Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2009 – October Week 5

1. (+8) Lee Ssang (feat. Jung In) – 헤어지지 못하는 여자, 떠나가지 못하는 남자 (Girl That Can’t Break Up, Guy that Can’t Leave) *** 1 WEEK NO. 1 ***
Score: 881
Genre: Hip-hop
Music: Gil, Peejay / Lyrics: Gary
Album: Lee Ssang Vol. 6 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Hip-hop duo Lee Ssang stole the No. 1 spot from Kim Tae Woo this week
with their latest hit “Girl That Can’t Break Up, Guy that Can’t Leave”,
the title song from their 6th album “Hexagonal”. The duo firmly
established themselves in the mainstream with their 4th album in 2007,
with the No. 1 song “Ballerino”, and finally have their 2nd chart topping
hit. They were very quiet with their 5th album last year
which they did not actively perform and promote. For this 6th album they
switched label to Jungle Entertainment for a fresh start. Having one of
the longest song titles ever is their principal track “Girl That Can’t
Break Up, Guy that Can’t Leave” which features the beautiful vocals of
R&B singer Jung In, who regularly collaborates with Lee Ssang. This
song cleans up on every major internet chart sources in Korea, which is
a big reason why it is ranked No. 1 here.

2. (-1) Kim Tae Woo – 사랑비 (Love Rain)
Score: 880
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
Two weeks ago, Kim Tae Woo held on to the top spot by the tiniest
margin. The same margin happens this week but his song “Love Rain” is
on the short end this time after spending the the last four weeks as
the No. 1 song. 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.

3. (+9) Wheesung – 주르륵 (Rain Falling)
Score: 762
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Wheesung
Album: Wheesung Vol. 6 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
After being the biggest mover last week, Wheesung’s “Rain Falling” is
making another giant leap this week, moving up 9 more spots into the
top three. Wheesung is releasing one more album before he gets set for
his American debut. His 6th studio album titled “Vocalate” was produced
by the singer himself and the title is a play on the words vocal and
chocolate. The title track “Rain Falling” is composed and penned by
Wheesung himself. It is about a man who leaves his lover and holds his
tears, but to have raindrops fall on his face, making it look like he
is tearing up. This song shows why Wheesung is the top male vocalist in
Korea. With its complex melody and arrangement, not too many singers
can pull it off, but Wheesung does it flawlessly.

4. (-2) Park Hyo Shin – 사랑한 후에 (After Love)
Score: 714
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
This lush ballad is the representative track for Park Hyo-shin’s 6th
regular album, “Gift – Part.1” It features the beautiful sounds of a
piano and orchestra, delicate beats, poetic lyrics and Park Hyo-shin’s
unique vocals. The large-scale music video starred actors Park Si-yeon
and Park Yong-ha and was filmed in Switzerland. (credits to Arirang TV
– Pops In Seoul)

5. (-2) T-Ara & Cho Shin Sung – TTL/TTL 2 (Time To Love / Time To Love: Listen 2)
Score: 672
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
This hip-hop song is the representative track for T-ara &
Choshinsung’s first digital single album. It freshly combines south
hip-hop beats with electronic sounds and a Korean sentimentality.
Choshinsung has made a comeback with this song, performing with T-ara
on stage after two years away from the spotlight. T-ara is also showing
fans new dance moves and rapping. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In

6. (–) Lee Seung Chul – 사랑 참 어렵다 (Love Is So Difficult)
Score: 582
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
This is the title track of Lee Seung-chul’s 10th studio album
“Repackage.” Like gems gain more value as time goes by, so does, too,
Lee Seung-chul’s beautiful voice, which harmonizes with the gentle and
luxurious melody of this ballad. The music video shows Kim Jung-eun and
Yoon Sang-hyun acting out as former lovers who continue to love each
other after the breakup. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

7. (-3) Lee Seung Ki – 우리 헤어지자 (Let’s Break Up)
Score: 548
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” is at No. 7 this week. “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.

8. (+5) MC Mong – 호러쇼 (Horror Show)
Score: 538
Genre: Hip-hop
Music + Lyrics: MC Mong
Album: MC Mong Vol. 5 Repackaged Version Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This past summer, MC Mong released his 5th album “Humanimal” with great
success. Now the repackaged version of this album with 3 new songs is
released. To celebrate Halloween, it is only fitting that the title
song of this repackaged version is called “Horror Show”. The song was
composed and penned by the artist himself and features comedian Kang Ho
Dong and electronica band W and Whale. The song has hip-hop beats with
strong melodies.

