No. 1 song: See Ya's "사랑의인사" (Love Greeting) finally moves up to the top spot on its 4th try. This song is No. 1 on M!Countdown, total airplay, and overall internet rankings. It marks the second No. 1 song for See Ya. They also reached the top on their debut song "Scent of a Woman" last year.
Biggest Mover of the week: Tony An (feat. SAT)'s "Melody" had a nice rebound this week, moving up 15 spots to No. 12. The song was in the top 20 two weeks ago, but dropping last week. This week, the song was ranked in the top 10 in M!Countdown and it helped this big move.
Hot shot debut: MC The Max's "눈물" (Tears) debuted straight into the top 10 at No. 8. This is the follow up song to their No. 1 hit "가슴아 그만해" (My Heart Cannot Go On Like This Any Longer). The song is more up-tempo, perhaps the first non-rock ballad that the trio has promoted as a single. MC The Max has also released a re-packaged version of their 5th album named "Vol. 5 Part II" recently, and it certainly helps this song.
New songs: We have a lot of new songs this week – 12 brand new songs and 3 re-entries:
Songs to watch out:
3. F.T Island – 사랑앓이 (Painful Love) – narrowly missed No. 2 and perhaps will challange See Ya for the top spot next week. These 5 teenagers are gaining popularity quickly, and they are impressive in their live performances. Looks like they are going to be one of the top new singers this year.
11. J (feat. Lee Jung) – 눈물로 (With tears) – moves up to the edge of the top 10. One of the best duets in a long time. J's smooth voice coupled with Lee Jung's strong vocal are making good chemistry to this song. In my opinion, this song is better than J's duet with Howl last year "Perhaps Love".
18. Youn Ha – 연애조건 (Love Term) – "Secret Number 486" is off the chart this week, but Youn Ha did not miss a beat as she immediately comes back with a follow up song. Unlike "Auditon" and "Secret Number 486", this song is of slower tempo, but Youn Ha continues to show a strong vocal. Like MC The Max, Youn Ha also released a re-packaged album recently that should help this song.
22. Kara – 맘에 들면 (If You Wanna) – It is pretty safe to say this song's popularity should exceed their debut song "Break It". Recently their 1st album also appears on the top 20 in Hanteo's weekly sales chart for the first time since its release a few months ago. Looks like fans prefer this song as well.
26. Brown Eyed Girls (feat. Lee Jae Hoon) – 오아시스 (Oasis) – BEG is back with a digital single, a summer style mid-tempo song as a tune up to their soon-to-be-released 2nd album. They got the perfect helper by featuring ex-Cool member Lee Jae Hoon, who had so many summer style hit songs in the past. BEG has a similar hit song "Hold The Line" last summer. Let see if this song will be as successful. The music video, shot in Jeju Island, shows the Brown Eyed Girls looking fresh and cool on a summer vacation.
32. Bobby Kim – 일년을 하루같이 (One Year One Day Together) – Featured on SBS drama "War of Money", one of the most successful mini-series this year. This song is from the 2nd OST – Vol. 1.5 (this drama has 2 OSTs). The song has gained its points on various internet rankings. With the drama reaching its final episodes, the song should move higher in the next few weeks.
33. Soulstar (feat. Baek Ji Young) – 우리가 이별할 때 (When we separate) – Another good duet on the chart. This digital single is a nice R&B ballad. Soulstar has been very underrated. Baek Ji Young's popularity should help them in gaining more recognition. Besides Baek Ji Young, Soulstar has also been performing this song with Lee Young Hyun (Big Mama), and with Lyn. Listeners can decide which version they like best.
34. MC Mong (feat. Kim Tae Woo) – So Fresh – we can call this digital single "I Love U Oh Thank U Part II" with the same lineup. This song is of faster beat, but still a hip-hop ballad. Kim Tae Woo is in the army now so he won't be able to perform with MC Mong. May be that's the reason we haven't seen MC Mong coming out to perform this song on gayo shows yet.
35. Kim Dong Wan – 손수건 (Handkerchief) – perhaps the debut song with the most potential of moving up despite its lower ranking this week. This is Shinhwa member Kim Dong Wan's solo debut. Like Hye Sung and Jun Jin, Dong Wan chooses a ballad as a title song for his solo debut. His album was just released last week and this song already made it to our chart. It should be in the top 10 pretty soon. The music video of this song was shot in Busan and stars Kang Sung-jin, Yoo Gun, Lim Sung-un and the artist himself. Dong Wan plays a bad cop who's mean but has a warm side.
50. Ri Ri Band – 슈퍼에갔어 (Went to the supermarket) – A recommended song. This new modern rock band is fronted by actress Chu So Young as lead singer. Korean fans are quite receptive to female fronted rock bands. Let see if they can make a name for themselves.
