Toppin’ The Charts – January (Week One)

Posted on Jan 10 2012

How about we start the New Year right with an old feature everybody loved? That’s right, Toppin’ The Charts is back to keep you up to date on your favorite Japanese & Korean artists. Hit the jump to find out if 2012 is being blessed by the music gods!

Actually working on the video for this I forgot how much I personally missed doing this feature. For me it’s educational and I get to listen to new types of music (for better or for worse). I’ve always felt this was what people enjoyed about it, too. Not necessarily the fact I’m reporting any sort of news so much as everyone is discovering types of artist they might have never listed to before.

In terms of the actual list though I don’t have much to add, though I have to applaud the artist Ali for being on the list at all considering the busy month she’s had. Ali wrote a song entitled “Na Young”, which is directly aimed at a young girl who got raped back in 2008. Many people, including the family of the victim, felt she was being disrespectful bringing up old memories like that. The backlash was so bad that Ali had to disclose to the world that she has been a victim of rape as well as apologize to the family. The intense reaction from all this forced her to put out her dirty laundry (which could potentially be a ruse for attention or sympathy), but the very fact someone had to do either is kind of sad.

Relating to creepy stalkin’, or better yet uneasiness, am I the only one who feels like a pedo when I watch those close ups on S/Mileage’s video? Why is the cameraman obsessed with their legs? How old are those girls (the answer is none of them are legal with two being fourteen, two thirteen, one sixteen, and one seventeen)? Then you have E-Girls who have like twenty plus members… Japan, you frustrate me sometimes. Let’s not get me started on SND48, you guys already know how I feel about that.

Also, IU’s friend “Goose” stole the show. Just sayin’.

Lastly, no last week standings this week (aka the arrows) since it’s a new year!

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  • nerdwerld January 10, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    It’s back …. oh yeah!

  • The Eternal Scholar January 10, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Whoo, gotta love the top of the charts. Needs more GEE!

  • nerdwerld January 10, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    I loved how the Japanese Chart had such great rock bands.

  • Siege January 10, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    It’s nice to see what’s going on in the charts. Where can I find the actual chart listings? Like, regularly.

  • Elk January 10, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    some good choices, some choices I don’t understand, good to see IU up there, also I lol’d at the close ups.

  • Cerulaine January 10, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    I was worried about the Japanese Chart because almost the whole way through I was like “This is all kind of…meh” Then it got to Celebration and SID and all those ones. Aww yeah! NYC #4 kind of freaked me out a bit lol. No Sleeves can I just like listen to that music forever? FFFFFFF

    At first I was like “Slow song as #1? Oh wait this is actually really good!”

    Onto Korean!


    #4 was a nostalgia hit because it was like Britney’s earlier stuff I LOVE IT! I need this song.

    Oh god oh god oh god Troublemaker is omg I just love that song too much x.X

    And IU deserves #1 I am SO PROUD!

    • Kanashimi January 10, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      Jin Akanishi is awesome! Do you remember Test Drive? He actually went out and bought a car on YouTube in the US. xD

      Also, Wonder Girls have been promoting this song for awhile now.

      As for T-ara… avoid the twenty minute music video version. ._.

      IU and her Goose deserved it. You can’t forget the goose.

  • Nirvash_Redemption January 10, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Pretty awesome. Needs more GEE, 2NE1, and some Acid Black Cherry.

    • Kanashimi January 10, 2012 at 9:48 PM

      Sadly, none of those groups released anything in the past month. Acid Black Cherry does have a release soon though.

  • Kayarath January 10, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Yeah music!!!

  • Leviathan Mist January 11, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    I wasn’t all that impressed with the top music in Japan this time around. Then again, none of my favorite artists really have anything new right now 😛

  • Leviathan Mist January 11, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    My favorite song in this list is probably number 4 of the Korean list, which is unheard of for me because I tend to listen to the Japanese music exclusively 😛

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