Weekly K-pop Music Chart 2010 – February Week 2

1. (–) CNBlue – 외톨이야 (Loner) *** 3 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Score: 954
Genre: Rock
Music: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Sang Ho / Lyrics: Han Sung Ho, Amen
Album: CNBlue 1st mini-album “Bluetory” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
Despite strong competition, CNBlue held onto No. 1 for another week with their debut song “Loner”. Having debuted in Japan as an indie
artist, and also having front man Jung Yong Hwa star in the popular SBS
drama “You Are Beautiful” last year, CNBlue is returning home to Korea
to release their first mini-album. “Loner” was composed by Kim Do Hoon
and Lee Sang Ho. It has addictive beats and a strong melody. One can
say that this is a song only CNBLUE can express. Despite plagiarism
accusation swirling around this song, it doesn’t affect its popularity.

2. (+1) 2AM – 죽어도 못 보내 (Can’t Send You Even If I Die)
Score: 853
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk
Album: 2AM mini-album “Can’t Send You Even If I Die” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
Fresh off winning their first ever Mutizen award on SBS Inky Gayo last
week, 2AM moves up another spot to No. 2 with “Can’t Send You Even If I
Die”, produced by hitmaker “Hitman” Bang Shi Hyuk. Through their new
mini-album, 2AM will be able to show hybrid genres with trendy sounds
and danceable beats, a 200% upgrade from their last. To fit the global
trends in music, electronica sounds can also be heard. We are able to
see that 2AM are also capable of dance numbers. The title track which
is the same as the mini-album title, is still the vintage power ballad
we are known of 2AM.

3. (+10) SNSD – Oh!
Score: 825
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Kenzie / Lyrics: Kim Jung Bae, Kim Young Hoo
Album: SNSD Vol. 2 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
After a very successful 2009 seeing them become one of k-pop’s premier
girl groups, SNSD is back with their 2nd full length album “Oh!”. The
title track which is the same as the album title is composed by Kenzie.
It is of the electronic pop genre and is about confessing to a crush in
a cute and honest way. This song immediately becomes a mega hit as soon
as it is released. It moves up 10 spots this week and will be the
favorite to become the new No. 1 song next week.

4. (-2) Hyun Ah (feat. Yong Joon Hyung of Beast) – Change
Score: 688
Genre: Hip-hop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Shin Sa Dong Tiger
Album: Hyun Ah digital single “Change” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
Being the most well known member of 4minute largely due to her days
with Wonder Girls, Hyun Ah is the first 4minute member to release her
own solo song “Change”, a trendy number composed by Shin Sa Dong Tiger.
It has 80s glam hip-hop sounds. Featured in the song is BEAST member,
Yong Jun Hyung. The song has powerful beats and one can see an upgrade
of 4Minute’s songs. Hyun Ah is to show her charismatic performance and
style through this track. She proves that she is more than a rapper,
she can also sing. This week it drops two spots back to No. 4. Hyun Ah
is having a new song, a duet with T-Max’s Park Yoon Hwa “Last Winter”.
This song should appear on the chart soon.

5. (+5) Gavy NJ (feat. Sunnyside MJ) – 해바라기 (Sunflower)
Score: 664
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music: Min Myung Ki / Lyrics: Jang Hee Young
Album: Gavy NJ Vol. 4 Side B Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
Gavy NJ returns with Side B of their fourth album, Sunflower this year.
It was produced by Min Myung Ki and the members all took part in
penning the lyrics to the songs. There are a total of six new songs and
two instrumentals, the title track being “Sunflower” which features
Sunny Side MJ. The song was composed by Min Myung Ki and penned by Gavy
NJ lead vocalist, Jang Hee Young, is about looking at the person one
breaks up with and is not saddened about it; instead he or she is
waiting confidently. This week it moves up five more spots into the top
5.

6. (-2) See Ya, Davichi, T-Ara – 원더우먼 (Wonder Woman)
Score: 659
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: K. Smith
Album: See Ya, Davichi, T-Ara digital single “Wonder Woman” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
The success of “Women’s Generation” last year prompted a sequel now.
The difference this time is that Eun Jung and Hyo Min represent T-Ara
instead of Ji Yeon, and also See Ya’ s new member Soo Mi also
participates, making it a total of seven members. Together the girls
are to showcase powerful harmony. “Wonder Woman,” like “Women
Generation,” is a bokgo dance number with a catchy and slight trot
melody. The song is about girls’ friendship and loyalty. This week it
drops two spots to No. 6.

