Weekly KPop Music Chart 2009 – Nov.Week 2


1. (–) Lee Ssang (feat. Jung In) – 헤어지지 못하는 여자, 떠나가지 못하는 남자 (Girl That Can’t Break Up, Guy that Can’t Leave) *** 3 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Score: 851
Genre: Hip-hop
Music: Gil, Peejay / Lyrics: Gary
Album: Lee Ssang Vol. 6 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Despite strong competition, Lee Ssang remains No. 1 for the 3rd
straight week with “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”, now having their 2nd chart topping
hit. However, they went 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 title 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.

2. (+4) SHINee – Ring Ding Dong
Score: 777
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin
Album: SHINee mini-album Vol. 3 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
SHINee moves closer to the top with another four spots jump on their
latest song “Ring Ding Dong”. The song 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.

3. (+6) SS501 – Love Like This
Score: 728
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: SS501 mini-album “Rebirth” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Another strong contender for the top spot is SS501’s “Love Like This”.
It only takes them 3 weeks to move into the top 3. The title track is
“Love Like This” which was composed by Steven Lee, Ryan Scott, and Sean
Alexander. It is an upbeat synth pop track that was specially mixed by
Ken Lewis who has also done works for top stars like Usher, Kanye West,
and John Legend.

4. (-2) Wheesung – 주르륵 (Rain Falling)
Score: 704
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Wheesung
Album: Wheesung Vol. 6 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Wheesung dropped 2 spots this week with “Rain Falling”. Composed and
penned by Wheesung himself, “Rain Falling” 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

5. (+3) MBLAQ – Oh Yeah
Score: 661
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 it moves up 3 spots into the top 5. (credits
to ~S2~)

6. (-3) Kim Tae Woo – 사랑비 (Love Rain)
Score: 520
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
This song features a delicate arrangement that goes perfectly with its
addictive melody and lyrics. It’s about the sort of breakup everyone
experiences and says that if you really miss someone, he or she will
return to you. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

7. (+3) Dynamic Duo – 죽일 놈 (Guilty)
Score: 489
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”. Despite the duo not coming out
to perform and promote the song, it still manages to move up another 3
spots to No. 7 this week.

8. (+12) Seo In Kook – 부른다 (Calling You)
Score: 488
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music: Bang Shi Hyuk / Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk, Baek Chan
Album: Seo In Kook digital single “Calling You” Track 2
Watch: MV Live Performance
Highly acclaimed rookie male singer Seo In Kook continues to surprise
us this week. His debut song moves into the top 10, going up 12 spots on its 2nd week in the chart. Singing his way to the top of the popular
talent show program Mnet Superstar K, Seo In Kook now takes the next
step in his music career with his debut album. You may see a bit of
resemblance to 8Eight in his debut song “Calling You”, as the song is
written by Hitman Bang who wrote all of 8Eight’s hits. 8Eight’s Baek
Chan also help penned the lyrics. This song is ranked high in many
internet and airplay charts in Korea.

9. (+3) Hwan Hee – 심장을 놓쳐서 (Dropped My Heart)
Score: 482
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Lee Sang In
Album: Hwan Hee 1st mini-album “H Soul” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
After Fly to the Sky celebrated their ten year anniversary, member
Hwanhee has returned with his first solo album, titled H Soul. Hwanhee
produced the album himself. The title track is “Dropped My Heart” which
showcases his soulful voice which flows with electronica house sounds.
This week it becomes Hwan Hee’s first solo top 10 hit, up 3 spots to
No. 9.

10. (+7) BEAST – Bad Girl
Score: 459
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Lee Sang Ho, Shin Sa Dong Tiger
Album: BEAST mini-album “Beast Is The B2ST” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Besides MBLAQ, another debuting boyband that creates a lot of hype is
BEAST. Their 6 members are not really rookies as they have previous
stage experiences. Member Lee Gi Kwang debuted solo under the stage
name AJ earlier this year. Jang Hyun Seung (SO-1) was the eliminated
sixth member from Big Bang’s pre-debut reality program, and Yoon Du Jun
was one of the JYP trainees from 2AM and 2PM’s pre-debut reality
program. Along with Yang Yo Seob, Son Dong Woon, and former Xing member
Yong Jun Hyung (Poppin’ Dragon). Their debut hit “Bad Girl” is s catchy
dance song written by Lee Sang Ho and Shin Sa Dong Tiger, who wrote
“Hot Issue” and “Muzik” for label mate 4minute. This week “Bad Girl”
becomes BEAST’s first top 10 hit, moving up 7 spots to No.10.

