Weekly K-pop Music Chart 2009 – August week 4

Weekly K-pop Music Chart 2009 – August week 4

1. (+2) Brown Eyed Girls – Abracadabra *** 1 WEEK NO. 1 ***
Score: 908
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
Comment:
Brown Eyed Girls scored third No. 1 song on our chart with
“Abracadabra”, firmly enchanted themselves as one of the premier girl
groups in Korea despite many strong competitions. The quartet has been
very successful since switching to up-tempo dance songs. “Abracadabra”
was co-composed by Rollercoaster’s Jinu (Hitch Hiker) and Lee Min Soo.
It is a fresh electronic pop dance number with BEG members’
electrifying performance and dance moves already is the talk of the
town.

2. (+2) MC Mong (feat. Jang Geun Ee, B.I) – 인디언 보이 (Indian Boy)
Score: 888
Genre: Hip-hop
Music + Lyrics: MC Mong
Album: MC Mong Vol. 5 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
MC Mong, the king of mainstream hip-hop, is coming back with his fifth
album Humanimal. The title song “Indian Boy” moves up 2 more spots to
No. 2 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. The battle of No.
1 is very tight this week with all the top 4 songs with 30 points of
each other. Let see if this song can rise one more spot next week.

3. (-1) FT Island – 바래 (I Hope)
Score: 879
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
Comment:
Due to very strong competition, FT Island’s “I Hope” falls back a notch
to No. 3 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.

4. (+5) Kara – Wanna
Score: 878
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
Comment:
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” moves up
5 more spots to No. 4 this week and will be a challenger for the top
spot next 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.

5. (-4) 2NE1 – I Don’t Care
Score: 862
Genre: Hip-hop / R&B
Music + Lyrics: Teddy + Kush
Album: 2NE1 1st mini-album Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
This is the title track of 2NE1′s first mini-album. It is a
medium-tempo R&B pop song with a gentle, reggae-style melody. It
was written by the main YG producer Teddy, who also wrote “Lollipop”
and “Fire,” and Skush of the reggae band Stony Skunk. The addictive
melody of this song is especially impressive. (credits to Arirang TV -
Pops In Seoul)

6. (+5) T-Ara – 거짓말 (Lie)
Score: 719
Genre: Pop
Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Album: T-Ara digital single “Lie” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
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. Their debut song
“Lies” moves up to the top 10 this week at No. 6. “Lie” 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.

7. (-2) SNSD – 소원을 말해 봐 (Genie)
Score: 680
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin
Album: SNSD mini-album Vol. 2 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
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)

8. (-2) 4minute – Hot Issue
Score: 605
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Shin Sa Dong Tiger
Album: 4minute digital single “Hot Issue” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
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)

9. (-1) Cool – 보고 보고 (To Look To Look)
Score: 534
Genre: Pop
Music: Yoon Il Sang / Lyrics: Lee Seung Ho
Album: Cool Vol. 11 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
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. “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.

10. (+5) 2PM – 네가 밉다 (I Hate You)
Score: 405
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
Comment:
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)

11. (+3) One Two – 별이 빛나는 밤에 (Starry Night)
Score: 400
Genre: Hip-hop
Music + Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album: One Two digital single “Starry Night” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
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)

12. (-2) Lee Seung Ki (feat. Bizniz) – 결혼해줄래 (Will You Marry Me)
Score: 396
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
Comment:
Lee Seung Ki is at No. 12 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.”

13. (-6) Outsider – 외톨이 (Loner)
Score: 386
Genre: Hip-hop
Music: Big Boy, MC Sniper / Lyrics: Outsider
Album: Outsider Vol. 2 Track 5 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
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)

14. (+7) Roo’ra – 고잉고잉 (Going Going)
Score: 374
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Yoo Gun Hyun / Lyrics: Lee Sang Min
Album: Roo’ra Vol. 9 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
Once upon a time in the mid to late 90′s, Roo’ra was the “it” thing,
always bringing fans cutting edge music at that time. They are
definitely one of the ‘old skool’ k-pop groups. For the first time in 8
years, Roo’ra is releasing a new album titled “A9ain”. The title track
“Going Going” made it into the top 20 this week at No. 14. “Going
Going” is a dance track about moving forward despite not knowing too
much about one’s life or love. The lyrics were penned by Roo’ra leader,
Lee Sang Min himself. Panic rapper, Kim Jin Pyo and underground rapper,
Big Tone helped with the rap making.

15. (-2) Clazziquai – Love Again
Score: 363
Genre: Electronica

Album: Clazziquai Vol. 4 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
After two years hitaus 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. 15
this week. With many big acts returning this summer, Clazziquai offers
us a different sound and will stand out between pop songs.

16. (+1) Drunken Tiger – Monster
Score: 357
Genre: Hip-hop
Music: Ann1 / Lyrics: Tiger JK
Album: Drunken Tiger Vol. 8 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
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. 16 this week.

17. (+17) Mighty Mouth (feat. Han Ye Sul) – 연애특강 (Crash Course In Love) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 288
Genre: Hip-hop

Album: Mighty Mouth mini-album “Crash Course In Love” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
Mighty Mouth debuted in 2008 and brought us new patterns of hip hop
music through their hit songs like “I Love You”, “Energy” and “Family”
off their 1st full album. Their latest mini-album features the harmonic
principal song “Crash Course In Love” which is our biggest mover this
week. “Crash Course In Love” has a trendy and electro hip-hop beat that
blends well with Mighty Mouth’s rapping and sensual melody. The song
also features top star Han Ye Seul’s charming vocals, which doubles the
enjoyment.