7. (–) 4men (feat. 美) – 못해 (Can’t Do)
Score: 618
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music: Yoon Min Soo / Lyrics: Min Yeon Jae
Album: 4men Special Album “The 3rd Generation” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment:
R&B group 4men remains at No. 7 this week with “Can’t Do”. They
have been flying under the radar for a few years and now with the
release of a special album, the title song “Can’t Do” finally
introduces this group to mainstream audiences. “Can’t Do” is ranked
very high on most internet charts in Korea now. A pure R&B ballad
that we haven’t seen for a while. It was written by Vibe’s Yoon Min
Soo, no wonder it does remind us of Vibe’s songs.

8. (+1) T-Ara – 처음처럼 (Like The First Time)
Score: 547
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk
Album: T-Ara Vol. 1 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
After scoring their first No. 1 hit with “Bo Beep Bo Beep”, T-Ara is
back with their follow up song “Like The First Time” from their first
full album. This song written by Hitman Bang was originally chosen as
the album title song by fans, but record company opted to go with “Bo
Beep Bo Beep” instead. Now T-Ara is finally promoting this song to
satisfy fans’ request. This week it moves up one spot to No. 8.

9. (+29) Kim Jong Kook – 이 사람이다 (It’s This Person) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 452
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Park Gun Woo
Album: Kim Jong Kook Vol. 6 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
With his trademark high pitch voice, “The One Man” Kim Jong Kook is
back with his 6th album “Eleventh Story”. The title comes from the
eleven albums he has released in total since his Turbo days. There are
also a total of eleven tracks which all showcases his sweet vocals.
Title song “It’s This Person” is a sweet easy listening ballad which is
tailor-made to fit the singer’s voice. This week it is our biggest
mover, up 29 spots to No. 9.

10. (–) Ga In & Jo Kwon – 우리 사랑하게 됐어요 (We Fell In Love)
Score: 451
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Lee Min Soo, Je-A / Lyrics: Kim Ina, Ga In, Jo Kwon
Album: Ga In & Jo Kwon digital single “We Fell In Love” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
The latest hit coming from the reality TV Show “We Got Married”. The
song 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.

11. (-3) After School – 너 때문에 (Because Of You)
Score: 442
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album: After School 2nd single Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
Title song of After School’s third digital single album. The music is a
Shibuya-Kei style electro pop song with a sentimental twist. The song
is a combination of a beautiful piano and violin melody, an addictive
chorus and the powerful rap of After School. (credits to Arirang TV -
Pops In Seoul)

12. (-6) Younha – 오늘 헤어졌어요 (We Broke Up Today)
Score: 403
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Lee Kwan / Lyrics: Hwa Yobi
Album: Younha Vol. 3 Part B Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
Title song of singer Younha’s third studio album, Part.B ‘Growing
Season.’ The sad sound of the piano comes together with Hwayobi’s
heart-breaking lyrics in this wintery ballad. Younha sings of the pains
of breaking up in a sincere and honest way with her rich and appealing
voice. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

13. (New) Lee Seung Ki (feat. Baek Chan) – 사랑이 술을 가르쳐 (Love Teaches You How To Drink) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 377
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Lee Seung Ki Vol. 4 (Repackaged Version) Track 11 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment:
Right after his old song “Like The First Time, Like that One Time” fell
off the chart, Lee Seung Ki immediately follows up with a new song
“Love Teaches You How To Drink”. This song even though still a ballad,
has a more up-tempo arrangement. It also features the rapping of
8Eight’s Baek Chan. “Love Teaches You How To Drink” is already ranked
high in many charts in Korea and it is our highest debut this week at
No. 13.

