Weekly Music Chart 2009 – April week 1


1. (–) Davichi – 8282 *** 2 WEEKS NO. 1 ***  
Score: 958
Genre: Pop 

DavichiminiMusic: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Hyun Seung / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Album: Davichi mini-album "Davichi In Wonderland" Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Davichi hold on to the No. 1 spot with "8282".  This song was composed by Korea’s top lyricist and composer, Kang Eun Kyung and Kim Do Hoon. The song is about the anxiety one gets while waiting for the call of a loved one. The melody starts out like a ballad but turns into an up-tempo song in the chorus part.  It has trendy trance rhythms with powerful vocals from the girls.  Let’s see if Davichi have enough to hold off Super Junior’s "Sorry, Sorry" next week.





2. (+3) Super Junior – Sorry Sorry   
Score: 926
Genre: Pop / Dance

SuperJunior3Music + Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin
Album: Super Junior Vol. 3 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Moving up to No. 2 in just 3 weeks is Super Junior’s "Sorry Sorry" coming from their 3rd album.  The group has not been performing together for a while since they were busy having sub-group activities like Super Junior Happy, Super Junior T, Super Junior M and Super Junior KRY.  Now all 13 members are finally re-united on stage.  "Sorry Sorry" is a catchy urban house dance number and the group especially worked with renowned choreographer Nick Bass, who has collaborated with Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, and Christina Aguilera.  Already winning twice as Inky Gayo’s Mutizen song, "Sorry Sorry" will be the favorite to take over as the No. 1 song on our chart next week.





3. (+9) Lim Chang Jung – 오랜만이야 (It’s Been A Long Time)
Score: 808
Genre: Pop Ballad

LimChangJung11Music: Lee Dong Won / Lyrics: Bae Eun Jung
Album: Lim Chang Jung Vol. 11 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Veteran Lim Chang Jung hasn’t lost a bit of his chart magic despite his inactivity in the music scene for 6 years.  His latest hit "It’s Been A Long Time" jumped 9 spots to No. 3 in just its second week on the chart.  This well-made ballad number is about a man who has reunited with his lover, but sadly has trouble approaching her.  Fans once again hear Lim Chang Jung’s trademark emotional vocal.  The younger generation of k-pop fans who have not heard of Lim’s songs should definitely check it out.





4. (+6) 8Eight – 심장이 없어 (Don’t Have A Heart)   
Score: 797
Genre: R&B Ballad

8Eight3Music: Bang Shi Hyuk / Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk, Baek Chan
Album: 8Eight Vol. 3 Track 4 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Having their biggest hit to date, 8Eight’s "Don’t Have A Heart" moves up 6 more spots to No. 4 this week.  This song is an excellent R&B ballad, produced once again by Hitmen Bang Shi Hyuk.  The music video features the Wonder Girls’ So Hee, who transforms into a vampire.  8Eight are actively promoting this song on music shows, and with their members more well-known now, it is helping this song’s popularity a lot.





5. (-1) Wheesung – Insomnia
Score: 691
Genre: R&B / Dance

InsomniaMusic: Craig David’s "Insomnia" / Lyrics: Wheesung
Album: Wheesung digital single "Insomnia" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the representative track of Whee Sung’s fourth digital single album. It’s a bright, lively and very contemporary dance-pop song that’s a Korean version of world singer Craig David’s "Insomnia". It follows a baseline trend that’s popular in Europe and has a highly addictive melody. Kim Min-su, who participated in the OSTs for the TV drama "All In" and the movie "My Sassy Girl, took care of the arrangement. Whee Sung wrote the lyrics. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





6. (-4) Kara – Honey
Score: 678
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: This song is included in Kara’s special edition album for “Pretty Girl”. It is a remake of the song "Honey" that was included in Kara’s second mini-album. It has sad lyrics and enchanting electronic sounds. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





7. (-4) Fly To The Sky – 구속 (Corner)
Score: 669
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: This is the title track of Fly To The Sky’s 8th album “Decennium”. It is an R&B song with an addictive jazz-like melody. The charismatic and versatile voices of the two members, who can sing both high and low as well as in falsetto, harmonize perfectly with the magnificent accompaniment. The music video shows model/actor Choi Ji-ho playing the role of a man who parts with the woman he is deeply in love with. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





8. (+1) SNSD – Gee  
Score: 506
Genre: Pop / Dance

GeeMusic + Lyrics: E-Tribe

SNSD mini-album Vol. 1 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Girls’ Generation’s first mini-album, "Gee". A lively dance track that showcases the fresh charms of all nine members, the song was written by E-Tribe, the new generation songwriter behind Lee Hyo-ri’s "U-Go-Girl". Cute lyrics express the sentiments of a girl in love and SHINee’s Min-ho makes a surprise appearance in the music video. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





9. (-2) Hwa Yobi – 반쪽 (Half)   
Score: 495
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: This is the title track of Hwayobi’s mini-album “This Is Love”. It is about a woman who has fallen in love with a man who already has a lover. The addictive melody of the song was written by Chun Hye-sung, who also wrote "Must Have Been Love" for YB Band and "Long Day" for Lee Seung-chul. The lyrics were written by Hwayobi, while singer Fractal arranged the song, making it very trendy. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





10. (-2) Shin Hye Sung – 왜 전화 했어… (Why Did You Call…)   
Score: 463
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 "Why Did You Call" was composed by Ha Jung Ho.  The song is about being unable to forget one’s love after a breakup.





