Weekly Music Chart 2009 – March week 1


1. (–) SNSD – Gee *** 5 WEEKS NO. 1 *** 
Score: 824
Genre: Pop / Dance

GeeMusic + Lyrics: E-Tribe

SNSD mini-album Vol. 1 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: SNSD’s "Gee" continues to occupy the top spot for the 5th straight week.  It’s the longest No. 1 tenure for a song in more than a year.  Since the beginning of 2008 when we adjusted our chart scoring method, no song has spent more than 4 weeks at No. 1, so this is a very good accomplishment.  What’s even more amazing for SNSD is their long running No. 1 record at KBS Music Bank – it stands at 8 weeks now.  SNSD are still performing this song and it has a chance next week to join an elite company of very few songs to spend 6 weeks at No. 1 on this chart.  Stay tuned.





2. (+19) Kara – Honey
Score: 769
Genre: Pop / Dance

HoneyMusic: Han Jae Ho, Kim Seung Soo / Lyrics: Han Jae Ho, Song Soo Yoon
Album: Kara 2nd mini-album Special Edition Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Coming out of nowhere and moving up to the No. 2 spot is Kara’s "Honey" from their 2nd mini-album special edition.  The song was our hot-shot debut last week at No. 21, and surprisingly leapfrogged many strong challengers all the way to the second spot this week, thereby duplicating the success of their previous song "Pretty Girl".  Kara are looking for their first No. 1 song on this chart.  They already had their first No. 1 on M!Countdown this week and are also the favorite to win the Inky Gayo Mutizen award.  Next week we’ll have an interesting battle for our top spot between two hottest girl groups in Korea now.





3. (-1) Bobby Kim – 사랑..그 놈 (Love…This Person)
Score: 722
Genre: R&B Ballad

BobbyKimSpecialMusic + Lyrics: Park Sun Zoo
Album: Bobby Kim Special Album "Love Chapter 1" Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Underrated R&B singer Bobby Kim has the No. 3 song this week, from the title track of his special album "Love…This Person".  Throughout the years, Bobby Kim is known for his soulful voice which adds to the pureness of his R&B ballads.  He has also done a lot of drama OST songs.  His albums are always selling well and stay on the chart for a long time.





4. (+2) Hwa Yobi – 반쪽 (Half)   
Score: 716
Genre: mid-tempo R&B 

ThisIsLoveMusic: Jun Hae Sung / Lyrics: Hwa Yobi
Album: Hwa Yobi mini-album "This Is Love" Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Last year, Hwa Yobi boosted her popularity by appearing on the TV Show "We Got Married".  She now returns as a singer and has released a new mini-album.  The title track "Half" moves up 2 spots to No. 4 this week.  It’s Hwa Yobi’s first top-5 song.  This song represents a change of style as its melody is more up-tempo than other Hwa Yobi hits from the past.  "Half" is about a woman whose life gets complicated after she falls in love with a man who is already taken. It was composed by Jun Hae Sung, who also wrote Yoon Do Hyun’s "I Must Have Loved" and Lee Seung Chul’s "Long Day", while Hwa Yobi personally penned the lyrics. There is also an acoustic version of the song which shows another side to it.





5. (-1) SS501 – 내 머리가 나빠서 (Because My Head Is Bad)  
Score: 700
Genre: Pop

BoysOverFlowerMusic: Oh Joon Sung / Lyrics: Oh Jung Sung, Eun Jong Tae

KBS Drama "Boys Over Flowers" OST Track 2 Purchase this album
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Comment: From the OST of the highly popular KBS Drama "Boys Over Flowers", SS501’s "Because My Head Is Bad" moves up another spot to No. 4 this week.  Originally the theme song for Yoon Ji Hoo (SS501’s Kim Hyun Joong), this song quickly became popular as the ending song for the drama. This is the second song performed by Heo Young Sang, Kim Kyu Jong and Kim Hyun Joon from SS501 after "U R Man". (credits to ~S2~)





6. (-3) Seung Ri (Big Bang) – Strong Baby
Score: 643
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: Featured in Big Bang’s 2nd album, "Remember", this track shows off a solo transformation by the group’s youngest, Seung-ri. It’s a modern, pop-style dance track with an intense rhythm and melody. Seung-ri casts off his cute-boy image and presents a sexier, manlier side in the music video. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





7. (+10) FT Island – 나쁜 여자야 (You’re A Bad Woman)  
Score: 579
Genre: Rock Ballad

JumpUpMusic + Lyrics: Ryu Jae Hyun
Album: FT Island mini-album "Jump Up" Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: With new member Song Seung Hyun replacing Oh Won Bin, FT Island released their new mini-album "Jump Up".  The title track “You’re a Bad Woman” becomes their latest top-10 hit this week.  This song is composed by Vibe’s Ryu Jae Hyun, who also wrote their hits “Love Sick” and “Until You Come”. One can hear lead singer Lee Hong Ki’s emotions through this rock ballad.





