Weekly Music Chart 2008 – December week 2


1. (–) Big Bang – 붉은 노을 (Sunset Glow) *** 2 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Score: 957
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
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Comment: Big Bang continue to be No. 1 with "Sunset Glow".  This is their 3rd No. 1 song in 2008.  Earlier this year, they topped this chart with "Last Greeting" and "Day By Day".  They become the only artistes with three No. 1 songs this year.  Over the last 2 years, they have accumulated five chart-topping hits, the latest one being the remake of this Lee Moon Sae classic.




2. (+2) Baek Ji Young – 총 맞은 것처럼 (Like You Got Shot By A Gun)  
Score: 938
Genre: Pop Ballad

BaekJiYoung7Music + Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk
Album: Baek Ji Young Vol. 7 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Baek Ji Young moves up to No. 2 this week with "Like You Got Shot By A Gun".  This song is already No. 1 on all major interenet charts in Korea, and it is ready to challenge Big Bang for the top spot next week.  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.  




3. (-1) Kim Jong Kook – 어제보다 오늘 더 (Today More Than Yesterday)
Score: 905
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: This R&B number, which has a warm melody, is the representative track of Kim Jong-kook’s 5th album, "Here I Am". It’s the song with which he has made his return to K-pop from the military. Kim Jong-kook sampled the song "Grand Father’s Clock" by U.S. children’s songwriter H.C. Work. The lyrics are about loving someone more today than he did yesterday. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



4. (+4) DBSG – Wrong Number  
Score: 723
Genre: Pop / Dance

DBSG Vol. 4 Track 2 Purchase this album
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Comment: Looking to score another No. 1 song, the follow-up song on DBSG’s 4th album "Mirotic" moves up another 4 spots this week to No. 4.  This song has a new groove to it and has a slower beat than "Mirotic", which was No. 1 for 3 weeks. (credits to ~S2~)




5. (-2) Brown Eyed Girls – My Style  
Score: 775
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: This is the title track of Brown-Eyed Girls’ single album "My Style". It’s an electronic dance song featuring a trendy melody and cheerful beat. The lyrics contain many cute and interesting expressions to convey the feelings of love toward the man of a woman’s dreams. The music video draws attention with images that are switched cut by cut. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



6. (+5) Tei – 기적 같은 이야기 (Miracle-Like Story)  
Score: 713
Genre: Pop Ballad

Tei5Music: Lee Hyun Seung / Lyrics: Tei

Tei Vol. 5 Track 2 Purchase this album
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Comment: Despite hitting the No. 1 spot on the title song of his first 3 albums and also No. 2  for "Same Pillow" on his last album, Tei is still very much underrated.  This could be due to the timing of his album releases, which are usually early or very late in the year after most big-name artistes have finished performing their title songs, so he is sort of flying under the radar of many fans.  Tei recently released his 5th album "The Note".  The title song "Miracle-Like Story" is again a very good ballad that fits Tei’s soulful voice.  Tei also wrote the lyrics of this song.



7. (-1) Wheesung – 별이 지다.. (Star Is Setting..)
Score: 694
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
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Comment: This R&B number is the representative song of Wheesung’s 6th album, "With All My Heart and Soul." With a sweet and soft melody, the song is about a breakup with a lover who is a celebrity. Wheesung wrote the lyrics, inspired by the movie "Notting Hill". The music video created extra buzz for starring Lee Hyori. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



8. (+2) Lee Soo Young – 이런 여자 (This Kind Of Woman)  
Score: 639
Genre: Pop Ballad

Lee Soo Young mini-album "Once" Track 1 Purchase this album
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Comment: Ballad queen Lee Soo Young is coming back with her first mini-album "Once".  The title song "This Kind Of Women" adds to her large collection of top-10 hits.  After experimenting new styles of music during her last 2 albums with mixed success, Lee Soo Young is returning to her roots in this song, which is an emotional ballad that fans are familiar with from her.  Let’s see if this song can take her career to another level.



