Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2009 – October Week 2

1. (–) Kim Tae Woo – 사랑비 (Love Rain) *** 2 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Score: 936
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 remains No. 1 this week with “Love Rain”. 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”. 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.

2. (+4) Park Hyo Shin – 사랑한 후에 (After Love)
Score: 926
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Kim Do Hoon, Hwang Se Jun / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung, Choi Kap Won
Album: Park Hyo Shin Vol. 6 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Closing in on the top spot quickly is Park Hyo Shin’s “After Love”.
Park finally returns with his sixth album after a 2.5 year break. Ever
since his debut album in 1999 to this fifth and remake works, Park has
showcased his soulful voice. It’s been ten years since Park Hyo Shin’s
debut and for this special date, he is to release a special gift to his
fans. This album is the first of two parts of the sixth album which
includes 6 songs and 2 instrumentals. The title track of the album is
“After Love” which has a ballad with beautiful piano and orchestra
melody. This song is the new No. 1 song on M!Countdown and will be the
favorite to take over the top spot here next week. “After Love” has a
blockbuster movie like MV starring Park Si Yeon and Park Yong Ha filmed
in Switzerland.

3. (-1) 4minute – MUZIK
Score: 794
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
After winning their first Mutizen award in SBS Inky Gayo and also top
spot in M!Countdown, rookie female group 4minute dropped one spot to
No. 3 on our chart this week with their 2nd hit “MUZIK”. This song is a
euro beat street sound dance track that makes use of analog,
side-chain, and tape sound. It is a new genre that is getting more and more
popular these days.

4. (–) Lee Seung Chul – 사랑 참 어렵다 (Love Is So Difficult)
Score: 730
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”. This week
remains at No. 4 this week. “Love Is So Difficult” 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 this high

5. (+17) Epik High – 따라해 (Wannabe) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 650
Genre: Hip-hop

Album: Epik High Vol. 6 CD 2 Track 4 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Epik High is back and they releases their first album (sixth overall)
under their own independent label which can be a revolutionary change
in the Korean music industry. The trio goes back to the roots of
hip-hop by exploring and integrating different genres, including old
school, electronica, classical, trance, drum and bass, bossa nova, and
even trot in this new release. The title song “Wannabe” was moving
slower than expected in its first two weeks on the chart but it is
finally making a big 17 spots jump this week into the top 5. Looks like
another chart topping hit for Epik High.

6. (+7) T-Ara & Cho Shin Sung – TTL (Time To Love)
Score: 624
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Hwang Sung Jin, Rhymer, Joo Suk
Album: T-Ara & Cho Shin Sung digital single TTL Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Just fresh off their debut top 10 hit “Lies”, T-Ara returns to the top
10 with a new song. This time it is a collaboration with male group Cho
Shin Sung. There are not too many male and female group collaborations
in the past. The song, “TTL” is sung by T-ara members, So Yeun, Eun
Jung, Hyo Min, Ji Yeun and Cho Shin Sung members, Ji Hyuk, Kwang Soo,
and Gun Il. The song is of the house hip-hop genre with electronica
sounds along with a Korean melody. One of the better up-tempo songs
I’ve heard recently. Part 2 of this song “Time To Listen” has already
been released as well.

7. (+7) Lee Seung Ki – 우리 헤어지자 (Let’s Break Up)
Score: 572
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Hyun Seung / Lyrics: Kim Do Hoon, Hwang Sung Jin
Album: Lee Seung Ki Vol. 4 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
After starring in the highest rated drama “Brilliant Legacy” this year,
Lee Seung Ki released a digital single “Will You Marry Me” earlier. Now
he is finally coming back with his 4th full album “Shadow”. The title
song “Let’s Break Up” made it to the top 10 this week, up seven spots
to No. 7. “Let’s Break Up” was composed by top composers Kim Do Hoon
and Lee Hyun Seung. This sad ballad showcases Lee Seung Ki’s vocal

8. (+2) Lee Hyun (feat. Lim Jung Hee) – 30분전 (30 Minutes Ago)
Score: 570
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. This week “30 Minutes Ago” moves up
another 2 spots to No. 8.

