Weekly Music Chart 2009 – July week 1


1. (–) V.O.S – 큰일이다 (Big Trouble) *** 2 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Score: 904
Genre: R&B Ballad

RoutineFreeMusic: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Album: V.O.S Vol. 3.5 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: V.O.S remains No. 1 song this week with "Big Trouble".  This song was composed by Korea’s best hit-maker, Cho Young Soo, and penned by Kang Eun Kyung. The lyrics are to bring tears to listeners’ eyes. The song is about a one-sided love and the distress and uneasiness one feels when not being able to confess one’s feelings.





2. (+4) Outsider – 외톨이 (Loner)
Score: 871
Genre: Hip-hop

Outsider2Music: Big Boy, MC Sniper / Lyrics: Outsider
Album: Outsider Vol. 2 Track 5 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Moving past a lot of strong competitions into the 2nd spot is Outsider’s "Loner". This song with a good rhythm is written by Big Boy and MC Sniper.  No wonder the style is very reminiscent of MC Sniper’s.  Outsider is known as Korea’s fastest rapper, and he proves it in this song.  It features a 14-member orchestra, which is very unique for a hip-hop song.  "Loner" is the most surprising hit song in 2009, as it is already ranked high on many music charts in Korea and reached No. 1 on Hanteo’s album sales chart.  It is within striking distance to the top and perhaps will overtake V.O.S next week.





3. (-1) SHINee – 줄리엣 (Juliette)   
Score: 828
Genre: Pop / Dance

RomeoMusic: Remee, Jay, Sean / Lyrics: Kim Jong Hyun
Album: SHINee 2nd mini-album "Romeo" Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of SHINee’s second mini-album “Romeo.” It is a trendy urban dance song whose lyrics were written by the SHINee member Jong-hyun. It features a sophisticated rhythm and acoustic-style drum sounds, which harmonize with SHINee’s vocals. It is a remake of the song "Deal With It," which was released in the United Sates in 2007 by Corbin Bleu. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





4. (+1) 2NE1 – Fire   
Score: 699
Genre: Hip-hop / R&B / Dance

FireMusic + Lyrics: Teddy
Album: 2NE1 digital single "Fire" Track 1
Watch: MV (Space Version) MV (Street Version) Live Performance
Comment: This fast hip-hop song is the representative track for 2NE1’s debut single album. It was produced by former 1TYM member Teddy and features a reggae feel with an African vibe led by percussion instruments. This girl group presents music that’s distinctive from other girl groups, showing off each member’s talented vocals and her intense sides. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





5. (-1) See Ya, Davichi, and Ji-Yeon (T-Ara) – 여성시대 (Women’s Generation)
Score: 680
Genre: Pop / Dance

Woman'sGenerationMusic: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: K. Smith
Album: See Ya, Davichi & T-ara digital single "Women’s Generation" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This exciting, trot-style song with light rhythms is about standing up and being strong even after falling down in a tough world. The impressive music video shows off the members’ fresh vocals and their cute, vivacious dance moves. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





6. (+1) Koyote – 넌센스 (Nonsense)
Score: 679
Genre: Pop / Dance

Koyote10.5Music + Lyrics: Kim Do Hoon + Kim Se Jin
Album: Koyote Vol. 10 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Koyote, one of k-pop’s signature pop dance groups, return with their 10th album minus Kim Jong Min, who could not participate as he is in military service.  It’s been three years since their last album.  The title track "Nonsense" is at No. 7 this week.  It was composed by hit-makers Kim Do Hun and Kim Sejin. This dance track has 80s-style house rhythms and incorporates trendy synthesizer sounds.





