August 2009 Weekly K-Pop Music Chart – Week 3

1. (–) 2NE1 – I Don’t Care *** 3 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Score: 950
Genre: Hip-hop / R&B
Music + Lyrics: Teddy + Kush
Album: 2NE1 1st mini-album Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
2NE1 is No. 1 for the 3rd straight week with “I Don’t Care” holding off
very strong competitions from behind one more week. This song has
already topped almost all music charts in Korea. “I Don’t Care” was
composed and penned by Teddy and Kush of Stonyskunk. The song is more
of a soft “reggae melody” R&B Pop track compared to their previous
faster beats and stronger hip-hop melodies. Fans are able to see
another side of 2NE1 through this song.

2. (+1) FT Island – 바래 (I Hope)
Score: 922
Genre: Rock
Music: Kim Do Hoon, Kim Se Jin / Lyrics: Kim Do Hoon, Han Sung Ho
Album: FT Island Vol. 3 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
FT Island’s “I Hope” goes over the 900-point mark and rises another
notch to No. 2 this week. This song is from their newly released 3rd
album titled “Cross And Change.” Just like their title name states, FT
Island has come with a transformation as well as a crossover. If their
previous albums mainly consisted of rock ballads, this new one would
have more summery bright and cheerful songs. “I Hope” is of the
electronic rock crossover genre that has a strong melody as well as
rapping. This song will be one of the 4 songs competing for the top
spot next week.

3. (+3) Brown Eyed Girls – Abracadabra
Score: 869
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Hitchhiker, Lee Min Soo / Lyrics: Kim Lee Na, Miryo
Album: Brown Eyed Girls Vol. 3 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
After having a very fruitful 2008 which saw them becoming one of the
premier girl groups in Korea, Brown Eyed Girls finally return with a
new album titled “Sound G”. They present some good old funky numbers
full of passion and energy. The theme of Sound G revolves around the
images and emotions of girls living in the city. The title track
“Abracadabra” was co-composed by Rollercoaster’s Jinu (Hitch Hiker) and
Lee Min Soo and it moves up 3 more spots to No. 3 this week, looking
like a serious contender to be the next No. 1 song. “Abracadabra” is a
fresh electronic pop dance number with BEG members’ electrifying
performance and dance moves already is the talk of the town.

4. (+5) MC Mong (feat. Jang Geun Ee, B.I) – 인디언 보이 (Indian Boy)
Score: 856
Genre: Hip-hop
Music + Lyrics: MC Mong
Album: MC Mong Vol. 5 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
MC Mong, the king of mainstream hip-hop, is coming back with his fifth
album Humanimal. The title song “Indian Boy” moves up 5 spots to No. 4
this week, maintaining his streak of top 5 songs from all his album
title tracks. Indian Boy is written by MC Mong himself and featuring
his good friend Jang Geun Ee and also B.I.

5. (-3) SNSD – 소원을 말해 봐 (Genie)
Score: 833
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin
Album: SNSD mini-album Vol. 2 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the title track of Girls’ Generation’s 2nd mini-album. It is a
trendy dance song that was written by the hit-makers Yoo Young-jin and
Yoo Han-jin and the songwriter team “Design Music,” which is famous in
the U.S. and Europe. Its dream-like prelude harmonizes well with its
cheerful chorus. The lyrics are about regaining courage and passion for
life. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

6. (-2) 4minute – Hot Issue
Score: 656
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: 4minute digital single “Hot Issue” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the title track of 4Minute’s debut single album. It is a “hook”
song with a funky rhythm of the 1980s and it stands apart from songs
with story-based lyrics. The musical interpretation of vivid colors
makes this song especially stylish. Its free-spirited melody and
rapping are very impressive. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

7. (-2) Outsider – 외톨이 (Loner)
Score: 595
Genre: Hip-hop
Music: Big Boy, MC Sniper / Lyrics: Outsider
Album: Outsider Vol. 2 Track 5 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the representative song for Outsider’s second album, “Maestro.”
A hip-hop track, it blends fast beats with a sentimental melody and is
about people struggling in a tough world. Rapid-fire rapping and a
delicate, sensual vibe create a unique style. (credits to Arirang TV –
Pops In Seoul)

8.(+14) Cool – 보고 보고 (To Look To Look)
Score: 533
Genre: Pop
Music: Yoon Il Sang / Lyrics: Lee Seung Ho
Album: Cool Vol. 11 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
For many years, a summer in k-pop is not considered complete without a
hit song from Cool. 2009 is of no exception as the ageless trio is
coming back for their 11th album. The title song “To Look To Look”
becomes their latest top 10 hit this week. “To Look To Look” is a
perfect song for the season that has cute lyrics that will tickle
listeners. The Yoon Il Sang and Lee Seung Ho combo who also wrote their
past hit, I Want Love, composed this number.