18. (+4) IU – 있잖아 (You Know)
Score: 280
Genre: Pop / Rock
Music: Kim Se Jin, Seo Jung Jin / Lyrics: Choi Gap Won, Seo Jung Jin
Album: IU Vol. 1 Track 8 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
This is the follow up song from IU’s first full length album “Growing
Up”. The title song “Boo” was a cutesy dance song which went to the top
10. This time “I Know” is a rock style up-tempo song. IU again displays
her amazing talent at such a young age. She has three hits now and all
with very different genres, which is rare for a new artist.

19. (+1) Supreme Team – 슈퍼매직 (Super Magic)
Score: 265
Genre: Hip-hop

Album: Supreme Team 1st mini-album Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
New hip-hop duo Supreme Team is at No. 19 this week. 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
listeners.

20. (-8) Wax – 결국 너야 (In The End, It’s You)
Score: 257
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
Comment:
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)

21 . (-2) Park Myung Soo/Jessica (SNSD) - 냉면 ( Cold Noodles ) : 250
22 . (-4) SHINee - 줄리엣 ( Juliette ) : 249
23 . (–) Son Dam Bi/After School - 아몰레드 ( Amoled ) : 239
24 . (–) DNT - 정신없이 예뻐  ( Crazily Pretty ) : 212
25 . (+12) Bada - MAD : 205
26 . (+7) Hong Jin Young - 사랑의 배터리 ( Love’s Battery ) : 197
27 . (New) 8Eight - 울고 싶어 우는 사람이 있갰어 (Cry Mix) ( No One Cries Because They Want To ) : 191 *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***

28 . (-2) Yoo Jae Suk, Tiger JK, T - Let’s Dance : 178
29 . (+12) Park Hye Kyung - 하이힐 ( High Heel ) : 176
30 . (New) MC The Max - So Sick : 146
31 . (New) M to M (feat. Nassun) - 1004 (너는 내운명2) ( 1004 (You Are My Destiny 2) ) : 144
32 . (+7) Seo Tai Ji - 아침의 눈 ( Morning Snow ) : 135
33 . (+12) Winter Play - Gypsy Girl : 120
34 . (-9) Epik High (feat. DH-Style) - Fly Higher : 115
35 . (-6) Flower Go Yoo Jin - 바보라서…(고질병) ( Because I Am A Fool (Inveterate Disease) ) : 113
36 . (New) Baek Ji Young - 내 귀에 캔디 ( Candy On My Ear ) : 101
37 . (-5) Brand New Day (Narr. Lee Soo Geun) - 천생연분 ( Match Made In Heaven ) : 99
38 . (+2) Lee Seung Chul - 손톱이 빠져서 ( My Nails Came Off ) : 90
39 . (New) The Nuts - 바다에 입맞춤 ( Touch The Sea With Lips ) : 89
40 . (+10) SS501 Jung Min (feat. Ji Sun) - 하면은 안 돼 ( Can’t Do It ) : 85
41 . (-3) SuHo - 월화수목금토일 ( Monday To Sunday ) : 84
42 . (New) Jo Sung Mo - 영원한 하나 ( Forever One ) : 77
43 . (-15) Cho Won Sun - 아무도 아무것도 ( Anyone, Anything ) : 70
44 . (New) Jo Gyu Chan - 소녀를 만나다 ( Meet A Girl ) : 61
45 . (New) Lee Soo Geun - 해피송 ( Happy Song ) : 60
46 . (New) Sunny Side - Rain Love : 51
47 . (-1) Namolla Family (feat. Kong Bo Kyung) - 낚였어 ( Lure ) : 49
48 . (-6) Kim Jong Wook (feat. Jodan) - 넌내꺼 ( You’re Mine ) : 43
49 . (-1) Just - 이게 뭐야 ( What’s This? ) : 41
50 . (-3) Sori - Boy Boy : 40

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

BONUS TRACK:
Ran & Subin – 동화속의 사랑 (Fairytale Love)
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Ran & Subin digital single “Fairytale Love” Track 1
Watch: MV (thanks to Mardi09 for uploading)
Comment:
This song is a collaboration between two talented female artists with
distinctive voices, Ran who have released songs such as How and former
member of Turtles, Subin have joined hands to release a single titled
Fairytale Love. The song is about a woman who has fallen in love and
wishes her love to be like a fairytale. One listen to the song, one
will fall in love with this cute love story. The two singers bring out
the melody of the song well. (credits to motoway065 for translations)

YESTERDAY ONCE MORE:
Roo’ra – 3!4!
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: Roo’ra Vol. 4 “All System Go” (1996) Track 2
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
Roo’ra debuted in 1994 and the name comes from Roots of Reggae. They
had a strong debut album selling nearly 300,000 copies and continued
their success over the years. They released their final album in 2001
but in 2008 the group reunited with Lee Sang Min, Go Young Wook, Kim Ji
Hyun, and Chae Ri Na to release “Going Going” this year. This hip-hop
dance group had a great influence on the revolution of Korean
entertainment industry. “3!4!” was a big hit in their 1996 album “All
System Go”. (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 + 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%

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