Summary for January week 3 chart:
No. 1 song: Brian’s "가지마" (Don’t Go) remains No. 1 for the 2nd week in a row, holding off another challenger moving from No. 19 in the previous week – ERU’s "흰눈" (White Snow). The song’s score also improves from 702 last week to 806 this week, and is looking strong to stay in No. 1 for another week. But the competition is very strong.
Co-Biggest Movers of the week: There are 2 songs moving up 17 spots this week. As mentioned above, ERU’s "흰눈" (White Snow) is one of the songs. This "made for winter" song has matched the No. 2 spot on his previous hit "까만안경" (Black Glasses), and is moving up much faster, definitely a threat to challange Brian for the top spot next week.
The other song moving up 17 spots is Battle’s debut song "Crash", from No. 31 to No. 14. The highly anticipated new boy band finally get their breaks this week, with more appearance on music shows, they are gaining more fans each week.
Hot shot debut: Big Bang’s "Dirty Cash" finally made it into our chart this week at No. 26, replacing "Goodbye Baby". This is the title song from their first official full album. Big Bang has released 3 singles prior to this album with huge success. This song should be moving up the charts fast.
New songs: A relatively quiet week in terms of new songs, we only have 3 brand new songs and 1 re-entry in the top 50. That’s typical for the beginning of the year.
Songs to watch out:
3. The Nuts – 잔소리 (Scolded) – After a disappointing week in which they stay put at No. 12, this song moves up 9 big spots to No. 3 this week, and its score is not far away from the No. 1 song. Count on this song to be part of the No. 1 battle next week.
5. Kim Ah Joong – MARIA (from movie 200 Pounds Beauty) – As expected, this song is in the top 10 now. With the movie going over 5 million in attendance, and the soundtrack also recording good sales numbers, the only thing missing is whether Kim Ah Joong will come out to perform this song. If she does, this is a potential No. 1 song.
7. Lee Seung Chul – 하얀새 (White Bird) – Just like "Scolded" from The Nuts, this song has a disappointed showing last week, but rebounded big time this week by moving up 13 spots to No. 7. Lee Seung Chul’s 8th album "Reflection of Sound" is still a top 10 seller in the album sales chart, it should help this song to move further up.
13. Shin Hye Sung & Lyn – 사랑후에 (After Love) – This song certainly doesn’t suffer in its 2nd week on the chart, moving up 13 spots this week to No. 13. A good winter song with an all-star collobration and we should see them in the top 10 next week.
32. KCM – 안녕 (Goodbye) – A new digital single by KCM. Again, he teams up with Cho Young Soo and Ahn Young Min on this song. But it is different from previous KCM songs which was more emotional. This ballad is a smooth one from beginning to end.
New feature: I am adding youtube links on the top 20 songs, whether it is a performance or a music video. However, not all songs are available on youtube.
To listen to the 1 minute sample, you need to follow the links to melon.com and install the melon player to your computer. After that, click on the song title to listen.
YesAsia: Featured on Brain’s first solo album "The Brian". This song is an R&B ballad that reminds us of many hits from Fly To The Sky. The vocalist’s experience in performing smooth ballads and beat-filled numbers comes in handy on this highly anticipated release which is heavy on acoustic sounds.
Music + Lyrics: Ha Jung Ho
Arirang TV: Included on Eru’s second album. The richly emotional ballad was written by the artist himself. The lyrics are about a man who misses his girl friend on a snowy day. The music video was shot in Sapporo, Japan.
Music: Lee Joo Ho / Lyrics: ERU
Arirang TV: Featured on The Nuts’ second album titled "WHISPERS OF LOVE," this ballad song with poignant lyrics comes after a two-year hiatus. Actor Ji Hyun-woo plays the guitar in this rock-band. The song is about the heartache of love and separation. All the memories of love is like getting a scolding while feeling sorry for a love that will soon be forgotten.
Music: Lee Seung Ho / Lyrics: Han Sung Ho
Arirang TV: Included on SS501’s first album entitled, "SS501 S.T 01 Now." With a strong hip hop rhythm, the funky, catchy pop song highlights the voices of each of the members. The lyrics are about how to seduce the woman you love in four different steps.
Music + Lyrics: Han Sang Won
Arirang TV:Included on the OST of "200 Pound Beauty." LOVEHOLIC’s bassist and musical director of the film Lee Jae-hak arranged the Blondie hit to use in the film. The music video is made up of clips from the movie.
Music: Blondie’s "Maria" / Lyrics: Kim Ah Joong
edward1849: This is one of the three new songs featured on SG Wannabe’s best hit album "The Precious History". It is a collaboration song with Vibe that is packed with the harmony voices of the two groups’ united 5 vocalists. The song is also written by Vibe’s Ryu Jae Hyun.
Music + Lyrics: Ryu Jae Hyun
7. (+13) Lee Seung Chul – 하얀새 (White Bird)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Lee Seung Chul Vol. 8 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Arirang TV: Featured on Lee Seung-chul’s 8th album titled "Reflection of Sound," this song’s large-scale arrangement produced an elegant melody with Ha Rim’s harmonica sound and Jang Woo-ri’s cello accompaniment. Lee Seung-chul wrote the lyrics to the song based on an illusion of a woman depicted as a white bird flying up to the sky.
