Weekly K-pop Music Chart 2010 – January week 1

Here is the first music
chart of 2010. As we always do at the beginning of each year, we are
making some changes on the weight of our sources to better reflect this
chart ranking. For this year, we decide to combine all the cable
sources (MNet, KMTV, Cable airplays) into a single source and accounts
for 15%. We won’t reference to M!Countdown anymore. Instead, we’ll use
MNet’s weekly internet chart as their base. Also, all the three major
TV Stations (SBS, KBS, MBC) will have a 10% weight on their rankings.
Other parts of our sources are unchanged.

our last chart of 2009 was two weeks ago, and with all these changes
taking place effective this week you will see a lot of new songs and
big movements on the chart. Next week should go back to normal.

1. (+6) T-Ara – Bo Beep Bo Beep *** 1 WEEK NO. 1 ***
Score: 823
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: T-Ara Vol. 1 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
As the calendar turns from December 31, 2009 to January 1, 2010, last
year’s standout rookies are no longer new singers. Picking up where
they left off in a strong 2009, T-Ara scores their first ever No. 1
chart hit with “Bo Beep Bo Beep”. It is also the group’s 3rd top 10 hit
after “Lie” and “TTL”, coming from their first full length album which
many top composers wrote for them. “Bo Beep Bo Beep” is a hot dance
track with additive melody. T-Ara just won the bronze award of best
newcomers on our soompi gayo awards show. Looks like they are ready to
challenge other top k-pop girl groups this year.

2. (+4) After School – 너 때문에 (Because Of You)
Score: 821
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album: After School 2nd single Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Just two points behind T-Ara is another outstanding rookie female group
of last year. After School already won a mutizen award on Inky Gayo
with this song “Because Of You”. It moves up 4 spots to No. 2 this
week, surpassing their debut song “Diva” which went to No. 6. Unlike
their previous hits, this song is slower in tempo and has a Shibuya kei
style with electronic pop sounds. It is a new try for both the group
and hot songwriter Brave Brothers. Through this song, listeners can see
their top notch live performance. This song already topped many
internet charts in Korea.

3. (+35) Younha – 오늘 헤어졌어요 (We Broke Up Today) *** CO-BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 800
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Younha Vol. 3 Part B Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Our first big mover is from Younha. She returns with part B of her
third album, titled, Growing Season. Younha has been known for her
unique piano rock tracks in the past. She never promoted a ballad song
until now. The song “We Broke Up Today” is a sad ballad number which
expresses one’s truthfulness on the hardships of breakup. It was penned
by fellow singer Hwayobi.

4. (-3) 2PM – Heartbeat
Score: 760
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: 2PM Vol. 1 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Title song of 2PM’s first studio album. A heartbeat becomes the
backbone of the rhythm with a drum sound taking over as the main
accompaniment, creating a unique new sound. The lyrics are about a man
in despair over a breakup. 2PM’s incredible performance is highlighted
in the music video. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

5. (-3) U-Kiss – 만만하니 (Am I That Easy Going?)
Score: 624
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album: U-Kiss mini-album “Conti UKiss” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the title track of U-Kiss’ 3rd mini-album “Conti Ukiss.” Its
gangster-style hip-hop rhythm creates a fresh harmony with the
electronic genre. The sharp tone of its lyrics and addictive sounds are
especially impressive. The music video shows the U-Kiss members, who
have been transformed from young boys into chic guys. (credits to
Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

6. (+7) Park Jin Young – No Love No More
Score: 503
Genre: R&B / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: Park Jin Young mini-album “Sad Freedom” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Having produced some of the most successful k-pop artists this decade
(2PM, Wonder Girls, 2AM, Rain, G.O.D, etc.), Park Jin Young (JYP) is
taking his turn as a singer and returns to the top 10 this week with
the title song “No Love No More” from his latest mini-album “Sad
Freedom”. Many of the younger fans may not recall JYP as a singer and
dancer, but he has many hit songs in the past. He showcases his singing
and dancing steps on this funky song. After watching his performances,
fans will understand why he has so many bright pupils.