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: Kim Do Hoon + Lee Sang Ho / Lyrics: Hwang Sung Jin + Lee Ji Eun
Music: Park Keun Tae / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Music + Lyrics: Ryu Jae Hyun
Music + Lyrics: Lee Ssang
Music + Lyrics: Kim Sung Hoon
Music: Dynamic Duo / Lyrics: Dynamic Duo + Naul
Music: Park Geun Tae + Kim Tae Hyun / Lyrics: Wheesung
Music: Choi Hwa Jun / Lyrics: Choi Jini
Music: Morning Musume's "Love Revolution21" / Lyrics: Hong Ji Yoo
Music + Lyrics: Kenzie
Genre: R&B ballad
Watch the performance
Album: J digital single Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Music: Han Sang Won / Lyrics: Lee Dong Soo, Jung Sung Pil
Music: Richard Silva / Lyrics: Lee Sang Baek
Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Music: Perry,용감한형제 / Lyrics: Yang Hyun Suk
Music: The Name / Lyrics: Wheesung
16. (+7) Brown Eyes – 이 노래 (This song)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: Brown Eyes – The Very Best of Brown Eyes: Take A Favorite Track 16 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Music: Naul, Sung Hoon / Lyrics: Cho Eun Hee, Naul
Music + Lyrics: Lee Juck
Music: Hwang Chan Hee / Lyrics: Kim Yi Jin
Music + Lyrics: Shin Min Wok
Music: Im Chang Jung / Lyrics: Kim Chang Hwan
21. (–) Banana Girl – 쵸콜렛 (Chocolate) : 331
22. (New) Kara – 맘에 들면 (If You Wanna) : 318
23. (-7) Byul – 미워도좋아 (Don't care if you hate it) : 298
24. (+5) JED (feat. Lim Chang Jung) – 사랑의 숲에서 길을 잃다 (Lost in love forest) : 283
25. (-5) Battle – 말해 (Tell Me) : 278
26. (New) Brown Eyed Girls (feat. Lee Jae Hoon) – 오아시스 (Oasis) : 245
27. (Re-entry) Ji Eun – 어제와다른오늘 (Yesterday different from today) : 225
28. (-4) V.O.S.+ Hyun Joon (Monday Kiz) – 나 이젠 (I Now) : 216
29. (+1) The One – 사랑아 (Love) : 193
30. (-5) T – 검은 행복 (Black Happiness) : 192
31. (+14) Jang Yoon Jung – 어부바 (Piggyback) : 190
32. (New) Bobby Kim – 일년을 하루같이 (One Year One Day Together) : 185
33. (New) Soulstar (feat. Baek Ji Young) – 우리가 이별할 때 (When we separate) : 179
34. (New) MC Mong (feat. Kim Tae Woo) – So Fresh : 171
35. (New) Kim Dong Wan – 손수건 (Handkerchief) : 161
36. (+10) Son Dam Bi – Cry Eye : 160
37. (+5) Tei – 눈물에 잠기다 (Locked up in tears) : 150
38. (-7) Pia – Black Fish Swim : 149
39. (Re-entry) YB – 사랑했어요 (Loved You) : 145
40. (-7) Wonder Girls – 미안한 마음 ~tears~ (Sorry feeling ~tears~) : 144
41. (+5) 2NB – 여자이니까 (Because I'm a Woman) : 132
42. (-7) H2歌人 – 사랑해 또 행복해 (I Love You And I'm Happy) : 131
43. (New) Veil – Radio : 122
44. (-5) Lee Jae Won – I'm so hot : 121
45. (-7) Park Hyo Shin – 미워하자 (Let's hate) : 120
46. (-9) Kim Jong Seo – I Love You : 114
47. (New) Koo Jung Hyun – 그러니까 (That's why) : 109
48. (Re-entry) Viva Soul – Cry : 99
49. (New) Evan – Eternal Sunshine : 96
50. (New) Ri Ri Band – 슈퍼에갔어 (Went to the supermarket) : 92
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 July week 2:
ChartKorea – 20%
Hanteo and KMDIA Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 20%
MNet M!Countdown – 20%
SBS – Inky Gayo Take 7 poll + Internet Chart + MP3 Download Chart (1 week lag) – 10%
Various Internet charts (Melon, Jukeon, Dosirak, MNet, Muz, Bugs, Ohdio, Soribada) – 15%
Hanteo Gayo Chart – 10% (1 week lag)
Gasoo appearance on gayo shows (MBC Show! Music Core, SBS Inky Gayo, KBS Music Bank, MNet M!Countdown, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, Show Music Tank, Channel[V] A-Live "Big Day Out 네번째 REAL LIVE, Pops In Seoul) – 5%