Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2009 – September Week 2

1. (–) Brown Eyed Girls – Abracadabra *** 4 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Score: 950
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
Brown Eyed Girls remains No. 1 for the 4th straight week with
“Abracadabra”. 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. (–) Kara – Wanna
Score: 807
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
This is the title song of Kara’s second studio album “Revolution.” It
is a pop dance song with a fast and intense beat and stimulating synth
sounds. It has an extravagant chorus and tense story unfold. The
members’ voices sound more mature yet cute. (credits to Arirang TV –
Pops In Seoul)

3. (+3) Baek Ji Young (feat. 2PM Taec Yeon) – 내 귀에 캔디 (Candy On My Ear)
Score: 798
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk
Album: Baek Ji Young mini-album “Ego” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Baek Ji Young’s “Candy On My Ear” moves up to the top 3 this week.
“Candy On My Ear” is a Europe style electropop song. 2PM’s Taek Yeon
(nicknamed as “Beast Idol”) who is featured on this song, will also be
appearing in the music video and performing on stage with Baek Ji
Young, capturing all the idol fans with his manly voice. Songwriter
Hitman Bang who also wrote Baek’s top ballads “Like Being Hit By A
Bullet” and “Is Love A Sin?”, wrote this song.

4. (+6) G-Dragon – Heartbreaker
Score: 775
Genre: R&B / Hip-hop

Album: G-Dragon Vol. 1 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Perhaps this is going to be one of the biggest hits in 2009, Big Bang’s
leader G-Dragon, well known for creating hit songs like “Lies”, “Last
Farewell”, “Day By Day” and “Sunset Glow”, is having his long
anticipated solo debut. The title song of his album is “Heartbreaker”
and it moves up 6 spots to No. 4 this week. The only thing preventing
this song from hitting No. 1 this week is that it is not yet ranked on
M!Countdown when our scores are cutoff. “Heartbreaker” starts off with
G-Dragon’s powerful narration which is an instant attention getter,
plus the additive melody of the song makes it an instant hit.
G-Dragon’s album has only been released for 2 weeks and it already
becomes one of the top selling albums in 2009!

5. (-2) T-Ara – 거짓말 (Lie)
Score: 740
Genre: Pop
Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Album: T-Ara digital single “Lie” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the title song of Tiara’s debut digital single album. It is an
electronic retro-style song with a repetitive chorus. Tiara’s
impressive singing and rapping harmonize well with Davichi’s voices,
resulting in ample sounds. The music video shows popular actor Yoo
Seung-ho, who acts out as a guy having love affairs with each of the
six Tiara members. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

6. (+2) Mighty Mouth (feat. Han Ye Sul) – 연애특강 (Crash Course In Love)
Score: 630
Genre: Hip-hop
Music + Lyrics: Lee Hyun Do
Album: Mighty Mouth mini-album “Crash Course In Love” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
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” moves up 2 more spots to No. 6
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.

7. (-3) FT Island – 바래 (I Hope)
Score: 606
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
This is the title song of F.T.Island’s third studio album “Cross &
Change.” Unlike the group’s previous songs, this song was written in
the crossover genre. It combines electronic music and rock, and its
intense melody harmonizes well with the rapping. The cheerful beat and
optimistic lyrics are especially impressive. (credits to Arirang TV –
Pops In Seoul)

8. (-3) MC Mong (feat. Jang Geun Ee, B.I) – 인디언 보이 (Indian Boy)
Score: 554
Genre: Hip-hop
Music + Lyrics: MC Mong
Album: MC Mong Vol. 5 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the title track of MC Mong’s 5th studio album “Humanimal.” It
is an Indian-style song with vibrant primeval-like, African sounds and
an exciting beat. It was written by MC Mong and it perfectly represents
his unique style. The lyrics are about protecting one’s love even in
the face of adversity. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

9. (–) Bada – MAD (feat. Untouchable)
Score: 546
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: Bada Vol. 4 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Bad remains at No. 9 this week with the title song from her 4th album
“MAD”. After successfully promoting her 3rd album “Made in Sea” back in
2006, Bada advanced into doing musicals like “Notre Dame De Paris” and
“200 Pounds Beauty” which were big hits. She even won an award for best
actress at the “2009 Musical Awards”. Having a successful career as a
musical actress for the past two years, she has finally returned back
as a singer and released her 4th album. This album consists of
synth-pop sounds that were popular in the 80s/90s and modern electronic
sounds. Unlike her previous music styles, Bada is bringing back the
bokgo sound in this album.

