Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2010 – March Week 3


1. (–) Kara – 루팡 (Lupin) *** 2 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Han Jae Ho, Kim Seung Soo /
Lyrics: Song Soo Yoon
Album: Kara mini-album Vol. 3
Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live

Comment: Kara strengthens their hold onto the
No. 1 spot with “Lupin”, still gaining in score despite strong
competition coming from behind. After surprisingly winning the top female
group on our last year’s Soompi Gayo Award, Kara continues their strong
showing on our chart. The title song “Lupin” is from their recently
released 3rd mini-album of the same name. Kara vowed to return to a
more fierce image on this mini-album, a concept that did not fare too
well when they used it on their debut album. But that was then and this
is now. Kara has developed a large and loyal fan base now and fans are
more receptive of their change in concept this time.

(+4) T-Ara – 너 때문에 미쳐 (Crazy Because Of You)

Score: 848
Pop / Dance
Music: Cho Young Soo, Kim Tae
Hyun / Lyrics: Wheesung
Album: T-Ara Vol. 1 Repackaged
Version Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: The power of
girl groups continue to dominate k-pop. T-Ara’s latest hit “Crazy
Because of You” moves up four more spots to No. 2, challenging Kara for
the top spot. This song was made by an all-star combination:
co-composed by Jo Young Soo and Kim Tae Hyun and penned by Wheesung.
This dance track has a pop feel with electronic sounds. This song has
already topped many music charts in Korea moved up 4 spots to get to #2 . 2010 is not even three months in and
this is already T-Ara’s 3rd top 10 hit. They are quickly becoming one
of the most popular female groups in Korea.

(-1) 2AM – 죽어도 못 보내 (Can’t Send You Even If I Die)

Score: 783
Pop Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk
2AM mini-album “Can’t Send You Even If I Die” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Title song of
2AM’s third mini album. The 4 sweet voices of 2AM meet ballad hit
maker, song writer Bang Shi-hyuk in this song that grabbed much
attention. The lyrics are about a man who can’t let his lover go,
accompanied by a dynamic dance rhythm and beautiful melody. (credits to
Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

4. (+1) Min Kyung Hoon
– 아프니까 사랑이죠 (It’s Love Because It Hurts)

Score: 744
Pop Ballad
Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics:
Kang Eun Kyung
Album: Min Kyung Hoon mini-album “Goodbye”
Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Buzz’s main
vocalist moves up again to No. 4 this week. Min Kyung Hoon makes a
comeback after two years with a five track mini album. The singer has
taken part in selecting these songs carefully. The title track “It’s
Love Because It Hurts” is written by Cho Young Soo and Kang Eun Kyung.
It has an intense violin intro before settling into a beautiful ballad

5. (-1) SNSD – Oh!
Score: 696
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: This is the
title track of Girls’ Generation’s second studio album. It is a
sophisticated electronic pop genre song that was written by hit-maker
Kenzie. The unique melody and mixing add fun to the song. The music
video shows Girls’ Generation members as vibrant and sassy cheerleaders.
(credits ti Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

6. (+18)
Outsider – 주변인 (Outsider)

Score: 669
Genre: Hip-hop

Album: Outsider Vol. 2.5
Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV

Comment: Outsider broke into the mainstream
last year with his fastest rap and the big hit “Loner”. Now he is back
with his 2.5 album. The title song literally means “Outsider” as well,
and it moves up 18 big spots to No. 6. The song has dramatic beats and
was composed by Master Key and Rhymer and penned by the artist himself.
Fans will have a chance to listen to Outsider’s unique fast rap once

7. (+14) Beast – Shock
Score: 652
Pop / Dance

Album: Beast mini-album Vol. 2
Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV

Comment: Fast rising boy band Beast is
returning for their 2nd mini-album “Shock Of The New Era”. The title
song “Shock” made a big move this week into the top 10 at No. 7. Shock”
which was composed by Shinsadong Tiger and Lee Sang Ho combo, has
powerful synth loops, comparable to heavy metal guitar rifts and has
exciting rhythms.

