Despite controversy, IU and (G)I-DLE tracks soar [GLOBAL K-POP CHART]

Singer-songwriter IU [EDAM ENTERTAINMENT]

IU and (G)I-DLE’s prerelease tracks — both of which have been somewhat contentious — landed high on this week’s Global K-pop chart.

The Global K-pop chart for the fourth week of 2024 (Jan. 21–27) saw IU’s latest prerelease track, “Love wins all,” at No. 3, followed by (G)I-DLE’s prerelease track “Wife” at No. 5, while Jung Kook’s “Standing Next To You” (2023) and Le Sserafim’s “Perfect Night” (2023) kept their first- and second-place seats, respectively.

“Love wins all,” released on Jan. 24, is IU’s prerelease track for her upcoming sixth EP “The Winning,” set to drop on Feb. 20. The song's original title, “Love wins,” and Jan. 16 teaser poster — which showed IU sitting at a table with BTS' V — garnered quite a bit of controversy before its release.

Online users posted that it was inappropriate for IU to use the name “Love wins,” a slogan with ties to the LGBTQ community that was widely used to commemorate the United States Supreme Court’s Decision to legalize same-sex marriage in 2015.

IU’s agency, EDAM Entertainment, released a statement Jan. 19 announcing that the song’s title would be changed to “Love wins all” and apologizing to the critics.


(G)I-DLE’s prerelease track “Wife,” which dropped Jan. 22, also raised alarm upon its release due to the song’s highly suggestive lyrics. Public broadcasting station KBS deemed “Wife” unfit for broadcasting for its explicit themes.

(G)I-DLE released its second full-length album, “2,” on Monday. The album features eight songs, including the prerelease track “Wife” and lead track, “Super Lady.” All five members of the girl group, including its leader and main producer, Soyeon, helped write the album's lyrics and melodies.

aespa’s “Drama” (2023) sat between “Love wins all” and “Wife” at No. 4, followed by Jung Kook’s “Seven (feat. Latto) – Explicit Ver.” (2023) at No. 6, NewJeans’ “Super Shy” at No. 7 and Jung Kook’s “3D (feat. Jack Harlow)” (2023) at No. 8.

RIIZE’s latest digital single landed on No. 9, one step better than its spot last week, while Taeyeon’s “To. X” (2023) reached No. 10, four slots higher than last week.

The chart also notably saw NMIXX’s newest song, “DASH,” in 18th place, eight ranks higher than the week before.