11. (-6) MC Mong – 호러쇼 (Horror Show)
Score: 453
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. The title song is “Horror Show” is at No. 11 this week. 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.

12. (+30) Ivy – Touch Me *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 430
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: Ivy Vol. 3 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Two years ago, Ivy rose to become one of the top female soloists in
Korea. Her career was briefly derailed by a scandal with her
ex-boyfriend. Now she puts the past behind her and finally returns with
her third studio album. This album showcases both her innocence as well
as her sexiness. The album title is “I Be” which means I’m Ivy as well
as I’m Starting and I Exist. The title track is “Touch Me” which is a
pop number that has a simple melody with electronica sounds. It was
composed by Psy and Yoo Gun Hyung. Like her past hit, Sonata of
Temptation, “Touch Me” shows her sexiness and charisma only Ivy can
bring out. This week it is our biggest mover, up 30 spots to No. 12.

13. (New) Brown Eyed Girls – Sign *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 421
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: Brown Eyed Girls Vol. 3 repackaged version Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
The last part of Brown Eyed Girls’ third album promotions has just
begun. The title song “Sign” was composed by Lee Min Su who wrote
“LOVE” and “Abracadabra” and penned by Kim Ina. The melody line is
bright with sweet yet refreshing up-tempo beats. This week “Sign” is
our highest debut at No. 13. With their latest hit, Brown Eyed Girls
have high hope to compete on the year end top female groups award.

14. (New) Park Bom – You And I
Score: 404
Genre: R&B

Album: Park Bom digital single “You And I” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
2NE1’s main vocalist, Park Bom has released her first solo digital
single, “You and I” which was composed and penned by Teddy who has also
responsible for 2NE1’s “Lollipop,” “Fire,” “I Don’t Care,” and
Sandara’s solo hit “Kiss.” The song is about a love vow for endless
love. Park Bom’s vocals are showcased in this mid-tempo R&B hip-hop
number. This week “You And I” enters our chart at No. 14.

15. (–) One Two (feat. Seo In Young) – 못된 여자 II (Bad Woman 2)
Score: 388
Genre: Hip-hop ballad

Album: One Two digital single “Bad Woman 2” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Last year, One Two released “Bad Woman” featuring the vocal of
Jewelry’s Seo In Young. That hit really put One Two on to the map. Now
the same team reunited again to produce the part 2 of this song “Bad
Woman 2”. It is holding steady this week at No. 15. Seo In Young is
also performing this song with One Two on stage, which should help its

16. (+23) See Ya – 그놈 목소리 (His Voice)
Score: 372
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: See Ya mini-album “Rebloom” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
See Ya has made a comeback with a new mini-album which includes new
member, Sumi who replaced former member, Nam Gyuri. The title track is
His Voice which was composed by Lee Minsu who has made Brown Eyed
Girls’ LOVE and Abracadabra. This song is catchy on first listen with a
catchy melody line, “Solgit Solgit, Holic Holic, Chullung Chullung.”
Its fun lyrics and vocals flow well in this electronic pop number. This
week “His Voice” made a big 23 spots jump to No. 16.

17. (-6) Lee Seung Chul – 사랑 참 어렵다 (Love Is So Difficult)
Score: 347
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)

18. (+10) Baek Ji Young – 잊지 말아요 (Don’t Forget: KBS Drama “Iris” OST)
Score: 334
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Hyun Seung / Lyrics: Kim Do Hoon, Choi Kap Won
Album: KBS Drama “Iris” OST Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Korea’s ballad queen, Baek Ji Young takes part in the soundtrack for
the blockbuseter KBS drama, Iris. The song will be the romance theme
song for Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Hee. The story is action packed with
lots of betrayal and romance. The song which was composed by top
composer Kim Don Hoon and penned by Cho Gap Won, depicts the two
people’s sad romance. It is Baek Ji Young’s latest top 20 hit, moving
up 10 spots to No. 18.

19. (-5) Tae Yang – Where U At
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. This week it is at No. 19.

20. (-2) Lee Soo Young – 내 이름 부르지 마 (Don’t Call My Name)
Score: 331
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Lee Soo Young Vol. 9 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
The Queen of ballads, Lee Soo Young returns with her 9th studio album,
after 11 months since her last, to celebrate her ten year anniversary
as a singer. Lee Soo Young had released hits after hits starting from
debut song, “I Believe,” to songs such as “Lalala,” “Hwilili,” and
“Grace.” The title track of this album is “Don’t Call My Name” which
Lee Soo Young penned the lyrics. The song which has jazz style shows
off a bit more of her vocals, scoring her another top 20 hit.

