[NEWS] Billboard: K-Pop’s Hottest Summer yet? The 20 Biggest Songs & Videos in America This Season

26 Sep

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With the first day of fall yesterday, Sept. 23, summer 2015 is officially in the books. K-pop fans will remember it as the most exciting and competitive season in years as the scene welcomed loads of comebacks from some of its most beloved acts. It made for exciting chart battles too as the likes of SHINee and Girls’ Generation earned No. 1s on the World Albums chart while BIG BANG locked up three chart-toppers on the World Digital Songs — tying a record PSY holds — as hot summer videos racked up millions of views on YouTube.

Using the same date tracking Billboard uses to tally its annual Summer Songs chart (from Memorial Day to Labor Day), we have the 20 biggest K-pop songs this summer and most-viewed videos on YouTube. The top 20 performing songs on the weekly World Digital Songs chart during the summer period (charts dated June 13-Sept. 19, 2015), based on aggregated sales for each title while they were on the chart.

While it was clearly the season of BIG BANG (with all eight singles charting along with five music videos), EXO’s “Love Me Right” proved to a big winner this season as did Girls’ Generation’s “Party” and BTS’ “Dope.” Fans welcomed newcomers like Seventeen (whose video for debut single “Adore U” was the 14th most-watched K-pop vid this summer) and continued championing longtime favorites like Wonder Girls (their first video in three years, “I Feel You,” made the YouTube list) and PSY (“Gangnam Style” continues to sell in America).

Top 20 Biggest K-Pop Songs on World Digital Songs – Summer 2015

1. BIG BANG, “Bang Bang Bang”
2. BIG BANG, “If You”
3. BIG BANG, “Sober”
4. PSY, “Gangnam Style”
5. BIG BANG, “We Like 2 Party”
6. EXO, “Love Me Right”
7. BIG BANG, “Let’s Not Fall in Love”
8. GD & T.O.P., “Zutter”
9. BTS, “Dope”
10. BIG BANG, “Loser”
11. BIG BANG, “Bae Bae”
12. Girls’ Generation, “Party”
13. GOT7, “Just Right”
14. BTS, “I Need U”
15. EXO, “Call Me Baby”
16. Sistar, “Shake It”
17. SHINee, “Married to the Music”
18. Girls’ Generation, “Lion Heart”
19. SHINee, “View”
20. EXO, “EXO 2014″

Top 20 Most-Viewed K-Pop Music Videos on YouTube — Summer 2015 (in America)

1. BIG BANG, “Bang Bang Bang”
2. EXO, “Love Me Right”
3. Girls’ Generation, “Party”
4. BTS, “Dope”
5. GOT7, “Just Right”
6. BIG BANG, “Sober”
7. BIG BANG, “We Like 2 Party”
8. BIG BANG, “Let’s Not Fall in Love”
9. Sistar, “Shake It”
10. GD & T.O.P., “Zutter”
11. Girls’ Generation, “Lion Heart”
12. AOA, “Heart Attack”
13. 2PM, “My House”
14. Seventeen, “Adore U”
15. Girls’ Generation, “You Think”
16. Girl’s Day, “Ring My Bell”
17. Wonder Girls, “I Feel You”
18. HyunA, “Roll Deep”
19. INFINITE, “Bad”
20. Super Junior, “Devil”

Source: Billboard

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