7. (+33) Brian (feat. Supreme Team) – 내 여자 (My Girl)
Score: 487
Genre: R&B / Dance

Album: Brian Vol. 2 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
During any week, a 33-spot jump is good enough for the week’s biggest
mover, but this particular week seems to be the exception. It is still no small
accomplishment for Fly To The Sky’s Brian, who released his 2nd solo
album recently and made a big jump to the top 10 this week with “My
Girl”. Unlike most of his songs from Fly To The Sky and also from his
first solo album, “My Girl” is dance track featuring hip-hop group
Supreme Team who gained attention last year with “Super Magic”. It is a
refreshing new style for Brian.

8. (+35) Eun Ji Won (feat. Mr. Tyfoon) – 사이렌 (Siren) *** CO-BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 468
Genre: Hip-hop

Album: Eun Ji Won Vol. 5 Track 5 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Sharing the week’s biggest mover is Eun Ji Won’s latest hit “Siren”.
Eun Ji Won released his first full album in almost five years. The album was produced by Eun Ji Won himself and Keeproots. The
title track is “Siren” is at No. 7 this week. This song fits the
current trends with catchy melody; it is of the electronic hip-hop
genre. It is about loving a friend’s lover and therefore worrying about

9. (New) Zi-A – 술한잔해요 (Have A Drink) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 464
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Zi-A digital single “Have A Drink” track 1
Watch: MV
Our highest debut this week is from ballad artist Zi-A’s lastest hit
“Have A Drink”. This new single is a gift to her fans, returning the
love that they had sent her while she was having a hard time after her
car accident. “Have A Drink” is about a woman who is suffering after a
break up with a loved one. This ballad can be added onto her list of
hit songs which brings her emotional and maturity up another level.
Actress Nam Sang Mi starred in this song’s MV.

10. (+1) CL & Minzy – Please Don’t Go
Score: 411
Genre: Hip-hop
Music + Lyrics: Teddy
Album: CL & Minzy digital single “Please Don’t Go” Track 1
Watch: Live Performance
Fresh off sweeping all the new artist awards, 2NE1 members CL and
Minzi’s single “Please Don’t Go” is back in the top 10 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.

11. (New) Kim Tae Woo (Feat. Droplet, Slime) – 사랑눈 (Love Snow)
Score: 382
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Kim Tae Woo digital single “Love Snow” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
His “Love Rain” was named our 2009 Song Of The Year. Kim Tae Woo is
back “Love Snow” at No. 11. This is the re-arranged version of “Love
Rain” to fit with the Christmas atmosphere. We will be able to hear a
new melody to the song as well as a rap portion. Different from the
pop/rock feel that we heard from “Love Rain”, “Love Snow” has more of
an orchestration and electric piano sound to it. There are also carol
tunes in between the chorus and bridge sections of the song. About 50
of producer Kim Hyun Suk’s trainees gathered together for the harmony
and two new artistes, Droplet and Slime were featured in the song.

12. (New) Ga In & Jo Kwon – 우리 사랑하게 됐어요 (We Fell In Love)
Score: 380
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Ga In & Jo Kwon digital single “We Fell In Love” Track 1
Watch: MV
The latest hit coming from the reality TV Show “We Got Married”
features Brown Eyed Girl’s Ga In and 2AM’s Jo Kwon. It’s composed by
Brown Eyed Girl’s leader Je-A. It is a nice duet song that has an (8
beat) new wave sound that was popular during the 1980s. Composer Lee
Min Soo (Love; Abracadabra) and lyricist Kim In Na have contributed in
creating the song as well. Ga In and Jo Kwon also contributed to the
lyrics by telling honest stories of their make-believe marriage life.
Through this couple/duet song, we will be able to listen to their
wonderful harmony and outstanding vocal skills.

13. (New) Jewelry – Love Story
Score: 345
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Jewelry Vol. 6 Repackaged Version Track 2
Watch: MV Live Performance
Jewelry’s latest hit “Love Story” will be the last hit song that long
time members Park Jung Ah and Seo In Young performed with the group.
They already announced they are leaving to continue their already
successful solo careers. Kim Eun Jung and Ha Joo Yeon will stay in the
group with new members replacing Park and Seo. “Love Story” is about a
love story between a man and a woman in which they go through different
stages in their relationship. The lyrics express the different emotions
very well and the melody fits perfectly with the winter atmosphere.
Unlike Jewelry’s dance songs, “Love Story” showcases the members’
strong vocal and rap skills. Jewelry has not promoted a ballad track
since “Tonight” from their 2nd album. The MV is a compilation of
footage focusing on Park Jung Ah and Seo In Young.

