Weekly K-pop Music Chart 2009 – September week 4

1. (–) G-Dragon – Heartbreaker *** 2 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Score: 917
Genre: R&B / Hip-hop
Music + Lyrics: G-Dragon
Album: G-Dragon Vol. 1 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
G-Dragon’s “Heartbreaker” continues to be our No. 1 song for the 2nd
straight week. This song has hit the top on every charts in Korea. It
is a late coming but well deserved No. 1 on this chart. Perhaps this is
going to be one of the biggest hits in 2009, “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.

2. (+4) 4minute – MUZIK
Score: 869
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Shin Sa Dong Tiger, Lee Sang Ho
Album: 4minute 1st mini-album “For Muzik” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Rookie female group 4minute is looking for their first ever No. 1 song
with their 2nd hit “MUZIK” coming from their first mini-album. This
week “MUZIK” moves up 4 more spots to No. 2. This song already
surpassed the No. 3 spot that their debut song “Hot Issue” had reached.
“MUZIK” is a euro beat street sound dance track that makes use of
analog, side-chain, and tape sound. A new genre that is getting more
and more popular these days.

3. (+10) Kim Tae Woo – 사랑비 (Love Rain)
Score: 842
Genre: Pop
Music: Lee Hyun Seung / Lyrics: Kim Tae Woo
Album: Kim Tae Woo mini-album “T-Virus” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Kim Tae Woo hit the top spots many times during his days with G.O.D, he
is looking to have hit first solo No. 1 song now. Since returning from
his military duties, Kim Tae Woo has released a digital single “Memory
and Remembrance”. Now he is finally releasing a brand new mini-album
“T-Virus”. The title song “Love Rain” moves up another ten big spots to
No. 3 this week. Unlike his previous ballads, “Love Rain” is a more
up-tempo song. Produced by Kim Tae Woo and Lee Hyun Seung, it took them
5 months to complete this song. The song will penetrate one’s ears and
heart with its combination of catchy melody, harmonic vocals, and
skillful arrangement.

4. (-1) Baek Ji Young (feat. 2PM Taec Yeon) – 내 귀에 캔디 (Candy On My Ear)
Score: 756
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk
Album: Baek Ji Young mini-album “Ego” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the representative song for Baek Ji-young’s mini album, “Ego.”
A European-style pop track, it’s all the rage in clubs these days and
features tribal-style beats with luxurious sounds sure to make
listeners dance. Baek Ji-young’s charismatic voice goes well with
powerful rapping by Oak Taek-yeon of 2PM. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops
In Seoul)

5. (-3) Brown Eyed Girls – Abracadabra
Score: 700
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: This is the representative track for Brown Eyed Girls’ third regular album, “Sound G.”
electro-pop style dance song, it was written by Jinu from Roller
Coaster. The dream-like prelude, with some heavy rhythms, is
provocative. The easy-on-the-ear chorus is catchy, even without any
‘hooks.’ (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

6. (-2) Jewelry – Vari2ty
Score: 698
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Park Keun Tae / Lyrics: Jung Byung Ki
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 this week it is at No. 6.

7. (+8) Lee Seung Chul – 사랑 참 어렵다 (Love Is So Difficult)
Score: 632
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Lee Seung Chul Vol. 10 Repackaged Version Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
After hitting the top 10 with “My Nails Came Off”, Lee Seung Chul
recently released a repackaged version of his 10th album. This version
includes a bonus DVD and a new song “Love Is So Difficult”, which moves
up 8 spots to No. 7 this week. The song is a soft rock ballad where
listeners can hear his soft yet deep voice. The MV of this song is
starring Kim Jung Eun and Yoon Sang Hyun. This song tops the airplay
charts in Korea and this momentum carries it into the top 10 this week.

8. (+4) Kara – 미스터 (Mister)
Score: 564
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Han Jae Ho, Kim Seung Soo / Lyrics: Song Soo Yoon
Album: Kara Vol. 2 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Kara’s follow up song “Mister” soars into the top 10 this week. Kara
has established themselves as one of the top female groups this year
and this is already their 4th top 10 songs in 2009. “Mister” is a
Euro-pop dance track that has a powerful electronic sound.

9. (+11) f(x) – 라차타 (La Cha Ta)
Score: 534
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: f(x) digital single La Cha Ta
Watch: MV Live Performance
The power of new female groups continues. This one is coming from
entertainment giant SM Entertainment. Their prized new all female group
f(x)’s “La Cha Ta” moves up 11 spots into the top 10 this week. The
group consists of Korean members, Suli, Luna, and Crystal, and Chinese
Members Amber and Victoria, making it a total of five members in this
Asia pop dance group. The name is derived from the mathematical
function where depending on x (the girls’ respective skills and
charms), the group’s result will change. The f also represents flowers
while x represents the female’s xx chromosomes. “La Cha Ta” was
composed by Kenzie. It has hip-hop grooves with an electronica tinge to
it. The message of the song is to enjoy life.

