Weekly Music Chart 2009 – January week 1


We are starting our 5th year of the soompi weekly k-pop music chart.  There are some changes I made to fine-tune the chart – they’re mostly with regard to the allocation of chart scores among various sources.  The only new chart sources we are bringing in this year are the MTV weekly chart (5%), and the Cyworld chart will now be part of the various internet chart sources.  We hope the changes will further increase the timing and the accuracy of this chart.  For complete details, please refer to "Sources of the chart" at the end of this post.



1. (–) Baek Ji Young – 총 맞은 것처럼 (Like You Got Shot By A Gun) *** 2 WEEKS NO. 1 *** 
Score: 957
Genre: Pop Ballad

BaekJiYoung7Music + Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk
Album: Baek Ji Young Vol. 7 Track 4 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Holding on to No. 1 from the last week of 2008 is Baek Ji Young’s "Like You Got Shot By A Gun".  This song is still No. 1 on most major chart sources in Korea.  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.  




2. (+2) SS501 – U R Man  
Score: 898
Genre: Pop / Dance

URManMusic: Han Sang Won / Lyrics: Han Sang Won, Im Young

SS501 special album U R Man Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Looking for their first No. 1 song on our chart, SS501 are just one step shy.  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~)




3. (-1) Big Bang – 붉은 노을 (Sunset Glow)
Score: 822
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: This is the representative track of Big Bang’s 2nd official album, "Remember". The remake combines the refrain of Lee Moon-sae’s "Red Sunset" with rapping done in Big Bang’s distinct style. It’s filled with fun beats and groove. The music video presents a message of hope to people struggling in society or economically. It was shot on Korea’s west coast, a place that recovered and found hope even after a major oil spill. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)




4. (+15) Kara – Pretty Girl
Score: 812
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: Kara 2nd mini-album "Pretty Girl" Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Moving up 15 big spots and scoring their first-ever top 5 hit is Kara’s "Pretty Girl".  Many people predicted that Kara would be one of the girl groups to watch out for in 2009 as their popularity keeps rising.  They certainly got off to a good start.  Let’s see if this song will be able to challenge for the top spot soon.




5. (+1) Tei – 기적 같은 이야기 (Miracle-Like Story)  
Score: 654
Genre: Pop Ballad

Tei5Music: Lee Hyun Seung / Lyrics: Tei

Tei Vol. 5 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Tei’s fifth album "The Note." This sentimental ballad features Tei’s ample vocals. It drew attention for its lyrics, which are about the singer’s personal experience. It is a story of a man who compares his past love with a miracle. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)




6. (+4) Lee Soo Young – 이런 여자 (This Kind Of Woman)  
Score: 571
Genre: Pop Ballad

OnceMusic: Kim Hyun Woo / Lyrics: Bae Sung Joon

Lee Soo Young mini-album "Once" Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Lee Soo-young’s mini-album "Once." It is a mellow ballad featuring the singer’s unique vocals and subtle tunes. The lyrics are about a "bad woman" who chooses a breakup for the sake of the man she loves. The music video shows a new side of Lee Soo-young, who appeared in a music video for her song for the first time since her debut. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



7. (-2) Brown Eyed Girls – My Style  
Score: 564
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 a woman’s feelings of love toward the man of her dreams. The music video draws attention with images that are switched cut by cut. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



8. (-5) Kim Jong Kook – 어제보다 오늘 더 (Today More Than Yesterday)
Score: 511
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)





9. (+23) K.Will (feat. MC Mong) – 러브119 (Love 119)
Score: 467
Genre: R&B Ballad

Album: K.Will digital single "Love 119" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: R&B singer K.Will (27) returns after 1 year and 4 months of inactivity. He has received the support of MC Mong in his title track ‘Love 119′ on his new digital single.  ‘Love 119′ is a project with MC Mong where the theme is ‘love’ and where they attempt to transform their music. This time K.Will attempts a medium-tempo track which is tailor-made for winter. K.Will’s company stated that “This song will mark the discovery of a different side to K.Will”.  MC Mong’s good friend Jang Keun E has been the featured rapper on most of K.Will’s live performances of this song.




