Some good news, Taeyang’s ‘I Need a Girl’ is #193 on the R&B iTunes list! I think it’s great to see Taeyang in there with some big names and hopefully it’ll keep moving up. Tell your mom, dad, grandma and everyone else to get this track!
Below the cut~ Korean chart rankings and my thoughts~
Dosirak – #6
Mnet – #4
Bugs – #5
Soribada – #6
Cyworld – #6
Naver – #3
Melon – #4
Monkey3 – #6
There has been some discussion on why Taeyang hasn’t been topping the charts and I’ll admit, I was also disheartened to see his rankings on the charts however this shouldn’t be the deciding factor on whether he will win awards or not (if that matters to some of you). He can win, let me make that clear right off the bat, his album sales are very high for the week and YG pushes up the release of the normal edition, its safe to say he’ll secure awards on at least of the shows next weekend.
Now, charting in the music charts in general..well it’s a bit hard to decipher the real reasons as to why the song is not doing so well. We all know Taeyang is promoting R&B – that’s first and foremost one of the toughest genres of music to promote so that’s got a lot to do with it. Secondly, my personal opinion is that there was too much “over-hype” surrounding the song. I mean, let me just list it:
1. YG releases info about SOLAR deluxe = initial hype
2. Title track has GD on it = more hype, fangirls gone wild
3. Title track video has Sandara in it = even more hype, fanboys gone wild
4. Previews, previews and more previews = more more more hype
5. YG releases statement that this is the best title track ever = wholy cow, we’re overflowing with hype
6. Preview of music video = oh my, hype nation
7. MV gets put up and then pulled down = wtf?
^ The above just organizes my reaction to everything released, and I was practically primed (psychology term) to have my socks knocked off and had CPR on standby – now considering that, I think what happened was a post-release withdrawal off “hype” and we’ve got fans scratching their heads going “Was this what I was suppose to knock me off my feet from YG camp?”. That’s not to say the song is so bad, NO NO, but when you get so hyped over something, I don’t think ANYTHING can really fulfill your expectations that you’ve created in your head and that’s another contributing reason.
Thirdly, Taeyang hasn’t gotten into his full mode of promotions yet, and we’re a bit confused what’s going on with his MV. There is no visual representation of the song, the performance does not match with what visual representation we would see (ie. LOAM performance choreo, was like the MV…).
Fourthly, Taeyang has more mature fans than fangirls, its a known fact therefore, those fans who might spend money on the album aren’t going to go spend money buying the tracks online or voting. Whether they still support Taeyang will be seen in his album sales; which are doing pretty well~
And lastly, you just cannot compare LOAM with INAG. LOAM was the first promoted solo sing from a member of Big Bang. Two years ago, Big Bang’s fanbase was much bigger, a lot of sales and voting was attributed to Big Bang fans voting and since them Big Bang’s fanbase has changed and it’s gotten smaller. I’m not saying all of Taeyang’s fans are Big Bang fans but a whole chunk of them are and a whole chunk of them have moved on. Also, kpop has grown music more since then, we’ve practically got a new group debuting each week – and most new groups opt for a “catchy” song to start building their fan base (in response to miss A doing so well). So expecting INAG to experience the same greatness as LOAM – well, that would be a miracle in itself.
Just some of my thoughts and reasons~ I think we need to wait and see. Charts aren’t everything and I personally think it’s horrible how music is charted like that, it really disheartens the musician to create music from a personal perspective rather than pleasing the audience but they’re not the only ones. American artists do the same (how many times as Snoop dog featured in songs?). It’s all about marketing, hype and consumer preference, but none of that matters really because I don’t think it’s true music if you’re just listening to a song because it’s topping the charts. It shouldn’t be at least…
^ whoever read that is love.