Musical history has been made! For the first time ever, artists of Korean descent have proudly conquered the US-based Billboard Hot 100 Charts.
The four-membered group Far East Movement (abbreviated FM) have taken the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts with their song "Like A G6" as revealed on October 21st (KST). The group is made up of two Korean-Americans: J-Splif (Korean name Jung Jae-weon) and Prohgress (Korean name Noh Ji-hwan). The other two members are also of Asian descent: DJ Vermin (Filipino-American) and Kev Nish (Japanese/Chinese-American).
It's not just the song itself, but the music video for "Like A G6" that's been garnering much attention. It features several Korea-related scenes, such as Korean restaurants, soju, Korean brand Hite beer, etc. As of the 21st in Korea, the group's video had attracted over 100 million hits.
The Billboard Hot 100 is also known as the Billboard Singles Charts. It ranks some of the most popular songs in America, calculated through radio airtime and sales all across the nation. So far, the best that full Korean artists have ever done was place 76th on the Hot 100. This was by the Wonder Girls with their song "Nobody". Half Korean artist Amerie placed 8th in 2005 with "1 Thing". Another one of Billboard's rankings, the Billboard 200, saw band Linkin Park place first with their 2003 2nd album. Linkin Park is led by Korean member Joseph Han. Also, Boa's US debut album ranked at 127 on the same chart last year.
Far East Movement has done more than just set a new record for Korean artists. They've given others hope that they too can take the coveted number one spot on one of the most defining music charts in the world.