When I predicted for “Mr Chu” a long chart stint that would endure to August, or even beyond, I was hedging just a little, as I knew from surveying the stints of other hits that that might actually prove a tall order.
Since I tossed in a “or even beyond” clause, I suffered some anxiety when August proved to have a fifth week on the Soompi charts. A Pink held the No 40 slot for week four. More precipitous drops have been known to happen, and with a song that debuted at the end of March it wouldn’t have surprised had “Mr Chu” dropped out of sight before August was done.
Happily, “Mr Chu” held its perch at No 40 for the fifth week, and I could consider my prophecies fulfilled. But still, what about the “beyond”? I had put out the possibility, and for A Pink to depart the charts now would prove a painful thumbing of my boundless hopes for the song’s performance.
So with trepidation I prayed for A Pink to be granted a September week in the sun– and they were. Buoyed no doubt by the reality broadcast A Pink’s Showtime, “Mr Chu” actually sprung a bit to No 37 for the first week of September. And this second week: still clinging within view at No. 48.
I hope I do not dim A Pink’s prospects if I suppose that “Mr Chu” is at the end of its glorious run. Perhaps it could have another week yet, but I cannot ask for more. At the year’s halfway mark, the song was scored the year’s third biggest hit in K-pop, and though its later run doubtless tallies up much less, it is assuredly one of the year’s great smashing successes in popularity– as it is a certified triumph in the musical arts.
“Mr Chu”‘s complete soompi chart tally from debut: no. 17, 1, 2, 2, 2, 1, 4, 10, 14, 12, 15, 12, 16, 13, 18, 32, 39, 46, 31, 40, 40, 37, 48.
Congratulations, great and glorious A Pink– and onward and upward with the Japanese album, and your inevitable glorious return.