9. (-2) Jewelry – Vari2ty
Score: 563
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Park Keun Tae / Lyrics: Jung Byung Ki
Album: Jewelry Vol. 6 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the title song of Jewelry’s 6th studio album “Sophisticated.”
It has an appealing yet sensible melody. The lyrics are about the
constantly changing charm of women, and it is performed with the
members’ unique voices. The music video underscores the charm of each
of the four members. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

10. (-5) f(x) – 라차타 (La Cha Ta)
Score: 535
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Kenzie
Album: f(x) digital single La Cha Ta
Watch: MV Live Performance
SM Entertainment new rookie female group f(x) already made an
impressive debut. Their first hit “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. This week it fell back five spots to No. 10.
However, f(x) is going to have a new hit “Chocolate Love” which they
shared the spotlight with labelmate SNSD on two different versions of
the same song.

11. (–) Tei – 독설 (Venomous)
Score: 534
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Tei Vol. 5.5 “The Shine 2009” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Tei is coming back with a new mini-album. The title track is “Venomous”
which was penned by Park Kyung Jin who’s known for works such as
Gummy’s Just Forget Me and Kim Chang Rak who is famous for the music he
composed on Bae Yong Jun’s homepage. One can hear Tei’s strong vocals
through this track. This week it remains at No. 11.

12. (-3) Kara – 미스터 (Mister)
Score: 524
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” is at No. 12 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 (most by any artists).
“Mister” is a Euro-pop dance track that has a powerful electronic sound.

13. (-5) Brown Eyed Girls – Abracadabra
Score: 485
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
This is the representative track for Brown Eyed Girls’ third regular
album, “Sound G.” An 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)

14. (+4) Outsider & MC Sniper (feat. Horan) – 심장병 (Heart Attack)
Score: 474
Genre: Hip-hop

Album: Hwantastic Project Vol. 1 digital single
Watch: MV
At No. 14 moving up 4 spots we have an all-star collaboration. Fast
rising hip-hop artist Outsider and veteran rapper MC Sniper along with
Clazziquai’s Horan teamed up with “Heart Attack”, a remake of Lee Seung
Hwan’s 8th album title song. This song is the first single of Lee Seung
Hwan’s “Hwantastic Project” this month to celebrate his 20th year in
the music industry. Lee’s original version is a rock style song which
hit the top 10 in 2004. Now let see being how this hip-hop version

15. (-12) G-Dragon – Heartbreaker
Score: 408
Genre: R&B / Hip-hop
Music + Lyrics: G-Dragon
Album: G-Dragon Vol. 1 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the representative track for G-Dragon’s first regular album. It
focuses on electronic sounds and features fast and strong rapping in
the intro, expressing the pain of a break-up. In the music video,
G-Dragon sports blond hair and pale make-up, playing a guy who gets
emotional after a break-up. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

16. (-4) Baek Ji Young (feat. 2PM Taec Yeon) – 내 귀에 캔디 (Candy On My Ear)
Score: 407
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)

17. (-1) Boo Hwal – 생각이나 (Thinking)
Score: 403
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. 17 this week.

18. (+14) Gavy NJ – 핼쑥해졌대 (In A Pallid State)
Score: 347
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Min Myung Ki
Album: Gavy NJ Vol. 4 Side A Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
With a member change (Misty replacing Jung Hye Min), Gavy NJ released
Side A of their 4th album, titled “Heartbreak Hotel”. Title song “In A
Pallid State” is a listener friendly ballad once again written by Min
Myung Ki, who is responsible for all their hits. It is a medium tempo
ballad which is perfect for the female listeners who just went through
breakup. This week it moves up 14 spots to No. 18.

19. (+2) Sandara Park (feat. CL) – Kiss
Score: 341
Genre: R&B / Dance

Album: Sandara Park digital single “Kiss” Track 1
Watch: MV
2NE1 member Sandara Park is having 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.

20. (New) Yoon Do Hyun – 너라면 좋겠어 (I Wish It Was You) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 311
Genre: Rock Ballad

Album: Yoon Do Hyun mini-album “Harmony” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Yoon Do Hyun hasn’t had a solo hit song since the big hit “Seems To
Fall In Love” in 2005. Now the same team (with songwriter Jun Hae Sung)
is back four years later to produce this excellent rock ballad “I Wish
It Was You”. It is a neo classic ballad that uses a synth orchestra. It
brings out the sadness of the song and fans can hear a whole new
different side of Yoon Do Hyun’s vocals.