10. (-2) Mighty Mouth (feat. Son Dam Bi) – 패밀리 (Family)   
Score: 462
Genre: Hip-Hop

Album: Mighty Mouth Vol.1 Special Edition Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Mighty Mouth’s same-titled single album. This hip-hop song features a cheerful rhythm and melody. Mighty Mouth’s unique rap and Son Dam-bi’s vocals create a sophisticated harmony. The lyrics are about living happily like one big family. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)




11. (+34) MC The Max – Goodbye To Romance   *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 453
Genre: Rock Ballad

MC The Max Best Hit Album "Unlimited" CD2 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: The group of winter returns for yet another hit this season from their recently released best hit album "Unlimited".  "Goodbye To Romance" is one of the two new song featured on this album, and is our biggest mover this week.  Over the years, MC The Max have sung many rock ballad hits in Winter.  "Goodbye To Romance" is more up-tempo but still fits their mode.  





12. (–) Lee Seung Chul – 듣고 있나요 (Are You Listening?: MBC Drama "East of Eden" OST2)  
Score: 413
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: East Of Eden OST Vol. 2 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: From the 2nd OST of the megacast MBC Drama "East Of Eden", veteran Lee Seung Chul contributes with this ballad.  The 1st OST of the drama has already produced our top OST song of 2008 with SG Wannabe and Kim Jong Wook’s "Opposed By Fate".  This 2nd OST is even stronger with 2 songs on the chart this week: this song and Black Pearl’s "Hateful Love". The music video for the song "Are You Listening?" is a compilation of the best scenes from the drama.




13. (+7) Park Ji Heon & Kang Min Kyung – 해피투게더 (Happy Together)
Score: 408
Genre: Christmas Ballad

HappyTogetherMusic + Lyrics: Han Jae Ho, Kim Seung Soo
Album: Park Ji Heon & Kang Min Kyung digital single "Happy Together" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of the single album "Happy Together" from Park Ji-heon, a member of the band V.O.S., and Kang Min-kyung of Davichi. This carol-like song was written by Cho Young-soo, who has produced many hit songs. It features magnificent orchestra tunes and the lyrics are about spending White Christmas happily with one’s lover.




14. (–) Rumble Fish – 비와 당신 (You And The Rain)
Score: 406
Genre: Rock Ballad

Album: Rumble Fish remake album "Memory For You" Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: This is the title track of Rumble Fish’s remake album “Memory For You.” It is a remake of a song that actor Park Joong-hoon performed in the movie “Radio Star”. It features gentle strings, acoustic piano sounds and the enthralling voice of vocalist Choi Jin-yi. The song exudes a different charm from its original version, and its lyrics evoke memories of a past love to the sound of rain. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)




15. (+2) Shinee – 아.미.고 (Amigo)
Score: 405
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: 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)




16. (-9) DBSG – Wrong Number  
Score: 397
Genre: Pop / Dance

DBSG Vol. 4 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Featured in DBSG’s 4th album, "Mirotic," this song has a melody with a dark and depressing vibe and showcases DBSG’s unique charisma. It’s about dealing with phone calls from an over-managing lover. In the music video, the members of DBSG play guys who are exhausted by obsessive girlfriends, as the lyrics suggest. (credts to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)




17. (+4) Namolla Family (feat. Baek Ji Young) – 붙잡아도 (Even If I Hold On)
Score: 390
Genre: Hip-hop Ballad

Album: Namolla Family digital single "Even If I Hold On" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Namolla Family’s latest digital single album is situated around the themes of love and farewell, and they are able to show their own style through the songs. The title track, "Even If I Hold On", has sad violin melodies and is about lovers who know that there is nothing else they can do but break up. Ballad singer Baek Ji Young is featured in this song and is able to bring out the sad mood of the song.




18. (-5) Son Dam Bi – 미쳤어 (Become Crazy)  
Score: 336
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)




19. (-1) Bi – Love Story
Score: 293
Genre: Pop Ballad

Bi5Music: Kim Tae Sung, Choi Young Joon / Lyrics: Bi
Album: Bi Vol. 5 Track 4 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Latest hit by Bi (Rain), "Love Story" 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~)




20. (New) Min Kyung Hoon – 하루 (One Day) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 292
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Min Kyung Hoon digital single "One Day" Track 1
Watch: MV
Comment: Min Kyung Hoon, who was the vocalist of popular rock band Buzz and is now busy with solo activities, has returned with a single, One Day. This song fits the winter season with its soft tone. Min Kyung Hoon, who has always brought warm songs to fans, has once again done his job with this Christmas gift.