14. (-6) MC Sniper – 마법의 성 (Magic Castle)
Score: 344
Genre: Hip-hop
Music + Lyrics: MC Sniper
Album: MC Sniper Vol. 5 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
MC Sniper is back with his 5th album “Museum”. This album revolves
around the concept of love. He produced and wrote the lyrics based on
this own experiences on love. MC Sniper also has solid collaborations
featuring including Rain’s producer, Tae Wan along with Lucifer, MC BK,
and Mr. Room9. The title track “Magic Castle” has the trademark Sniper
sound and it is at No. 14 this week.

15. (+1) Baek Ji Young – 잊지 말아요 (Don’t Forget: KBS Drama “Iris” OST)
Score: 343
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 1 spot again to No. 15
this week.

16. (New) Hwa Yobi & Flower Go Yoo Jin – Ghost
Score: 340
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Hwa Yobi & Flower Go Yoo Jin digital single “Ghost” Track 1
Watch: MV
This is is a wonderful break-up song that was influenced by the
American movie “Ghost” that starred Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. Well
known for their vocal abilities, Flower’s Go Yoo Jin and Hwayobi have
come together to sing a sad song composed by Park Geun Tae. Before the
actual song was released, the song already gained popularity through
its music video that was directed by Hwang Soo Ah (Brown Eyed Girls
“Abracadabra”). This is the first song that was created for Black
Label’s first project album.

17. (New) SG Wannabe & V.O.S – 사랑합니다 (I Love You)
Score: 334
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Album: SG Wannabe & V.O.S digital single “I Love You” Track 1
Watch: MV
Most of the love songs in k-pop are sad ballads. SG Wannabe’s Kim Young
Joon, Lee Seok Hoon and VOS’s Choi Hyun Joon and Kim Kyung Rok have
come together to sing a happy love song. These two groups are well
known for their powerful vocal skills. It’s the very first time for the
two groups to sing a song together. The song “I Love You” was composed
by Jo Young Soo and written by Kang Eun Kyung. This song is expected to
be the best proposal song for couples and a wonderful wedding song to
sing to brides.

18. (-13) Brown Eyed Girls – Sign
Score: 331
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
The title song of Brown Eyed Girls’ third studio album, Sound-G Sign.”
The song has a unique sound with a sweet but sharp melody line and a
sophisticated and tight up-tempo beat. The use of punctuation in the
lyrics such as “dot,” highlight the feelings of a girl on the verge of
a breakup. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

19. (New) Seo In Young – 사랑하면 안되나요 (Can’t I Love? – KBS Drama “Iris” OST)
Score: 319
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Album: KBS Drama “Iris” OST Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
KBS drama IRIS keeps releasing hit after hit. The latest single is by
Seo In Young, who recently announced that she is leaving Jewelry to
focus on her solo career. Unlike her past dance hits, this song is a
sad ballad that shows off her smooth and husky voice. The song is about
the pain between a man and a woman’s love that can’t happen. The sad
lyrics are written by Kang Eun Kyung and was composed by Jo Young Soo.

20. (New) Kim Jin Pyo (feat. SG Wannabe Kim Jin Ho) – 로맨틱 겨울 (Romantic Winter)
Score: 311
Genre: Hip-hop

Album: Kim Jin Pyo mini-album “Romantic Winter” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
All-round artist Kim Jin Pyo is back with a mini-album “Romantic
Winter”. The title track of the same name debuts at No. 20 this week
“Romantic Winter” features SG Wannabe’s Kim Jin Ho’s vocal along with
Kim Jin Pyo’s rapping to unveil a sweet seasonal ballad. This song is
on top of the airplay charts in Korea now.