21 . (-14) T-Ara/Cho Shin Sung – TTL ( Time To Love ) : 314
22 . (-18) Park Hyo Shin – 사랑한 후에 ( After Love ) : 307
23 . (-7) Maya – 위풍당당 ( Majestic ) : 265
24 . (+9) FT Island – 러브레터 ( Love Letter ) : 255
25 . (-6) SNSD – Chocolate Love : 249
26 . (New) Gummy – 이별은 사랑 뒤를 따라와 ( Breakup Follows After Love ) : 242
27 . (-14) Lee Seung Ki – 우리 헤어지자 ( Let’s Break Up ) : 240
28 . (+3) Mighty Mouth – 웃어 ( Smile ) : 214
29 . (-5) Rumble Fish – 너 정말이니 ( Are You For Real? ) : 211
30 . (New) Lyn – 실화 ( True Story ) : 210
31 . (+7) Lee Hong Ki – 여전히 ( As Ever: SBS Drama “You’re Beautiful” OST ) : 208
32 . (New) f(x) – Chu~♡ : 167
33 . (New) M to M – Goodbye : 166
34 . (New) Jung Yup – 잘지내 ( Doing Weak ) : 165
35 . (+2) Boo Hwal – 생각이나 ( Thinking ) : 160
36 . (New) 4 minute – What A Girl Wants : 156
37 . (-16) Kim Jong Wook – 해바라기 ( Sunflower ) : 138
38 . (-9) Yim Jae Bum – 사랑이라서 ( Because It is Love ) : 137
39 . (New) Lee Seung Hwan – 좋은 날 II ( One Fine Day II ) : 135
40 . (-18) Yoon Do Hyun – 너라면 좋겠어 ( I Wish It Was You ) : 134
41 . (New) Epik High – 트로트 ( Trot ) : 133
42 . (-7) Secret – I Want You Back : 127
43 . (New) K.Will – 그립고 그립고 그립다 ( Yearn Yearn Yearn ) : 113
44 . (-18) Lee Hyun (8Eight) – 30분전 ( 30 Minutes Ago ) : 104
45 . (-15) Gavy NJ – 핼쑥해졌대 ( In A Pallid State ) : 100
46 . (New) Shin Seung Hoon – Love Of Iris: KBS Drama “Iris” OST : 81
47 . (New) Suh Young Eun – 그리움이 내린 나무 ( Tree That Brings Down Longing ) : 67
48 . (New) U-Kiss – 만만하니 ( Am I That Easygoing? ) : 59
49 . (–) Do Won Kyung – 착한사람 ( Good People ) : 54
50 . (-16) Tei – 독설 ( Venomous ) : 53

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

Soul Dom – 9월 14일 (September 14)
Genre: R&B / Jazz

Album: Soul Dom digital single “Blue Day” Track 1
Listen To: Full Song
New co-ed vocal group, Soul Dom releases a new single this Fall titled
Blue Day. Released on September 14th, the song is appropriately named
“September 14th” and it showcases their great passion. The members
composed and penned the lyrics themselves. New composer Yoo Hyung Suk
co-composed the songs and Bae Yeon Hee took the job of vocal director.
The song has a jazz melody filled with great R&B vocals from the
group. (credits to motoway065 for translations)

Vibe – 미워도 다시 한번 (I Hate To Once Again)
Genre: R&B Ballad

Album: Vibe Vol. 1 (2002) Track 3
Watch: MV Live Performance
Vibe is an R&B trio originally formed by Ryu Jae Hyun, Yoon Min
Soo, and rapper Noblesse. Noblesse left to turn solo after the 2nd
album, so Vibe becomes a duo now. Despite only releasing three albums
since they debuted in 2002, both Ryu Jae Hyun and Yoon Min Soo are
outstanding songwriters and they have written many chart topping hits
for artists like FT Island, Davichi, etc. Vibe doesn’t come out to
perform on music shows very often. Instead, they are winning fans with
their music, proving by the fact that all their albums have sold over
100,000 copies. “I Hate To Once Again” was Vibe’s debut hit and this
song was popular for nearly half a year in 2002. It is one of the best
R&B ballads this decade in my opinion.

Sources of the chart

Air Monitor Chart – 15%
MNet M!Countdown – 15%
Various Internet charts (Dosirak, MNet, Melon, Bugs, Monkey3, MusicOn, 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%