Weekly Music Chart 2009 – May week 3


1. (+2) 2PM – Again & Again *** 1 WEEK NO. 1 ***   
Score: 967
Genre: Pop / Dance

Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: 2PM single album “2:00PM Time For Change” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Running away from the competition and scoring their first ever No. 1 song is 2PM’s latest hit “Again & Again”. This song has already topped MNet’s M!Countdown chart (2 weeks) and also won the Inky Gayo Mutizen award, so it is no surprise to see this song being No. 1 here.  2PM’s electrifying dance moves and strong vocals have won the heart of many fans.  They are the latest sensation produced by Park Jin Young (JYP).  Congratulations.





2. (+5) SG Wannabe (feat. Yurisangja Baek Seung Hwa) – 사랑해 (I Love You)   
Score: 861
Genre: Folk Ballad

SGWannabe6Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Album: SG Wannabe Vol. 6 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Korea’s top vocal group SG Wannabe return to familiar territory battling for the top spot with “I Love You”.  This song is a folk pop song reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel’s style, which is the group’s inspiration (SG).  It also features Yurisangja’s Baek Seung Hwa.  Korea’s top composer Cho Young Soo, who has written many big hits for SG Wannabe, is again the mastermind behind this song.






3. (-1) Younha – 원투쓰리 (1,2,3)   
Score: 816
Genre: Piano Rock

Album: Younha Vol. 3 Part A Track 4 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Due to very strong competition, Younha falls back a notch this week with her latest hit “1,2,3”.  This song has her trademark unique piano rock with pop sounds, along with brass and percussion accompaniment.  It still has the potential to move up again next week.





4. (+1) K.Will – 눈물이 뚝뚝 (Dropping The Tears)
Score: 712
Genre: R&B Ballad

DroppingTheTearsMusic: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Park Chan Hyun
Album: K.Will mini-album “Dropping The Tears” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the representative track for K.Will’s first mini album. The song starts with a simple piano melody and combines magnificent orchestra tunes and drum beats. K.Will’s more mature and moving voice sings about a heartbreaking separation. Yuri of Girls’ Generation stars in the music video as a mature woman who sheds tears. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





5. (-4) Son Dam Bi – 토요일밤에 (Saturday Night)   
Score: 691
Genre: Pop / Dance 

SonDamBi1Music + Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album: Son Dam Bi Vol. 1 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Son Dam-bi’s 1st album “Type B”. It is a pop dance song featuring retro sounds of the 1980s and it was written by Yonggamhan Hyeongje, who also wrote “Crazy”. They created the mood of the 1980s retro futurism by using electronic synthesizer sounds and drum source. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





6. (–) Davichi – My Man   
Score: 626
Genre: Pop / Dance

DavichiminiMusic: Park Hae Woon, Park Hae Moon / Lyrics: Lee Sang Baek, DK4RG
Album: Davichi mini-album “Davichi In Wonderland” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Follow-up song of Davichi’s mini-album “Davichi In Wonderland” remains at No. 6 this week.  The title track “8282” has already reached No. 1 on all music charts in Korea and also here.  Davichi have become one of the most popular female groups in Korea now.  They are known for their good vocals and cute outfits on stage.  Davichi are currently promoting a collaboration with See Ya and Ji Yeon of T-Ara, a song called Woman Generation which also enters our chart this week.





7. (-3) Super Junior – Sorry Sorry   
Score: 596
Genre: Pop / Dance

SuperJunior3Music + Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin
Album: Super Junior Vol. 3 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Super Junior’s same-titled third album. It’s a dance song of the urban minimal funky genre created by songwriter Yoo Young-jin. It features an exciting beat and the highly addictive chorus saying “Shawty”. This trendy song stands apart from Super Junior’s previous songs. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





8. (+4) Zi-A – 터질 것 같아 (Feel Like Exploding)
Score: 576
Genre: Pop Ballad

OrchestraMusic: Park Jung Wook / Lyrics: Kim Hye Sun
Album: Zi-A mini album “Orchestra” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: No longer a rookie or being faceless, Zi-A returns with a mini-album, Orchestra, to match the spring season. The title track “Feel Like Exploding” re-enters the top 10 this week.  This ballad was composed by Park Jung Wook, who is famous for the Bad Love drama series soundtrack. Kim Hye Sun penned the lyrics about heart-wrenching love which anyone can relate to.





