So what took Hyo's place in the top five?
Here's a clue - I'm the one telling you about it.
I'M SO PRETTY
from the I'm So Pretty mini album
Last Month's Position: N/A
Peak Position: 5
Months on Chart: 1
10 - @codecat, @evilsin, @Cotton Park
9 - @FunkyButChic, @ThighHighs
8 - @savilizabeths
7 - @Empty Shoebox
5 - @OspreyQueen
3 - @Slice of Life
2 - @enjoy v2.0, @vague, @ryjm
1 - @Coming Century, @Oleander
So, as well as being my début as a guest writer, this month's chart also sees the first entry for 2018 New Artist of the Year (as decided by Soribada) Nature.
For those of you unaware, Nature are a nine member girl group, who débuted in August 2018 with 'Allegro Cantabile'. "I'm So Pretty" is their third single, with the middle release being 'Some & Love', in November.
The group has a mixture of Korean, Chinese and Japanese members, and like all good nugu groups, has already had lineup changes with Yeolmae leaving before début, and Loha escaping YG's dungeon and joining before Some & Love.
They have three subunits (apparently) Charming, Twinkle and Cutie. Their fanbase name is 'Leaf', which is almost sensible. We can't be having that.
Anyway, "I'm So Pretty". Slicey asked me to talk about this as a nugu girl group correspondent. You may have noticed that there are only eight members in the video. There is another, called Gaga, but she hasn't been featured in promo for the current release despite apparently still being a member. She's the one with the bright orange hair in the Some & Love era promotions. Maybe she's at school or something. If only Korean record companies would write news in Swedish, then we might know.
The song itself opens with a very loud trumpet noise, encouraging anyone to immediately sit up and take notice. From there on, it continues at solid bop pace and does not let up. The brass certainly doesn't.
The lyrics make it clear that this is a reverse of the legendary Dolly Parton's Jolene, with Nature playing the part of the seductress stealing your man. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I suppose I forgave 'Yes or Yes', so I have to do the same here.
The video contains some simple choreo, but has looks galore. Lu in particular standing out for me, Chaebin because I love shiny clothes and I'm always a fan of bunny ears.
The refrain of:
naega jom yeppeo
du nuneul ttel su eopji
moduga weonhae nae Kiss
is repeated often enough that it will get stuck in your head all day, and there's a couple of adlibs of 'you want it, you want it' that come over the last repeat, endearing it to me even more.
Overall the song shows that Nature have come a long way since début, and for once, the public agree, with the mini making it to #13 on the album chart. This easily beats the previous peak of #34 for Girls and Flowers.
Anyway, stay tuned for the next comeback and be prepared to stan.
ryjm: This is a super fun summer jam, but I totally forget it exists as soon as I’m done listening to it. The group are coming along in strides though and it’s exciting to see their growth. This is by far the best thing they have released, so consider me perched.
ThighHighs: What a life-giving BOP! EOMEONA! Their previous songs didn't do much for me, but I've been listening to this pretty much non-stop since it came out.
Cotton Park: This is how K-Pop is done. I wish the video wasn't so insipid, but this song slaps, spanks, and kicks it for me.
Empty Shoebox: More brass please.
Long video but it's the best way to learn about the members: