Weekly KPop Music Chart 2010 -May Week 2

1. (+1) Lee Hyori – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang *** 1 WEEK NO. 1 ***
Score: 953
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: Lee Hyori Vol. 4 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Lee Hyori moves up to No. 1 this week with “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”. The queen of k-pop, Lee Hyori has returned this year with her fourth studio album, “H-Logic”. Known for setting trends as well as being a pop icon, Hyori has returned after two years with a “well-made” album consisting of 14 new tracks. H-Logic is supposed to consist of “real sound” as it was produced by composer Ryan Jhun of Marcan Entertainment, known for working in New York, and Bahnus who has made his name known in Europe as well as the United States. The two have worked in composition as well as making their own sounds with instruments. The title track “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is written by none other than the singer herself, as Hyori reveals her songwriting talent for the first time.

2. (-1) Rain – 널 붙잡을 노래 (Love Song)
Score: 918
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Rain special album “Back To The Basic” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Title song of Rain’s 6th album, “Back To The Basic.”
A beautiful song with piano accompaniment with music and lyrics written by Rain himself. The sad ballad has touching lyrics about a man who is trying to convince his lover not to leave. Actress Han Ye-seul has perfect chemistry with Rain in the music video. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

3. (–) Secret – Magic
Score: 795
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: Secret 1st mini-album “Secret Time” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Secret’s “Magic” remained at No. 3 this week. Perhaps overlooked last year with so many strong girl groups debuting, Secret (consists of Jeon Hyo Seong, Han Seon Hwa, Song Ji Eun, and Jing Geo) still impressed many fans with their debut song “I Want You Back”. Since then member Song Ji Eun has released a solo digital single duet with Hwan Hee, and also performed with Untouchable on their recent hit “Living In The Heart”. Now Secret releases their first mini album, “Secret Time”. The title track is “Magic” which has lively beats and was composed by Sinsadong Tiger, Kang Ji Won, and Kim Ki Bum. This will definitely be their breakthrough hit and puts Secret on the map with already an amazing core of girl groups.

4. (+2) After School – 뱅 (Bang!)
Score: 728
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Kim Tae Hyun / Lyrics: Kim Hee Sun
Album: After School 3rd single Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: After School’s “Bang!” is moving up again this week for two spots. “Bang!” was composed and penned by Kim Tae Hyeon and Kim Hee Seon respectively. This song was originally going to be a follow up single on their previous mini album, but was saved up for later to upgrade it. The song uses drum sounds as its backbone with powerful vocals to accompany it.

5. (-1) SNSD – Run Devil Run
Score: 726
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Busbee, James, Engstorm / Lyrics: Hong Ji Yoo
Album: SNSD Vol. 2 repackaged version Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Girls’ Generation’s 2nd repackaged studio album. It features intense and rough synth-pop sounds and charismatic vocals, and represents the powerful charm of the group members. The lyrics are about a warning to a naughty boyfriend. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

6. (+12) 2PM – Without You *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 717
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: 2PM single Vol. 3 “Don’t Stop, Can’t Stop” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Despite going through a rollercoaster year in 2009 with many ups and downs, 2PM was clearly the most popular k-pop artist in 2009 by a landslide according to our chart calculations. The first few months of 2010 still hasn’t been kind to the group as they have to deal with the departure of former leader Jaebum. Now officially a 6-membered group, 2PM is back with their 3rd single album titled “Don’t Stop, Can’t Stop”. Once again, Park Jin Young produced their latest single that shows the more deeper and mature musical side. The title track, “Without U” is about how a man is hurt by a woman’s lies and betrayal. To express the emotion of hurt in a break up, a piano melody is repeated in the song. You will be able to see how the members have changed into a more mature, modern and chic without forgetting to show their ‘2PM style’ in music. It is our biggest mover this week, up 12 spots to No. 6.

7. (-2) 2AM – 잘못했어 (I Did Wrong)
Score: 637
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk
Album: 2AM mini-album (repackaged version) Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV MV Part 2 Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of 2AM’s first repackaged studio album. It is a dance song about a man who refuses to give up on the woman he loves. The music video shows the 2AM members as a club DJ, ice hockey player, tough biker and basketball player. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

8. (-1) Brown Eyed Soul – 비켜줄께 (I Will Move Aside)
Score: 497
Genre: R&B Ballad

Album: Brown Eyed Soul double single “I Will Move Aside/Blowin My Mind” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: Brown Eyed Soul’s “I Will Move Aside” dropped one spot to No. 8. Brown Eyed Soul returns after two years and 5 months with a double single. The songs included in it are the title track, “I Will Move Aside” and follow up number “Blowin’ My Mind.” “I Will Move Aside” is a R&B ballad number with lyrics about telling another person about leaving a loved one’s side coolly. The song starts off with Jung Yeop, Young Jun, and Sang Hoon’s emotional vocals and ends with Naul’s passionate voice.

9. (New) Gummy – 사랑은 없다 (There Is No Love) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 422
Genre: R&B Ballad

Album: Gummy mini-album “Loveless” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Gummy returns with a change in genre and vocals. Her new song “There Is No Love” shows her improvements as a powerful r&b vocalist. The song is about women who always give their all in loving some but always end up getting hurt. It is our highest debut this week at No. 9.

10. (-2) Jung In – 미워요 (Hate You)
Score: 397
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Lee Juck
Album: Jung In mini-album “Jung In From Andromeda” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Jung-in’s first mini-album “Jung-in From Andromeda.” It was written by Lee Jeok specifically for Jung-in’s sentimental voice after a long collaboration. The frank lyrics depict the feelings of a woman who is abandoned by her lover. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

11. (New) Monday Kiz – 흩어져 (Scattered)
Score: 377
Genre: R&B Ballad

Album: Monday Kiz digital single “New Sentimental” Track 1
Listen To: Full Song
Comment: Monday Kiz returns after the tragic loss of their member, Kim Min Soo in 2008. The group returns with Lee Jin Sung plus two new members and the song, “Scattered.” From the beginning, the three member’s vocals are reminiscent of the late Kim Min Soo’s. “Scattered” is written by Han SangWon who also wrote the group’s previous hits like “Footstep” and ‘”Destiny. “Scattered” debuted at No. 11 this week.

12. (-1) Epik High – Run
Score: 372
Genre: Hip-hop

Album: Epik High Special Album “Epilouge” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Title song of Epik High’s 11th studio album, “Epilogue.” The music and rhythm that resemble a race come together with the group’s literary lyrics, creating much emotion. The song encourages everyone who feels left out to race towards their dreams. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

13. (–) Beast – Shock
Score: 343
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Shin Sa Dong Tiger, Lee Sang Ho
Album: Beast mini-album Vol. 2 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Beast’s second mini-album, “Shock of the New Era.” A synth segment reminiscent of a heavy metal guitar riff mixes well with a brief but heavy and fun rhythm. Instead of being a dynamic song with a strong beat, the sad lyrics give the song a lyrical vibe. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

14. (+2) K.Will (feat. Eun Ji Won) – 선물 (Present)
Score: 327
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Eun Ji Won, Choi Kap Won
Album: K.Will digital single “Present” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Title song of K.Will’s 4th digital single. The song features Eun Ji-won as a guest rapper. The beautiful medium tempo song is about how people in different places live their lives in love. A great harmony of strings, K.Will’s magnificent voice and overflowing emotions that depict spring showers. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

15. (–) Gil Hak Mi – Super Soul
Score: 326
Genre: R&B / Dance

Album: Gil Hak Mi 1st mini-album Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Yet another graduate from Super Star K, the Korean version of American Idol, making her debut. Gil Hak Mi is being labeled as Korea’s Lady Gaga. Her debut song is “Super Soul”. As the song title impliee, it is of R&B, hip hop sounds and electronica pop. Top preoducer Park Geun Taek and Rollercoaster’s Jinu are the masterminds behind this song. It remains No. 15 this week.

16. (-2) T-Ara – 너 때문에 미쳐 (Crazy Because Of You)
Score: 325
Genre: 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: This is the title track of Tiara’s repackage album, “Breaking Heart.” Having drawn attention with lyrics written by Whee Sung, this dance track mixes a pop feel and electronic sound. Tiara’s sexy transformation into witches and their intense sound are attention-grabbing. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

17. (-7) Supreme Team – Step Up
Score: 325
Genre: Hip-hop

Album: Supreme Team Vol. 1 Track 6 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: After beating out the idols to win Best New Male Artist at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards, up-and-coming hip-hop duo Supreme Team drop their anticipated first full-length album Supremier. Produced by Primary, the album brings out the group’s tough but stylish appeal through old-school tunes like the main track Step Up. This week “Step Up” fell back seven spots to No. 17. (credits to ~S2~)

18. (+7) Hot Potato – 고백 (Confession)
Score: 308
Genre: Rock Ballad

Album: Hot Potato “Seesaw OST” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Hot Potato is back with Kim C, who was very surprised at how well this song is doing in the music charts. Their latest album “Seesaw” contains songs with both sweet love and sad endings. It is doing very well on the album sales side. The title song “Confession” moves into the top 20 this week at No. 18.

19. (-10) MC Mong (feat. Seo In Young) – Bubble Love
Score: 276
Genre: Hip-hop Ballad

Album: Cho Young Soo All Star Vol. 2.5 Track 1
Watch: MV
Comment: MC Mong’s “Bubble Love” dropped ten spots to No. 19 this week. 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).

20. (-8) Kara – 루팡 (Lupin)
Score: 255
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 Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Kara’s 3rd mini-album. It is a dance pop number with an extravagant hip-hop beat and stimulating synth sounds. It has intense and refreshing sounds and is performed with the members’ impressive voices. The dynamic style of the song created through tension and relaxation fits the image of Lupin, who is known as the master of transformation. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

21 . (-2) Ye Sung (Super Junior) – 너 아니면 안돼 ( Can’t Be But You: KBS Drama “Cinderella’s Sister” OST ) : 245
22 . (-5) Baek Ji Young, Mighty Mouth – 사랑이 올까요 ( Will Love Come? ) : 234
23 . (New) SG Wannabe Lee Suk Hoon – 그대를 사랑하는 10가지 이유 ( 10 Reasons for Loving You ) : 230
24 . (-4) See Ya – 가슴이 뭉클 ( Heavy Heart: MBC Drama “Personal Taste” OST ) : 224
25 . (New) Yim Jae Bum (duet Younha) – 사랑에 아파한 날들 ( The Days I Was Hurt From Love ) : 216
26 . (New) Bobby Kim – 남자답게 ( Like a Man ) : 213
27 . (-3) Boo Hwal – 사랑이란건 ( Love Is ) : 205
28 . (+7) Joo – 뒤돌아봐 ( Looking Back: KBS Drama “Cinderella’s Sister” OST ) : 168
29 . (+2) December – 배운 게 사랑이라 ( Learned My Lesson In Love ) : 159
30 . (New) 4 minute – 사랑 만들기 ( Making Love: MBC Drama “Personal Taste” OST ) : 158
31 . (-5) Younha – 말도 안돼 ( Doesn’t Make Sense: MBC Drama “Personal Taste” OST ) : 148
32 . (-3) Kim Jang Hoon, Psy – 울려줘 다시 한 번 ( Make Me Cry Just Once More ) : 145
33 . (New) Big Mama – 태우다 ( Burn ) : 144
34 . (-6) Hyun Ah and Nassun – 황야의 무법자 ( Outlaw of the Wilderness ) : 143
35 . (-2) Sung Eun (feat. Namolla Family Kim Jae Woo) – 너 하나만 ( You Only ) : 131
36 . (New) Soya N Sun – 웃으며 안녕 ( Say Goodbye While Smiling ) : 126
37 . (+1) UV – 쿨하지 못해 미안해 ( No Cool I’m Sorry ) : 125
38 . (+7) Defconn (feat. Goo Ji Sung) – 래퍼들이 헤어지는 방법 ( Way Rappers Breakup ) : 113
39 . (-17) Brown Eyed Girls – Magic (FOI 2010 Theme Song) : 105
40 . (New) Chung Rim – Face : 96
41 . (New) U-Kiss – 뭐라고 ( What ) : 93
42 . (-5) Evan – 너 울리게 ( Make You Cry ) : 90
43 . (-22) Yoo Seung Chan – Chemistry : 86
44 . (-2) Lee Seung Ki – 사랑이 술을 가르쳐 (feat. 백찬) ( Love Teaches You How to Drink ) : 79
45 . (-4) Outsider – 주변인 ( Outsider ) : 78
46 . (-12) Free Style – Outta Control : 73
47 . (-11) ZE:A – 하루종일 ( All Day Long ) : 72
48 . (New) Norazo – 구해줘 ( Save Me ) : 69
49 . (+1) Lucid Fall – 고등어 ( Mackerel ) : 67
50 . (-20) M4 – 널 위한 멜로디 ( Melody for You ) : 61

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

Slow Motion (feat. Moment) – Tell Me Why
Genre: Hip-hop Ballad

Album: Slow Motion digital single “Tell Me Why” Track 1
Listen To: Full Song
Comment: Skillful singer, Slow Motion has released their single, “Tell Me Why” which was composed by Jung Pil Seung who has also composed songs for singers, Lee Ji Hye, Ran, and Taesabiae. This strong and groovy number incorporates sounds of the East through the use of traditional instruments. This sad breakup number features emotional vocals from featuree, Moment. (credits to motoway065 for translations)

Psy – 챔피언 (Champion)
Genre: Hip-hop

Album: Psy Vol. 3 (2002) Track 3
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Psy (Park Jae Sang) is a korean hip hop artist. He debuted in 2001 with PSY From The Psycho World! He received education in the United States from both Boston University and Berklee College of Music. Champion was released in 2002, the background music was inspired from the theme of 80’s movie “Beverley Hills Cop”. It is a very popular energetic song and is sung a lot at camps, karaokes and performed by other fellow musicians. Even though Psy is a hip-hop artist himself, he is also an excellent songwriter, writing other genres for fellow singers. The most famous song Psy has written for other singers is perhaps Lee Seung Ki’s debut song “Because You Are My Woman” in 2004, a ballad about a young man falling in love with an older woman. The song became a big hit and helped launching Lee Seung Ki’s career. (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, 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%

thanks to Mardi09 for helping on this week’s internet chart researches.