No. 1 song: SG Wannabe's "아리랑" (Arirang) remains No. 1 for the 3rd week in a row. This song also becomes the first ever song to have a perfect score of 1000, meaning that it is No. 1 on each of our sources. Before then, the closest to perfect was Ivy's "유혹의 소나타" (Temptation of Sonata) with a score of 997 on April week 1. This is very difficult to accomplish, so congrats to SG Wannabe.
Biggest Mover of the week: MC The Max's "가슴아 그만해" (My Heart Cannot Go On Like This Any Longer) jumped 27 spots to No. 6 this week. MC The Max finally returns with their 5th album. As usual, they have strong album sales to support. Their album is ranked No. 2 just behind SG Wannabe's album in sales for the past few weeks. This rock ballad is their vintage style – the more you listen, the more you like it.
Hot shot debut: We have a very high debut this week. Lexy's "하늘위로" (Up to the sky) enters the chart at No. 5. Lexy is returning to her roots of rapping on this album, and it shows on this song. There is less singing and more rapping. Previous title songs from Lexy's first 2 albums were all top 3 hits, looks like this will be another one.
New songs: We have 6 new songs and a re-entry this week.
Songs to watch out:
9. Ivy – 이럴거면 (If it is like this) – Her 5-week No. 1 song ""유혹의 소나타" (Temptation of Sonata) is off the chart this week and Ivy immediately returns to the top 10 at No. 9 with this emotional ballad. Just like her first album, Ivy shows us that she's good at both dance music and slower songs. The lyrics is written by Kang Eun Kyung, who also wrote "바본가봐" (I'm a fool) for Ivy's first album. This song is already No. 1 on MNet's M!Countdown this week.
14. Lee Juck – 다행이다 (To be fortunate) – Lee Juck moves up 18 spots to No. 14 this week with this rock ballad. As usual, most of his scores are coming from album sales, as he doesn't perform on gayo shows often. Noentheless, this is a very good song that he wrote himself.
24. Nam Gyu Ri – 깊은밤을날아서 (Flying Into Deep Night) – Up 12 spots this week. See Ya's Nam Gyu Ri is very popular among fans, and she is actively promoting this song. We should see her in the top 20 next week.
37. Viva Soul (feat. Ha Dong Kyun) – Cry – If you like commercial hip-hop, you should like this song. Viva Soul is a three men hip-hop group made up of Jood, D'low and Samuel. They have moderate success in their first album. This song is the title song of their 2nd album, featured ex-Wanted member Ha Dong Kyun. The piano accompaniment melds harmoniously with the members' rapping and Ha Dong Kyun's mid-to-low tone.
39. Turtles – 한동안뜸했었지 (Come to lull for awhile) – Turtles returned with a remake single album. This song was originally a hit by rock group 사랑과 평화 from the 1978. Turtles remakes it to their usual fun style.
47. Hun – 그맙습니다 (Thank You) – From the MBC hit drama of the same title starring Jang Hyuk and Gong Hyo Jin. This is the best drama OST song I've heard so far this year. You can sample it here.
Top 20 countdown: Be sure to check out the top 20 countdown on this chart every Friday on Big B Radio. The time is 9pm to 11pm EST.
Click on the youtube links to watch the top 20 songs' live performance or MV. You can also listen to the 1 minute sample – follow the links to melon.com and install the melon player to your computer. After that, click on the song title to listen.
Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Music: Lee Sun Woong, Choi Jin / Lyrics: Lee Sun Woong
Music: Im Chang Jung / Lyrics: Kim Chang Hwan
Music: Hwang Chan Hee / Lyrics: Wheesung
Music: Perry,용감한형제 / Lyrics: Yang Hyun Suk
6. (+27) MC The Max – 가슴아 그만해 (My Heart Cannot Go On Like This Any Longer) *** BIGGST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Genre: Rock Ballad
Watch the performance
Album: MC The Max Vol. 5 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Music: Shin In Soo / Lyrics: Yang Jae Sun
Music: Hwang Se Joon / Lyrics: Cho Eun Hee
8. (–) Suh Young Eun – 완소그대 (Completely Precious You)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Suh Young Eun Vol. 7 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Music: Moon Jung Kyu / Lyrics: Suh Young Eun
Music: Park Geun Tae / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Music: Adam Alvermak / Lyrics: Lee Ji Eun
Genre: R&B Ballad
Watch the performance
Album: Lyn Vol.4 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Music + Lyrics: Wheesung
Music: Hwang Chan Hee / Lyrics: Kim Tae Yoon
Music + Lyrics: Yoon Myung Sun
Music + Lyrics: Lee Juck
15. (-2) Yoon Gun – 사랑으로 빚진 날들 (The Days Of Being In Debt Because Of Love)
Genre: R&B ballad
Album: Yoon Gun Vol. 3 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Music: Yang Chang Ik / Lyrics: Han Kyung Hye
Music: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Music + Lyrics : Kim Jung Yoo
Music + Lyrics: Jung Yeon Joon
Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Music: Choi Ji Ho / Lyrics: Choi Min Ho
21. (+1) Kil Gun – 흔들어봐 (Shake It) : 382
22. (-8) T – 잊었니 (Did you forget?) : 359
23. (-6) Rumble Fish – Smile Again : 342
24. (+12) Nam Gyu Ri – 깊은밤을날아서 (Flying Into Deep Night) : 334
25. (-4) Lee Seung Chul – 시계 (Watch) : 326
26. (-8) Superjunior-T – 로꾸거 (Ro Ggu Guh!!!) : 315
27. (-2) Kara – Break It : 288
28. (-4) Park Hyo Shin – 미워하자 (Let's hate) : 276
29. (-3) See Ya – 미워요 (Hate You) : 269
30. (+8) The Nuts – 내 사람입니다 (This is My Person) : 262
31. (-2) BMK – 하루살이 (Day Fly) : 249
32. (-4) Gummy (drama H.I.T. OST) – 통증 (Pain) : 221
33. (-2) Monday Kiz – 남자야 (A Man) : 220
34. (–) Sei – 잘못했나요 (Is it a mistake?) : 219
35. (-5) Lee Ki Chan – 세사람 (New Person) : 218
36. (-13) K.Will – 왼쪽가슴 (Left Chest) : 217
37. (New) Viva Soul (feat. Ha Dong Kyun) – Cry : 215
38. (-1) Bobby Kim – You're My Everything : 195
39. (New) Turtles – 한동안뜸했었지 (Come to lull for awhile) : 184
40. (-13) Kim Dong Ryul – 감사 (Thank You) : 177
41. (+9) The Cross – 사랑하니까 (Because I Love You) : 167
42. (-1) Soul Town – My Lady : 155
43. (-8) In Soon Yi – 거위의꿈 (Goose's Dream) : 154
44. (-4) Position – 하루 (One Day) : 151
45. (-3) Lisa (feat. Lee Seung Chul) – 시작보다 끝이 아름다운 사랑 (Love With A Sweet Ending) : 114
46. (–) Tim – 이별앓이 (Painful Separation) : 109
47. (New) Hun – 그맙습니다 (Thank You) : 94
48. (-9) Jang Nara – 사랑부르기 (Calling Out Love) : 92
49. (Re-entry) Bank – 슬픈 선물 (Sad Gift) : 72
50. (New) Cho Sung Hoon – 시간을 지울 수 있다면 (If I can erase time) : 71
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 May week 2:
ChartKorea – 20%
Hanteo and KMDIA Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 20%
MNet M!Countdown + MaxMP3 – 20%
SBS – Inky Gayo Take 7 poll + Internet Chart + MP3 Download Chart (1 week lag) – 5%
Channel [V] Korean [V] Countdown – 5%
Various Internet charts (Melon, Jukeon, Dosirak, Muz, Bugs, Ohdio, Soribada) – 15%
Hanteo Gayo Chart – 10% (1 week lag)
Gasoo appearance on gayo shows (SBS Inky Gayo, KBS Music Bank, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, Show Music Tank, Pops In Seoul) – 5%