10. (-5) T-Ara – 거짓말 (Lie)
Score: 492
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)

11. (–) 2NE1 – I Don’t Care
Score: 431
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)

12. (-2) Cherry Filter – 피아니시모 (Pianissimo)
Score: 430
Genre: Rock

Album: Cherry Filter Vol. 5 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Cherry Filter is one of the most unique rock bands in Korea. Most of
the female-fronted bands in Korea are modern rock style. But Cherry
Filter combines various sounds with rock including modern techno
rhythms, string sounds, and a warm pop image. Returning with their
highly anticipated fifth album, the title of their new
album,Rocksteric, is a combination of “Rock” and “Hysteric”. The title
song “Pianissimo” is the best example of this combination. It is at No.
12 this week.

13. (-6) Mighty Mouth (feat. Han Ye Sul) – 연애특강 (Crash Course In Love)
Score: 425
Genre: Hip-hop
Music: Lee Hyun Do / Lyrics: Lee Hyun Do, Lee Sang Chul
Album: Mighty Mouth mini-album “Crash Course In Love” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the representative track for Mighty Mouse’s first mini-album,
“Love Class.” An emotional melody goes well with comfortable rapping
and the chorus, which is based on electro hip-hop beats. Elements of
nano music and mega-star Han Yae-seul’s attractive vocals add to the
song’s upbeat vibe. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

14. (+11) Lee Hyun (feat. Lim Jung Hee) – 30분전 (30 Minutes Ago)
Score: 377
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk
Album: Lee Hyun mini-album “30 Minutes Ago” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
8Eight members Baek Chan and Joo Hee has released their solo singles
and being featured in other artists works respectively already. It is
finally Lee Hyun’s turn for his solo effort. His husky voice fits
perfectly to this emotional ballad which is written by Hitman Bang Shi
Hyuk, who wrote all 8Eight’s hit songs. After Baek Ji Young’s “Like
Being Hit By A Bullet” and 8eight’s “Without A Heart”, it’s the third
song in Bang’s trilogy revolving around lovers breaking up. There are 2
versions of this song, the version being promoted now featured the
female vocal of Lim Jung Hee. It moves up 11 spots to No. 14 this week.

15. (+1) Boo Hwal – 생각이나 (Thinking)
Score: 373
Genre: Rock Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Kim Tae Won
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 at No. 15 this week.

16. (-7) Bada – MAD (feat. Untouchable)
Score: 353
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: Bada Vol. 4 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the representative song for Bada’s fourth regular album,
“Admiring The Sea.” It blends synth pop sounds popular in the 80s and
90s with contemporary electronic beats. Bada’s unique voice goes well
with a splendid arrangement, structure and featuring by Untouchable.
(credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

17. (–) Davichi – Hot Stuff (KBS Drama “My Fair Lady” OST)
Score: 306
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
Davichi’s retro electronic disco number “Hot Stuff” is the title song
of Yoon Eun Hye’s new drama “My Fair Lady”. It is still at No. 17 this
week. Davichi is also performing this song on stage as a comeback after
their successful mini-album “Davichi In Wonderland” earlier this year.
This drama OST has 3 songs on our chart this week. Besides “Hot Stuff”,
Yoon Eun Hye’s own song “Dash Girl” and a love theme “Helpless Love” by
Yoon Sang Hyun is also on our top 50.

18. (+1) Miss $ – 사랑이 뭐길래 (What Is Love)
Score: 301
Genre: Hip-hop Ballad
Music: Mr. B.I.G / Lyrics: Mr. B.I.G, Rhymer
Album: Miss $ Vol. 1 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Perhaps the first girl group in Korea that specializes in hip-hop
ballads, Miss $ added a 3rd member Nemo (formerly Oh Sang Eun of
Shinvi) as vocalist. The title song “What is Love” moves up 1 spot to
No. 18 this week. “What Is Love” is a sad song about a girl who cannot
forget her lover after the ending of a relationship. The rap and vocals
harmonize well in this song.

