Weekly K-pop Music Chart 2009 – October Week 3

1. (–) Kim Tae Woo – 사랑비 (Love Rain) *** 3 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Score: 938
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 held on to the top spot by the tiniest margin with “Love
Rain”. This song managed another week of No. 1 just edging out Park Hyo
Shin’s “After Love” by one point. 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

2. (–) Park Hyo Shin – 사랑한 후에 (After Love)
Score: 937
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
Park Hyo Shin is somewhat unlucky as his song “After Love” fell short
of the top spot by merely one point this week. Park finally returns
with his sixth album after a 2 and a half 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. “After Love” has a
blockbuster movie like MV starring Park Si Yeon and Park Yong Ha filmed
in Switzerland.

3. (+4) Lee Seung Ki – 우리 헤어지자 (Let’s Break Up)
Score: 744
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” moves up 4 more spots to the top three. “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 skills.

4. (-1) 4minute – MUZIK
Score: 736
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. 4 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. A new genre that is getting more and more
popular these days.

5. (+1) T-Ara & Cho Shin Sung – TTL (Time To Love)
Score: 701
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
, T-Ara’s collaboration Cho Shin Sung has made a big hit for both
groups. 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.

6. (-1) Epik High – 따라해 (Wannabe)
Score: 697
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” moved down one
spot this week despite gaining points, but it is expected to move up
again next week.

7. (-3) Lee Seung Chul – 사랑 참 어렵다 (Love Is So Difficult)
Score: 628
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Hong Jin Young
Album: Lee Seung Chul Vol. 10 Repackaged Version Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
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
it dropped three spots to No. 7. “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

8. (+2) f(x) – 라차타 (La Cha Ta)
Score: 596
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 is moving up again. 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

9. (-1) Lee Hyun (feat. Lim Jung Hee) – 30분전 (30 Minutes Ago)
Score: 552
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” dropped one
spot to No. 9.

10. (+2) Kara – 미스터 (Mister)
Score: 518
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
With all the hypes of many new girl groups, Kara is quietly having a
very solid year and has established themselves as one of the top female
groups this year. “Mister” is already their 4th top 10 songs in 2009
(most by any artists). It is a Euro-pop dance track that has a powerful
electronic sound. This week it moves into the top 10 again.

11. (+7) Gavy NJ – 핼쑥해졌대 (In A Pallid State)
Score: 499
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 7 spots to the edge of the top 10.

12. (-1) Tei – 독설 (Venomous)
Score: 490
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 dropped one spot to No. 12.

13. (-4) 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)

14. (+3) Boo Hwal – 생각이나 (Thinking)
Score: 421
Genre: Rock Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Kim Tae Won
Album: Boo Hwal Vol. 12 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the representative track for Boowhal’s 12th regular album,
“25th Anniversary – Retrospect.” Another poetic ballad from the group,
it features quiet beats with a bass drum in the intro, and communicates
the excitement of meeting someone again. The plain and clear
instrumental performance goes well with the powerful vocals. (credits
to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

15. (-1) Outsider & MC Sniper (feat. Horan) – 심장병 (Heart Attack)
Score: 387
Genre: Hip-hop

Album: Hwantastic Project Vol. 1 digital single
Watch: MV
At No. 15 dropping one spot 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. This week, there are 3 songs from the
Hwantastic Project on our chart. Besides this song, we have songs from
Park Ji Hun and also Jo Kwon (2AM) & Whale from the same project.

16. (+4) Yoon Do Hyun – 너라면 좋겠어 (I Wish It Was You)
Score: 374
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.

17. (-1) Baek Ji Young (feat. 2PM Taec Yeon) – 내 귀에 캔디 (Candy On My Ear)
Score: 359
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)

18. (+1) Sandara Park (feat. CL) – Kiss
Score: 310
Genre: R&B / Dance

Album: Sandara Park digital single “Kiss” Track 1
Watch: MV
2NE1 member Sandara Park’s  first solo digital single is
“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.

19. (-6) Brown Eyed Girls – Abracadabra
Score: 299
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)

20. (New) Tae Yeon & Sunny (SNSD) – 사랑인걸요 (It Is Love) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 248
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: MBC Drama “Heading To The Ground” OST Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Though the drama “Heading To The Ground” starring DBSG’s Yunho and Go
Ara flopped in rating, it doesn’t affect the popularity of its theme
song “It Is Love”, sung by the sweet voice of SNSD’s Tae Yeon and
Sunny. This week it is our highest debut at No. 20. Tae Yeon has sung
theme songs for dramas Hong Gil Dong and Beethoven Virus and now this
song, all making to the top 20.