7. (+9) 8Eight – 잘가요 내 사랑 (Goodbye My Love)
Score: 630
Genre: R&B Ballad

8Eight3RMusic: Bang Shi Hyuk / Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk, Baek Chan
Album: 8Eight Vol. 3 Repackaged Version Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: 8Eight returns with a repackaged edition of their 3rd album which includes their latest hit song "Goodbye My Love", becoming their latest top 10 song this week.  "Goodbye My Love" is again written by Hitman Bang Shi Hyuk, who is the mastermind behind all of the group’s hit songs.  The song is a hybrid of grungy guitar and an ambiance of hip hop rhythm.





8. (-5) Super Junior – 너라고 (It’s You)   
Score: 578
Genre: Pop / Dance

SuperJunior3CMusic + Lyrics: E-Tribe
Album: Super Junior Vol. 3 Version C Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Super Junior’s single album. This dance song was written by hitmaker E-tribe and it features acoustic R&B sounds and retro euro-techno sounds. The omnibus-type music video was produced in dance and drama versions. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





9. (New) 2PM – 네가 밉다 (I Hate You) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***  
Score: 540
Genre: Pop / Dance

2PMmini2009Music + Lyrics: Kim Chang Dae
Album: 2PM single album "2:00PM Time For Change" Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: The follow up song promoted by 2PM after "Again and Again" is "I Hate You", and this song enters the chart straight into the top 10 at No. 9 this week. This R&B and electronic track goes well with 2PM’s powerful dance moves.  This song has a medium tempo melody which picks up in the chorus part.





10. (–) Lee Seung Chul – 손톱이 빠져서 (My Nails Came Off)   
Score: 525
Genre: Rock Ballad

LeeSeungChul10Music + Lyrics: Jun Hae Sung
Album: Lee Seung Chul Vol. 10 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Veteran Lee Seung Chul drops remains No. 10 this week with "My Nails Came Off". The song comes from his 10th album titled Mutopia. The word Mutopia mixes the two words “music” and “utopia” together to show fans the journey music has taken him throughout his life. This song is composed by Jun Hae Sung, who also wrote the song “Long Day”. The song has a rock style and Lee Seung Chul’s trademark sincere vocals.





11. (-3) Chae Yeon – 흔들려 (Shake)
Score: 520
Genre: Pop / Dance

ShakeMusic + Lyrics: Kim Chang Hwan
Album: Chae Yeon mini-album "Shake" Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Sexy diva Chae Yeon is at No. 11 this week with "Shake".  DJ Koo of Clon also offered 2 re-mixed versions of this song.  While Chae Yeon was on hiatus from music between her last album and now, many female singles with similar styles to hers have emerged.  Now Chae Yeon is out to re-capture her fans once again.  The timing of this release is good as we are getting into summer and dance hits always do well in this season.





12. (+6) Park Jung Hyun – 눈물이 주룩주룩 (Tears Flowing)
Score: 499
Genre: R&B Ballad

Album: Park Jung Hyun Vol. 7 Repackaged Edition Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: It’s not very common for a singer to release a repackaged version of his/her album after more than 3 months of its original release. Park Jung Hyun did it this time and it proves to be successful, as the title song "Tears Flowing" of her repackaged 7th album enters our top 20 this week at No. 18.  This song features the crystal clear powerful vocal of Park Jung Hyun.  Check out excellent her live performance on the above link when she appeared on Yoo Hee Yeol Sketchbook.





13. (-4) SG Wannabe (feat. Yurisangja Baek Seung Hwa) – 사랑해 (I Love You)   
Score: 491
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: This is the representative track for SG Wannabe’s 6th album "Gift From SG WANNABE". Composer Cho Young-soo, who has long produced the group’s tracks, produced this Simon & Garfunkel-style song, which features beautiful harmonies. The music video tells a sad love story between actor Baek Jong-min and Jiyeon, a new member of SeeYa. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





14. (-3) K.Will (feat. Dynamic Duo) – 1초에 한 방울 (One Droplet In A Second)
Score: 479
Genre: R&B Ballad

DroppingTheTearsMusic: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Park Chan Hyun
Album: K.Will mini-album "Dropping The Tears" Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: 2009 is already a very good year for K.Will, as this new song is his 3rd top-20 hit.  This is the follow-up song from his mini-album "Dropping The Tears" is at No. 14 this week.  "One Droplet In A Second" is a ballad with an acoustic feel containing vocals that are both sweet and filled with sorrow. The track also features Dynamic Duo rapping about the heartbreak of separating.





