K-pop act SSAK3 ex­tends chart sweep

The Korea Times - - CULTURE -

SSAK3, a project K-pop trio formed for a pop­u­lar week­end va­ri­ety TV show, con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate var­i­ous mu­sic stream­ing charts Mon­day, driven by fresh mo­men­tum from solo tracks re­leased by mem­bers over the week­end.

The co-ed trio, formed of two late ‘90s-2000s singers — Lee Hyo-ri of girl group FIN.K.L and male soloist Rain — and top-billed co­me­dian-em­cee Yoo Jae-suk, for MBC TV’s “Hang Out With Yoo” on Satur­day re­leased solo tracks by its three mem­bers fea­tur­ing other high-pro­file K-pop stars.

SSAK3’s three group songs — “In Sum­mer,” a re­make of the iconic 1994 dance hit by Deux, “Beach Again” and “Play That Sum­mer” — have risen on the top tiers of most do­mes­tic mu­sic stream­ing ser­vices since their suc­ces­sive weekly re­leases start­ing July 11, out­pac­ing other top acts, such as Ma­mamoo and BLACKPINK.

Mem­bers of SSAK3 (word play on “ssaksseuri,” a Korean slang term for “clean sweep”) have been pro­mot­ing the songs un­der al­ter-ego aliases: Yooduragon (Yoo Jae-suk), B-Dragon (Rain) and Linda G (Lee Hyo-ri).

On Bugs Mu­sic, Linda G, B-Dragon and Yooduragon all landed on the top 10 of the ser­vice’s real-time stream­ing chart.

As of Mon­day 2 p.m., Linda G’s “Linda,” fea­tur­ing rap artist Yoon Mi-rae, stood at No. 1, im­me­di­ately trailed by B-Dragon’s “It’s Fun,” fea­tur­ing Ma­mamoo. Yooduragon’s “Doori­juwa,” fea­tur­ing singer-en­ter­tainer Kwanghee, clocked in at sev­enth place.

“Beach Again” and “Play That Sum­mer” ranked third and fourth on Bugs Mu­sic, while in fifth place stood “Oh My Sum­mer” by Koy­ote, a ‘90s-2000s co-ed trio which SSAK3 is mod­eled af­ter. “Oh My Sum­mer” was ini­tially writ­ten for SSAK3 but was later handed to Koy­ote for the team’s come­back.

Songs by SSAK3 and its mem­bers solo tracks have fared sim­i­larly well on Ge­nie Mu­sic.

“Linda” and “It’s Fun” se­cured top and sec­ond place on the ser­vice’s real-time chart, while “Beach Again” and “Play that Sum­mer” re­mained at third and fifth spots, re­spec­tively. Koy­ote’s “Oh My Sum­mer” landed at the fourth spot.

On Melon, which has re­cently ditched the hourly-based real-time chart sys­tem to one that’s more com­pre­hen­sive and based on data over 24 hours, “Beach Again” also re­mained on top, while “Play That Sum­mer,” “In Sum­mer” and “Linda” also mak­ing in the top 10 at third, sixth and sev­enth places, re­spec­tively.

The halo ef­fect of SSAK3 is ex­pected to last for a while with Lee hav­ing hinted at pos­si­bly form­ing a sep­a­rate project girl group with Ma­mamoo mem­bers Hwasa, Um Jung-hwa, rap­per-singer Jessie.

Ris­ing singer-song­writer Park Moonchi, who guest starred on “Hang Out With Yoo” in coach­ing SSAK3, plans to re­lease “Cool Han 42,” a retro-style dance song which was in­tro­duced in an ear­lier episode, later in the day.

Ac­cord­ing to Nielsen Korea, rat­ings for Satur­day’s broad­cast of “Hang Out With Yoo,” which chron­i­cled SSAK3’s pro­mo­tions for the pre­vi­ous week, stood at 11.4 per­cent on av­er­age, be­com­ing the most pop­u­lar va­ri­ety show in the com­pet­ing time slot in terms of rat­ings.

The week­end prime time show cen­ters around Yoo, one of the big­gest celebrity co­me­di­ans in South Korea, tack­ling var­i­ous vo­ca­tional projects, such as cook­ing and stage act­ing, in a re­al­ity TV for­mat.

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