9. (-4) Wonder Girls – Nobody  
Score: 616
Genre: Retro Pop / Dance

TrilogyMusic + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: Wonder Girls: The Wonder Years: Trilogy Track 2 Purchase this album
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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)



10. (+2) Son Dam Bi – 미쳤어 (Become Crazy)  
Score: 494
Genre: Pop / Dance

SonDamBimini2Music: Brave Brothers / Lyrics: Eric

Son Dam Bi Mini Album Vol. 2 Track 1 Purchase this album
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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)



11. (New) Bi – Love Story *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 468
Genre: Pop Ballad

Bi5Music: Kim Tae Sung, Choi Young Joon / Lyrics: Bi
Album: Bi Vol. 5 Track 4 Purchase this album
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Comment: Latest hit by Bi (Rain) is our highest debut this week at No. 11.  It is the first time he’s promoting a ballad song despite its melody being quite upbeat.  Composed and arranged by Choi Hyung Joon of V.O.S, Love Story is a pop R&B number that talks about the ugly side of love, surprisingly coming from the singer’s own experience. In the song’s music video which features actress Ha Ji Won, Rain extends his talent net by orchestrating the full storyline. (credits to ~S2~)



12. (-5) Shinee – 아.미.고 (Amigo)
Score: 464
Genre: R&B / Dance

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

Album: Shinee Vol. 1 (repackaged) Track 1 Purchase this album
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Comment: Featured in SHINee’s first official repackage album, the title of this memorable dance song is an abbreviation of a Korean sentence that means "loving a beautiful girl hurts" and is also Spanish for "friend". An intense beat and a fresh melody create a fun and exciting vibe. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



13. (+5) SS501 – U R Man  
Score: 420
Genre: Pop / Dance

SS501 special album U R Man Track 2 Purchase this album
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Comment: With Kim Hyun Joong busy shooting the Korean adaptation of Hana Yori Dango and Park Jung Min starring in the musical Grease, the other 3 members of SS501 – Kim Kyu Jong, Heo Yong Saeng and Kim Hyung Jun – have formed the special unit Triple-S to carry on the music, and they’re now releasing the special six-track mini-album U R Man. Triple-S, which is also the name of SS501’s fan club, represents a new challenge for the three members as they push for a more mature sound and look, and even unveil their songwriting skills. Produced by the same team that created SS501 hits like 4 Chance, the album’s title track U R Man is just about a guaranteed hit with its catchy mid-tempo melody and urban house sound. (credits to ~S2~)



14. (+5) Mighty Mouth (feat. Son Dam Bi) – 패밀리 (Family)   
Score: 418
Genre: Hip-Hop

Album: Mighty Mouth Vol.1 Special Edition Track 2 Purchase this album
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Comment: Probably the most successful rookie hip-hop act in years, Mighty Mouth continue their strong showing with yet another new hit "Family", from the repackaged special edition of their first album. "Family" has the affirmative message that your family is always there to support and help you in times of hardship and discontent. Mighty Mouth perform it with an up-tempo melody featuring harmonic bass and drum passages enveloped by the duo’s rap. The song also features guest singer Son Dam Bi. (credits to ~S2~)



15. (–) Epik High – 1분 1초 (One Minute One Second)   
Score: 406
Genre: Hip Hop

LovescreamMusic: Tablo / Lyrics: Tablo, Mithra Jin
Album: Epik High mini-album "Lovescream" Track 6 Purchase this album
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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)



16. (-2) Untouchable (feat. Hwa Yobi) – It’s Okay  
Score: 384
Genre: Hip-hop / R&B Ballad

Album: Untouchable digital single "It’s Okay" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of the male hip-hop duo Untouchable’s first single album, "It’s Okay". The addictive song melds a piano and hip-hop sounds. Hwayobi, who is featured, adds to the song’s appeal with her alluring vocals. They sing sensually of the joy of love. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



17. (–) W & Whale – RPG Shine
Score: 327
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
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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)




18. (+13) Rumble Fish – 비와 당신 (You And The Rain)
Score: 324
Genre: Rock Ballad

Album: Rumble Fish remake album "Memory For You" Track 3 Purchase this album
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Comment: Last year Rumble Fish increased their popularity with their third album "Open The Safe" that featured the online hit "You and Me Again". Now the Korean rock band, led by vocalist Choi Jin Lee, return with their latest release "Memory For You". The title track, "The Rain and You", becomes their latest top-20 song.  It was originally sung by Park Joong Hoon in the film Radio Star, which also starred veteran actor Ahn Sung Ki. (credits to ~S2~)




19. (+3) Eun Ji Won – Dangerous
Score: 319
Genre: Hip-hop

Album: Eun Ji Won mini-album "G-Code" Track 2 Purchase this album
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Comment: Title track from Eun Ji Won’s mini-album "G-Code".  "Dangerous" is more pop-oriented than most of Eun Ji Won’s hits.  This addictive song displays more of Eun Ji Won’s talent as a singer rather than a rapper.



