Weekly KPop Music Chart 2010 – May Week 3


1. (+5) 2PM – Without U *** 1 WEEK NO. 1 ***
Score: 946
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: 2PM edged out Lee Hyori by six points and moves up to No. 1 with “Without U” on only the song’s third week on the chart. 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.

2. (-1) Lee Hyori – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Score: 940
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: Lee Hyori Vol. 4 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Lee Hyori dropped back one spot this week to No. 2with “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.

3. (-1) Rain – 널 붙잡을 노래 (Love Song)
Score: 855
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)

4. (-1) Secret – Magic
Score: 733
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: Secret 1st mini-album “Secret Time” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Secret’s 1st mini-album “Secret Time.” It is an electronic pop dance number that was written by the hit-makers Kang Ji-won, Kim Ki-beom and Sinsadong Horangi. The extravagant beat and the repetitive chorus make this song very addictive. It represents Secret’s new music style and features enrapturing choreography. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

5. (+13) Hot Potato – 고백 (Confession)
Score: 669
Genre: Rock Ballad

Album: Hot Potato “Seesaw OST” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: It is not common these days for a song to gain more and more popularity more than month after ite release, but it is happening to Hot Potato’s “Confession”. 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. Title song “Confession” suddenly made big jumps on many charts this week including ours, plus their always solid album sales enables the song to move up 13 spots into the top 5.

6. (+3) Gummy – 사랑은 없다 (There Is No Love)
Score: 584
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. This week it moves up three spots to No. 6. Gummy is currently promoting another song “Since You’re A Man”. Expect that song to debut on our chart soon.

7. (-3) After School – 뱅 (Bang!)
Score: 557
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: Title song of After School’s third digital single album. After School’s powerful vocals, a dynamic drum beat and rhythm come together to create a catchy and passionate pop song. After School’s impressive, upgraded performance creates a new image for the group. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

8. (New) Suh Young Eun (with Jung Yup) – 이 거지같은말 (Those “Good-For-Nothing” Words) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 480
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Suh Young Eun digital single “With” Track 1
Watch: MV Teaser Radio Live
Comment: A surprised hot shot debut this week but not that surprising considered that this song is ranked very high on every internet charts in Korea. One of the great female vocalists in Korea, Suh Young Eun, teams up with Brown Eyed Soul’s Jung Yup to produce a wonderful duet ballad “Those Good-For-Nothing Words”. Suh Young Eun says that this song was made but without a title. Finally, she came up with the title after inspiration from current ongoing hit drama “Cinderella Sister.” (credits to ~S2~)

9. (+2) Monday Kiz – 흩어져 (Scattered)
Score: 479
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 Sang Won who also wrote the group’s previous hits like “Footstep” and ‘”Destiny. “Scattered” moves up two spots to No. 9 this week. Monday Kiz will release their 4th album next week.

10. (-5) SNSD – Run Devil Run
Score: 475
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)

11. (+15) Bobby Kim – 남자답게 (Like A Man) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 410
Genre: R&B Ballad

Album: Bobby Kim Vol. 3 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: Bobby Kim’s third album covers various genres such as R&B, folk, soul, rock and pop. The title song, “Like A Man” is a song with Latin rhythms that is cool and soaks your heart. It is our biggest mover this week. The song is about how a man should live proudly like a man but at times can be weaker than a woman. Bobby Kim said that this album is about joy, love and loss of his life put altogether. He hopes that his fans will be able to find hope and their dreams from his album. Bobby Kim’s songs are known for its longevity. Expect this song to stay on the chart for a long time.

12. (-2) Jung In – 미워요 (Hate You)
Score: 355
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)

13. (-1) Epik High – Run
Score: 346
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)

14. (+9) Lee Suk Hoon – 그대를 사랑하는 10가지 이유 (10 Reasons For Loving You)
Score: 333
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Lee Suk Hoon 1st mini-album Track 4 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: This song is coming from SG Wannabe’s Lee Suk Hoon soon to be released first solo mini-album. “10 reasons for loving you” is a sweet ballad which is different from his works with SG Wannabe. Lee Suk Hoon sets out to prove himself with some songs in the mini-album composed by him. This week it moves into the top 20, up nine spots to No. 14.

15. (+2) Supreme Team – Step Up
Score: 311
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” moves up two spots to No. 15. (credits to ~S2~)

16. (-3) Beast – Shock
Score: 302
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)

17. (+8) Yim Jae Bum (duet Younha) – 사랑에 아파한 날들 (The Day I Was Hurt From Love)
Score: 300
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Yim Jae Bum digital single “The Day I Was Hurt From Love” Track 1
Listen To: Full Song
Comment: Yim Jae Bum, famous for his song “Go Hae” is back with another sad ballad “The Day I Was Hurt From Love”. Lyrics include sad sayings such as “Would let her go if living was so difficult.” Reviewers call this song flawless and a song that has a sad ending. Yim Jae Bum had a famous duet with Lena Park “Scars Deeper Than Love” many years ago. This time he teams up with another female singer Younha for this song. This week it moves up eight spots to No. 17.

