Weekly KPop Music Chart 2009 -Dec. Week 1


1. (+5) 2PM – Heartbeat *** 1 WEEK NO. 1 ***
Score: 975
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: 2PM Vol. 1 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
As expected, 2PM wasted no time to move up to the top spot this week
with “Heartbeat”. In this era of artists releasing singles and
mini-albums, this is their very first full studio
album titled “1:59.”  The
title track is “Heartbeat” which does not have an exact genre but shows
2PM’s style. One can hear the sounds of a person’s heart palpitation
along with drums and a full orchestra, which all flow together to make
a dynamic feel. This song is likely to stay at the top for the rest of
this year.

2. (–) Brown Eyed Girls – Sign
Score: 845
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Lee Min Soo / Lyrics: Kim Ina
Album: Brown Eyed Girls Vol. 3 repackaged version Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
If not because of 2PM’s song being too strong, Brown Eyed Girls would
have had another No. 1 song. Instead, “Sign” stay at No. 2 this week.
Brown Eyed Girls has become one of the most consistent hit makers in K-Pop in the past 2 years. “Sign” was composed by Lee Min Soo who wrote
“LOVE” and “Abracadabra” and penned by Kim Ina. The melody line is
bright with sweet yet refreshing up-tempo beats. With this latest hit,
Brown Eyed Girls have high hope to compete on the year end top female
groups award.

3. (-2) SS501 – Love Like This
Score: 748
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Lee,Scott,Alexander / Lyrics: Park Hae In
Album: SS501 mini-album “Rebirth” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
After one week at the top, SS501 fell back two spots to No. 3 with
“Love Like This”. All the hard work pays off for SS501 as their “Love
Like This” finally became No. 1 on our chart before they end their promotions. It is
also the whole group’s first No. 1 song on our chart in 3 years. “U R
Man” was No. 1 early this year but at that time they were only
promoting with 3 members (Triple S). This is the title track of their
latest mini-album. “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. (–) K Will – 그립고 그립고 그립다 (Yearn Yearn Yearn)
Score: 717
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Hwang Chan Hee / Lyrics: Hwang Chan Hee, Cho Eun Hee
Album: K Will Vol. 2 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
K Will is quietly enjoying a spectacular year in 2009, generating hits
after hits, whether it is from his own albums/singles or from drama
OSTs. Now he is releasing his 2nd full length studio album “Yearn Yearn
Yearn”. Despite having so many hit songs, this is K Will’s first full
album in more than 2 years. The principal track with the same name
remains at No. 4 this week. “Yearn Yearn Yearn” is a powerful and
emotional ballad which fits perfectly to K Will’s vocal. With the
addition of his latest hit, K Will is among the favorite to win the top
male vocalist this year.

5. (–) See Ya – 그놈 목소리 (His Voice)
Score: 714
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Lee Min Soo / Lyrics: Kim Ina
Album: See Ya mini-album “Rebloom” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the title track of SeeYa’s mini-album “Rebloom.” It has a
simple yet very addictive “hooky” melody and rhyming lyrics. It is an
electronic pop dance track with an abundant vocal effect, and it
represents the musical transformation of SeeYa, which so far was
popular for its ballads. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

6. (+2) F(x) – Chu~♡
Score: 708
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: F(x) first single Chu~♡ Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
F(x) who got listeners attention with their debut hit “La Cha Ta”,
returns with their first single album ‘Chu~♡’ consisting of three
songs. Their title track ‘Chu~♡’ is a cute and trendy Euro-pop song.
The song is about a girl whom awakens after receiving a kiss, and is
filled with curiosity and expectations of wanting to get to know the
world. This week it moves up another 2 spots to No. 6. F(x) debuted
later than other top rookie female groups this year but is finishing
strong. It will be interesting to see whether this song can take them
into running of the top new artists award at year end.

7. (+7) IU – 마쉬멜로우 (Marshmallow)
Score: 651
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Kim Do Hoon, Park Soo Jong / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Album: IU mini-album Vol. 2 “IU…Im” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Last year, IU debuted with “Lost Child”, a ballad which is beyond her
age but showcased her vocal power. This year, she is switching to a
cute concept consistent with her age and having a lot of success. Now
the teenager returns with her latest mini-album. The title track
“Marshmallow” is another cute and colorful dance song. It is a hybrid
of the 60’s rock and roll and french pop which is currently popular
worldwide. It’s the perfect combination of retro and modern which
displays IU’s cute and mature sides. Songwriter Kim Do Hoon, who has
written many hit songs recently, wrote this song for IU. This song
already eclipsed “Boo” which went to No. 9 on our chart, thus becoming
IU’s biggest hit so far in her young career.

