Top 20 – November week 4

Sung Shi Kyung’s "거리에서" (On The Street) is still No. 1 for the 4th straight week, holding off yet another new challenger. This time it is Lee Seung Chul’s "소리쳐" which moves up 2 spots to No. 2 this week, but its score is still far behind Sung Shi Kyung’s song.

As expected, Se7en’s "라 라 라" (La La La) is our biggest mover this week, up 15 spots to No. 4. He is definitely a threat to overtake Sung Shi Kyung for the top spot next week.

Interestingly enough, the 3 songs which debuted into the top 10 last week (from Jaurim, Jang Woo Hyuk, and The Name) all dropped this week, while the 3 songs which debuted under the top 10 last week (from Kim Tae Woo, Se7en, and Big Mama) all moved up this week. It proves once again that a song’s initial debut position is not that important.

No brand new songs this week, only 2 re-entries at the bottom of the chart: Lee Jung Hyun’s "철수야 사랑해" (I Love You, Chul Soo) at No. 19 and Big Bang’s "La La La" at No. 20. We have 2 songs by the title "La La La" this week, from Se7en and from Big Bang.

Announcement: The 2nd annual Soompi Gayo DaeSang Award will take place at the end of December. Same as last year, I’ll announce the top 10 singers of 2006 in mid-December for you to vote for the DaeSang. We’ll have more awards handing out than last year. Stay tuned!

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1. (–) Sung Shi Kyung – 거리에서 (On the Street) *** 4 WEEKS No. 1 ***
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Sung Shi Kyung Vol. 5 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Sung Si-kyung’s fifth album titled "The Ballads," this song displays a new vocalism by uniquely using the falsetto. Its lyrics, written by Yoon Jong-shin, are about a man walking the street that holds precious memories of his lover from whom he has just separated. It is a Sung Si-kyung style ballad song displaying his gentle tone and vocals. Sung Si-kyung’s kissing scene with a Japanese actress was the highlight of the music video.

IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Yoon Jong Shin
Score: 917

2. (+2) Lee Seung Chul – 소리쳐 (Screaming)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Lee Seung Chul Vol. 8 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Lee Seung-chul’s eighth album titled "Reflection of Sound," this medium tempo ballad song nicely blends a poignant melody with Lee Seung-chul’s unique vocals. Its simple lyrics and melody delivers the true meaning of love with which we can all empathize.

IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Hyun Jin Young
Score: 774

3. (-1) MC Mong – 아이스크림 (Ice-cream)
Genre: Hip-hop
Album: MC Mong Vol. 3 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on MC Mong’s 3rd album titled "The way I am," it is a fast tempo hip-hop song with a strong instrumental sound. MC Mong wrote the lyrics, which express the heart of women who feel resentment at quick love comparing it with ice-cream that melts easily. MC Mong plays the role of a nice but unemployed person in the music video.

IPB Image Music: Kim Gun Woo / Lyrics: MC Mong
Score: 766

4. (+15) Se7en – 라 라 라 (La La La) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: Se7en Vol. 4 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: The title song of Se7en’s 4th album. Teddy of One Time wrote the song and lyrics, and it is a 4-beat medium tempo pop ballad. Starting out with a rough and mature tone quality, the song slowly moves onto Se7en’s signature sweet voice. The vocal scheme is dreamy and it goes well with the emotional melodies. The lyrics about waiting for a woman whose having a difficult time over another man, will linger in your mind.

IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Teddy
Score: 715

5. (+1) ERU (feat. Daylight) – 까만안경 (Black Glasses)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: ERU Vol. 2 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Eru’s second album, this song was written by composer Yoon Myung-sun. It is a sentimental ballad song which talks about separation between lovers through the lyrics. Singer Daylight also features in the song. As a highlight, actor Ahn Sung-ki makes his first appearance ever in a music video. Along with him are actress Lee Young-ah and SS501’s Kim Hyun-joong who also play leading roles.

IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Yoon Myung Sun
Score: 706

6. (-1) Bi – I’m Coming (feat. Tablo)
Genre: Dance
Album: Bi Vol. 4 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Bi’s 4th album titled "Rain’s World," this song was written by Park Jin-young who is working as a talented music producer in America. Its repetitive electronic sound and hip-hop rhythm are in perfect harmony with Rain’s more refined vocals. The song added a more hip-hop feel thanks to the rap featuring Tablo. The dance for this song was arranged by famous choreographers Rich and AJ who have worked with Usher, Madonna, and Aaliyah.

IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Score: 687

7. (+6) Kim Tae Woo – 하고싶은 말 (Words That I Want To Say)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Kim Tae Woo Vol. 1 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: The title song of the album of the same title, “I want to Say,” Kim Tae-woo’s special solo album. Kim Tae-woo, the vocal of the popular group god, has a solo album whose title song is “I want to say,’ which is a pop ballad sung in a moderated voice. You’ll hear the essence of Kim Tae-woo’s singing and his husky voice, as he sings about a couple missing the time when they used to be with each other.

IPB Image Music: Kim Tae Woo / Lyrics: Lee Hyun Seung
Score: 653

8. (+3) Jang Yoon Jung – 이따,이따요 (Later, Later)
Genre: Trot
Album: Jang Yoon Jung Vol. 3 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on Jang Yoon Jung’s 3rd album “Later, Later”. This song is different from all her other hit songs she has made in the past. The song is very modern temp/bounce as we will be able to feel in the lyrics. The song is about a woman who is very impatient when it comes to love. She falls in love with a man because of his appearance and her heart wants to love him. This song is very genuine and refreshing just like Jang Yoon Jung’s image.

IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Hyung
Score: 554

9. (-2) Koyote – I Love Rock & Roll
Genre: Pop / Dance
Album: Koyote Vol. 9 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Koyote’s ninth album titled "London Koyote," this song blends a rock & roll melody that is familiar to Korean listeners with a particularly heavy blues rhythm. Joo Young-hoon wrote the song while Shinji wrote the lyrics. Kim Jong-min’s fascinating low-toned voice is in perfect harmony with Shinji’s playful vocals.

IPB Image Music: Joo Young Hoon / Lyrics: Shin Ji
Score: 531

10. (+2) Hong Kyung Min – 사랑,참… (A Thing Called Love)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Hong Kyung Min Vol. 7 Track 5 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Hong Kyung-min’s 7th album titled "Evolution of Rhythm," this song is written by a hit-maker Jun Hae-sung. Unlike his previous ballad, it displays a unique composition along with Hong kyung-min’s rough vocalism. Actress Choi Jung-yoon who starred in a drama with Hong kyung-min plays the main role in the music video.

IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Jun Hae Sung
Score: 506

11. (-2) Jang Woo Hyuk (feat. Esther) – 폭풍속으로 (One Way)
Genre: Hip-hop / Dance
Album: Jan Woo Hyuk Vol. 2 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Title song from Jang Woo-hyuck’s 2nd album, "My Way." This is a hip-hop dance song that combines the featured singing of renown singer Esther and Jang Woo-hyuck’s powerful rap. Explosive sound is the result of fusing hip-hop dance beats with rock, and the 1st-person perspective music video, which makes the viewer feel in sync with Jang Woo-hyuck, is attracting a lot of attention.

IPB Image Music: Park Jang Geun / Lyrics: Min Yong Sik
Score: 446

12. (-9) DBSG – 오-정반합 (O-Union)
Genre: Pop / Dance
Album: DBSG Vol. 3 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on TVXQ!’s third album titled "O-Union," it is a crossover song that combines various musical genres including hip-hop and electric music. This song is based on a Korean-style melody carrying a speedy guitar tune, strong electric music, and a colorful beat. The group displays a dazzling performance through its magnificence and message to the world.

IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Ahn Eun Jin
Score: 419

13. (-5) Jaurim – You and Me
Genre: Rock
Album: Jaurim Vol. 6 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Jaurim’s 6th album titled "ashes to ahes," this medium tempo song was written by Jaurim’s vocalist Kim Yuna. She also wrote the lyrics, which talks about a relationship between lovers. This song not only displays each member’s individual instrumental play but also a solo electronic drum and keyboard. The music video also portrays Jaurim’s typical dream-like and gloomy style.

IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Kim Yoon Ah
Score: 418

14. (–) Nell – 마음을잃다 (Losing one’s mind)
Genre: Rock
Album: Nell Vol. 3 Track 8 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV:Featured on NELL’s third album titled "Healing Process," this modern rock-band discovered by Seo Taiji holds emotional melody and unique vocals. Vocalist Kim Jong-wan’s poignant vocals and orchestral play provide a magnificent sound. The lyrics express the difficulty of forgetting a past lover due to many wonderful memories together.

IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Kim Jong Wan
Score: 379

15. (-5) The Name – 사랑은… (Love Is)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: The Name Vol. 2 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on R&B singer The Name’s 2nd album "2nd chance to fly". This R&B ballad is written and produced by Cho Young Soo and Ahn Young Min, who wrote many hit songs for SG Wannabe, See Ya, KCM, Kim Jong Kook, and Jung Jae Wook this year.

IPB Image Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 377

16. (+4) Big Mama – Never Mind
Genre: R&B mid-tempo
Album: Big Mama Vol. 3 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on Big Mama’s 3rd album titled "For The People". "Never Mind" is a very energetic song that is filled with encouraging messages. Big Mama members will individually show their own style of music/singing. "Never Mind" is a very airy song that will have the people go on a journey from the start to end of the song. As you listen to the song, you’ll be able to get into the rhythm. It’s a fast upbeat song. "Never mind" was produced by ‘Lee Hyun-Jung, who also produced "Break Away" (2003) and "Woman" (2005).

IPB Image
Score: 372

17. (-1) Oh Jong Hyuk – 죽을만큼… (Deadly)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: Oh Jong Hyuk Vol. 1 Track 9 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Oh Jong-hyuk’s first solo album titled "Issue," this is his first album since becoming a member of the popular boy-band group Click-B. The song nicely blends his powerful vocals with a gentle R&B beat. The song expresses the heart of a man having just let go of the woman he loves.

IPB Image Music: Choi Min Suk / Lyrics: Kim Soo Hyun
Score: 345

18. (-1) Kan Mi Youn – 옛날여자 (Woman in the Past)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Kan Mi Youn Vol. 1 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Kan Mi Youn’s first solo album titled "Refreshing," this is the debut song from the former member of female vocal group Baby V.O.X. The song uses the melody from Irish folk music "O, Waly Waly," and blends it with the sound of a pan-flute in the introduction. Its sad lyrics and Kan Mi Youn’s emotional vocals nicely express innocence and pure love.

IPB Image Music: Bang Shi Hyuk / Lyrics: Yoon SaRa
Score: 344

19. (Re-entry) Lee Jung Hyun – 철수야 사랑해 (I Love You Chul Soo)
Genre: Pop / Dance
Album: :Lee Jung Hyun Vol. 6 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Lee Jung-hyun’s 6th album titled "Fantastic Girl," this dance song which blends a punky sound with interesting lyrics is written by hit-producer, Yoon Il-sang. This song is a comical story of a girl missing bad-boy Chul-soo among seven men she’s dated. Lee Jung-hyun plays the seven different characters including a cheerleader, teacher, and waitress.

IPB Image Music: Choi Joon Young / Lyrics: Yoo Ta
Score: 343

20. (Re-entry) Big Bang – La La La
Genre: R&B / Dance
Album: Big Bang 2nd single album "Big Bang is VIP" Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on BIGBANG’s second single album titled "Bigbang is V.I.P," YG’s main producer PERRY and G-dragon have written the song, which carries a cheerful tempo rhythm and a refined melody. All the members have taken part in writing the lyrics that aims to have fun.

IPB Image Music: Perry + G-Dragon / Lyrics: Big Bang
Score: 340

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15. Shin Seung Hoon – Dream of my Life
18. Paran – 내 가슴엔 네 심장이 뛰나봐 (Your Heart is Beating Inside Me)

Sources of the top 20

The sources of this top 20 chart are pretty much the same, but the weight assigned to each source may be different each week because some charts do not update weekly (e.g. MNet M!Countdown) and I assign fewer percentage when it happens. From now on, I’ll list my chart sources each week. For November week 4:

ChartKorea – 20%
Hanteo Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 20%
MNet M!Countdown + MaxMP3 chart – 20%
SBS Inky Gayo Take 7 Chart (1 week lag) – 15%
Various Internet charts (Melon, Jukeon, Dosirak, Muz, Bugs, SBS Music Park, Hanteo Gayo Chart, Ohdio) – 15%
MTV Korea – Artist & Music Charts – 5%
Gasoo appearance on gayo shows (MBC Music Core, SBS Inky Gayo, KBS Music Bank, MTV Top Choices, MTV Breakfast Club, Show! Music Tank, Pops In Seoul) – 5%