9. (+25) SHINee – Ring Ding Dong *** CO-BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 472
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin
Album: SHINee mini-album Vol. 3 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
SHINee released their third mini album “2009, Year of Us”. It’s been
five months since their last mini album in which they released their
single, Juliet. The title song for this album is “Ring Ding Dong,”
which has African Congo rhythms with contemporary color while making
use of electric synthesizers. The strong sounds and beats of the songs
will capture listeners’ ears right away. The theme is about the moment
of falling in love with bells ringing in the head. It is one of our
biggest mover this week, moving up 25 spots to No. 9.

10. (+25) MBLAQ – Oh Yeah *** CO-BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 445
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: MBLAQ 1st mini-album Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
In this year having a heavy dose of new girl groups, we are finally
seeing some new boybands debuting this Fall. The most intriguing
boyband is none other than MBLAQ, who is produced by k-pop’s most well
known star Bi (Rain). MBLAQ stands for Music Boys Live in Absolute
Quality, is fronted by leader Seung Ho, the group’s oldest member at
22. The main vocalist is GO (Jung Byung Hee), who went by the stage
name Jang Goon when he was with TYKEYS. Celebrity siblings Mir (Bae
Chul Young), the younger brother of actress Go Eun Ah, and Cheon Dung
(Park Sang Hyun), the younger brother of 2NE1’s Sandara, are the
rappers of the group. Last, we have vocalist Lee Joon, who appears as
the younger version of Rain in Ninja Assassin. MBLAQ has already been
lighting up the stage as guest performers on Rain’s Legend of Rainism
tour, and now the guys are finally making their official debut. MBLAQ’s
debut album Just BLAQ comes with three tracks including their hot dance
single Oh Yeah. This week they share the spotlight with SHINee as the
week’s other biggest mover. (credits to ~S2~)

11. (-6) Epik High – 따라해 (Wannabe)
Score: 442
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” is moving down
to No. 11 this week. Because of DJ Tukutz’s army enlistment, Epik High
will stop promotion on this album and perhaps that explains why this
song is not ranked higher.

12. (-4) Gavy NJ – 핼쑥해졌대 (In A Pallid State)
Score: 428
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 falls 4 spots to No. 12.

13. (+9) Dynamic Duo – 죽일 놈 (Guilty)
Score: 404
Genre: Hip-hop

Album: Dynamic Duo Vol. 5 Track 5 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Dynamic Duo, a pair that has made hits with every album release, is
back with a 14-track fifth album before they enter into military
service. If one were to explain the musical elements of this album, one
can say that there are less electronical elements and more instruments
and live recordings. There are also more drum and bass dance sounds
incorporated into the songs. One can hear singing rather than just pure
rap in songs. The title song “Guilty” moves up 9 spots to No. 13 this

14. (-3) f(x) – 라차타 (La Cha Ta)
Score: 401
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Kenzie
Album: f(x) digital single La Cha Ta
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the title song od f(x)’s debut digital single album. It is a
pop dance song that combines hip-hop grooves and electronica sounds.
The title – “LA chA TA” – is an exclamation. The witty lyrics about
enjoying life harmonize well with the cheerful melody. (credits to
Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

15. (-5) Lee Hyun (feat. Lim Jung Hee) – 30분전 (30 Minutes Ago)
Score: 385
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
This is the representative song for 8eight Lee Hyun’s 1st digital
single album. It features unique lyrics about a man who wants to turn
back time, to 30 minutes before a break-up. The lyrics go well with Lee
Hyun’s poignant voice, and this ballad is the final part of producer
Bang Si-hyuk’s break-up trilogy. In the music video, Lee Hyun acted in
emotional scenes with actress Seon Woo-seon. (credits to Arirang TV –
Pops In Seoul)

16. (-9) 4minute – MUZIK
Score: 384
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
This is the title song of 4Minute’s 1st mini-album “For Muzik.” It
combines street sounds that are popular at European clubs with a simple
melody. The lyrics are about discovering fun in 4Minute’s music. The
synthesized voices of the group members sound like musical instruments,
creating a unique mood. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

17. (New) Tae Yang – Where U At *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 333
Genre: Hip-hop / R&B Dance
Music + Lyrics: Teddy
Album: Tae Yang digital single “Where U At” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Big Bang’s Tae Yang returns after 1 year and 5 months with a new solo
song, “Where U At.” The song was produced by Teddy and Tae Yang helped
compose the melody. The song is about thinking about a significant
other of the future and missing her, a true story of the singer
himself. It incorporates lively synthesizer sounds. With hiphop,
r&b and awesome dance moves, the song has already topped many
Korean charts. It is our highest debut this week at No. 17.

