Weekly Music Chart 2008 – November week 5


1. (+1) Kim Jong Kook – 어제보다 오늘 더 (Today More Than Yesterday) *** 2 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Score: 974
Genre: Pop Ballad

KimJongKook5Music: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Sang Ho / Lyrics: Yoon Sa Ra
Album: Kim Jong Kook Vol. 5 Track 4 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Kim Jong Kook remains on top this week with "Today More Than Yesterday". Before going into the military, Kim had three successive No. 1 songs in "One Man", "Walking From The Same Place", and "You Are Lovely".  He released his 4th album right before he entered the army and was unable to perform.  This song is a great comeback for him as he proved that he has not lost any popularity during his absence. Congratulations.




2. (+8) Big Bang – 붉은 노을 (Sunset Glow)
Score: 931
Genre: R&B / Dance

BigBang2Music: G-Dragon, Teddy, Lee Young Hoon / Lyrics: G-Dragon, Lee Young Hoon
Album: Big Bang Vol. 2 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Moving up fast to No. 2 is Big Bang’s latest hit "Sunset Glow". It is the title track of their 2nd full-length album "Remember". The song was originally sung by Lee Moon Sae and had been remade by different singers.  Big Bang’s version offers a different feel as they incorporated their R&B, hip-hop dance style into the song.  There is a very good chance that this song will become our new No. 1 next week.



3. (+6) Brown Eyed Girls – My Style  
Score: 762
Genre: Pop / Dance

MyStyleMusic: Lee Min Soo / Lyrics: Kim Yi Na
Album: Brown Eyed Girls digital single "My Style (Hidden Track)" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: What a fruitful year for Brown Eyed Girls. The quartet went from underrated to major stardom this year and now have another top 3 hit "My Style".  "L.O.V.E" and "How" both went to No. 1 and this song is getting close as well.  Besides Wonder Girls, no other female group has done better than Brown Eyed Girls on this chart in 2008.



4. (–) Wheesung – 별이 지다.. (Star Is Setting..)
Score: 750
Genre: R&B Ballad

Wheesungmini08Music: Park Geun Tae, Jun Goon / Lyrics: Wheesung
Album: Wheesung mini-album "With My Heart And Soul" Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Staying steady this week is one of the best male vocalists in Korea. Wheesung is known for his golden voice and is in full display again with this new R&B song from his latest mini-album "With My Heart And Soul". Singer Lee Hyori is featured in the MV. Lately we haven’t heard a lot of pure R&B songs, but this is one. Check it out if you like this style of music.



5. (–) Shinee – 아.미.고 (Amigo)
Score: 727
Genre: R&B / Dance

Shinee1RMusic: JV, Gabe, Lopez / Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin

Album: Shinee Vol. 1 (repackaged) Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Staying at No.5 is SHINee’s new single Amigo. The title comes with a double meaning. In Spanish, the title means "friend", and in Korean, it is a shortened version of "You suffer if you love a beautiful woman". Once again a collaboration with Xperimental Music, Amigo is a groovy, beat-heavy dance track written by Yoo Young Jin, who also wrote the group’s earlier The SHINee World (doo-bop) and ROMANTIC. (credits to YesAsia)



6. (-3) Wonder Girls – Nobody  
Score: 694
Genre: Retro Pop / Dance

TrilogyMusic + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: Wonder Girls: The Wonder Years: Trilogy Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This track took a 60s and 70s Motown girl-group sound and infused it with a contemporary sensibility. It melds soul music with a trendy hip-hop beat. The song repeats "If not you, I don’t want anyone else" and is about a love that does not welcome separation. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



7. (-5) Bi – Rainism
Score: 692
Genre: Pop / Dance

Bi5Music: Bi, Bae Jin Ryul / Lyrics: Bi
Album: Bi Vol. 5 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Featured in Rain’s 5th album "Rainism", this synth-pop style dance track is led by an intense, repetitive beat. Rain wrote the music and lyrics for the song. The music video shows a performance by Rain that has a mysterious and surreal vibe. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



8. (-2) Epik High – 1분 1초 (One Minute One Second)   
Score: 503
Genre: Hip Hop

LovescreamMusic: Tablo / Lyrics: Tablo, Mithra Jin
Album: Epik High mini-album "Lovescream" Track 6 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the representative track for Epik High’s small "LOVESCREAM" album. With a soft melody and sensual pop style, the song also features a gentle piano sound that ups the emotional vibe. It’s about being unable to not miss a former love for even a minute or a second. The music video uses a rewind technique and presents some powerful scenes. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



9. (-1) Son Dam Bi – 미쳤어 (Become Crazy)  
Score: 486
Genre: Pop / Dance

SonDamBimini2Music: Brave Brothers / Lyrics: Eric

Son Dam Bi Mini Album Vol. 2 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: The title track of Son Dam-bi’s second mini-album, this dance song is a combination of retro and modern sounds that create a dreamlike mood. Eric’s rap adds charm to the song. The music video of "Crazy" shows the sexy Son Dam-bi performing a unique dance. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



10. (+14) Baek Chan (duet Lee Soo Young) – 무슨 사랑이 그래요 (What Kind Of Love Is This)   
Score: 422
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Baek Chan single "What Kind Of Love Is This" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: I thought this song would make it to my weekly bonus track one day.  It’s already doing much better than expected as it needed only 2 weeks to reach the top 10. This oldie-style song is a duet between 8Eight’s Baek Chan and ballad queen Lee Soo Young.  Baek Chan is the rapper of 8Eight, and we are all surprised of his vocal skills in this song.  His voice also fits very well with Lee Soo Young’s.  One of the best duets I’ve heard this year.