9. (+20) Kara – Wanna *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 530
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Han Jae Ho + Kim Seung Soo / Lyrics: Song Soo Yoon
Album: Kara Vol. 2 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV (English subbed) Live Performance
Already having 2 big hits “Pretty Girl” and “Honey” from their
mini-album earlier this year, Kara is coming back for more and
releasing their 2nd full studio album. The title track “Wanna” becomes
their latest top 10 hit and is also our biggest mover this week.
“Wanna” was produced and composed by Han Jae Ho and Kim Seung Soo,
which is a pop dance track with a powerful beat and sound. It also has
a wonderful chorus that brings out a tense feeling. Kara is showing a
more mature image this time around.

10. (+1) Lee Seung Ki (feat. Bizniz) – 결혼해줄래 (Will You Marry Me)
Score: 511
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Sang Ho / Lyrics: Kim Do Hoon, Hwang Sung Jin
Album: Lee Seung Ki digital single “Will You Marry Me” Track 1
Watch: MV
Lee Seung Ki is moving back up 1 spot to No. 10 this week with his
digital single “Will You Marry Me”. This mellow ballad was composed by
Kim Do Hoon, with lyrics about wanting to live happily ever after with
a loved one and even a child. The MV of this song features footage of
his drama “Brilliant Legacy.”

11. (+17) T-Ara – 거짓말 (Lie)
Score: 479
Genre: Pop
Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Album: T-Ara digital single “Lie” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
This year in k-pop we have seen perhaps the strongest competition ever
for debutant female groups. 2NE1, 4 minute, After School have already
made major impact to the scene, now a 4th female group is joining the
heated competition. They are 6-member group T-Ara. The members consists
of Ji Yeon, who made her first stage appearance with the project group
“Women’s Generation”; Bo Ram, the daughter of singer Jeon Young Rok and
actress Lee Mi Young; Eun Jung, who appeared in the movie “Go Sa”,
drama “King And I”, SG Wannabe’s music video “Gashiri” and FT Island’s
music video “Thunder”; Hyo Min, who appeared in SG Wannabe’s music
video “A Neat Breakup” and FT Island’s music video “Heaven”; So Yeon, a
winner from a song festival; and Qri, well known for her cute face.
Their title song “Lies” was composed by Korea’s famous composer Cho
Young Soo, which is a very addicting song that will keep people wanting
for more. There are two versions of the title song “Lies”, a dance
version and a ballad version. The dance version has a bokgo feel and
electronic sound as oppose to the ballad version which has more of an
acoustic sound to it.

12. (+1) Wax – 결국 너야 (In The End, It’s You)
Score: 443
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Kim Do Hoon, PJ / Lyrics: Kim Do Hoon, Choi Gap Won
Album: Wax Vol. 8 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the title song of Wax’s 8th album “Always You.” It is a dance
song that blends sensible ballad tunes with a strong house beat. The
music was written by the hitmaker Kim Do-hoon and producer PJ, while
Choi Kap-won wrote the lyrics. Its gorgeous melody harmonizes well with
Wax’s powerful voice. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

13. (-3) Clazziquai – Love Again
Score: 434
Genre: Electronica

Album: Clazziquai Vol. 4 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
After two years hiatus with members Alex and Horan concentrated on
their solo and project group activities respectively, Clazziquai
finally comes back their fourth album Mucho Punk. Always at the
forefront of music, Clazziquai continue to expand their sound and
experiment with different musical genres and styles. This time, they’ve
combined New Wave and punk with their trademark house, pop, and
electronic. This album was produced by DJ Clazzi and was influenced
much by the movie, Nacho Libre. The songs are much more punkish, thus
how the album got its name. The title song “Love Again” is at No. 13
this week. With many big acts returning this summer, Clazziquai offers
us a different sound and will stand out between pop songs.