9. (-1) 2AM – 친구의 고백 (Friend’s Confession)   
Score: 573
Genre: Pop Ballad

2AMConfessionMusic + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: 2AM second single album Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the representative track for 2AM’s second single album, “Time For Confession”. The R&B song features a sweet melody with 2AM’s unique harmonies. The song and lyrics were both written by Park Jin-young. The lyrics, which go well with 2AM’s masculine and strong voices, are about a man who confesses to an old friend. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





10. (-1) 8Eight – 심장이 없어 (Don’t Have A Heart)   
Score: 553
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: This is the title track of 8eight’s third album “The Golden Age”. It features a unique and exciting beat and portrays the sadness of a breakup. It was produced by hit-maker Bang Shi-hyuk, who also wrote “Like I’ve Been Shot” for Baek Ji-young. The music video is a story about forbidden love between a vampire, portrayed by So-hee of the Wonder Girls, and a human being. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





11. (-1) Jo Sung Mo – 행복했었다 (I Was Happy)   
Score: 552
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Jo Sung Mo Vol. 7 Track 7 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: The latest superstar coming back from his military duties, Jo Sung Mo finally returns after four long years with his seventh album. The concept of this new album is “things that touch people” and like the album title suggests, Jo Sung Mo shows another side of him, turning a bit away from solely ballads. However, the title track “I Was Happy” is the familiar Jo Sung Mo-style ballad that fans have been missing for many years.





12. (+1) After School – Diva
Score: 512
Genre: Pop / Dance

DivaMusic + Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album: After School digital single “Diva” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is After School’s first digital single and also marks a new addition to their group. A 6th member, UEE, joins the 5 girls for their new song Diva. The song is produced by the Brave Brothers.  It has hip-hop feel mixed with electronica. (credits to ~S2~)





13. (-2) Lim Chang Jung – 오랜만이야 (It’s Been A Long Time)
Score: 501
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: At No. 13 is Lim Chang Jung’s comeback hit “It’s Been A Long Time”.  This well-made ballad number is about a man who has reunited with his lover, but sadly has trouble approaching her.  Fans can 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 out “the king of ballads”.





14. (+19) Park Ji Yoon – 바래진 기억에 (In A Faded Memory) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 470
Genre: Jazz Ballad

Album: Park Ji Yoon Vol. 7 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Once upon a time early this decade, Park Ji Yoon was the sexy dancing queen of k-pop.  Debuting as a teenager, she took k-pop by storm.  Her career reached a climax during her 4th album with the memorable hit “Adult Ceremony” (see our “Yesterday Once More” segment for more details).  She also acted in dramas and films.  After nearly 7 years, Park Ji Yoon finally comes back with her 7th album.  No longer a bubbly teenage girl, Park Ji Yoon made a 180-degree change to her music style, singing acoustic and jazz ballads now.  Back in the days she never had a chance to showcase her vocal talent.  Many doubted whether she could make it through this transformation.  After a few live performances and also solid album sales, she has silenced all her critics.  Her latest hit “In A Faded Memory” also becomes our biggest mover this week.  Even though many big-name superstars have made their comebacks recently, I’d say Park Ji Yoon has given us the most pleasent surprise.





15. (+8) MC Mong (feat. Navi) – Simple Love   
Score: 369
Genre: Hip-hop

Album: Blue Brand – 12 Doors Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: The latest hit by MC Mong is not coming from his new album.  Instead, it is coming from a much anticipated compilation album “Brand Brand – 12 Doors” featuring 12 different well known hip-hop artistes.  “Simple Love” is the title song of this album.  Navi, who also has her own hit song on the chart, lends her vocal alongside MC Mong’s rap.