11. (+19) Sweet Sorrow – 그대에게 하는 말 (Words I Say To Her)   
Score: 462
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Sweet Sorrow Vol. 2.5 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Already well-known for their works in various drama OSTs, Korean quartet Sweet Sorrow return with their latest album.  Their new album once again sees the band personally compose, write, and arrange all the songs, a rarity for non-rock groups in Korea. Title song "Words I Say To Her" made another big jump this week from No. 30 to No. 11.  Fans once again will be treated to the group’s outstanding harmonic vocals.





12. (+28) 2AM – 친구의 고백 (Friend’s Confession) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***   
Score: 450
Genre: Pop Ballad

2AMConfessionMusic + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: 2AM second single album Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Last year, 2AM released their debut track This Song, which captured the feelings of Korea’s males. This year they return with their second single, Time For Confession. The title track is Friend’s Confession, which Asia’s top producer, Park Jin Young, composed and labeled as the “manliest ballad”. This album’s theme basically situates around a male’s true feelings.





13. (-2) Bobby Kim – 사랑..그 놈 (Love…This Person)
Score: 399
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: This is the title track of Bobby Kim’s special album “Love Chapter 1”, which contains the original soundtracks of the TV dramas "Fashion 70s" and "Great White Tower", as well as the singer’s six new songs. The title song features a sorrowful melody of the soul genre and the singer’s ample voice. The lyrics are about the strong feelings of love and pain. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





14. (+5) Kim Jong Kook (feat. Shorry J) – 행복병 (Happiness Sickness)   
Score: 362
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Kim Jong Kook digital single "Happiness Sickness" Track 1 
Watch: MV
Comment: Kim Jong Kook returns in the warm spring time with a digital single “Happiness Sickness”. This lovable song is about a world where everything is beautiful, with everyone being happy simply for being touched and hugged; it is a gift from the heavens. Recently, Kim had wanted to sing a bright song. He mentioned how sad songs are good in that they offer comfort to those in need, but he wanted to send out happiness that people can sing along to.





15. (-1) Rumble Fish – 한사람을 위한 마음 (Heart For One Person)   
Score: 331
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Rumble Fish digital single "Heart For One Person" Track 1
Watch: MV
Comment: Last year, Rumble Fish garnered much love with their remake album Memory For You, with their title track “You and The Rain”. Unfortunately, the band was unable to perform their follow-up track, Heart For One Person” and so they have re-released a March version of this song as a digital single. Originally sung by Lee Seung Hwan, this version showcases female vocals by vocalist Choi Jini, bringing a new flavor to the song. Her husky yet beautiful voice complements the song well.





16. (+15) Seo Tai Ji – Juliet   
Score: 329
Genre: Rock

Album: Seo Tai Ji 8th Atomos Part Secret Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Teaser Live Performance
Comment: K-pop icon Seo Tai Ji made a mighty comeback in 2008 with the best-selling single 8th Atomos Part Moai. The musical story continues in 2009 with 8th Atomos Part Secret, the second single off his upcoming eighth album. The rock legend’s new single is about the truth of the world being shrouded in a veil of secrecy, and true to the theme, the release itself has also been masked in mystery. 8th Atomos Part Secret comes with four tracks including "Juliet", which moves up 15 spots to No. 16 this week on our chart. Tickets for Seo Tai Ji’s single launch concerts, cryptically titled Wormhole, sold out in just 20 minutes.  Seo Tai Ji also made special stage appearances on gayo shows to promote this song.





17. (+16) J-Walk (feat. Miryo) – 사랑한다 외쳐요 (Shout That You Love)   
Score: 328
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: J-Walk Vol. 3 Special Edition CD2 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: Male duo J-Walk have released a special edition of their 3rd album with a bonus CD featuring two brand new songs.  The first new song "Shout That You Love" moves up to the top 20 this week. This song is a warm and tender pop ballad reminiscent of their earlier hit songs.  Brown Eyed Girls’ Miryo is the featured rapper in this song.