14. (–) One Two – 별이 빛나는 밤에 (Starry Night)
Score: 426
Genre: Hip-hop
Music + Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album: One Two digital single “Starry Night” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the representative song for One Two’s second digital single
album. A dance song produced by the hitmaker Brave Brothers, it
features their unique synth sounds with funky disco rhythms. One Two’s
cool voices go well with the light melody, adding a sense of fun to its
cheerful rhythm. The music video stole the spotlight by showing off the
greatest cars in the world, which cost up to five billion won. (credits
to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

15. (-8) 2PM – 네가 밉다 (I Hate You)
Score: 365
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Kim Chang Dae
Album: 2PM single album “2:00PM Time For Change” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This song is included in 2PM’s single album “2:00PM Time For Change.”
It blends the soul groove and trendy two-step styles and features
autotune vocoder sounds, which are very popular in the U.S. The frank
lyrics are about the feelings of a man toward the woman he loves. This
song represents 2PM’s more mature charm. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops
In Seoul)

16. (-8) 8Eight – 잘가요 내 사랑 (Goodbye My Love)
Score: 363
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music: Bang Shi Hyuk / Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk, Baek Chan
Album: 8Eight Vol. 3 Repackaged Version Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the title track of 8eight’s digital single album. It is a
hybrid song featuring unique guitar sounds, which are reminiscent of
the music style of the British rock band Oasis, and a hip-hop rhythm.
Like “My Heart Is Gone,” this song was also written by songwriter Bang
Shi-hyuk. The music video shows actor Chung Kyeo-woon, actress Kim
So-eun and Chung Jin-woon of 2AM. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In

17. (–) Drunken Tiger – Monster
Score: 324
Genre: Hip-hop
Music: Ann1 / Lyrics: Tiger JK
Album: Drunken Tiger Vol. 8 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
One of Korean’s top hip-hop act is back! Tiger JK is back with Drunken
Tiger’s highly anticipated eighth album! Arriving two years after the
last Drunken Tiger release, “feel ghood muzik: the 8th wonder” comes
with double the music for Korean hip-hop fans. Not surprising that this
album immediately becomes a top seller upon release. Tiger JK drops a
whopping 27 new tracks on this two-disc release. Disc 1, titled “Feel
Good Side”, offers a more mainstream hip-hop sound while Disc 2, titled
“Feel Hood Side”, packs hardcore rhymes from the hip-hop guru. The
title song “Monster” is from the “Feel Good Side” CD and is again at
No. 17 this week.

18. (-6) SHINee – 줄리엣 (Juliette)
Score: 306
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Remee, Jay, Sean / Lyrics: Kim Jong Hyun
Album: SHINee 2nd mini-album “Romeo” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
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)

19. (-3) Park Myung Soo / Jessica (SNSD) – 냉면 (Cold Noodles)
Score: 319
Genre: Pop
Music + Lyrics: E-Tribe
Album: Various Artists – Infinity Challenge Special
Watch: MV Live performance
One of the two songs in the top 20 this week coming from MBC’s Infinity
Challenge Special where members partnered up with singers to produce
and perform a song. Park Myung Soo teamed up with Jessica of SNSD for
this song. This pair’s song is fun with the coolness of Cold noodles
especially for the season. (credits to ~S2~)

20. (+3) Supreme Team – 슈퍼매직 (Super Magic)
Score: 270
Genre: Hip-hop

Album: Supreme Team 1st mini-album Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Cracking into the top 20 is a new hip-hop duo Supreme Team. Members
Simon Dominic and E-Sens are already well known underground rappers
being featured in many artists’ songs. No wonder their album has been
on the top 20 sales chart every day after its release. Despite their
underground background, their debut song “Super Magic” is quite
mainstream and should be a nice introduction to the general k-pop