8. (+11) U-Kiss – 만만하니 (Am I That Easy Going?)
Score: 617
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album: U-Kiss mini-album “Conti UKiss” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
U-Kiss finally scores their first ever top 10 hit with “Am I That Easy
Going?”. They recently released their third mini-album CONTI UKISS
which did well on the sales chart. The group added a new member Lee Ki
Sub, making U-Kiss a seven-member group. The title song “Am I That Easy
Going?” is a powerful hip-hop dance tune written by Brave Brothers who
is also responsible for the group’s previous singles.

9. (-6) SHINee – Ring Ding Dong
Score: 598
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin
Album: SHINee mini-album Vol. 3 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the representative track for SHINee’s third mini-album, “2009,
Year Of Us.” The Afro-electro song was produced by hitmaker Yoo
Young-jin and combines African Congo drums with contemporary electro
synthesizer sounds. Its cartoon-like lyrics are about feeling like you
have bells in your head when in love. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In

10. (-1) Park Bom – You And I
Score: 572
Genre: R&B
Music + Lyrics: Teddy
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” is at No. 10 this week. This song has
already topped a lot of internet charts in Korea.

11. (-4) Ivy – Touch Me
Score: 524
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Park Jae Sung, Yoo Gun Hyung / Lyrics: Park Jae Sung
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 “Touch Me” dropped 4 spots to No. 11.

12. (-2) Seo In Kook – 부른다 (Calling You)
Score: 493
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
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. Even though he debuted late this year, Seo In Kook is still
considered one of the top rookie male soloist of 2009. This week
“Calling You” dropped 2 spots to No. 12.

13. (-1) MBLAQ – Oh Yeah
Score: 478
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Kim Tae Wan, Jang Jae Min / Lyrics: Rain
Album: MBLAQ 1st mini-album Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the title track of MBLAQ’s debut single album “Just Blaq.” It
has a heavy hip-hop beat combined with intense synthesizer and guitar
sounds, and it represents MBLAQ’s good start as a new band. The speedy
drumwork, the fun rhythm of the rapping and the addictive chorus, “Oh
Yeah,” add charm to the song. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

14. (+1) Baek Ji Young – 잊지 말아요 (Don’t Forget: KBS Drama “Iris” OST)
Score: 433
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 blockbuster KBS hit 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 Do Hoon and penned by Choi Kap Won, depicts the two
people’s sad romance. “Don’t Forget” moves up another 1 spot to No. 14
this week.

15. (-2) BEAST – Bad Girl
Score: 428
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”
dropped two spots to No. 15.

16. (New) CL & Minzy – Please Don’t Go *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 422
Genre: Hip-hop
Music + Lyrics: Teddy
Album: CL & Minzy digital single “Please Don’t Go” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
2NE1 members are well represented in the top 20 this week. Park Bom is
still in the top 10 with “You and I”, while the group’s two main
rappers CL & Minzy, also have their own hit song as “Please Don’t
Go” is our highest debut at No. 16 this week. The song was composed by
YG’s main producer Teddy. It has fast hip hop rhythms along with CL and
Minji’s strong flowing rap. This hot song is perfect for the winter.

17. (+1) Tae Yang – 웨딩드레스 (Wedding Dress)
Score: 403
Genre: R&B / Hip-hop

Album: Tae Yang digital single “Wedding Dress” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
2NE1’s labelmate Tae Yang is just one spot below. Earlier Tae Yang had
released his first digital single, “Where U At” and he just released
his second single, “Wedding Dress.” The song is an R&B number with
addictive melody co-composed by 1TYM’s Teddy and Tae Yang himself.

18. (-7) Lee Ssang (feat. Jung In) – 헤어지지 못하는 여자, 떠나가지 못하는 남자 (Girl That Can’t Break Up, Guy that Can’t Leave)
Score: 393
Genre: Hip-hop
Music: Gil, Peejay / Lyrics: Gary
Album: Lee Ssang Vol. 6 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Lee Ssang fell 7 spots to No. 18 this 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. 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
collaborate with Lee Ssang.

19. (-3) Lee Young Hyun – 미안해 사랑해서 (Sorry For Loving You)
Score: 345
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music: Kim Bo Min / Lyrics: Park Kyung Jin
Album: Lee Young Hyun Vol. 1 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Big Mama’s Lee Young Hyun released her 1st solo album “Take It”. Like
Big Mama’s music, most of the songs from Lee Young Hyun’s solo album is
designed to showcase the singer’s powerful vocal. The difference is
that the genre is more pop ballad oriented rather than R&B. Lee
Young Hyun also acts as producer of this album. The title track “Sorry
For Loving You” is at No. 19 this week.