11. (-4) DBSG – 주문 (Mirotic)   
Score: 415
Genre: Pop / Dance

DBSG4Music: Sigvardt, Mikkel / Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin
DBSG Vol. 4 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the representative track for TVXQ!’s 4th album, "Mirotic", which was named as such to refer to music that draws you in and captivates you like a maze. It’s a very modern dance song with reverse beats. The lyrics are about falling for a girl at first sight and trying to win her over by seducing her with intense gazes, as if casting a spell on her. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



12. (+4) Untouchable (feat. Hwa Yobi) – It’s Okay  
Score: 393
Genre: Hip-hop / R&B Ballad

Album: Untouchable digital single "It’s Okay" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: The latest hit from the reality TV Show "We Got Married" continues to move up.  This song is the theme song of the couple of Hwanhee and Hwa Yobi, who fittingly is the vocalist behind the rapping by Untouchable. 



13. (+24) Baek Ji Young – 총 맞은 것처럼 (Like You Got Shot By A Gun) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK *** 
Score: 385
Genre: Pop Ballad

BaekJiYoung7Music + Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk
Album: Baek Ji Young Vol. 7 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Coming back from vocal cord surgery, Baek Ji Young traded her signature husky voice for a pure crystal tone and released her 7th album "Sensibility".  Since switching from Latin dance to ballads two albums ago, Baek Ji Young has enjoyed great success.  "Like You Got Shot Bu A Gun" is a sentimental ballad written by "Hitmen" Bang Shi Hyuk.  The song has already topped most internet charts in Korea, which usually translates to being No. 1 here as well.



14. (-2) W & Whale – RPG Shine
Score: 353
Genre: Alternative Rock

HardboiledMusic: Bae Young Joon, Han Jae Won / Lyrics: Bae Young Joon, Whale
Album: W & Whale Vol. 1 Track 6 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the representative track for W&Whale’s "Hardboiled". The band W incorporated female vocalist Whale and released this album. The song features a light rock beat and electronic sounds. A captivating voice and dreamy melody make for a fantasy-like combination. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



15. (-3) Son Ho Young – I Know
Score: 339
Genre: Pop / Dance

Son Ho Young Vol. 2 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This dance track, which harmonizes piano sounds with machine sounds, is the representative song of Son Ho-young’s 2nd album, "Returns." It’s got an addictive melody and showcases Son Ho-young’s abundance of emotion, which he’s known for. Singer Tim and actor Jang Geun-suk appear in the music video. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



16. (+9) Kim Dong Wan (duet Younha) – 약속 (Promise)
Score: 335
Genre: Pop Ballad

KimDongWanPromiseMusic: Konan / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Album: Kim Dong Wan mini-album Promise Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Before entering military service, Kim Dong Wan released a mini-album as a gift to his fans.  Title song Promise is a moving duet ballad with Younha that talks about the feelings of a couple before bidding each other farewell.  Dong Wan was able to make several appearances on stage with this song before his enlistment.  He will be missed for the next 2 years.



17. (-4) Tae Yeon – 들리나요 (Can You Hear Me: MBC Drama Beethoven Virus OST)
Score: 321
Genre: Pop Ballad

BeethovenVirusOSTMusic: Lee Sang Joon / Lyrics: Im Bo Kyung
Album: MBC Drama "Beethoven Virus" OST Track 7 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: The O.S.T. of the TV drama "Beethoven Virus". Tae-yeon’s heart-moving vocals harmonize perfectly with the sad melody. The song’s lyrics depict the sadness of love, while its music video of the song shows scenes from the drama. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



18. (New) See Ya – 그 사람 (구두3) (Shoe III) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 324
Genre: R&B Ballad

SeeYa3Music: Minuki / Lyrics: Won Tae Yeon
Album: See Ya Vol. 3 Track 10 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Already the third hit song from See Ya’s "Shoe" series. "Shoe II" was a No. 1 song earlier this year.  Cho Young Soo wrote "Shoe I", Park Geun Tae wrote "Shoe II".  This time, another famous songwriter, Minuki, wrote "Shoe III".  See Ya are returning to their famailiar style of R&B ballad after venturing into dance music on their last hit "Hot Girl".