21 . (+5) Roo’ra – 고잉고잉 ( Going Going ) : 260
22 . (+5) IU – 있잖아 ( You Know ) : 242
23 . (New) Son Dam Bi/After School – 아몰레드 ( Amoled ) : 239 *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
24 . (+7) DNT – 정신없이 예뻐  ( Crazily Pretty ) : 226
25 . (New) Epik High (feat. DH-Style) – Fly Higher : 217
26 . (-6) Yoo Jae Suk, Tiger JK, T – Let’s Dance : 216
27 . (-6) Kim Yong Joon & Hwang Jung Eum – 커플 ( Couple ) : 202
28 . (+5) Cho Won Sun – 아무도 아무것도 ( Anyone, Anything ) : 165
29 . (-4) Flower Go Yoo Jin – 바보라서…(고질병) ( Because I Am A Fool (Inveterate Disease) ) : 153
30 . (-12) Jewelry – Rally : 147
31 . (-16) MC The Max – 뒤차가 경적을 ( The Following Car is Honking ) : 141
32 . (New) Brand New Day (Narration: Lee Soo Geun) – 천생연분 ( Match Made In Heaven ) : 134
33 . (+8) Hong Jin Young – 사랑의 배터리 ( Love’s Battery ) : 121
34 . (New) Mighty Mouth (feat. Han Ye Sul) – 연애특강 ( Crash Course In Love ) : 120
35 . (-11) Chae Yeon – 흔들려 ( Shake ) : 116
36 . (-2) BMK – Everyday : 110
37 . (New) Bada – MAD : 107
38 . (-2) SuHo (feat. IU) – 월화수목금토일 ( Monday To Sunday ) : 100
39 . (-20) Seo Tai Ji – 아침의 눈 ( Morning Snow ) : 93
40 . (–) Lee Seung Chul – 손톱이 빠져서 ( My Nails Came Off ) : 92
41 . (New) Park Hye Kyung – 하이힐 ( High Heel ) : 74
42 . (New) Kim Jong Wook (feat. Cho Dan) – 넌내꺼 ( You’re Mine ) : 73
43 . (New) K.Will – 사랑은 별이다 ( Love Is A Star: SBS Drama “Brilliant Legacy” OST ) : 72
44 . (New) Kim Bum Soo & Shim Hyun Bo – 이별의 맛 ( A Taste Of Farewell ) : 69
45 . (-10) Winter Play – Gypsy Girl : 68
46 . (-9) Namolla Family (feat. Kong Bo Kyung) – 낚였어 ( Lure ) : 61
47 . (-17) Sori – Boy Boy : 56
48 . (New) Just – 이게 뭐야 ( What’s This? ) : 55
49 . (+1) T-Max (Kim Jun solo) – 준비 O.K ( Jun Be O.K ) : 54
50 . (-12) SS501 Jung Min (feat. Ji Sun) – 하면은 안 돼 ( Can’t Do It ) : 47

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

Unplug & AG – 바보 (Fool (Farewell To Our Twenties))
Genre: R&B Ballad

Album: Unplug & AG digital single “Farewell To Our Twenties” track 4
Listen to: Full song (thanks to Mardi09 for uploading)
Vocalist AG and rapper Unpluggedsoul have come together as a duo group
“Unplug & AG”. AG has been featured in MC Sniper, Baechigi and
Kinetic Flow’s albums while Unpluggedsoul released his solo album
[Social Allergy] and a compilation album [Micology] in the past. Just
from their album title [Farewell To Our Twenties], there are a total of
4 songs that are dedicated to people who are approaching their 30s.
“Fool” was composed by Go Byung Hee which is a song about loneliness.
This song combines acoustic guitar, folk, R&B, and hip-hop into one
genre and is one of my favorite songs this summer. For those of you who
are approaching 30 perhaps you’ll like this song even more. (credits to
purpletiger86 for translations)

Cool – Aloha
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Cool 1st Winter Album “First Whisper” (2001) Track 4
Watch: MV Live Performance
Cool is a co-ed trio formed by Lee Jae Hoon, Kim Sung Soo, and Yuri.
They are well known as “The Summer Group” as they always releases their
album every summer and provides k-pop fans with so much joy listening
to their songs. Debuted way back in 1994, the trio sold over 1 million
copies of their albums during their glory days in the late 90s and
early this decade. They broke up briefly in 2005 but re-united again
last year. Lee Jae Hoon also released his solo album and Yuri
participated in another project group Girlfriends with Chae Rina. To
choose a song from Cool for this segment is a difficult task because
they have so many hits over the years. One thing people may overlook is
their ballads. Despite all their album title songs are summery fun
tunes, they always recorded ample amount of ballads in their CDs. From
2001 to 2003, Cool shedded their label as a summer only group by
releasing 3 winter albums each of these 3 years. “Aloha” is coming from
their 1st winter album in 2001. Despite not actively promoting the
song, it went very high on the charts and was very popular at the time.
This song has been remade in Chinese as well and was also a popular
song used in auditions. Turned out that might be the most recognizable
ballad song we remembered from Cool.

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 + 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%