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Hong Jin-young tops charts for first time with new trot single

All Headlines 22:00 February 09, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- Trot artist Hong Jin-young released her new single "Loves Me, Loves Me Not" on Thursday, which marked her first No. 1 song in a colorful, decade-long career.

"I released songs every year but have never made number one in real-time streaming charts. I'm so proud for having made number one in two charts," Hong said at a media showcase held at the Shinhan Card FAN square in northern Seoul.

Hong Jin-young performs during a showcase to mark the release of her digital single album "Loves Me, Loves Me Not" in Seoul on Feb. 9, 2017. (Yonhap)

The song, included in the soundtrack for movie "Fabricated City," was released at midnight. It reached No. 1 on Mnet and Olleh Music's streaming services.

Hong debuted in 2009 with the song "Love Battery." Despite her roots in the increasingly dwindling trot genre, the 32-year-old has managed to survive in the Korean pop music scene heavily inundated by young idol stars.

Outside of her music career, Hong is perhaps better known as a TV celebrity who has made her mark in a variety of reality TV and comedy shows throughout the years.

Hong has made a bit of a course change from her usual high-pitched sound. Compared to her previous songs, "Loves Me, Loves Me Not" is a bit slower and her voice is much more reserved.

The single was written by Ahn Min-young, whose works are included in the "Descendants of the Sun" and "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God" soundtracks.

Hong, who has endured obscurity during her once-failed idol group Swan, professed her rise to stardom wasn't a cakewalk.

"Time has passed quickly. Many think I made it big since my debut, but I have gone through much to be where I am now," said Hong, recalling her early years in show business.

Hong attributed her overflowing energy to her enduring popularity.

"My around-the-clock energy is my strong point. I'm not a person who gets tired and depressed. I think people see this in me."

Hong Jin-young performs during a showcase to promote her new single "Loves Me, Loves Me Not" at a concert hall in Seoul on Feb. 9, 2017. (Yonhap)

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