8. (–) T-Max – 파라다이스 (Paradise)  
Score: 541
Genre: Pop

BoysOverFlowerMusic: Oh Joon Sung / Lyrics: Oh Jung Sung, Eun Jong Tae

KBS Drama "Boys Over Flowers" OST Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: The title song from the drama "Boys Over Flowers" stay put at No. 8 this week.  Kim Joon, a member of F4 in the drama, is also a member of T-Max, which helps to bring more attention to this underrated band.  A third song from this drama, Ashily’s "Lucky", is at No. 32 this week, making it the first time 3 songs from the same drama OST appear on our chart at the same time.





9. (-4) Lyn – 사랑…다 거짓말 (Love…It’s All Lies)
Score: 517
Genre: R&B Ballad

Lyn5Music + Lyrics: Lee Jae Myung
Album: Lyn Vol. 5 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Lyn’s 5th album entitled “Let Go, Let In, It’s A New Day”. It is a sad and sentimental ballad. The lyrics, which the singer wrote personally, are about the pain of being unable to forget one’s lover after a breakup. The music video shows the enchanting side of Lyn, who acts out as its main character. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





10. (+1) Wax (feat. Tae Hye Young) – 전화 한 번 못하니 (Not Even A Call)  
Score: 508
Genre: Pop Ballad

NotEvenACallMusic + Lyrics: Min Myung Ki
Wax digital single "Not Even A Call" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: After releasing her 7th album with the title track Woman Eats Love, Wax has returned with a single, Not Even a Call. This digital single was composed by Min Myung Ki, who also wrote hit songs such as Gavy NJ’s Remember and SG Wannabe’s Lalala. Unlike typical ballads, this song samples Bach’s Music Note for Anna Magdalene and incorporates Miss $ member Tae Hye Young’s rap. Famous director Yang Jin Ho, who also directed Lee Juck’s It’s a Relief video, is in charge of the music video.  This is an excellent song which we highly recommend.





11. (+15) Fly To The Sky – 구속 (Corner)
Score: 485
Genre: R&B Ballad

FTTS8Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Album: Fly To The Sky Vol. 8 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Celebrating their 10th aniversary in the music industry, popular R&B duo Fly To The Sky have released their long-awaited 8th album "Decennium".  The duo work with top songwriter and producer Cho Young Soo for the first time on their title song "Corner", which moves up 15 spots to the edge of the top 10 this week.  This song is a jazzy R&B ballad which is different from FTTS’ previous songs.  Let’s see what kind of chemistry this song will produce between these hitmakers.





12. (-3) Jewelry S – 데이트 (Date)   
Score: 484
Genre: Pop / Dance

JewelrySMusic: Lee Min Soo / Lyrics: Gorilla
Album: Jewelry S mini-album "Sweet Song" Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: In 2008, two new members, Kim Eun Jung and Ha Joo Yun, joined Jewelry and had much success with their fifth album, One More Time. This year, the two new members have now made a sub group, Jewelry S, to show a sweet and cute side of them. The title track "Date" is at No. 12 this week.   "Date" was composed by the hitmakers who have also produced Everyone Sh! and L.O.V.E. It is a cute song about the nervousness girls feel when talking about their crushes and the confession that goes along with it. The other two Jewelry members have also helped out: Park Jung Ah took part in the music video while Seo In Young helped with the dance choreography.





13. (+30) Wheesung – Insomnia *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 470
Genre: R&B / Dance

InsomniaOriginal Song: Craig David’s "Insomnia"
Album: Wheesung digital single "Insomnia" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Korea’s top R&B artiste Wheesung has remade world star Craig David’s hit track, Insomnia. The song was originally released last October as a digital single, and Craig David personally asked Wheesung to sing the Asian version. Insomnia is a dance pop track which incorporates the famous bassline trend, which is quite popular in Europe. This is the first time since "Incurable Disease" that Wheesung is performing this style of music.  The song was produced by Jim Beanz and Timbaland. The Korean version of the song was re-arranged by Kim Min Soo and penned by Wheesung himself.