8. (-1) 4men (feat. 美) – 못해
(Can’t Do)

Score: 622
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 Live
Comment: Title song of 4Men’s special album
entitled “The 3rd Generation.” Written by Vibe’s Yoon Min-soo, the
rhythm is tension-filled till the end, with heart-breaking lyrics and
the sound of Shin Yong-jae’s explosive vocals. The song represents the
new members of 4Men made up of Young-jae, Yong-jae and Won-joo. (credits
to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

9. (-6) CNBlue –
외톨이야 (Loner)

Score: 614
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
Comment: This is the title track of CNBlue’s
first mini-album “Bluetory.” CNBlue debuted as an indie band in Japan
and has honed its skills ever since. This song has a magnificent beat
and addictive melody, which make it sound very sophisticated. (credits
to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

10. (-1) U-Kiss –
빙글빙글 (Spinning)

Score: 565
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Brave Brothers
U-Kiss Vol. 1 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the
title track of U-Kiss’ first studio album “U-Kiss Only One Album.” It is
a combination of electronic and hip-hop genres. It has a catchy prelude
and the addictive chorus saying, “Round and round.” It was produced by
the hit-maker Brave Brothers. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

(+26) December – 배운 게 사랑이라 (Learned My Lesson In Love)

Score: 461
R&B Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Oh Sung Hoon
December digital single “Honesty” Track 1
Watch: MV

Comment: R&B duo December has their
biggest hit so far in their young career. This week their latest song
“Learned My Lesson In Love” made a big 26-spot jump to No. 11.
December’s style reminded us of Monday Kiz, with both members have good
singing skills and their power R&B ballad genre has been very
popular in K-pop for the last few years.

12. (-4)
Kim Jong Kook – 이 사람이다 (It’s This Person)

Score: 454
Pop Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Park Gun Woo
Kim Jong Kook Vol. 6 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: 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 dropped three spots to No. 8.
Title song of Kim Jong-kook’s 6th album “Eleventh Story.” A medium-tempo
song with harmonizing synthesizer and acoustic piano sounds. The lyrics
are about the feelings of meeting “the one,” and the excitement of love
at first sight. A warm, feel-good pop dance track. (credits to Arirang
TV – Pops In Seoul)

13. (-3) Untouchable (feat.
Narcia) – 가슴에 살아 (Live In The Heart)

Score: 390

Album: Untouchable 2nd
mini-album Track 4 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the
title track of Untouchable’s second mini-album. It is a hip-hop song
about the feelings of a couple going through a breakup. The sentimental
rapping harmonizes with the voice of Narsha of Brown Eyed Girls. The
music video shows actress Na Hye-mi perfectly lip-syncing Narsha‘s part.
(credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

14. (+4)
One Two – 와랄라 랄라레 (Walala Lalale)

Score: 382
Hip-hop / Dance

Album: One Two 2nd mini-album
Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Quietly
becoming a consistent hit-maker in k-pop, hip-hop duo One Two scores
another top 20 hit this week with their latest song “Walala Lalale”
coming from their 2nd mini-album of the same title. “Walala Lalale” is a
powerful reggae style dance number created by Brave Brothers. This
week it moves up another four spots to No. 14.

(+14) M4 – 널 위한 멜로디 (Melody For You)

Score: 350
Pop Ballad

Album: M4 mini-album “The
Story Of M4” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV

Comment: Younger generation of K-pop fans may
not be familiar with the members of this project group. However, if
you have listened to k-pop for more than 10 years or if you like old
skool k-pop music, they are household names. M4 consists of members Bae
Ki Sung (from CAN), Lee Se Joon (from Yurisangja), Kim Won Joon, and
Choi Jae Hoon. The four good friends get together and named themselves
M4 – the middle aged version of F4. Their title song “Melody For You”
is a sincere ballad. It receives great responses from fans and moves
into the top 20 this week at No. 15. M4 is also actively promoting this
song on music shows to boost its popularity.