15. (+7) 4minute – Hot Issue
Score: 440
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: 4minute digital single "Hot Issue" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Another very promising rookie female group made it into our top 20 this week.  Five membered girl group 4minute moves up 7 spot with their debut song "Hot Issue".  This group features ex-Wonder Girl Kim Hyun Ah as rapper, along with Nam Ji Hyun, Heo Ga Yoon, Jeon Ji Yoon, and Kwon So Hyun.  They all aged between 14 to 18.  4minute brings unique fashion on stage and hip-hop genre with upbeat dance moves.





16. (-4) Kim Tae Woo – 기억과 추억 (Memory And Remembrance)
Score: 394
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Kim Tae Woo digital single "Memory and Remembrance" Track 1
Watch: MV
Comment: This is the representative song for Kim Tae-woo’s digital single album. Kim Tae-woo wrote the lyrics based on his memories and reminiscences of his years in the group "god." The chorus is cheerful. "god" members Park Joon-hyung, Sohn Ho-young and Danny Ahn participated in the song and music video. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





17. (-2) Kim Jong Wook (feat. Kang Min Kyung) – 척하면 척 (If You Pretend)   
Score: 370
Genre: Pop 

KimJongWook2Music: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Kim Do Hoon, Hwang Sung Jin
Album: Kim Jong Wook Vol. 2 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Last year’s "We Got Married" mania put singer Kim Jong Wook on the map, as his song, "Only You", became very popular.  Now Kim Jong Wook returns with his new album "One Fine Day". Title song "If You Pretend" is a collaboration track with Davichi member Kang Min Kyung. The song is a dance number which has some reggae sounds, along with a summery cute feel to it. Kang not only took part in the song but the choreography as well.





18. (-1) Kim Dong Ryul – 고독한 항해 (Lonely Voyage)
Score: 329
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Kim Dong Ryul 2008 Concert, Monologue (Live) Track 29 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: One of the very few singer-songwriters in Korea, Kim Dong Ryul maintains a low profile, yet his songs are always appreciated by fans.  He has very strong album sales despite not performing on music shows.  This song by Kim Dong Ryul was originally featured in his first solo album. He sang this as a ballad at his 2008 concert and has now released the studio version as the title song of this live concert album, featuring more effects which create the image of traveling with the seas.





19. (+2) Untouchable – Oh
Score: 305
Genre: R&B Ballad

Album: Untouchable 1st mini-album Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: After their hot debut album, Untouchable return with their first mini album. The title song ‘Oh’ becomes their latest top 20 hit this week, takes them another step toward becoming major hip hop musicians. Many will relate to the lyrics of ‘Monday Blues (feat. Hwa Young)’. It is about how you would want to escape from those miserable Monday mornings.





20. (New) SNSD – 소원을 말해 봐 (Genie)
Score: 302
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: SNSD mini-album Vol. 2 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: SNSD who started the ‘Gee Syndrome’ earlier this year has returned with their second mini album with the title track Tell Me Your Wish (Genie). This song was composed by hit composer Yoo Young Jin, Yoo Han Jin, as well as ‘Dsign Music’ a European composing team. It is a trendy dance number with a bright message. The song is perfect to listen to when you are feeling down or are busy with life as SNSD will be your genie, giving you energy and vitality.  Less than a week of release this song already debuted into our top 20.  It is destined to be one of this summer’s biggest hits.