14. (+18) Shin Hye Sung – 왜 전화 했어… (Why Did You Call…)   
Score: 451
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Shin Hye Sung Vol. 3 Side 2 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Last summer, Shin Hye Sung released Side 1 of his third solo album. This year, Shin has released Side 2 of the album which consists of the heart-wrenching ballads he is known for. There are a total of ten tracks with lyrics and melodies similar to that of a sad movie. The title track is Why Did You Call and it was composed by Ha Jung Ho.  The song is about being unable to forget one’s love after a breakup.





15. (–) Lee Seung Chul – 그런 사람 또 없습니다 (There Is No Other Person Like That)
Score: 392
Genre: Pop Ballad

AStorySadderThanSadnessMusic: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Album: Movie "A Story Sadder Than Sadness" OST Track 4 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: Already the second top-20 song from this highly anticipated movie starring Kwon Sang Woo, Lee Bum Soo, and Lee Bo Young,  Kim Bum Soo’s title track of the same name as the movie title made it to the top 10 earlier this year.  We haven’t seen a movie OST producing two top-20 songs in a long time.  Lee Seung Chul has been busy particpating in OSTs recently.  He just had a hit "Are You Listening" from the drama "East Of Eden" OST Vol. 2 and now another one of his trademark ballads with his sincere vocal becomes a hit.





16. (-2) After School – Ah  
Score: 382
Genre: Pop / Dance

AfterSchool1stMusic + Lyrics: Brave Brothers

After School 1st mini-album "New Schoolgirl" Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of After School’s debut single album “New Schoolgirl”. The group comprises Park Ka-hee, Yoo So-young, Lee Joo-yeon, Kim Jung-ah and Becca. This retro-style dance song features addictive electronic hip hop sounds and the powerful image of the group, which stands apart from other girl-bands. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





17. (-7) KCM – 멀리 있기 (To Be Far Away)   
Score: 361
Genre: R&B Ballad

Album: KCM mini-album "Espresso" Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of KCM’s mini-album “Espresso.” It is a ballad number with an ample melody produced by a 50-member orchestra and the singer’s moving voice. It was written by Cho Young-soo, who has created numerous hits. The music video shows actor Lee Ki-woo and actress Yoon Ji-min acting out as a loving couple. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





18. (-11) Kim Kyung Rok (feat. Baby-J) – 이젠 남이야 (We Are Now Strangers)  
Score: 356
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)





19. (-7) Gavy NJ – 연애소설 (Romance Story)  
Score: 325
Genre: R&B Ballad

GavyNJ3RMusic + Lyrics: Min Myung Ki
Gavy NJ Vol. 3 Repackaged Bonus CD2 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Gavy NJ’s same-titled single album. Its lyrics are about the pain of the one-sided love of a woman whose love interest has a girlfriend. The music video shows actress Park Min-young and model Lee Soo-hyuk acting out as lovers.  (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





20. (-7) T – 떠나지마 (Don’t Leave)
Score: 308
Genre: R&B Ballad

DontLeaveMusic + Lyrics: Yoon Myung Sun
Album: T digital single "Don’t Leave" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: After giving birth to her baby with Drunken Tiger, T (Tasha) is coming back with an R&B ballad "Don’t Leave", which should attract mainstream listeners. Yoon Myung Sun, who is known for composing Eru’s Black Glasses, composed this song and Bang Shi Hyuk, who has composed Baek Ji Young’s "Like Being Hit By a Bullet", took charge of arranging it. This song is about remembering the hurtful memories about love.