10. (-3) 2NE1 – I Don’t Care
Score: 523
Genre: Hip-hop / R&B
Music + Lyrics: Teddy + Kush
Album: 2NE1 1st mini-album Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
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)

11. (+17) Boo Hwal – 생각이나 (Thinking)
Score: 427
Genre: Rock Ballad

Album: Boo Hwal Vol. 12 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Veteran rock ballad group Boo Hwal returns to the top 20 for the first
time since their big hit “Never Ending Story” in early 2003. This year
the group is celebrating their 25th year of formation by releasing
their the first part of their 12th album “Part I – 25th Anniversary:
Retrospect”. The title song “Thinking” gets is surprisingly well
received by fans and is ranked high in many music charts in Korea and
is well reflected here as they moved very close to the top 10 this week.

12. (-1) Drunken Tiger – Monster
Score: 416
Genre: Hip-hop
Music: Ann1 / Lyrics: Tiger JK
Album: Drunken Tiger Vol. 8 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the representative track for Drunken Tiger’s eighth regular
album, “Feel gHood Muzik: the 8th wonder.” It features a harmony of
hip-hop sounds with rock beats, which makes listeners expect more of
Tiger JK’s strong stage performance. The song also showcases Drunken
Tiger’s unique style. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

13. (+2) Park Hye Kyung – 하이힐 (High Heels)
Score: 365
Genre: Pop / Light Rock
Music: Min Myung Ki / Lyrics: Park Hye Kyung, Park Ji Won
Album: Park Hye Kyung Vol. 7 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Always bringing listeners a refreshing sound, Park Hye Kyung is back
with her 7th album “My Favorite”. The title song “High Heels” moves up
2 spots this week to No. 13. This album continues to show her cheerful
vocals in the stories she tells through her songs. The biggest charms
to her songs are the well-matched lyrics that go along with the
melodies. “High Heels” which reflects the feelings of women.

14. (+12) Hong Kyung Min – 그녀가 간다 (She’s Leaving)
Score: 354
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Park Keun Tae / Lyrics: Hong Kyung Min
Album: Hong Kyung Min Vol. 10 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Ever since returning from his military duty a few years ago, Hong Kyung
Min has concentrated on ballad songs. His latest release (10th album)
is of no exception. The title song “She Leaving” is an acoustic ballad
composed by hitmaker Park Keun Tae and written by the singer himself.
This song has guitar sounds which bring out folk sounds as well as a
beautiful melody. The lyrics are about sending a love one.

15. (New) Davichi – Hot Stuff (KBS Drama “My Fair Lady” OST) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 326
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Shin In Soo / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Album: KBS Drama “My Fair Lady” OST Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Our highest debut this week is a song from Yoon Eun Hye’s new drama “My
Fair Lady”. Davichi’s retro electronic disco number “Hot Stuff” is the
title song of this drama and it enters our chart at No. 15 this week.
Davichi is also performing this song on stage as a comeback after their
successful mini-album “Davichi In Wonderland” earlier this year. Yoon
Eun Hye also sang a song “Dash Girl” on this OST and that song was also
on our chart this week. Not too many drama songs have such a high
debut. “Hot Stuff” looks like it will be a big hit.

16. (+19) Jewelry – Vari2ty *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 324
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: Jewelry Vol. 6 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
With the addition of Kim Eun Jung and Ha Joo Won last year, Jewelry’s
career reached a new height with their mega hit “One More Time”. The
quartet returns now with their 6th album “Sophisticated”. Through this
album the girls are to show both their sexy as well as innocent sides.
The title song “Vari2ty” is a dance hit and is also our biggest mover
this week, moving up 19 spots to No. 16. Check out the “Yesterday Once
More” segment this week as Jewelry is featured.

17. (-4) 2PM – 네가 밉다 (I Hate You)
Score: 319
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)

18. (+2) Navi (feat. 4minute Hyun Ah) – 눈물도 아까워 (Even The Tears Are Wasteful)
Score: 308
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Album: Navi digital single “Even The Tears Are Wasteful” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Highly acclaimed but underrated female singer Navi finally have her
first top 20 hit “Even The Tears Are Wasteful”. Navi is known for her
strong vocals and charming styles. This is her first up-tempo song and
it is doing wonder. Having top songwriter Cho Young Soo writing this
song and also Hyun Ah from 4minute is featured as rapper helps this
song. We’ve seen Brown Eyed Girls being so successful switching from
ballad to dance songs. Let see if Navi is following this path.

19. (-7) Cool – 보고 보고 (To Look To Look)
Score: 273
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” is
at No. 19 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.

