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Music Industry Stopped - The Status Of Music Charts

By Staff Writer | May 01, 2014 09:40 AM EDT

The music charts have been stopped for the past 2 weeks. According to Korea's largest music distribution source state MelOn, the weekly charts are indicating almost the same top 10 songs for the week of the 14th through the 20th and the 21st through the 27th.

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The top 10 songs for the week of the 14th through the 20th are Akdong Musician's "200%," IU and HIGH4's "Not Spring, Love, Or Cherry Blossoms," Park Hyo Shin's "Wildflower," A Pink's "Mr.Chu," Yoon Min Soo and Shin Yong Jae's "Fate," 15&'s "Can't Hide It," Akdong Musician's "Give Love," Mad Clown's "Without You," Soyou and Junggigo's "Some," and Akdong Musician's "Melted." For the top 10 songs of the next week (21st-27th), Akdong Musician's "Melted" has been pushed to 11th, and Lee Sun Hee's "Meet Him among Them" has taken the 10th spot. Besides that, there have been no other changes to the rank. The top 10 songs are just moving around in the top 10 spots.

This phenomenon can be attributed to the fact that the music industry has come to an all halt in mourning for the Sewol ferry accident tragedy. Singers delayed their comebacks, and all self-promotional activities are being restricted. Traffic to music sites has decreased significantly since the 16th as well. The decreased traffic has also affected the music charts.

Big names such as EXO, Block B, and Lena Park delayed their comebacks, and so it looks like the current music chart trend will continue this way. Television and film industries are slowly showing movement towards resuming normalcy, but the music industry is still a sitting duck.

At this time, music industry companies are also deeply contemplating when to make an appearance once again. One agency that is preparing for a rookie group comeback commented on their comeback, saying that "Nothing has been determined yet." Lena Park announced on the 28th that she would be delaying her album release. There is speculation that the music industry will start normalizing sometime in the second week of May, but if music broadcasts don't go ahead with their operations, this is uncertain as well.

The music industry is being especially cautious about its next move. Music festival 'Beautiful Mint Life' was planning to be held on the 26th, but just one day prior they gave notice of cancellation. Some entertainment programs have been making moves towards normalization, and on the 29th KBS2 aired "Hello Counselor" and SBS aired "Healing Camp." But for now music broadcasts are still cancelled all across Korea.

In the music world, some OSTs for dramas such as "Big Man" and "Hotel King" have been released, as well as Big Mama's Lee Ji Young's "Miracle" and some indie band songs.

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