18. (+7) Maya – 위풍당당 (Majestic)
Score: 317
Genre: Rock
Music + Lyrics: Lee Won Suk
Album: Maya digital single “Majectsic” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Maya returns after one and a half year layoff, this time spotting a
more feminine look. Her latest digital single “Majestic” is an up-tempo
rock song and it also features Sang Choo’s rapping. This week it moves
up seven spots to No. 18, becoming Maya’s latest top 20 hit.

19. (-2) Yoon Do Hyun – 너라면 좋겠어 (I Wish It Was You)
Score: 308
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.

20. (-5) Boo Hwal – 생각이나 (Thinking)
Score: 306
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)

21 . (-3) Tei – 독설 ( Venomous ) : 293
22 . (-1) SNSD – Chocolate Love : 283
23 . (-9) Kara – 미스터 ( Mister ) : 279
24 . (+16) Lee Soo Young – 내 이름 부르지 마 ( Don’t Call My Name ) : 264
25 . (-2) Tae Yeon & Sunny (SNSD) – 사랑인걸요 ( It Is Love ) : 260
26 . (-10) Baek Ji Young – 내 귀에 캔디 ( Candy On My Ear ) : 239
27 . (+15) B2ST – Bad Girl : 229
28 . (New) Rumble Fish – 너 정말이니 ( Are You For Real? ) : 225
29 . (New) SS501 – Love Like This : 223
30 . (–) G-Dragon – Breathe : 190
31 . (-2) HAM – 티티댄스 ( TT Dance ) : 175
32 . (New) Park Ji Hun – 헤어질 거 같애 ( It Seems Like We’re Going to Break Up ) : 173
33 . (Re) Zin Tae Hwa – 타락천사 ( Fallen Angel ) : 171
34 . (-1) Loveholics – 아픔 (Play 정은아) ( Hurt ) : 162
35 . (New) Yim Jae Bum – 사랑이라서 ( Because It is Love ) : 161
36 . (New) Secret – I Want You Back : 149
37 . (-18) Jewelry – Vari2ty : 138
38 . (-14) Yoo Seung Chan – 로맨틱 코메디 ( Romantic Comedy ) : 137
39 . (-8) Jun Jack – Love Jam : 132
40 . (New) Kim Jong Wook – 해바라기 ( Sunflower ) : 123
41 . (-5) Ari – 365일 ( 365 Days ) : 113
42 . (New) Hwan Hee – 심장을 놓쳐서 ( Dropped My Heart ) : 90
43 . (Re) Jo Kwon & Whale – 덩크슛 ( Dunk Shoot ) : 80
44 . (-7) Navi – 눈물도 아까워 ( Even The Tears Are Wasteful ) : 77
45 . (New) Clazziquai – Tell Yourself : 70
46 . (-19) Davichi – Hot Stuff : 69
47 . (New) Jaurim – 나시 ( Screw ) : 65
48 . (-20) Outsider/MC Sniper (feat. Horan) – 심장병 ( Heart Attack ) : 61
49 (-2) Miss $ – 사랑이 뭐길래 ( What Is Love ) : 53
50 (-6) Yeo Hoon Min – 버스 ( Bus ) : 49

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

I-Ahn Project – 어쩌면 다시는 (Possibly Next Time)
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: I-Ahn Project digital single “Possibly Next Time” Track 1
Listen To: Full Song
This past fall, I-Ahn Project had released their third story, Possibly
Next Time, a medium tempo number that anyone can easily relate to. It
is about the vulnerable feeling one feels after a breakup. Heo Jin’s
rap is also featured in this track. Check out other songs previously
released by this project on youtube or his cyworld. I highly recommend all his songs. (credits to motoway065 for translations)

Green Zone – 사랑을할꺼야 (I Will Love)
Genre: Rock Ballad

Album: Green Zone Vol. 1 (1994) Track 2
Watch: Live Performance
Green Zone is a male duo with members Gwak Chang Sun and Kwon Sun Gook.
The latter member left in 1998 and Jo Won Min replaced him. The duo
debuted in 1994. The two powerful ballad voices harmonized perfectly
for many OSTs and ballads. “I Will Love” is their debut song. It is
about continuing to love even after breaking up. Recently, Green Zone
released their 7th album after six long years of layoff. (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%