On Naver’s recent “First Half of 2011 Music Chart” for digital downloads, f(x)’s “Pinocchio” and SECRET’s “Shy Boy” ranked 4th and 6th, respectively.
Counting only girl idol groups, these two respective groups were the top 2 on the Naver Chart with f(x) being 1st and SECRET being 2nd.
Last year, which was when girl groups were all the rage in K-pop, neither f(x) nor SECRET were included on the top 10 downloads chart for Naver.
On last year’s “2010 Naver Music Digital Download Chart“, miss A, 2NE1, and SNSD were the only girl groups listed on the chart, where miss A’s “Bad Girl Good Girl” was ranked number 1, 2NE1’s “Go Away” ranked 3rd, and SNSD’s “Oh!“, “Hoot”, and “Run Devil Run” were ranked 7th, 9th, and 10th, respectively.
Although girl groups were continuing their rising trend popularity for the first half of 2011, f(x) and SECRET made their stand as new leaders. Both SNSD and miss A weren’t active in the first half of 2011 as they didn’t release any albums, while 2NE1’s “Lonely” and Park Bom’s “Don’t Cry” arrived too late to overcome the bars already set by SECRET’s hit songs, “Shy Boy” and “Starlight Moonlight“, as well as f(x).
f(x)’s popularity was most apparent as although they released “Pinocchio” in late April, they had ranked the highest of all girl groups for Naver’s chart.
Source: edaily via Naver