Weekly Music Chart 2009 – January week 4


1. (+2) SS501 – U R Man *** 1 WEEK NO. 1 ***  
Score: 838
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: Finally scoring their first ever No. 1 song on our chart is SS501’s "U R Man".  This song has been lurking in second and third for the last few weeks and finally moves up to the top spot this week, outdueling labelmates Kara.  Even though the group does not have a full team represented in this song, it is no small accomplishment to finally make it to the top.




2. (–) Kara – Pretty Girl
Score: 808
Genre: Pop / Dance

PrettyGirlMusic + Lyrics: Han Jae Ho, Kim Seung Soo
Album: Kara 2nd mini-album "Pretty Girl" Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Kara’s same-titled mini-album. It is a pop dance song representing Kara’s cheerful and cute image. The lyrics describe the "rules" of looking beautiful. The refreshing melody and the concise chorus with the repetitive phrase "pretty girl" make this song very addictive. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





3. (+8) Seung Ri (Big Bang) – Strong Baby
Score: 793
Genre: R&B / Dance

BigBang2Music + Lyrics: G-Dragon, Bae Jin Ryul
Album: Big Bang Vol. 2 Track 5 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Moving up quickly to the top 3 is the latest hit from Big Bang’s 2nd album "Remember", a solo effort by the group’s youngest member, Seung Ri.  Fittingly, the song is titled "Strong Baby".  With Tae Yang, G-Dragon, Dae Sung all releasing their solo songs perviously, and T.O.P appearing on dramas and also featuring as rapper in many singers’ songs, Seung Ri is the last Big Bang member to begin solo activities.  He will have plenty of chances to showcase his talent on this song as it has been selected as the album’s 2nd single.  Looks like this song will be a serious contender for the top spot next week.




4. (–) K.Will (feat. MC Mong) – 러브119 (Love 119)
Score: 756
Genre: R&B Ballad

Love119Music: Oh Sung Hoon, Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: MC Mong, Park Geun Tae
Album: K.Will digital single "Love 119" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of K-Will’s same-titled single album. It is a cheerful medium-tempo hip-hop song, whose lyrics were written by MC Mong. K-Will’s soft and touching vocals harmonize with the string melody, while MC Mong’s rap adds to the song’s outstanding quality. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)




5. (–) Kim Kyung Rok (feat. Baby-J) – 이젠 남이야 (We Are Now Strangers)  
Score: 736
Genre: R&B Ballad

KimKyungRok1Music + Lyrics: Cho Young Soo

Kim Kyung Rok Vol. 1 Track 4 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of the first solo album "People & People" from V.O.S. member Kim Kyung-rok. It features his poignant and exquisite voice. The title song features Ha Joo-yeon of the group Jewelry under the name Baby-J. It is a sentimental ballad about missing one’s lover after a breakup. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





6. (-5) Baek Ji Young – 총 맞은 것처럼 (Like You Got Shot By A Gun)  
Score: 691
Genre: Pop Ballad

BaekJiYoung7Music + Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk
Album: Baek Ji Young Vol. 7 Track 4 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Baek Ji-young’s seventh album called "Sensibility". The song’s impressive title and heartmoving melody convey the shock and sadness of a breakup. The song also features Baek Ji-young’s sensible vocals, which have become more subtle after her vocal cord nodule surgery. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





7. (+16) SNSD – Gee  
Score: 685
Genre: Pop / Dance

GeeMusic + Lyrics: E-Tribe

SNSD mini-album Vol. 1 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Coming back strongly in 2009 is SNSD’s latest hit "Gee".  Despite artistes of their record company being banned by a couple of TV stations due to a dispute, it doesn’t affect the popularity of this song as it jumps 16 big spots to No. 7 in just its second week on the chart.  In the song’s music video, SNSD members slip into the roles of lifeless mannequins that mysteriously come to life in a boutique. 