21 . (+7) HAM – 티티댄스 ( TT Dance ) : 219
22 . (New) Lee Ssang (feat. Jung In) – 헤어지지 못하는 여자, 떠나가지 못하는 남자 ( Girl That Can’t Break Up, Guy that Can’t Leave ) : 217
23 . (New) Park Ji Hun – 말할걸 그랬지 ( I Should Have Mentioned It ) : 214
24 . (-3) Davichi – Hot Stuff : 212
25 . (New) Bae Chi Gi (feat. Nemo) – 가인 ( Beautiful Woman ) : 208
26 . (+11) Yoo Seung Chan – 로맨틱 코메디 ( Romantic Comedy ) : 204 *** BIGGEST MOVE OF THE WEEK ***
27 . (New) Dynamic Duo – 미안해 ( I Am Sorry ) : 199
28 . (-3) Tae Goon – 속았다 ( Tricked ) : 193
29 . (-6) Cherry Filter – 피아니시모 ( Pianissimo ) : 182
30 . (-4) Loveholics – 아픔 (Play 정은아) ( Hurt ) : 181
31 . (-9) Miss $ – 사랑이 뭐길래 ( What Is Love ) : 177
32 . (New) PK Heman – 슬프지 않아요 (I’m Not Sad) : 145
33 . (-4) Uee, Jun Jin, Suk Hee – 그 남자 그 여자의 사정 ( That Man, That Woman’s Circumstance ) : 142
34 . (New) Wheesung – 주르륵 ( Rain Falling ) : 140
35 . (New) G-Dragon – 소년이여  ( A Boy ) : 134
36 . (-9) Navi (feat. 4minute Hyun Ah) – 눈물도 아까워 ( Even The Tears Are Wasteful ) : 133
37 . (New) K.Will – 사랑한단 말을 못해서 ( They Can’t Love ) : 92
38 . (-6) As One – 사랑할 수도 미워할 수도 ( As I Start to Love You, As I Start to Hate You ) : 91
39 . (New) Jun Jack – Love Jam : 90
40 . (-9) Rumble Fish – 내 사랑 내 곁에 ( My Love By My Side ) : 87
41 . (-11) Supreme Team – 슈퍼매직 ( Super Magic ) : 86
42 . (New) Kim Jung Min – Beautiful My Life : 81
43 . (New) Yeo Hoon Min – 버스 ( Bus ) : 80
44 . (New) IU – 아라로 ( Do: MBC Drama “Queen Sun Duk” OST ) : 76
45 . (-21) Mighty Mouth (feat. Han Ye Sul) – 연애특강 ( Crash Course In Love ) : 70
46 . (-8) ERU – 사랑을 믿어요 ( I Believe in Love ) : 67
47 . (New) Bada – Yes Im In Love : 44
48 . (New) Zin Tae Hwa – 타락천사 ( Fallen Angel ) : 41
49 . (Re) Hint 열정의 시대 ( Passion’s Generation ) : 40
50 . (New) Jo Kwon & Whale 덩크슛 ( Dunk Shoot ) : 39

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

Island Guitar – 무늬만 진돗개 (Spotted Jindo Dog)
Genre: Acoustic Light Rock

Album: Island Guitar digital single Spotted Jindo Dog Track 2
Listen to: Full Song (thanks to Mardi09 for uploading) Watch: Live Performance
Singer song writer, Island Guitar who has been in tune under group
scene as a folk artist has released her first single album. Her name
Island Guitar means to come out of an island with a guitar but it holds
special meaning to her as she spend her school days on an island.
Island Guitar composed, penned, and arranged all three songs on the
album. The title track is Spotted Jindo Dog. It is a very refreshing
light rock, acoustic folk song with guitar arrangement.

Baby VOX – 우연 (Accident)
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: Baby VOX Special Album (2002) Track 2
Watch: MV (regular version) MV( World Cup Version) Live Performance
The original Baby VOX (short for Baby Voice Of Expression) were one of
the top three girl groups (along with SES and FINKL) in the early
2000s. The five member group led by Kim EZ, Lee Hee Jin, Shim Eun Jin,
Kan Mi Youn, and Yoon Eun Hye were known for their upbeat songs and
dance choreography. After releasing their last album “Ride West” in
2004, the group broke up. Yoon Eun Hye went into acting and became one
of the top actresses in Korea now. Shim Eun Jin and Kan Mi Youn, the
group’s two top vocalists, became solo singers. Kan Mi Youn spends most
of her time in China now. Lee Hee Jin went into modeling, and Kim EZ
was seen featuring in other artists’ songs as rapper. “Accident” was
probably Baby VOX’s biggest hit. It was one of the featured songs
during the 2002 World Cup in Korea. It’s MV even have a World Cup
version. (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%
MBC Inky Top 100 Chart – 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, MBC
Music Travel LaLaLa, SBS Kim Jung Eun Chocolate, KBS Yoo Hee Yeol
Sketchbook , YTN Live Power Music, MTV Non-stop, Pops In Seoul) – 5%