20. (-4) Tae Yeon – 들리나요 (Can You Hear Me: MBC Drama Beethoven Virus OST)
Score: 317
Genre: Pop Ballad

BeethovenVirusOSTMusic: Lee Sang Joon / Lyrics: Im Bo Kyung
Album: MBC Drama "Beethoven Virus" OST Track 7 Purchase this album
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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)






21. (-8) Baek Chan – 무슨 사랑이 그래요 (What Kind Of Love Is This) : 299
22. (+18) Lee Seung Chul – 듣고 있나요 (Are You Listening?: MBC Drama "East Of Eden" OST 2) : 276
23. (+2) Yoon Jong Shin – 즉흥여행 (Impromptu Trip) : 275
24. (+21) Nell – Part 2 : 251 *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
25. (-5) Miss $ (feat. Nam Gyu Ri) – 바람 피지마 (Don’t Have An Affair) : 226
26. (New) Goeun – 사랑해 사랑해 사랑해 (I Love You) : 202
27. (New) Namolla Family (feat. Baek Ji Young) – 붙잡아도 (Even If I Hold On) : 179
28. (+2) Typhoon – 널 사랑하지 않았어 (I Didn’t Love You) : 171
29. (-8) Dynamic Duo – Gone : 165
30. (-7) Son Ho Young – I Know : 154
31. (New) Park Ji Hun & Kang Min Kyung – 해피투게더 (Happy Together) : 152
32. (New) Kara – Pretty Girl : 149
33. (+5) Koyote – 너만이 (Only You) : 139
34. (-1) Haihm – 어쩌면 우린 (Possibly Us) : 135
35. (-6) Davichi (Min Kyung) – 병원에 가다 (Going to the hospital) : 124
36. (+3) Kim Dong Wan (duet Younha) – 약속 (Promise) : 123
37. (New) Hwang Project with Park Hyo Shin – The Castle of Zoltar : 106
38. (New) 2PM – Only You : 103
39. (+11) Jo Sung Mo – 바람의 화원 (Wind’s Flower Garden: SBS Drama "Wind’s Flower Garden OST) : 101
40. (+7) Alex – 나쁜짓 (Bad Behavior) : 97
41. (-6) FT Island – 너를 사랑해 (Love is…) : 92
42. (New) Infinity Girls – 상상 (Imagination) : 75
43. (New) Seo Tai Ji – Human Dream : 73
44. (-18) See Ya – 그 사람 (Shoe (III)) : 70
45. (-11) Younha – Gossip Boy : 66
46. (-19) Can – 날보러와요 (Come See Me) : 66
47. (New) Shin Seung Hoon – 나비효과 (Butterfly Effect) : 65
48. (-5) Park Jung Hyun (feat. Crown J) – No Break : 64
49. (-1) J – Toast : 61
50. (-6) Black Pearl – 미운 사랑 (Hateful Love: MBC Drama "East Of Eden" OST 2) : 60






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







Bonus Track:
Tension – Love You
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: Tension digital single track 1
Listen: full song
Comment: Tension is not the Taiwanese boy band that we’ve heard of.  This is a new k-pop co-ed group and their first single is "Love You". I rarely choose a dance beat song as my bonus track, but this is one of the few that I like.  This song has dance beats and bokko melodies which anyone can enjoy. It was composed and penned by vocalist Jo Sung Hoon, who wanted to try out different genres. In addition, the rapper of the group, Rayme, has changed her image to a tough voice to show more flow, while leader Lee Myung Suk shows off his calm vocals. (credits to motoway065)






Sources of the chart


ChartKorea – 15%
Air Monitor Chart – 15%
MNet M!Countdown  – 15%
Various Internet charts (Melon, Jukeon, Dosirak, MNet, Muz, Bugs, Ohdio, Soribada) – 15%
Hanteo 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, Mnet M!Countdown, KBS Lee Hana Peppermint, SBS Kim Jung Eun Chocolate, YTN Live Power Music, MTV Non-stop, Pops In Seoul) – 5%