(-4) Lee Seung Ki (feat. Baek Chan) – 사랑이 술을 가르쳐 (Love Teaches You How
To Drink)

Score: 335
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Bang Shi Hyuk / Lyrics:
Bang Shi Hyuk, Baek Chan
Album: Lee Seung Ki Vol. 4
(Repackaged Version) Track 11 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Lee Seung Ki’s latest hit “Love Teaches You How To Drink” is from the
repackaged version of his 4th album. 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 written by
the combination of Hitman Bang and Baek Chan. This team has written
many hit songs for different artists recently.

(New) MC Mong (feat. Seo In Young) – Bubble Love
Genre: Hip-hop Ballad

Album: Cho Young Soo All Star
Vol. 2.5 Track 1
Watch: MV
MC Mong, who is largely responsible for bringing hip-hop style ballads
to k-pop with many great past hits like “A Letter Written To You”, “I
Love U Oh Thank You” etc., is teaming up with top songwriter Cho Young
Soo and the vocal of Seo In Young for his latest hit “Bubble Love”.
This song is part of Cho Young Soo’s last “All Star” series (Vol. 2.5).
This week it is our highest debut at No. 17. Be sure to check out this
song if you like MC Mong’s past hip-hop ballads.

(-2) Lim Chang Jung – 잊혀지는 이별 (Forgotten Break Up)

Score: 327
Pop Ballad

Album: Lim Chang Jung
“Remind: Remake & Best” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live
Comment: Veteran Lim Chang Jung makes a
comeback with a remake and best album, REMIND about a year since his
last. There are a total of 12 tracks, two of them penned by the artist
himself. One of the new songs on the album is “Forgotten Breakup” which
was composed and penned by Lim. It starts off with violin which
continues on with emotional sad vocals.

19. (-8)
Gavy NJ (feat. Sunnyside MJ) – 해바라기 (Sunflower)

Score: 295
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: This is the
title track of Gavy NJ’s fourth studio album. It is a medium-tempo song
about the desire to find one’s love. The accompaniment of a 28-member
string orchestra creates a magnificent and beautiful melody. The main
melody, which begins in the prelude, and the ample vocals make this song
very impressive. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

(-6) Big Mama – 하루만 (Just One Day)

Score: 288
R&B Ballad

Album: Big Mama digital
single “Just One Day” Track 1
Listen To: Full

Comment: After their 4th album in 2007, Big Mama
will be back with their 5th album later this month. “Just One Day”
served as a preview of the upcoming album and is released first as a
digital single. It is produced by Seo El that has produced Fly to the
sky, Park Jung Hyun and As One’s songs. This song is asking for just one
more day before the breakup. The genre is pop ballad and very
emotional, portrayed by the powerful and talented voices of Big Mama.
(credits to ~S2~)

