No. 1 song: Big Bang’s "마지막인사" (Last Greeting) is No. 1 again this week, finishing off a wonderful year for the group in which they scored three No. 1 songs and also broke our chart record for the most consecutive weeks at the top when "Lie" spent seven straight weeks there. Big Bang’s current run is one of the strongest by any gasoo in recent memory. Congratulations to Big Bang for a successful year.
Biggest Mover of the week: Underrated R&B singer Lisa is the biggest mover this week. Her song "그려봅니다" (I’m drawing) moves up 18 spots to No. 20 this week, becoming her first ever top 20 song. Lisa has received good reviews on her albums and songs ever since she debuted in 2004. Perhaps this is finally her breakthrough song.
Hot shot debut: This year we already have Yang Pa and Park Jin Young who came back after a long six-years hiatus and became very successful again. We have a 3rd one this week. Project group Toy’s (led by musician Yoo Hee Yeol) first release since 2001 has been surprisingly successful – Toy’s 6th album "Thank You" has topped the album sales chart for almost 3 weeks now. The title song "뜨거운안녕" (A Passionate Goodbye) made an impressive debut at No. 5 this week. It was the summer of 2001 when we last heard of Toy. They had a big hit "좋은 사람" (One Good Person) back then, which was sung by Kim Hyung Joong, who later debuted as a solo singer. This time, "Hot Farewell" features the vocal of Lee Ji Hyung.
New songs: The last chart of this year still have a lot of new songs. We have 10 brand new songs this week.
Songs to watch out:
3. SG Wannabe – 첫눈 (First Snow) – Their songs are always around the top, including this latest hit which moves up 7 spots to No. 3. It is a perfect winter ballad. This song may become our first No. 1 song in 2008.
9. F.T Island – 너올때까지 (Until you come) – Making a last push for the new artiste award, F.T Island released a special album titled "Refreshment" in early December. This is the title song and it’s our 2nd highest debut this week at No. 9. F.T Island teamed up with Vibe’s Ryu Jae Hyun again on this song. Ryu wrote their No. 1 song "사랑앓이" (Love Sick) earlier this year.
15. Voice One – 니가내린다 (You are bringing it down) – Jang Hye Jin’s project group has its first top 20 hit. She teamed up with her students Monday Kiz and Ilak to produce this song. Last year, Voice One also released a single "Love Actually" that did not get a lot of coverage. This time it is different as the group actually performed on gayo shows. That always helps the popularity of the song and as a result, it is a top 20 hit.
17. Lee Seung Ki – 아직 못다한 이야기 (Unfinished story) – Releasing a repackaged version of an album has become a new trend in k-pop now. This song comes from Lee Seung Ki’s 3rd album repackaged version. This new version doesn’t have a lot of exposure but that has not affected the popularity of this song. Kim Do Hoon wrote this song for Lee Seung Ki, as they teamed up again for the second time. Last year, Lee Seung Ki’s "하기힘든말" (Words hard to tell) was also written by Kim Do Hoon.
23. ERU – 겨울나기 (Feeling Winter) – ERU’s 2nd hit on his last album was "흰눈" (White Snow) which was tailor-made for winter. The 2nd hit of his current album also has the same feel. His previous hit "둘이라서" (Because it’s the two of us) fell far short of expectations. Let’s see if this song can do better.
24. Wonder Girls – 이 바보 (This Fool) – "Tell Me" is finally off the chart after a long stay. Their newest song is again a cute dance hit. Like F.T Island, Wonder Girls aew also making a final push for the year end award. Having another hit certain helps their case.
30. Min Kyung Hoon – 슬픈 바보 (Sad Fool) – Former lead vocalist of Buzz has his first solo hit. The style is very close to Buzz’s songs. Min Kyung Hoon already had a lot of fans in his days with Buzz. His 1st album is doing well on the sales chart and this song has a very good chance to become our biggest mover on the next chart issue in two weeks.
37. PK Heman (feat. Lee Ji Hye) – 못잊어 (Can’t Forget) – PK Heman is perhaps the first hip-hop singer who is focusing on hip-hop ballads. He already teamed up with Lee Ji Hye on his digital single "Evergreen" earlier this year. This song is from his first full album "Lover". It samples Mendelssohn’s "Spring Song". Lee Ji Hye’s crystal clear vocal adds to the song’s poignancy. The music video stars Kim Ji Hoon and Ko Na Eun star as lovers who can’t forget each other.