20. (-6) Clazziquai – Love Again
Score: 250
Genre: Electronica

Album: Clazziquai Vol. 4 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the title track of Clazziquai’s 4th studio album “Mucho Punk.”
It is an exciting house electronic-style song with a sophisticated
electronic beat and pop melody. It is the punkiest and most vibrant
song in the album with very energetic sounds. The lyrics are about a
man dreaming of new love. It is performed with Alex’s strong voice.
(credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

21 . (-2) Supreme Team – 슈퍼매직 ( Super Magic ) : 239
22 . (+11) Loveholics – Butterfly ( Movie “Take Off” OST ) : 238
23 . (-2) Hwa Yobi – 장미 ( Rose ) : 232
24 . (New) 4 minute – MUZIK : 231
25 . (-8) Lee Seung Ki – 결혼해줄래 ( Will You Marry Me ) : 219
26 . (+12) Cherry Filter – 피아니시모 ( Pianissimo ) : 208
27 . (-2) Son Dam Bi/After School – 아몰레드 ( Amoled ) : 198
28 . (+13) Park Ki Young – 녹화된 테잎을 감듯이 ( Winding Up A Recorded Tape ) : 190
29 . (-7) Hwang Bo – R2Song : 180
30 . (-6) Roo’ra – 고잉고잉 ( Going Going ) : 177
31 . (–) IU – 있잖아 ( You Know ) : 176
32 . (New) Miss $ – 사랑이 뭐길래 ( What Is Love ) : 158
33 . (New) Wax – 울면 안돼 ( You Can’t Cry ) : 149
34 . (-5) One Two – 별이 빛나는 밤에 ( Starry Night ) : 148
35 . (New) After School – 반쪽 ( Half: MBC Drama “Tamna The Island” OST ) : 145
36 . (New) K.Will (feat. Mario) – 초콜릿 ( Chocolate ) : 142
37 . (-14) 8Eight – 울고 싶어 우는 사람이 있갰어 (Cry Mix) ( No One Cries Because They Want To ) : 131
38 . (New) Kim Tae Woo – 사랑비 ( Love Rain ) : 109
39 . (New) Yoon Eun Hye – Dash Girl ( KBS Drama “My Fair Lady” OST ) : 108
40 . (New) Kim Jin Pyo (feat. Hanul) – Tell Me ( SBS Drama “Style” OST ) : 107
41 . (-7) Brave Brothers – 인비져블 ( Invisible ) : 93
42 . (-6) Jo Gyu Chan – 소녀를 만나다 ( Meet A Girl ) : 65
43 . (-4) Chae Yeon – 바보야 ( Hey Fool ) : 62
44 . (+3) Flower Go Yoo Jin – 바보라서…(고질병) ( Because I Am A Fool (Inveterate Disease) ) : 58
45 . (New) Kim Chang Ryul – 사랑가 ( Love Song ) : 57
46 . (New) DBSG – Seaside 휴게소 ( Seaside Resting Place ) : 51
47 . (New) Outsider (feat. JOY) – 청춘고백 ( Youth’s Confession ) : 50
48 . (-16) Hong Jin Young – 사랑의 배터리 ( Love’s Battery ) : 49
49 . (-7) Heo Kyung Young – Call Me : 48
50 . (-13) Winter Play – Gypsy Girl : 41

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

Miracle – Beastieboy
Genre: Pop / Rock / Dance

Album: Miracle digital single Beastieboy
Listen to: Full Song
We rarely feature dance songs in this segment but this week is an
exception. Miracle is a co-ed quartet debuted last year. There weren’t
many mixed groups that in 2008 but Miracle a 4 member mixed group
released a single album the summer of that year. The song Beastieboy
was a dance number with j-pop and teenrock sounds combining three
genres into one, perfect for the summer season. If you were to
translate the meaning of beastieboy, it means a “vulgar guy.” The
meaning may cause a stir but if you hear the song itself, the lyrics
are cute and lovable. One of my favorite up-tempo songs this year.
(credits to motoway065 for translations)

Jewelry – Again
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Minuki
Album: Jewelry Vol. 2 (2002) Track 2
Watch: MV Live Performance
Jewelry is a 4-membered girl group that debuted in 2001 with members
Park Jung Ah, Seo In Young, Jung Yoo Jin and Jun Eun Mi. Cho Min Ah and
Lee Ji Hyun replaced the latter two after a year. The quartet had their
first hit “Again.”, which is the song that puts them on the map.
“Again” was written by Miunki. It has a unique cross-over style and is
considered one of the best written pop dance songs in the last decade.
Although recognized, the group did not got a number one spot but they
came very close on each album. Park Jung Ah and Seo In Young also
released solo albums and in 2008 Ha Joo Yeon and Kim Eun Jung with the
release of their fifth album joined the group with Lee Ji Hyun and Cho
Min Ah leaving. The group’s first number one was “One More Time” last
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 + 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%