19. (+2) SG Wannabe & Kim Jong Wook – 운명을 거슬러 (Opposed By Fate: MBC Drama "East Of Eden" OST)
Score: 249
Genre: R&B Ballad

EastofEdenOSTMusic: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min

Album: MBC Drama "East Of Eden" OST Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: One of the most anticipated dramas in 2008, "East Of Eden" stars Song Seung Hun, Lee Da Hae, Yeon Jung Hoon, Lee Yeon Hee, and Han Ji Hye.  The megacast extends to the drama OST as well, and the title song "Opposed By Fate" is a duet between SG Wannabe and rising star Kim Jong Wook.  Top songwriter Cho Young Soo, who has written hit songs for both SG Wannabe and Kim Jong Wook this year, is in charge of this R&B ballad. 



20. (+10) Can – 날보러와요 (Come See Me)
Score: 236
Genre: Pop / Dance

Can Vol. 7 Track 4 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: The duo Can return to the top 20 for the first time in 5 years.  Celebrating their 10th anniversary in the business, Can released their 7th album recently.  The last time they hit the top 20 was with "Autumn of My Life" from the "Piano" drama OST. Can are known for their oldie-style pop, dance, and rock music.  "Come See Me" is of no exception.  The song even has a bit of trot feel in it.






21. (New) Miss S (feat. Nam Gyu Ri) – 바람 피지마 (Don’t Have An Affair) : 234
22. (New) Eun Ji Won – Dangerous : 225
23. (+12) Lee Soo Young – 이런 여자 (This Kind Of Woman) : 224
24. (-1) Goofy – 사랑은 없다 (No Love) : 212
25. (-5) Davichi (Min Kyung) – 병원에 가다 (Going to the hospital) : 205
26. (-8) 2PM – 10점 만점에 10점 (10 Out of 10) : 201
27. (-10) Crown J – Fly Boy : 194
28. (+16) Tei – 기적 같은 이야기 (Miracle-Like Story) : 169
29. (-3) Park Ki Young – 그대 나를 보나요 (Look At Me) : 164
30. (-3) Park Jung Hyun (feat. Crown J) – No Break : 149
31. (-9) Haihm – 어쩌면 우린 (Possibly Us) : 143
32. (New) Dynamic Duo – Gone : 142
33. (New) Mighty Mouth (feat. Son Dam Bi) – 패밀리 (Family) : 141
34. (+13) Clazziquai – Flea : 137
35. (-1) FT Island – 너를 사랑해 (Love is…) : 131
36. (-3) Kara – 굿데이 시즌 2 (Goodday 2) : 130
37. (New) MC The Max – 나를 보낸다 (Send Me Off) : 117
38. (-9) M – 남자를 믿지마 (Don’t Trust Men) : 114
39. (New) BoA – Eat You Up : 107
40. (-2) Typhoon – 널 사랑하지 않았어 (I Didn’t Love You) : 106
41. (New) Jung Yup – You Are My Lady : 102
42. (-14) Younha – Gossip Boy : 101
43. (-3) YMGA – Tell It To My Heart : 97
44. (-13) Seo Tai Ji – Bermuda : 96
45. (New) SS501 – U R Man : 92
46. (-7) Monday Kiz – Never Say Goodbye : 81
47. (-15) Jo Sung Mo – 바람의 화원 (Wind’s Flower Garden: SBS Drama "Wind’s Flower Garden" OST) : 71
48. (-33) Shin Seung Hoon – 라디오를 켜봐요 (Turn On The Radio) : 68
49. (-8) Bobby Kim – Reason (SBS Drama "Tazza" OST) : 56
50. (New) Black Pearl – 미운 사랑 (Hateful Love: MBC Drama "East Of Eden" OST Vol. 2) : 45




Blue: Songs to watch out under top 20
Green: Editor’s recommendations under top 20






Memory – Paradise
Genre: Folk Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Memory
Album: Memory "She Dreamed That She Was Flying Like A Bird" Track 4
Watch: Live Performance
Comment: This is an ultra refreshing song from all the pop sounds. Memory is a new female singer-songwriter who debuted recently. Even her album title "She Dreamed That She Was Flying Like A Bird" was very refreshing. The melody is very folk song-oriented, but you can classify it as alternative or even underground. It is more suitable to perform on a college stage, but she did perform this song on Music Core once. Check out the Live Performance link above.




Sources of the chart


ChartKorea – 15%
Air Monitor Chart – 15%
MNet M!Countdown  + Cable Airplays – 15%
Various Internet charts (Melon, Jukeon, Dosirak, MNet, Muz, Bugs, Ohdio, Soribada) – 15%
Hanteo and KMDIA Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 10%
SBS – Inky Gayo Take 7 + Internet Chart + MP3 Download Chart + Music Video Chart – 10%
Hanteo Gayo Chart – 10% (1 week lag)
KBS Music Bank K-Chart – 5%
Gasoo appearance on gayo shows (MBC Show! Music Core, SBS Inky Gayo, KBS Music Bank, KBS Lee Hana Peppermint, SBS Kim Jung Eun Chocolate, YTN Live Power Music, MTV Non-stop, Pops In Seoul) – 5%