21. (-12) Wheesung – 별이 지다.. (Star Is Setting.. ) : 289
22. (+4) Eun Ji Won – Dangerous : 288
23. (New) Lyn (feat. MC Mong) – 매력쟁이 (Full Of Charm) : 287
24. (New) Yoon Sang (vocal Yoon Gun) – 가려진 시간사이로 (Through The Hidden Time) : 248
25. (New) Kim Kyung Rok (Feat. Baby-J) – 이젠 남이야 (We Are Now Strangers) : 233
26. (New) Park Jung Hyun – 윈터키스 (Winter Kiss) : 230
27. (+20) 2PM – Only You : 214
28. (+6) Norajo – 슈퍼맨 (Superman) : 200
29. (–) Tae Yeon – 들리나요 (Can You Hear Me: MBC Drama "Beethoven Virus" OST) : 181
30. (-2) Black Pearl – 미운 사랑 (Hateful Love: MBC Drama "East Of Eden" OST 2) : 177
31. (-8) Goeun – 사랑해 사랑해 사랑해 (I Love You) : 171
32. (-16) Untouchable (feat. Hwa Yobi) – It’s Okay : 170
33. (-6) M to M – One Day : 148
34. (-4) Miss $ (feat. Nam Gyu Ri) – 바람 피지마 (Don’t Have An Affair) : 141
35. (New) Yoon Jong Shin – 내일 할 일 (Things To Do Tomorrow) : 140
36. (New) Gavy NJ – 착한 사랑 (Kind Love) : 136
37. (New) Gummy – 내게로 오는 길 (Path To Get To Me: MBC Drama "General Hospital 2" OST) : 118
38. (-23) Nell – Part 2 : 111
39. (+1) Davichi (Min Kyung) – 병원에 가다 (Going to the hospital) : 107
40. (New) Mario – 슈퍼맨 (Superman) : 86
41. (New) Kim Dong Hee – 사랑해 그래서 미안해 (I’m Sorry Because I Love You) : 85
42. (-5) Youme – 여자라서 하지 못한 말 (What I Couldn’t Say Because I’m a Woman) : 80
43. (-12) Baek Chan (duet Lee Soo Young) – 무슨 사랑이 그래요 (What Kind Of Love Is This) : 79
44. (-3) Kim Dong Wan (duet Younha) – 약속 (Promise) : 78
45. (-10) Son Ho Young – I Know : 77
46. (-22) Epik High – 1분 1초 (One Minute One Second) : 76
47. (New) Loveholics – Butterfly : 68
48. (New) N.EX.T – 개판 5분전 만취 공중 해적단 (Totally Screwed Up Drunken Aero-Pirates) : 58
49. (-6) FT Island – 너를 사랑해 (Love is…) : 55
50. (New) Seo Tai Ji – Human Dream : 54





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








Park Sae Byul – Can You Hear Me?
Genre: Soft Rock Ballad

Album: Park Sae Byul mini-album "Diary" track 2 Purchase this album
Listen to: Full Song
Comment: “Can You Hear Me” is the title track of Park Sae Byul’s debut mini album, Diary. Though this is her first EP, Park has much experience working with artistes such as Lucid Fall, Epik High, and Toy, and many seniors think highly of her. “Can You Hear Me” is a beautiful number influenced by gospel songs where one can hear lots of climatic sounds. Its arrangement will capture listeners’ attention. (credits to motoway065)









Sources of the chart



Air Monitor Chart – 15%
MNet M!Countdown + Cable Airplays – 15%
Various Internet charts (Dosirak, MNet, Melon, Muz, Bugs, Cyworld, Soribada) – 15%
ChartKorea – 10%
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 (1 week lag) – 10%
KBS Music Bank K-Chart – 5%
MTV Chart – 5%
Gasoo appearance on gayo shows (MBC Music Core, SBS Inky Gayo, KBS Music Bank, SBS Kim Jung Eun Chocolate, KBS Lee Hana Peppermint, YTN Live Power Music, MTV Non-stop, Pops In Seoul) – 5%