16. (+10) IU – Boo   
Score: 313
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: IU Vol. 1 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Teenager IU impressed the music scene with her debut mini-album “Lost & Found” last year with the powerful ballad “Mia”.  With a powerful voice, listeners were very surprised to find out that IU is only 15 years old.  Now she releases her 1st full studio album.  The title song “Boo” this time is a cutesy dance song which is probably more reflective of IU’s age.  “Boo” becomes her 1st top-20 hit this week, moving up 10 spots to No. 16.  Many fans seem to be disappointed by this switch to dance music after the impressive “Mia”.  But we have to realise that this is the trend of many debuting female k-pop singers or groups in the past 2 years.  They started out with a ballad that proved the artiste can sing, and then gradually switch to more pop, dance trendy type of songs.  This formula has proved to be successful for many singers, and here is another example.





17. (-2) Big Bang & 2NE1 – Lollipop  
Score: 312
Genre: R&B / Dance

LollipopMusic + Lyrics: Teddy
Album: Big Bang & 2NE1 digital single “Lollipop” Track 1
Watch: MV
Comment: This is Big Bang & 2NE1’s project album. This song has fun electronic sounds and an easy-to-follow melody. The harmony of diverse and distinct voices makes this song especially attractive. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





18. (+16) Lee Jun Ki – J Style   
Score: 273
Genre: Pop / Dance

LeeJunKi1Music: Kim Hyung Suk / Lyrics: Yang Jae Sun
Album: Lee Jun Ki 1st single album Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: Popular actor Lee Jun Ki releases his 1st single album and immediately makes a big impact on both album sales and the music chart.  The title song “J Style” becomes his 1st top-20 hit. “J Style” was composed by Kim Hyung Suk and written by Yang Jae Sun, who were responsible for Shin Seung Hun’s classic “I Believe”. It is a powerful dance track with a punkish style.





19. (+2) Yoo Seung Chan – 니가 그립다 (I Miss You)   
Score: 270
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Yoo Seung Chan single “Pictures” Track 1
Watch: MV
Comment: Yoo Seung Chan, who participated in a few drama OSTs previously, released his first digital single “Pictures”.  The title song “I Miss You” becomes his first top-20 hit this week.  Despite Yoo not having come out to perform, this song has been one of the top airplay songs in Korea for the last month.  Not surprisingly most of the scores of this song are coming from our airplay chart sources.  Actor Kim Kang Woo stars in this song’s MV.





20. (+4) Tiffany (SNSD) – 나 혼자서 (Be Myself)
Score: 258
Genre: Pop Ballad

BeMyselfMusic: Lee Sang Joon / Lyrics: Lee Jae Kyung
Album: Tiffany (SNSD) digital single “Be Myself” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Tiffany of idol group SNSD takes part in a soundtrack for the first time through the SBS drama series, Princess JaMyungGo. Titled By Myself, the song was composed by Lee Sang Joon, who wrote other hit numbers including Buzz’s The Heart Controls Love and TaeYeon’s Can You Hear Me, and was written by Lee Jae Kyung. Through this song, Tiffany is able to show herself not as a member of Girls’ Generation, but as a young lady.