8. (-1) Rumble Fish – 비와 당신 (You And The Rain)
Score: 472
Genre: Rock Ballad

Memory4uMusic + Lyrics: Bang Joon Suk
Album: Rumble Fish remake album "Memory For You" Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
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)





9. (+16) Gavy NJ – 연애소설 (Romance Story)  
Score: 462
Genre: R&B Ballad

Gavy NJ Vol. 3 Repackaged Bonus CD2 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Matching SNSD’s "Gee" with a jump of 16 spots to the top 10 is Gavy NJ’s latest hit "Romance Story".  This song is their trademark R&B-style ballad.  When they first debuted, Gavy NJ rarely appeared on TV shows to promote their songs, yet still managed to gain a lot of success.  That has changed now and we are seeing them often in gayo shows.  This should enable them to reach new heights in their career.




10. (+5) Kim Bum Soo – 슬픔보다 더 슬픈 이야기 (A Story Sadder Than Sadness)
Score: 455
Genre: Pop Ballad

AStorySadderThanSadnessMusic + Lyrics: Mr. B.I.G
Album: Kim Bum Soo digital single "A Story Sadder Than Sadness" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: The latest hit by Kim Bum Soo "A Story Sadder Than Sadness" is coming from the movie of the same title, starring Kwon Sang Woo, Lee Bum Soo, Lee Bo Young, and Nam Gyu Ri.  Kim Bum Soo, known for his sad ballads, is a perfect choice to sing this song.






11. (-1) Lee Seung Chul – 듣고 있나요 (Are You Listening?: MBC Drama "East of Eden" OST2)  
Score: 416
Genre: Pop Ballad

EastofEden2Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Album: East Of Eden OST Vol. 2 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is an original soundtrack of the TV drama "East of Eden" starring Song Seung-heon, Yeon Jung-hoon and Lee Yeon-hee. It is a sad ballad featuring gentle tunes and Lee Seung-chul’s ample vocals. The lyrics are about a failed relationship. The song drew attention as the theme song of the drama’s character played by Song Seung-heon. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





12. (–) Son Dam Bi – 미쳤어 (Become Crazy)  
Score: 392
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)





13. (+1) Shinee – 아.미.고 (Amigo)
Score: 379
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)





14. (-8) Mighty Mouth (feat. Son Dam Bi) – 패밀리 (Family)   
Score: 374
Genre: Hip-Hop

MightyMouth1RMusic: No Man Park Sa / Lyrics: Lee Sang Chul, So Joon Sup
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)





15. (+15) Lee Eun Mi – 애인있어요 (I Had A Lover)
Score: 353
Genre: Pop Ballad

LeeEunMi6Music: Yoon Il Sang / Lyrics: Choi Eun Ha
Album: Lee Eun Mi Vol. 6 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: A surprise entry to the top 20.  Veteran singer Lee Eun Mi has not had a hit the last few years, and this is not even a new song.  It was recorded on her 6th album "Ma Non Tanto", released more than 3 years ago.  Many artistes have covered this song in the past, including Alex, Taeyeon, Nam Gyuri, Seo In Young and K.R.Y + Donghae (SuperJunior). This song has also been included in Goong S and Last Scandal OSTs. As a side note, this song was the late Choi Jin Shil’s favorite song. (credits to ~S2~)





16. (+5) Norazo – 슈퍼맨 (Superman)   
Score: 340
Genre: Pop / Dance

Norajo3Music: DK / Lyrics: DK, Lee Young Joon
Album: Norazo Vol. 3 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: One of the funniest acts on stage, the duo Narajo finally have their first top-20 hit "Superman".  Norajo consist of vocalist/guitarist Lee Hyuk and vocalist/dancer Cho Bin.  They have been on the music scene since 2005. Combining catchy melodies with humor and dance performances, they have established a fan community not only in Korea, but also in Japan. (credits to ~S2~)






17. (+17) Untouchable (feat. Hwa Young) – Tell Me Why *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 334
Genre: Hip Hop

Album: Untouchable Vol. 1 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: After making a name for themselves from the hit song "It’s Okay" with Hwa Yobi, hip hop duo Untouchable are releasing their 1st full album "Quiet Storm", and the title song "Tell Me Why" is our biggest mover this week.  This song has a listener-friendly melody to go along with Untouchable’s rapping.  Fans who love mainstream hip-hop songs have another great choice now.






18. (-2) Namolla Family (feat. Baek Ji Young) – 붙잡아도 (Even If I Hold On)
Score: 315
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.