21 . (New) Hwi – 너와 결혼할 사람 ( The Person You Will Marry ) : 302
22 . (-10) Park Bom – You And I : 301
23 . (-20) IU – 마쉬멜로우 ( Marshmallow ) : 294
24 . (-15) K.Will – 그립고 그립고 그립다 ( Yearn Yearn Yearn ) : 293
25 . (-11) See Ya – 그놈 목소리 ( His Voice ) : 285
26 . (-22) f(x) – Chu~♡ : 273
27 . (New) Gummy – 그대라서 ( Because It Is You: SBS Drama “Will It Snow For Christmas” OST ) : 240
28 . (-4) Clazziquai – 핑 ( Round ) : 233
29 . (New) Ivy – 눈물아 안녕 ( Goobye Tears ) : 228
30 . (New) December – 돌아울순 없나요 ( Can’t I Return?: KBS Drama “Iris” OST ) : 220
31 . (New) SHINee – JoJo : 210
32 . (-17) Rainbow – Gossip Girl : 198
33 . (New) B2ST – Mystery : 196
34 . (New) Lee Seung Ki (feat. Kang Min Kyung) – 처음처럼 그때처럼 ( Like The First Time, Like that One Time ) : 187
35 . (New) MBLAQ – G.O.O.D luv : 122
36 . (-26) SS501 – Love Like This : 110
37 . (-19) Seo In Kook – 부른다 ( Calling You ) : 109
38 . (New) Lucid Fall – 고등어 ( Mackerel ) : 100
39 . (New) Yoo Bum Sang – 행복해지는 법 ( The Way To Happiness ) : 95
40 . (-8) Lyn – 실화 ( True Story ) : 89
41 . (+5) Various Artists – 크리스마스의 기적 ( Christmas Miracle ) : 80
42 . (New) Gil Me (feat. Jung Yup) – 넌 나를 왜 ( Why You Doing This To Me? ) : 78
43 . (New) Song Ji Eun (Secret) (feat. Hwan Hee) – 어젠 ( Yesterday ) : 77
44 . (-23) Tae Yang – 웨딩드레스 ( Wedding Dress ) : 72
45 . (-22) Lee Ssang (feat. Jang Ki Ha & Faces) – 우리 지금 만나 ( Let’s Meet Now ) : 68
46 . (New) Na Yoon Kwon – Let It Snow : 66
47 . (-5) Shin Seung Hoon – 사랑치 ( Fool for Love ) : 65
48 . (New) Namolla Family – 아이처럼  ( Like A Child ) : 59
49 . (-15) H-Eugene (feat. Joo Hee) – 사랑경보 ( Love Warning ) : 53
50 . (New) Sori & Dong Joon – 타버렸어요 ( Burned Up ) : 48

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

Ji Chun Bi Hwa (feat. Taesabiae) – 죽기 일초전 (One Second Before Dying)
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Ji Chun Bi Hwa 1st digital single Track 1
Listen to: Full Song (thanks to Mardi09 for uploading)
Talented rookie singer, Ji Chun Bi Hwa debuts this past November after
a three year training period. Prior to debut, he gained much interest
from many not only due to his singing skills, but because of his
ability to compose as well as for his physical appearance (height is
184cm). The first digital single is titled, “One Second Before Dying”
which is about a person who is filled with love sickness due to his
lover. The song was composed by Kim Dong Young and penned by Kim Sung
Chae. (credits to motoway065 for translations)

Panic – 로시난테 (Rosinante)
Genre: Rock Ballad

Album: Panic Vol. 4 (2005) Track 10
Watch: MV
Panic is duo formed by Lee Juk and Kim Jin Pyo that debuted in 1995. In
2005, the duo released their 4th album to celebrate the group’s 10th
anniversary. Offering a unique blend of Lee Juk’s vocal and Kim Jin Pyo
rap performances. Today, both Lee Juk and Kim Jin Pyo are well
respected solo artists. “Rosinante” was the title song from the group’s
last album. It revolves around the loyalty of legendary novel hero Don
Quixote to his beloved horse Rosinante. The song was a top 10 hit in
early 2005. (credits to ~S2~)

Sources of the chart

Air Monitor Chart – 15%
Cable Sources (MNet, KMTV, Cable Airplays) – 15%
Various Internet charts (Dosirak, Bugs, Melon, Naver, Monkey3, MusicOn, Cyworld, Soribada) – 15%
ChartKorea – 10%
Hottracks Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 10%
SBS Inky Gayo Take 7 + Internet Chart + MP3 Download Chart – 10%
MBC Inky Top 100 Chart – 10%
KBS Music Bank K-Chart – 10%
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%