21 . (+2) Davichi – Hot Stuff : 283
22 . (-3) Miss $ – 사랑이 뭐길래 ( What Is Love ) : 282
23 . (-6) Cherry Filter – 피아니시모 ( Pianissimo ) : 281
24 . (-9) Mighty Mouth (feat. Han Ye Sul) – 연애특강 ( Crash Course In Love ) : 253
25 . (+10) Tae Goon – 속았다 ( Tricked ) : 246
26 . (+12) Loveholics (Play Jung Eun Ah) – 아픔 ( Hurt ) : 197
27 . (-1) Navi (feat. 4minute Hyun Ah) – 눈물도 아까워 ( Even The Tears Are Wasteful ) : 192
28 . (-1) HAM – 티티댄스 ( TT Dance ) : 190
29 . (New) Uee, Jun Jin, Suk Hee – 그 남자 그 여자의 사정 ( That Man, That Woman’s Circumstance ) : 186
30 . (+4) Supreme Team – 슈퍼매직 ( Super Magic ) : 182
31 . (+5) Rumble Fish – 내 사랑 내 곁에 ( My Love By My Side ) : 134
32 . (New) As One – 사랑할 수도 미워할 수도 ( As I Start to Love You, As I Start to Hate You ) : 133
33 . (-2) K.Will (feat. Mario) – 초콜릿 ( Chocolate ) : 111
34 . (-11) Park Ki Young – 녹화된 테잎을 감듯이 ( Winding Up A Recorded Tape ) : 107
35 . (+7) Hwang Jung Eum – N Time : 104
36 . (+4) Kim Gun Mo – 세상이 그대를 속일지라도 ( Even If the World Fools You ) : 103
37 . (+2) Yoo Seung Chan – 로맨틱 코메디 ( Romantic Comedy ) : 97
38 . (New) ERU – 사랑을 믿어요 ( I Believe in Love ) : 91
39 . (-9) Bada – MAD : 87
40 . (New) NS Yoon Ji – 머리 아파 ( My Head Hurts ) : 67
41 . (+7) Drunken Tiger – 축하해 ( Congratulations ) : 59
42 . (-9) Goo Hye Sun (vocal Gummy) – 골목을 돌면 ( Around The Alley ) : 58
43 . (-6) Ryan (Paran) – 자랑해 ( Proud Of My Girl ) : 55
44 . (+1) Roo’ra – 고잉고잉 ( Going Going ) : 53
45 . (-4) Son Dam Bi/After School – 아몰레드 ( Amoled ) : 48
46 . (New) Kim Bum Soo (feat. Chan Yang) – Slow Man : 38
47 . (-1) Oh Jong Hyuk – 사랑한다면서 ( You Said You Loved Her ) : 33
48 . (New) Tae Sa Bi Ae – 이 노래를 들으면 ( When You Hear This Song ) : 26
49 . (New) SHU-I – Bomb Bomb Bomb : 25
50 . (New) Maronie Girls – 널 사랑해2 ( I Love You 2 ) : 24

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

Saranghae (feat. Ji Ae of Tasaebiae) – 빨주노초파남보 (Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet)
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Saranghae digital single “Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet” Track 1
Listen to: Full Song (thanks to Mardi09 for uploading)
Rookie singer, Saranghae sings about love this past July. The title
track is “Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet” which is about
the various feelings of love one may compare with the 7-colored
rainbow. Saranghae sings with a bright voice which won’t bring any
burden to listeners. This song, which has been used as the background
music for commercials was composed by Kim Dong Young and penned by Kim
Sung Chae. It also features Ji Ae of Taesabiae. (credits to motoway065 and purpletiger86 for translations)

Carnival – 거위의 꿈 (Goose’s Dream)
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Carnival Vol. 1 (1997) Track 10
Watch: Live Performance
Carnival is a duo group with famous singers Kim Dong Ryul and Lee Juk
in 1997. This song was at first not as popular as it is now, but gained
a lot of attention after In Soon I remade the song and this song
continues to be remade by artists today. The perfect harmony between
the two great voices sings of a dream that they are chasing and asking
to watch them catch the dream. (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%
Hottracks 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%