14. (-3) ZE:A – Mazeltov
Score: 365
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Han Sang Won
Album: ZE:A 1st single “Nativity” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
Last year it was many debutant girl groups grabbing the headlines. In
2010, the trend looks to have shifted to boy bands. We already saw
CNBlue with their first No. 1 song, another new 9-member boy group ZE:A
is at No. 14 this week with their first song “Mazeltov”. The members
are Moon Jun Young, Lim Si Wan, Hwang Kwang Hee, Kevin, Kim Tae Hyun,
Jung Hee Chul, Ha Minwoo, Park Hyung Shik, and Kim Dong Joon and they
each show their respective charms. The members have gone through
various auditions and have also took part in the 50th episode of Winka
Concert and various commercials already, gaining fans already from the
start. Leader, Moon Jun Young in particular has gained much interest
through the internet due to his good looks. Others have taken part in
music videos as have modeled for various advertisements. The title
track “Mazeltov” is defined as “good fortune” in Hebrew. The song will
catch listeners ears with the repetitive line, “Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday” as well as its melody.

15. (-3) Yim Jae Bum – 낙인 (Stigma: KBS Drama “Chuno” OST)
Score: 342
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Choi Chul Ho, Kim Jong Chan / Lyrics: Kim Jong Chan
Album: KBS Drama “Chuno’ OST Track 2 Purchase this album
Listen: Song
Comment:
We are seeing a continuous revival of drama OST songs on the chart. The
latest one on the top 20 is from the highly rated KBS historical drama
“Chuno” starring Jang Hyuk, Oh Ji Ho, and Lee Da Hae. The OST comes
with the huskiest male voice in Korea in the name of Yim Jae Bum whose
theme song “Stigma” is his first top 20 hit in many many years. This
week it drops three spots to No. 15.

16. (–) Kim Jin Pyo (feat. SG Wannabe Kim Jin Ho) – 로맨틱 겨울 (Romantic Winter)
Score: 310
Genre: Hip-hop
Music: Psy, Yoo Gun Hyung / Lyrics: Psy, Kim Jin Pyo
Album: Kim Jin Pyo mini-album “Romantic Winter” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment:
This is the title track of Kim Jin-pyo’s mini-album “Romantic Winter.”
The accompaniment of a 25-member orchestra and the sweet voice of Kim
Jin-ho of SG Wannabe depict winter in the most charming way. Kim
Jin-pyo’s gentle rapping is especially impressive. Psy and Yoo Keon,
who wrote the song, willingly presented it to Kim Jin-pyo at his
request. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

17. (-2) Jewelry – Love Story
Score: 292
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Album: Jewelry Vol. 6 Repackaged Version Track 2
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
This is the title track of Jewelry’s repackaged album “End And.” It is
a ballad with delicate lyrics and melody. It depicts love as an
exciting, yearning, painful and warm feeling. The unique voices of Park
Jung-ah and Seo In-young add charm to the song. (credits to Arirang TV
– Pops In Seoul)

18. (+1) Rumble Fish – 남잔 다 그래 (Men Are All Like That)
Score: 285
Genre: Rock Ballad

Album: Rumble Fish digital single “Men Are All Like That” Track 1
Watch: MV
Comment:
Modern Rock group Rumble Fish has shifted their focus to mostly rock
ballads the last two years, and this trend continues with their latest
hit “Men Are All Like That”, an emotional love song which lead singer
Choi Jini sings to perfection. It talks about the typical love one
experiences and gets hurt again. This week it becomes their latest top
20 hit, moving up one more spot to No. 18. (credits to ~S2~)

19. (-5) Beast – Mystery
Score: 276
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Lee Sang Ho, Kang Ji Won
Album: Beast mini-album “Beast Is The B2st” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: Live Performance
Comment:
Beast’s “Mystery” is at No. 19 this week. However, “Mystery” have
surpassed their debut hit “Bad Girl” which went to No. 10. This is the
follow up song from their debut mini-album “Beast Is The B2st”.
“Mystery” is a trendy pop/dance song, is the biggest hit of Beast’s
young career so far.

20. (+6) Trax – 가슴이 차가운 남자 (Let You Go)
Score: 270
Genre: Rock Ballad

Album: Trax 1st mini-album Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
Long before the debut of pop rock groups like FT Island and CN Blue,
Trax has already been in the industry since 2004. Perhaps the most underrated
group from SM Entertainment, Trax has undergone both members and music
style changes during their career. When they debuted in 2004, they had
a visual rock concept which was popular in Japan at the time. Now Trax
has become a duo and they shifted their focus to rock ballads. The
title track from their mini-album “Cold Hearted Man (Let You Go)” is
perfect for anyone who has gone through a breakup. The sad melody and
lyrics are prominent in the song. The song was composed and arranged by
member, Jung Mo and the lyrics were penned by Jay.

