(G)I-DLE’s ‘Fate’ moves up streaming charts after becoming viral hit

The promotional poster for K-pop act (G)I-DLE's song, 'Fate' / Courtesy of Cube Entertainment

“Fate,” a song featured in K-pop act (G)I-DLE’s second full-length album, “2,” has climbed back to the top spot of multiple music streaming charts more than a month after its release on Jan. 29.As of Sunday morning, it has secured the No. 1 spot on the real-time chart of Bugs, one of the most-used streaming services in Korea. Trailing behind the single “Fate” are “Bam Yang Gang” by singer-songwriter Bibi, “Plot Twist” by rookie boy band TWS and “Easy” by girl group Le Sserafim.”Fate” is also going strong on other major charts, earning second and third place on Genie and Melon, respectively.Its chart success is worth noting not only because its ranking is currently higher than that of “Super Lady” — the lead single of “2,” — but also because it has belatedly moved up the charts after becoming a viral hit.

Characterized by funk-based band sounds and witty lyrics, the song centers on the theme of an unexpected yet fateful encounter.”‘Fate’ is a tune about the feeling of heartbreak that you suddenly get after bumping into a stranger,” the group’s leader Soyeon, who participated in the song’s creative process, said in a video shared on (G)I-DLE’s official YouTube channel. “You don’t remember who that person is, but you feel like you know him and you begin to shed tears.”(G)I-DLE, consisting of Miyeon, Minnie, Soyeon, Yuqi and Shuhua, entered the K-pop scene in 2018 with the track, “Latata.” On March 15, it put out the collaborative single “This Time Around” with American singer-actor Jennifer Lopez, which is a remixed version of the latter’s 메이저 February release of the same name.

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