the statistics – for example the poppier stuff is all downloaded rather than purchased in a CD shop and excluded from the count?
The top seller in the first six months was SG Wannabe (233,000 sales), followed by Fly to the Sky (144,000 sales). KBS says the market is in the doldrums. Let’s hope for a cheerier second half.
I haven’t invested in the Fly to the Sky album. Can anyone recommend it?