Music: Lee Seung Chul / Lyrics: Lee Hyun Seung
8. (+7) MC Mong (feat. Lisa [English ver.], Maybee [Korean ver.]) – 너에게 쓰는 편지 Part 2 (A Letter Written To You Part 2)
Watch the performance
Album: MC Mong Vol. 3 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
edward1849: Featured on MC Mong’s 3rd album titled "The Way I Am". This song is the sequel of "A Letter Written To You" (feat. Lyn) from MC Mong’s 1st album. The song has 2 versions, the English version featuring Lisa of the Japanese group M-FLO, and the Korean version featuring Maybee, which MC Mong is performing right now.
Music: Kim Gun Woo / Lyrics: MC Mong, Lisa (English), Maybee (Korean)
9. (-1) Wax – 사랑이다그런거니까 (Because Love is Like That)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Wax Vol. 6 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Arirang TV: Featured on Wax’s sixth album titled "Love Is Like That," this song gained wide attention through its music video, which stars actress Hwang Soo-jung. The song’s lonesome keyboard play is in perfect harmony with Wax’s appealing vocals. It is a poignant ballad which sings about accepting the hardships of separation.
Music: Choi Joon Young / Lyrics: Lim Ki Hoon
Arirang TV: From Son Ho-young’s 1st solo album, "YES." The lyrics of the medium-tempo ballad was written by Son Ho-young, himself, and the heart-breaking melody and lyrics are extraordinary. Sohn Ho-young starred in the music video, and the much talked-about underwater kissing scene is about the longing and sadness of Son Ho-young’s character for his dead girlfriend.
Music: Lee Hyun Wook / Lyrics: Son Ho Young
Genre: R&B Ballad
Watch the performance
Album: Gavy NJ Vol. 2 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Music + Lyrics: Kim Se Jin
Music + Lyrics: Yoon Jong Shin
Music: Shin In Soo / Lyrics: Shim Jae Hee
Music: Park Chan Geun / Lyrics: Jang Joon Ho
Music + Lyrics: Lee Young Hyun
16. (-6) Maya – 나를외치다 (Crying Out Loud)
Genre: Rock Ballad
Album: Maya Vol. 3 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Music + Lyrics: Lee Won Suk
Music: Kim Sung Ho / Lyrics: Lee Doo Hun
Music + Lyrics: Lee Yoon Jae
Music + Lyrics: Jun Young Rok
Music: Ahn Sung Il / Lyrics: Jun Hye Young
22. (-16) SG Wannabe/Brown Eyed Girls – Must Have Love : 405
23. (-19) Kim Tae Woo – 하고싶은 말 (Words That I Want To Say) : 400
24. (-1) Jang Yoon Jung – 이따,이따요 (Later, Later) : 398
25. (-4) S.101 – 바람만바람만 (Only Wind, Only Wind) : 394
26. (New) Big Bang – Dirty Cash : 385 *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
27. (-22) Jang Woo Hyuk (feat. Esther) – 폭풍속으로 (One Way) : 358
28. (+9) Kan Jong Wook – 약한남자 (Weak Man) : 328
29. (-2) Im Jae Bum & Tei – 겨울이오면 (If Winter Comes) : 326
30. (-8) Lee Seung Hwan – 어떻게사랑이그래요 (How can love be that way) : 287
31. (+11) Park Sang Min – 울지마요 (Don’t Cry) : 266
32. (New) KCM – 안녕 (Goodbye) : 253
33. (-3) Lee Hyori (with Lee Jun Ki) – ANYSTAR : 244
34. (+1) Bada – 고 고 고 (Go Go Go) : 238
35. (-1) Superjunior KRY – 한 사람만을 (For One Person) : 234
36. (+3) Kai – 몹쓸 거짓말 (Bad Lie) : 212
37. (-8) SM Town – Snow Dream : 203
38. (+3) Kim Hyun Chul – 결혼도못하고 (Not being able to marry) : 202
39. (New) Seo Moon Tak – 가거라 사랑아 (Go Away Love) : 196
40. (–) Jaurim – You and me : 191
41. (-8) Nell – 마음을잃다 (Losing one’s mind) : 175
42. (–) Choi Jae Hoon – 고마워요 (Thank You) : 173
43. (-5) Bae Sul Gi – One By One : 165
44. (-12) Yurisangja – 기억력 (Memory) : 161
45. (-1) Byul – 물풍선 (Water Balloon) : 157
46. (-10) CSJH The Grace – 열정 (My Everything) : 144
47. (–) Wheesung – 손톱달 (Fingernail Moon) : 137
48. (+2) Yoon Ha – Audition : 128
49. (-3) Xing – In Your Hands : 123
50. (Re-entry) Paran – 내 가슴엔 네 심장이 뛰나봐 (Your Heart Is Beating Inside Me) : 122
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 January week 3:
ChartKorea – 20%
Hanteo and KMDIA Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 20%
MNet M!Countdown + MaxMP3 Internet chart – 20%
SBS Inky Gayo Take 7 Chart (1 week lag) – 15%
Various Internet charts (Melon, Jukeon, Dosirak, Muz, Bugs, SBS Music Park, MTV Korea, Ohdio) – 15%
Hanteo Gayo Chart – 5%
Gasoo appearance on gayo shows (MBC Show! Music Core, SBS Inky Gayo, KBS Music Bank, MBC Kim Dong Ryul For You, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, Show Music Tank, Various MTV Korea Programs, Pops In Seoul) – 5%