18. (-12) FT Island – 나쁜 여자야 (You’re A Bad Woman)  
Score: 325
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: This is the title track of F.T. Island’s first mini-album “Jump up". It is a rock ballad with a tantalizing melody. Lee Hong-ki’s charming voice sounds more mature and touching than ever. The music video shows Lee Hong-ki acting out opposite new actress Seo Hyo-rim. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





19. (-6) Lee Seung Chul – 그런 사람 또 없습니다 (There Is No Other Person Like That)
Score: 305
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: This is the second original soundtrack of the movie “A Story Sadder Than Sadness”, the debut work of up-and-coming filmmaker Won Tae-yeon. This song fully conveys the sadness of the movie while its music video is a sequel of the music video for the song’s first original soundtrack performed by Kim Bum-soo. It features Kwon Sang-woo, Lee Bo-young and Lee Bum-soo. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





20. (+8) Lee Eun Mi – 헤어지는 중입니다 (In The Middle Of Breaking Up)   
Score: 282
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Lee Eun Mi 2009 mini-album Track 3
Watch: Live Performance
Comment: Earlier this year, Lee Eun Mi’s old song "I Had A Lover" became popular once again, prompting the veteran singer to release a new mini-album.  The title song "In The Middle Of Breaking Up" becomes her latest top-20 hit. This song is a vintage sad ballad that fits very well with the singer’s husky voice.





21. (New) Son Dam Bi – 토요일밤에 (Saturday Night) : 275 *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
22 . (-5) Wax (feat. Miss $ Tae Hye Young) – 전화 한 번 못하니 ( Not Even A Call ) : 270
23 . (-5) Jewelry S – 데이트 ( Date ) : 238
24 . (+14) Cho Won Sun – 도레미파솔라시도 ( Do Re Mi Fa So La Si Do ) : 236
25 . (-10) SS501 – 내 머리가 나빠서 ( Because My Head Is Bad ) : 233
26 . (-6) Lena Park – 비밀 ( Secret ) : 218
27 . (-6) Nassun – 놀러와 (Feat. 한승연 Of KARA) ( Come Play ) : 213
28. (New) Someday (feat. Je-A) – 알고있나요 ( Do You Know? ) : 197
29 . (-7) Bi – 9월 12일 ( September 12th ) : 196
30 . (-5) Lyn – 사랑…다 거짓말 ( Love..It’s All Lies ) : 195
31 . (-4) Brand New Day – 살만해 ( Livable ) : 192
32 . (-3) Lee Jin Sung – Sorry : 180
33 . (+3) Kim Kyung Rok – 사랑쟁이 ( Attached To Love ) : 152
34 . (+1) Dynamic Duo – Beyond The Wall : 149
35 . (-9) Untouchable – 다줄께 (feat. 한선화) ( Give You My All ) : 139
36. (-4) Noblesse (feat. Seo Jin Young) – 이별통보 ( Breakup Report ) : 135
37 . (-13) Joo Hyun Mi & Seo Hyun – 짜라자짜 ( Jja La Ja Jja ) : 134
38 . (New) U-Kiss – Talk To Me : 129
39 . (New) W & Whale – High School Sensation : 127
40 . (-24) T-Max – 파라다이스 (꽃보다 남자 OST) ( Paradise ) : 123
41 . (+3) Uptown – 흑기사 ( Black Knight ) : 101
42 . (New) Tae Sa Bi Ae – 어쩌다 널 ( How Did You… ) : 82
43 . (-2) Jang Ki Ha & Faces – 달이 차오른다, 가자 ( The Moon Is Rising, Let’s Go ) : 81
44 . (New) Sori – 새끼손가락 ( Pinky Finger ) : 80
45 . (-2) Jumper – Yes! : 79
46 . (New) YB – 아직도 널 ( Still You ) : 73
47 . (-8) Dae Sung – 대박이야 ( Success ) : 68
48 . (-1) Choi Hyun Joon – 미련한 사랑 ( Awkward Love ) : 56
49 . (New) Defconn – 힙합 유치원 ( Hip-Hop Kindergarten ) : 55
50 . (New) Seo Moon Tak – 너무많은… ( Too Much ) : 54





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





The Cross – 네버엔딩 (Never Ending)
Genre: Rock Ballad

Album: The Cross digital single "Gift" track 1
Listen to: Full Song
Comment: The Cross have come to their fans’ sides this year with a single album titled GIFT. The members are vocalist Kim Kyung Hyun, who is known to have the ability to sing over four octaves powerfully, and SiHA, who composed, penned, and produced all the songs. The title song "Never Ending" is an excellent rock ballad that showcases Kim Kyung Hyun’s vocal skills.





Turbo – 검은 고양이 (Black Cat)

Album: Turbo Vol. 1 "280km/h Speed" (1995) Track 4
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Turbo (터보) was a Korean duo very popular during their days. Turbo stood out for covering many genres of music and for the high-pitched voice of Kim Jong Kook, who has gone solo. First formed in 1994, the leader DJ Kim Jung Nam rapped and choreographed while Kim Jong Kook took the vocals. Mikey later joined the group as rapper and replaced Kim Jung Nam.  Black Cat is the fourth track from their first album 280 Km/h Speed. This is the song that put Turbo on the music map.  All of Turbo’s albums sold more than one million copies, a figure we can only dream of in these days.  After their breakup, Kim Jong Kook went on to become one of the most popular Korean male vocalists. (credits to ~S2~)





Sources of the chart



Air Monitor Chart – 15%
MNet M!Countdown – 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, MNet M!Countdown, KBS Lee Hana Peppermint, YTN Live Power Music, MTV Non-stop, Pops In Seoul) – 5%