19. (-11) FT Island – 바래 (I Hope)
Score: 279
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)

20. (New) Sandara Park (feat. CL) – Kiss *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 277
Genre: R&B / Dance

Album: Sandara Park digital single “Kiss” Track 1
Watch: MV
With “I Don’t Care” still on the chart, 2NE1 member Sandara Park is
having another hit this week, her first solo digital single “Kiss”.
This track is the theme for Cass Beer commercial with actor Lee Min Ho.
Produced by Teddy who also made tracks “Lollipop”, “Fire” and “I Don’t
Care.” “Kiss” has danceable rhythm and features CL of 2NE1’s rap. The
song is about a girl’s wish for the guy to come and kiss her. This song
gained most of its points from internet sources. It is our highest
debut this week.

21 . (New) Park Hyo Shin – 사랑한 후에 ( After Love ) : 266
22 . (-1) 2PM – 네가 밉다 ( I Hate You ) : 259
23 . (+5) Supreme Team – 슈퍼매직 ( Super Magic ) : 256
24 . (New) T-Ara/Cho Shin Sung – TTL ( Time To Love ) : 250
25 . (+14) Tei – 독설 ( Venomous ) : 239 *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
26 . (-3) Park Ki Young – 녹화된 테잎을 감듯이 ( Winding Up A Recorded Tape ) : 231
27 . (New) Outsider/MC Sniper (feat. Horan) – 심장병 ( Heart Attack ) : 222
28 . (-14) MC Mong (feat. Jang Geun Ee, B.I) – 인디언 보이 ( Indian Boy ) : 217
29 . (-11) Navi (feat. 4minute Hyun Ah) – 눈물도 아까워 ( Even The Tears Are Wasteful ) : 213
30 . (New) Rumble Fish – 내 사랑 내 곁에 ( My Love By My Side ) : 210
31 . (-5) Drunken Tiger – Monster : 196
32 . (-8) K.Will (feat. Mario) – 초콜릿 ( Chocolate ) : 179
33 . (New) Goo Hye Sun (vocal Gummy) – 골목을 돌면 ( Around The Alley ) : 153
34 . (-7) Loveholics – Butterfly : 144
35 . (-13) Park Hye Kyung – 하이힐 ( High Heel ) : 137
36 . (-1) Yoon Sang Hyun – 사랑은 어쩔 수 없네요 ( You Can’t Avoid Love ) : 135
37 . (New) Lee Seung Ki – 우리 헤어지자 ( Let’s Break Up ) : 118
38 . (-8) Son Dam Bi/After School – 아몰레드 ( Amoled ) : 99
39 . (New) Epik High – 따라해 ( Wannabe ) : 93
40 . (New) Tae Goon – 속았다 ( Tricked ) : 92
41 . (-12) Hong Kyung Min – 그녀가 간다 ( She’s Leaving ) : 86
42 . (New) J (feat. Alex) – 사랑한다는 말 ( Saying That I Love You ) : 79
43 . (-12) After School – 반쪽 ( Half ) : 71
44 . (-4) Ryan (Paran) – 자랑해 ( Proud Of My Girl ) : 65
45 . (New) Kim Sarang – 취중괴담 ( Blabbering Under Intoxication ) : 62
46 . (-5) Hwang Bo – R2Song : 60
47 . (New) Leeds – 너를 향한 마음 ( Feelings For You ) : 49
48 . (-6) Yoon Eun Hye – Dash Girl : 47
49 . (New) Hint – 열정의 시대 ( Passion’s Generation ) : 36
50 . (-12) Roo’ra – 고잉고잉 ( Going Going ) : 34

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

Yoon Hwa Jae In – I’ll Be There
Genre: Rock Ballad

Album: Yoon Hwa Jae In digital single “I’ll Be There” Track 1
Listen to: Full Song
Singer Yoon Hwa Jae In who has been known for her ballads switch to
rock this time. This is a remake song originally by group Eve. Yoon Hwa
Jae In sings this song with a brand new sound, perfect for the hot
summer. Guitarist Jung Yoo Hwa of band, Wiretap in My Ear arranged this
track. Her soft vocals surprisingly flow well with emo core style
arrangements. (credits to motoway065 for translations)

DJ DOC – Run To You
Genre: R&B / Hip-hop / Dance

Album: DJ DOC Vol. 5 (2000) Track 7
Watch: MV Live Performance
DJ DOC is an old-skool Korean hip hop group and the band name stands
for DOC “Dream of Children”. The three memebers are: Kim Chang Yul, Lee
Ha Neul and Jung Jae Yong. They debuted in 1994 and their last album
was in 2006. Run To You is the 8th track from their 5th album and is
very upbeat and hip hop. It was very famous in the late 90s and the
song has been remade into Chinese as well. DJ DOC is often seen with
45RPM and Jinusean, the groups are of similar style music and it has
bought them close. (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%