21 . (+3) Byul – 드라마를 보면 ( When I Watch A Drama ) : 288
22 . (-2) Ji Sun – 안녕 마음아 (Hello Heart) : 269
23 . (-4) Untouchable (feat. Hwa Young) – Tell Me Why : 259
24 . (-2) Tae Goon – Call Me : 252
25 . (–) Dae Sung – 대박이야 ( Success ) : 240
26 . (+4) Kinetic Flow (feat. AG) – 현실에 2프로 부족한 연인들에게 ( To Lovers Who Are Missing 2% of Reality ) : 237
27. (–) SG Wannabe Lee Suk Hoon – 웃으며 안녕 ( Say Goodbye Smiling ) : 221
28. (New) Lee Jin Sung – Sorry : 213 *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
29 . (+9) 9th Street – 원하고 ( Want ) : 210
30 . (+6) Brand New Day – 살만해 ( Livable ) : 203
31 . (-13) May Doni – 몰라 ing ( Mola ing ) : 186
32. (+3) Ashily – Lucky: KBS Drama "Boys Over Flowers OST : 151
33. (New) Joo Hyun Mi & Seo Hyun (SNSD) – 짜라자짜 ( Jja La Ja Jja ) : 149
34 . (-3) Jessica H.O – 인생은 즐거워 ( Life Is Good ) : 139
35 . (+12) Jumper – Yes! : 138
36 . (+9) Wink – 부끄부끄 ( Shy Shy ) : 129
37 . (+4) Voice One – 못난 내 사랑 ( My Bad Love ) : 125
38 . (New) Lee Soo Keun – 갈 때까지 가보자 ( Let’s Go As Far As We Can ) : 118
39 . (-6) U-Kiss – 니가 좋아 ( I Like You ) : 109
40 . (New) Sori – 입술이 정말 ( Real Lips ) : 107
41. (New) Kim Dong Hee – 그댄 행복에 살텐데 ( You Will Be Happy ) : 97
42. (New) Lee Ji Hye & Jang Suk Hyun – 사랑 100% ( Love 100% ) : 89
43 . (+5) Jang Yoon Jung – 애원 ( Appeal ) : 73
44 . (+5) Tae.1 (feat. JB) – 나쁜남자 ( Bad Man ) : 72
45 . (-17) Ran – Never Say Bye : 68
46 . (New) Ajoo – Easy For Me : 67
47 . (New) Maximum Crew – 삐에로 ( Pierrot ) : 60
48 . (New) E.Bul – 사고치고 싶어 ( I Want To Get Into An Accident ) : 52
49 . (-7) Ryu Joo Hwan & Shim Eun Jin – 니가 없다는 건 ( The Fact That You’re Not There ) : 50
50 (-6) SuHo (feat. Kim Bum Soo) – 부재중 전화 ( Missed Call ) : 49





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





Creative Music Stage – Brother
Genre: Rock

Album: Creative Music Stage digital single "Brother"
Watch: MV Listen to: Full Song (Thanks to Mardi09 for uploading the song and the MV)
Comment: This is a new 4-member indie rock band consisting of Azzy (vocal), Jung Seung Jae (drum), Bae Young Bong (Guitar), and Yoon Sae Won (Base).  "Brother" is their debut single.  It is a mid-tempo rock ballad dedicated for all families.  Living in such a busy world, it is very easy to forget about one’s families. In fact, families may even become enemies as time passes by. Finally there is a song that can relate to this problem. One might not like this song at first listen, but it would not be surprising if it would change one’s life forever.  You can hear Azzy’s emotional vocals in the song.





S#arp – 내 입술 따뜻한 커피처럼 (My Lips Is Like Warm Coffee)
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: S#arp Special Album "Flat b" Track 2
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: S#arp was a 4 member co-ed group with Jang Suk Hyun (Leader, rap), Lee Ji Hye (Lead vocal), Seo Ji Young (Rap, vocal) and Chris Kim (Rap). They debuted in 1998 and reached their prime in 2001 with 3 No. 1 songs "Sweety", "100-Day Prayer", and our featured track "My Lips Is Like Warm Coffee".  After their fifth album "Style", the group broke up due to the fight between the two female members.  The latest we have seen of them is on the show "Let’s be friends", where Lee Ji Hye and Seo Ji Young met to make up their differences. Seo Ji Young and Lee Ji Hye both have done solo activities, Seo Ji Young getting attention for being both an actress and a solo singer, while Lee Ji Hye is currently collaborating with ex-S#arp leader Jang Suk Hyun in the fun song "Love 100%". Chris has also released a solo album "Christopher".  S#arp was known as a dance group, but they are best remembered for this ballad "My Lips Is Like Warm Coffee".  Because the song’s melody really gives listener a warmth feeling, you can still hear this song quite often every winter. (credits to ~S2~)





Sources of the chart



Air Monitor Chart – 15%
MNet M!Countdown + Cable Airplay – 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%