19. (+2) Min Kyung Hoon – 하루 (One Day)
Score: 302
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Min Kyung Hoon digital single "One Day" Track 1
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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. 





20. (-11) Lyn (feat. MC Mong) – 매력쟁이 (Full Of Charm)
Score: 283
Genre: R&B Ballad

Album: Lyn digital single "Full Of Charm" Track 1 & Lyn Vol. 5 Track 9 Purchase this album
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Comment: This is the title track of Lyn’s digital single album, "A Charming Guy". Of the urban hip-hop R&B genre, the song showcases Lyn’s romantic voice and MC Mong’s trademark sensual rapping. The music video was made with footage of the charming Lyn being active as a singer and cheerful recording scenes. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)







21 . (-4) Lee Soo Young – 이런 여자 ( This Kind Of Woman ) : 283
22 . (+4) Lee Ji Ah – 러브 바이러스 ( Love Virus ) : 254
23 . (-15) Tei – 기적 같은 이야기 ( Miracle-Like Story ) : 245
24 . (-11) MC The Max – Goodbye To Romance : 229
25 . (+2) Wheesung – 별이 지다.. ( Star Is Setting.. ) : 197
26. (+3) Yoon Sang (vocal Yoon Gun) – 가려진 시간사이로 (Through The Hidden Time) : 175
27. (+5) Lee Sora – Track 8 : 165
28. (+12) Kinetic Flow (feat. AG) – 현실에 2프로 부족한 연인들에게 (To Lovers Who Are Missing 2% of Reality) : 164
29 . (+2) Miss $ (feat. Nam Gyu Ri) – 바람 피지마 ( Don’t Have An Affair ) : 156
30. (New) Lee Ssang – 챔피언 (Champion) : 148 *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
31 . (+12) Overspeed Scandal OST – 아마도 그건 ( That Is… ) : 147
32. (New) Tae In – 사랑을 해도 외롭다 (I’m Sad Even If I Love) : 146
33 . (–) Gummy – 내게로 오는 길 ( Path To Get To Me ) : 145
34. (New) Bobby Kim – 사랑..그 놈 (Love…This Person) : 132
35 . (-15) Eun Ji Won – Dangerous ( ) : 130
36 . (New) Maybee – 라이야 ( Laiya ) : 120
37 . (-18) Kim Jong Kook – 고맙다 ( Thank You ) : 116
38 . (-10) Yoon Jong Shin – 내일 할 일 ( Things To Do Tomorrow ) : 115
39 . (-2) Seo Tai Ji – Human Dream ( ) : 108
40 . (-2) M to M – One Day ( ) : 107
41. (New) Brand New Day – 살만해 (Livable) : 102
42 . (+2) Tim – 나란 사람 ( The Person, Me ) : 101
43 . (New) Typhoon – 그리울 사랑 ( Longed Love ) : 95
44. (-3) Rhymer (feat. Lee Jin Sung) – 무슨 말이 필요해 (What Other Words Do You Need To Hear) : 88
45. (-3) Loveholics – Butterfly : 85
46 . (New) T-Max – 널 사랑해 ( I Love You ) : 82
47. (–) Youme – 여자라서 하지 못한 말 (What I Couldn’t Say Because I’m a Woman) : 67
48. (-13) Black Pearl – 미운 사랑 (Hateful Love) : 66
49. (–) My Aunt Mary – 푸른 양철 스쿠터 (Green Iron Scooter) : 64
50 . (New) May Doni – 몰라 ing ( Mola ing ) : 63






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






Pastel Blue (by PD Blue, feat. Yuri, Jung Wook) – 점점 (More and More)
Genre: Hip-hop/R&B

Album: Pastel Blue digital single "More and More" track 1
Watch: MV
Comment: Pastel Blue (Lee Ju Hwan), who received much love for his voice and rap in “Yearning”, has returned with another single, "More and More". Pastel Blue not only has taken part in composing, arranging, mixing, mastering the song, but has also played the various instruments that were used. The song is very groovy, a style Pastel Blue personally enjoys and the sad rap flows well with the sweet melody. (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, MNet M!Countdown, SBS Kim Jung Eun Chocolate, KBS Lee Hana Peppermint, YTN Live Power Music, MTV Non-stop, Pops In Seoul) – 5%