21 . (-8) IU – Boo : 293
22 . (New) Moon Hee Jun – Toy : 263
23 . (New) Kim Yong Joon & Hwang Jung Eum – 커플 ( Couple ) : 249
24 . (New) Lee Seung Ki – 결혼해줄래 ( Will You Marry Me ) : 202
25 . (+2) Beige – 지지리 ( Awfully ) : 196
26 . (+5) Hwi – 가질 수 없는 너 ( You I Can’t Have ) : 173
27 . (-8) Yoon Gun / Lee Hyori – 이뻐요 ( Beauty ) : 169
28. (+21) Hong Jin Young – 사랑의 배터리 (Love’s Battery) : 159 *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
29 . (–) Na Yoon Kwon – 미행 ( Shadow ) : 157
30 . (New) Ilac (feat. Brand New Day Chae Rin) – 편한 사람이 생겼어 ( I’ve Found a Comfortable Person ) : 155
31 . (-7) Kara – 똑 같은 맘 ( Same Heart ) : 153
32 . (-12) After School – Diva : 147
33 . (+1) Brand New Day – 마스카라 ( Mascara ) : 145
34 . (+6) Lee Jung Hyun – Vouge It Girl : 125
35 . (-10) Park Ji Yoon – 바래진 기억에 ( In A Faded Memory ) : 122
36 . (+2) MC The Max – 뒤차가 경적을 ( The Following Car is Honking ) : 121
37 . (-9) Tiffany (SNSD) – 나 혼자서 ( Be Myself ) : 116
38 . (-12) Baek Ji Young – 사랑이 죄인가요 ( Love Must Be a Sin ) : 105
39 . (New) As One – 헤어져 ( Breakup ) : 97
40 . (-17) MC Mong (feat. Navi) – Simple Love : 84
41 . (-11) Loveholics – Miracle Blue : 81
42 . (-9) Clazziquai – Wizard Of Oz : 76
43 . (-2) Jun Jin (feat. Son Dam Bi) – Hey Ya! : 59
44 . (-8) Kim Dong Hee – 여자는 그래 ( Women Are Like That ) : 47
45 . (-8) Gavy NJ (Hye Young) & Jang Hye Jin – Twilight 영원토록 ( Twlight Forever ) : 46
46 . (New) Dream Girls – Hey Mr. : 45
47 . (New) No Reply – 그대 걷던 길 ( The Road You Walk On ) : 44
48 . (-3) Oh Jong Hyuk – Cry : 41
49 . (-14) Hwa Yobi – Once : 40
50 . (-8) Jo Sung Mo 행복했었다 ( I Was Happy ) : 35





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





Lee Ji Soo – 바보라서 (Because I’m A Fool)
Genre: Pop

Album: Lee Ji Soo Vol. 2 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Lee Ji Soo, who has aspired to be a singer ever since he became a fan of Fly to the Sky in fifth grade has finally had his wishes come true after participating in various drama soundtracks such as for My Girl and Boys Over Flowers. He had released his very first album in 2006, titled Breath in Melody and this year, came out with his sophomore album. The title track is, Because I’m a Fool is about a guy who has loved a significant other for seven years and his honest feelings for her. This song is has an upbeat tempo and a catchy melody.





Turtles – 빙고 (Bingo)
Genre: Pop / Hip-hop

Album: Turtles Vol. 3 Track 4
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Turtles was a three-membered K-pop / hip-hop group that debuted in 2001. Front man and leader Turtleman wrote all the group’s songs and also took part in singing and rapping.  Z-E is the female rapper, and Gumpi is the main vocalist (Su Bin was the vocalist on their 1st album, with Gumpi replacing her starting on the 2nd album).  Their songs are always joyful and fun to listen to, and they are like the hip-hop version of Cool.  "Bingo" is probably the first big hit of the group that solidify their place in k-pop.  Later, the single "Airplane" (bihaengi) from their fourth album topped the KBS chart in September 2006. Unfortunately, "Turtleman" (born Lim Sung-hoon), died of a heart attack on April 2, 2008 and Turtles officially announced their disbandment early this year. (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%