20. (+1) Lee Seung Hwan – 좋은 날 II (One Fine Day II)
Score: 306
Genre: Alternative Rock

Album: Lee Seung Hwan 20th Anniversary Album “Hwantastic Friends” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Celebrating his 20th anniversary in the music business, Lee Seung Hwan
releases a special album “Hwantastic Friends”. Two songs have already
been released previously as singles: “Heart Attack” and “Dunk Shoot”.
The title song “One Fine Day II” is the only song on the album in which
Lee Seung Hwan sings solo. This alternative, easy listening rock song
is the sequel of Lee Seung Hwan’s first album hit “Good Day”. This week
it returns to the top 20.

21 . (-4) One Two (feat. Seo In Young) – 못된 여자2 ( Bad Woman 2 ) : 304
22 . (+5) Rainbow – Gossip Girl : 294
23 . (-1) Lyn – 실화 ( True Story ) : 254
24 . (+17) MC Sniper – 마법의 성 ( Magic Castle ) : 230 *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
25 . (-1) Kim Tae Woo – 사랑비 ( Love Rain ) : 224
26 . (New) Tei & Kan Mi Youn – 너에게 약속하는 7가지 ( The 7 Things I Promise You ) : 222
27 . (-2) FT Island – 러브레터 ( Love Letter ) : 206
28 . (New) After School – 너 때문에 ( Because Of You ) : 188
29 . (+7) Chae Dong Ha – 어떻게 잊겠습니까 ( How can I forget ) : 185
30 . (New) Jang Hye Jin – 한 번만 울고 말자 ( Let’s Just Cry Once and Stop ) : 184
31 . (New) M to M – 코끝이 짠하잖아요 ( The Tip of My Nose is Regretful ) : 157
32 . (-4) Lee Soo Young – 내 이름 부르지 마 ( Don’t Call My Name ) : 148
33 . (+1) December – 사랑 참 ( Love Really ) : 147
34 . (+4) Shin Seung Hoon – 사랑치 ( Fool for Love ) : 135
35 . (-15) Dynamic Duo – 죽일 놈 ( Guilty ) : 130
36 . (-5) SNSD – Chocolate Love : 119
37 . (+11) H-Eugene (feat. 8Eight Joo Hee) – 사랑경보 ( Love Warning ) : 109
38 . (New) Park Sang Woo – 바보를 위한 노래 ( Song for a Fool: SBS Srama “You Are Beautiful” OST2 ) : 104
39 . (New) Free Style – Hot Christmas : 103
40 . (-11) Hwan Hee – 심장을 놓쳐서 ( Dropped My Heart ) : 99
41 . (-2) DNT – 가슴이 사랑하는 법 ( The Love In My Heart ) : 98
42 . (New) Wheesung – 눈물 쏟고 또 쏟고 ( Tears Flowing and Flowing ) : 80
43 . (New) KCM – 하루가 ( One Day ) : 79
44 . (-14) Maya – 위풍당당 ( Majestic ) : 69
45 . (New) Icon (feat. Eun Ji Won) – Beautiful Lady : 65
46 . (New) E-Tribe – 엄마 ( Mother ) : 55
47 . (-15) Yoon Gun – 라떼처럼 ( Like Latte ) : 46
48 . (-5) Secret – I Want You Back : 37
49 . (-2) Mighty Mouth – 웃어 ( Smile ) : 28
50 . (New) Nemisis – 슬픈 사랑의 왈츠 ( Sad Love Waltz ) : 24

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

CAN – 핸드폰애가 (A Sad Hand Phone Song)
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: CAN digital single “A Sad Hand Phone Song” track 1
Watch: MV
CAN released their new single “A Sad Hand Phone Song”, first one since
their “The 10th Anniversary” album in 2008. The song shows intensity
and spirit only CAN can bring out. This song is a remake of a hit song
sung by popular Japanese artist, Tokyo Pudding. It talks about not
being able to live without a cellular phone in today’s society.
(credits to motoway065 for translations)

J – 어제처럼 (Like Yesterday)
Genre: R&B Ballad

Album: J Vol. 3 (2000) Track 4
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is a classic R&B ballad by singer J, from her 3rd album in
2000. At that time, the R&B genre is still relatively new in k-pop,
and is heavily influenced by American R&B. This song is unique that
its chorus part has a lot of English lyrics, making it especially
popular to Korean Americans. SNSD’s Tiffany and Jessica both sung this
song on radio program and on variety show before. Last year, singer Joo
remade this song and also became a hit again. This is J’s biggest hit,
reaching No. 1 on music charts in 2000. Today, J is still active and
participates in a lot of project singles.

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%