21 . (-4) 2PM – Tik Tok : 267
22 . (New) Dae Sung – 솜사탕 ( Cotton Candy ) : 248
23 . (-2) Lisa (feat. Miryo) – 우리 결혼할까? ( Shall We Marry? ) : 217
24 . (New) Min Kyung Hoon – 아프니까 사랑이죠 ( It’s Love Because It Hurts ) : 211
25 . (-2) Islander – 웃다가 울다가 ( Laugh And Cry ) : 200
26 . (+7) Kim Nam Gil – 사랑하면 안 되니 ( Can’t I Love? ) : 181
27 . (New) Untouchable (feat. Narcia) – 가슴에 살아 ( Live in the Heart ) : 152
28 . (-4) U-Kiss – 만만하니 ( Am I That Easygoing? ) : 145
29 . (New) Typhoon – 운명 ( Fate ) : 144
30 . (-5) IU & Na Yoon Kwon – 첫사랑이죠 ( It’s My First Love ) : 142
31 . (-13) Zi-A – 그녀처럼 ( Like Her ) : 141
32 . (-2) MBLAQ – G.O.O.D luv : 139
33 . (New) Na Yoon Kwon – 멍청이 ( Fool ) : 137
34 . (New) HybRefine – You Can Fly : 119
35 . (-3) Brian (feat. Supreme Team) – 내 여자 ( My Girl ) : 116
36 . (-7) HAM – 두근두근 ( Tomorrow ) : 115
37 . (-1) Lyn (feat. Seo In Kook) – 새로고침 ( Refresh ) : 110
38 . (New) Just – 못난 사랑 ( Bad Love ) : 103
39 . (-17) Eun Ji Won – 사이렌 ( Siren ) : 96
40 . (–) Lucid Fall – 고등어 ( Mackerel ) : 93
41 . (-2) SG Wannabe & V.O.S – 사랑합니다 ( I Love You ) : 80
42 . (New) Mate – 이제 다시 ( Again ) : 77
43 . (-8) Wheesung – 꿈에 ( In Dream ) : 76
44 . (-13) F.Cuz – Jiggy : 74
45 . (+1) In Soon Yi – 겨울바다 ( Winter Sea ) : 73
46 . (-9) Gil Me (feat. Jung Yup) – 넌 나를 왜 ( Why You Doing This To Me? ) : 72
47 . (–) T-Max – 한번쯤은 ( At Least One Time: KBS Drama “God Of Study” OST ) : 64
48 . (-4) Kim Yeon Woo – 축가(祝歌) ( Wedding Song ) : 61
49 . (New) Park Hyun Bin – 앗! 뜨거 ( Ah! Hot ) : 60
50 . (-1) AB Avenue – 사랑 둘이서.. ( Love Between Us Two.. ) : 58

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

BONUS TRACK:
L Class – 가지 말라고 (Don’t Go)
Genre: R&B Ballad

Album: L Class digital single “Don’t Go” Track 1
Listen to: Full Song
Comment:
Previously known as Jia Soul, L Class comes to the music scene this
year with a storm with their first digital single. They had already
received much praise by netizens through the internet last year. The
title song, “Don’t Go,” was composed and penned by them and is about
the fond memories one had with an ex-lover. This song is the Korean
R&B style that is a popular genre now. (credits to motoway065 for translations)

YESTERDAY ONCE MORE:
Trax – Paradox
Genre: Rock

Album: Trax 1st single (2004) Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:
TRAX (also known as The TRAX) is a rock band that debuted with Paradox
in 2004. Their first appearance was for fellow SM entertainment singer
BoA’s “Rock with You” and also made appearance in TVXQ’s Tri-angle and
Rising Sun. The group name stands for the first letter of each member’s
stage name (Typhoon of the Rose Attack on Xmas).
In 2006 drummer Rose left the band and now Trax is down to two members,
Jay as vocal and Kim Jung Mo on guitar, the duo made their comeback and
released a mini-album this year. Paradox is a heavy metal rock song
that left quite an impression to listeners. The last few years Trax has
shifted their focus on rock ballads. (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, Daum, 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, 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%

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