39. The Name – 그녀를 찾아주세요 (Please Find Her) – A highly recommended song which draws comparison to ERU’s "Black Glasses" by having a female vocal near the end of the song. This is a sad ballad which fits The Name’s husky voice. Vibe’s Yoon Min Soo wrote this song for The Name, who had a top 10 hit "I Love You" last year and is looking for another hit with this song.
This is the last chart of 2007 and we have completed the 3rd year of this weekly music chart. We won’t have a chart for next week as we are bringing you the results of the 2007 soompi gayo award show. We’ll count down the year-end top-20 songs and announce all the award winners. You can even watch the show thru a video podcasting. BTW, if you haven’t vote for your favorite singers, please do so here. The deadline for voting will be December 26 11:59 EST.
In 2008, some of the chart scoring criteria will change. We are hoping to get a more accurate ranking system which timely reflects the popularity of the most current k-pop songs. I will explain in more detail on the first chart release of 2008 in two weeks.
I also like to take this opportunity to thank the following members who have helped me in the past year to make this chart posting possible:
purpletiger86, motoway065 – new album previews plus translations
~S2~, La’MISS:fairy, jess1tym4life – artiste of the week
Aziraphale, saharial – editing
elavndrc – chart count down on Big B Radio during this summer, it was quite an experience!
Last but not least, thanks to all our readers of this weekly post. I appreciate your support, and wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
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Music + Lyrics: Kim Do Hoon
21. (-2) Koyote – 사랑공식 (Love Formula) : 326
22. (–) Brown Eyed Soul – My Story : 312
23. (New) ERU – 겨울나기 (Feeling Winter) : 302
24. (New) Wonder Girls – 이 바보 (This Fool) : 288
25. (+14) Yurisangja – 12월의로망스 (Romance in December) : 287
26. (-8) Sung Shi Kyung – 한번더이별 (Break Up One More Time) : 283
27. (-10) Shin Hye Sung – 지우고, 버리고, 잊어도… (Erase, Abandon, Forget) : 274
28. (-8) Drunken Tiger – 8:45 Heaven : 264
29. (New) Kim Kyung Ho – 습관 (Habit) : 245
30. (New) Min Kyung Hoon – 슬픈 바보 (Sad Fool) : 235
31. (-15) Kim Jo Han – 사랑이늦어서미안해 (Sorry For The Love Being Late) : 225
32. (-6) Jang Yoon Jung – 첫사랑 (First Love) : 221
33. (-12) Cho Shin Sung – 안녕 (Goodbye) : 208
34. (+1) Wheesung – 다쳐도 좋아 (It’s okay if I get hurt) : 205
35. (-3) Anyband – Promise You : 204
36. (-8) Lee Soo Young – 남자를 모르고 (Don’t Know Men) : 196
37. (New) PK Heman (feat. Lee Ji Hye) – 못잊어 (Can’t Forget) : 192
38. (-7) M To M – 못된남자 (Evil Man) : 179
39. (New) The Name – 그녀를 찾아주세요 (Please Find Her) : 178
40. (-15) Tim – 사랑한만큼 (As much as I love) : 168
41. (-4) Maybee – 못난이 (Fool) : 154
42. (-2) Lucid Fall – 사람이었네 (You were a person) : 152
43. (New) Yein – 어쩌다가 2 (By Chance 2) : 139
44. (-2) W7 Project – 사랑이 내려요 (Love is coming down) : 134
45. (New) Tia – 거짓말이라도 (Even though it’s a lie) : 128
46. (-16) J – 열흘만 (Just Ten Days) : 125
47. (-3) Kim Mi Ryeo – 나를 만나다 (Meet Myself) : 120
48. (-14) Yang Dong Geun – 나는나뻐 (I’m Bad) : 102
49. (-16) Suh Young Eun – 아름다운구속 (Beautiful Restriction) : 96
50. (-9) Byul – 가슴은 아니까 (The Heart Knows) : 91
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 December week 4:
ChartKorea – 20%
Hanteo and KMDIA Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 20%
MNet M!Countdown + Cable Airplay – 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, SBS Music Space, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, KMTV Show Music Tank, Pops In Seoul) – 5%