21 . (-6) Big Bang –
Lollipop Part 2 : 241
22 . (-2) V.O.S – 미안합니다 ( I Am Sorry ) : 214
. (-10) Hyun Ah – Change : 213
24 . (-7) 2NE1 – 날 따라 해봐요 ( Try to
Follow Me ) : 186
25 . (New) K.Will (feat. Eun Ji Won) – 선물 (
Present )
: 182
26 . (+5) Yim
Jae Bum – 낙인 ( Stigma ) : 181
27 . (+1) J.ae (feat. Eun Ji Won) – No.
5 : 164
28 . (-2) MBLAQ – 그대 래 맘에 들어오면은 (feat. C-Luv) ( When You
Come Into My Heart ) : 160
29 . (New) Epik High – Run
: 159
30 . (-5) Cho PD (feat. Jung Seul Gi) – 보란듯이 ( Act Proudly )
: 146
31 . (New) Byul (feat. Rhyme Bus) – Sweet Love : 145
32 .
(-9) Rumble Fish – 좋은 사람 있으면 소개시켜줘 ( If You Find a Good Person
Introduce Me to Him ) : 144
33 . (-3) Ga In & Jo Kwon – 우리 사랑하게
됐어요 ( We Fell In Love ) : 137
34 . (-15) See Ya, Davichi, T-Ara –
원더우먼 ( Wonder Woman ) : 126
35 . (-8) IU – 다섯째 손가락 ( Fifth Finger ) :
. (+6) DNA – 동경 소년 ( Toyko Boy )
37 . (+1) Younha – 오늘 헤어졌어요 ( We Broke Up Today ) : 85
38 . (New) EZ Hyoung –
봄의 기적 ( The Miracle Of Spring )
39 . (–) Brian – In My Head : 76
40 . (+9) Just – 못난 사랑 (
Bad Love ) : 71
41 . (–) An Jin Kyung – 못된 사람 ( Bad Person ) : 70
. (New) V.One – …하고 싶다 ( I want To… ) : 68
43 . (+1) Lucid Fall –
고등어 ( Mackerel ) : 67
44 . (-22) ZE:A – Mazeltov : 60
45 .
(-13) Kim Yeon Ji (See Ya) – 우리 다시 만나요 ( Let’s Meet Again ) : 55
46 .
(-10) After School – 너 때문에 ( Because Of You ) : 50
47 . (New)
F.Cuz – No One
: 49
48 . (–) Kim Jin Pyo – 로맨틱 겨울 ( Romantic
Winter ) : 48
49 . (Re) Sun Min – 놓치다 ( To Let Go ) : 45
50 . (-7)
Lisa – 우리 결혼할까? ( Shall We Marry? ) : 43

Blue: Songs to watch
out under top 20

Green: Editor’s
recommendations under top 20

Brother Su – It Was You
Acoustic Ballad

Album: Brother Su digital
single “It Was You” Track 1
Listen To: Full
Comment: Rookie artist, Brother Su releases his first
single with the help of singer song writer and producer Ra.D. The song
is “It Was You” which was composed, penned, and arranged by the artist
himself. He thanks Ra.D for supporting him all the way and noticing this
talent. The single has acoustic guitar sounds with fresh lyrics and
soft melodies. Also included in the single is a remix version which has
more hip-hop beats to it. (credits to motoway065 for


Uhm Jung Hwa –
하늘만허락한사랑 (A Love Only Heaven Permits)

Pop Ballad

Album: Uhm Jung Hwa Vol. 2
(1995) Track 2
Watch: MV

Comment: Uhm Jung Hwa is probably the first
true sexy diva in k-pop and many of today’s female singers got inspired
by her. Debuting back in the mid-1990s, Uhm Jung Hwa is multi-talented.
Not only did she sings, but she appears in both big and small screens
starring in many popular movies and dramas. It is very common now but
she was one of the very few multi-dimensional entertainers back in the
days. In the past few years, Uhm Jung Hwa focus her career on movies.
She did revitalize her singing career in 2008 with the release of her
mini-album “D.I.S.C.O” and was one of the great come back story of that
year. Even though Uhm Jung Hwa is most famous for her dance music, the
song we introduce here is her most famous ballad and was a big hit back
in the 1990s. “A Love Only Heaven Permits” was coming from her 2nd
album in 1995. Last year she performed this song again at KBS Yoo Hee
Yeol Sketchbook to the delight of many fans.

Sources of
the chart

Monitor Chart
– 15%
Cable Sources (MNet, KMTV, Cable
– 15%
Various Internet charts (Dosirak, Bugs,
Melon, Naver, Monkey3, Daum, Cyworld, Soribada) – 15%
– 10%
Hottracks Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 10%
Inky Gayo Take 7 + Internet Chart + MP3 Download Chart
– 10%
Inky Top 100 Chart
– 10%
KBS Music Bank K-Chart – 10%
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, MTV The M, MTV Non-stop, Pops In
Seoul) – 5%