21 . (-7) Ok Ju Hyun – 사랑한단 말 못해 ( Can’t Say I Love You: MBC Drama “Cinderella Man” OST ) : 253
22 . (-2) Lee Eun Mi – 헤어지는 중입니다 ( In the Middle Of Breaking Up ) : 246
23 . (-1) Evan – 머리와 심장이 싸우다 ( My Head and Heart Are Fighting ) : 241
24 . (-8) YB – 아직도 널 ( Still You ) : 232
25. (New) Kim Jong Kook – 따줘 (To Pick) : 225 *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
26 . (+3) Cho Won Sun – 도레미파솔라시도 ( Do Re Mi Fa So La Si Do ) : 210
27 . (-8) Bobby Kim – 사랑..그 놈 ( Love…This Person ) : 209
28 . (New) See Ya, Davichi & Ji Yeon (T-Ara) – 여성시대 ( Women’s Generation ) : 202
29 . (-4) Namolla Family – 전화하지마 (feat. 태인) ( Don’t Call Me On the Phone ) : 174
30 . (+5) W & Whale – High School Sensation : 160
31 . (-14) AJ – Dancing Shoes : 156
32 . (+8) Ran – 너를 비운다 ( Empty You ) : 153
33 . (-2) Navi (feat. Crown J) – 마음이 다쳐서 ( My Heart Is Hurt ) : 150
34 . (New) Kim Jin Pyo (feat. Jandi) – 쿨하게 헤어지는 방법 (Breaking Up Coolly) : 148
35 . (New) Lee Soo Young – 지울꺼야 ( I’m Going to Erase It ) : 144
36 . (New) Kim Hyung Joong – 오늘의 운세 ( Today’s Luck ) : 135
37 . (-1) Lee Min Ho – Extreme : 121
38 . (+1) The D.A.Y – 그대라는 ( You Are… ) : 115
39 . (New) T-Ara – 좋은 사람 ( Good Person: MBC Drama “Cinderella Man” OST ) : 112
40 . (-3) Shin Seung Hoon – 내 사람인 것 같아서 ( Because She Seemed Like My Person MBC Drama “Cinderella Man” OST ) : 111
41 . (-13) Epik High – Map The Soul : 100
42 . (+2) H-Eugene (feat. Lyn) – 사랑인가봐 ( It Must Be Love ) : 98
43 . (-16) Bae Sul Gi – 지겨워 ( Tiresome ) : 94
44 . (New) Oh Jong Hyuk – Cry : 93
45 . (New) Chae Yeon – 흔들려 ( Shake ) : 78
46 . (-4) Jang Ki Ha & Faces – 싸구려 커피 ( Cheap Coffee ) : 70
47 . (-6) AST’1 – Dynamite : 63
48 . (-30) Seo Tai Ji – Juliet : 60
49 . (-11) Solbi – 벌 받을 거야 ( Receiving Your Punishment ) : 56
50 . (New) Yurisangja – Don’t Worry, Be Happy : 50





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





Lee Woo Sang – 남잔 다 그래 (All Men Are Like That)
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Lee Woo Sang single “One Fine Day” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Lee Woo Sang, who is known for his sweet voice through the soundtracks for the drama series “Bad Love” and “I Love You”, has finally released his first mini album. The title track is “All Men Are Like That”, which was composed by Park Hyun Joong, who also wrote OneTwo’s “Bad Woman”. It is a sad song about a man who has a crush on a girl and who’s heartbroken due to this one-sided love.  Rising actress Han Hyo Joo stars in the song’s MV.





Park Ji Yoon – 성인식 (Adult Ceremony)
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: Park Ji Yoon Vol. 4 (2000) Track 3
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Definitely one of the most well known k-pop songs in the early 2000s, “Adult Ceremony” is written and produced by the famous JYP and was the title song of Park Ji Yoon’s 4th album.  The sexy MV of this song is a classic.  Many listeners became attracted to k-pop after this song.  Park Ji Yoon is a multi-talented entertainer, actress, model and singer who debuted at the age of 13.  She recently came back to the music industry after a long lay-off and she has now transformed herself into a mature lady singing acoustic-style ballads.  Her newest hit “In A Faded Memory” enters our top 20 this week as the biggest mover.  Comparing this song to her latest hit, it is hard to believe it’s coming from the same singer. (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, MNet M!Countdown, SBS Kim Jung Eun Chocolate, KBS Yoo Hee Yeol Sketchbook , YTN Live Power Music, MTV Non-stop, Pops In Seoul) – 5%