18. (New) F(x) – NU 예삐오 (Nu Abo)
Score: 298
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: F(x) mini-album “Nu Abo” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Pop dance group, f(x) returns this month with their first mini album. Last September, the girls had debuted with their first digital single, “Lachata” and were able to show off their individual charms and skills. This new album has a total of six tracks of top notch where the girls are able to show off a strong performance and color. The title song “Nu Abo” is a fresh dance number that injects “new blood” into K-pop. This week it debuts at No. 18.

19. (New) 2AM – 바보처럼 (Like A Fool: MBC Drama “Personal Taste” OST)
Score: 297
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: MBC Drama “Personal Taste” OST Track 6 Purchase this album
Listen To: Full Song
Comment: MBC Drama “Personal Taste” has already had five different songs on the chart. The sixth hit by 2AM “Like A Fool” debuts at No. 19 this week. Perhaps riding 2AM’s popularity so far this year it helps this song to become the group’s latest top 20 hit, replacing “I Was Wrong”. It is a great ballad with strong vocals from 2AM members.

20. (-12) Brown Eyed Soul – 비켜줄께 (I Will Move Aside)
Score: 257
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 to the edge of the top 20 this week. 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. Brown Eyed Soul just released their second double single “Love Ballad/Never Forget” this week. Expect to see a new song from them soon.

21 . (New) Kim Yoon Ah – Going Home : 234
22 . (-1) Ye Sung (Super Junior) – 너 아니면 안돼 ( Can’t Be But You: KBS Drama “Cinderella’s Sister” OST ) : 232
23 . (-7) T-Ara – 너 때문에 미쳐 ( Crazy Because of You ) : 231
24 . (+9) Big Mama – 태우다 ( Burn ) : 226
25 . (-10) Gil Hak Mi – Super Soul : 219
26 . (New) Seo In Kook – 사랑해U ( Love U ) : 218
27 . (+9) Soya N Sun – 웃으며 안녕 ( Say Goodbye While Smiling ) : 209
28 . (+7) Sung Eun (feat. Namolla Family Kim Jae Woo) – 너 하나만 ( You Only ) : 206
29 . (-2) Boo Hwal – 사랑이란건 ( Love Is ) : 203
30 . (-10) Kara – 루팡 ( Lupin ) : 182
31 . (New) Lee Eun Mi – 죄인 ( Criminal ) : 150
32 . (New) Nam Gyu Ri (feat. Oneway) – 내게 오는 자전거 ( Bicycle That Is Coming My Way ) : 139
33 . (-19) K.Will (feat. Eun Ji Won) – 선물 ( Present ) : 138
34 . (+14) Norazo – 구해줘 ( Save Me ) : 130
35 . (New) E.via – 쉐이크 ( (Shake)! ) : 129
36 . (-12) See Ya – 가슴이 뭉클 ( Heavy Heart: MBC Drama “Personal Taste” OST ) : 122
37 . (-15) Baek Ji Young, Mighty Mouth – 사랑이 올까요 ( Will Love Come? ) : 116
38 . (-19) MC Mong (feat. Seo In Young) – Bubble Love : 111
39 . (+8) ZE:A – 하루종일 ( All Day Long ) : 100
40 . (+1) U-Kiss – 뭐라고 ( What ) : 98
41 . (-10) Younha – 말도 안돼 ( Doesn’t Make Sense: MBC Drama “Personal Taste” OST ) : 97
42 . (-8) Hyun Ah and Nassun – 황야의 무법자 ( Outlaw of the Wilderness ) : 95
43 . (-1) Evan – 너 울리게 ( Make You Cry ) : 73
44 . (-12) Kim Jang Hoon, Psy – 울려줘 다시 한 번 ( Make Me Cry Just Once More ) : 68
45 . (-5) Chung Rim – Face : 62
46 . (-9) UV – 쿨하지 못해 미안해 ( No Cool I’m Sorry ) : 58
47 . (-17) 4 minute – 사랑 만들기 ( Making Love: MBC Drama “Personal Taste” OST ) : 57
48 . (-20) Joo – 뒤돌아봐 ( Looking Back: KBS Drama “Cinderella’s Sister” OST ) : 54
49 . (-6) Yoo Seung Chan – Chemistry : 38
50 . (-1) Lucid Fall – 고등어 ( Mackerel ) : 29

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

RNX – 이제 시작이야 (This is the Beginning)
Genre: Rock

Album: RNX single “INVICTUS” Track 1
Watch: MV (thanks to Mardi09 for uploading)
Comment: Lead singer, Kim Jae Hee, Korea’s famous guitarist, Jung Yong Min (part of the An Chi Hwan band), and guest member, Gu Sung have come together with a single album, Invictus. “This Is the Beginning” being the title track. This rock song have strong beats with a cheerful melody and rhythm. (credits to motoway065 for translations)

UN – 선물 (Gift)
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: UN Vol. 2 (2001) Track 5
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: UN (United N-Generation) is a male duo formed by Kim Jung Hoon and Choi Jung Won. They had two different images. Kim Jung Hoon displayed a soft image while Choi Jung Won showed a strong look. UN debuted in 2000, at the time the first golden era for boy groups. They immediately found success on their debut song “Voice Mail”. In 2001, UN released their second album which was also their most successful album as it produced two No. 1 songs, becoming one of the very few artists to have two charting topping hits from the same album. “Gift” being one of the No. 1 songs. This ballad is well written and able to demonstrate the vocal strength of both members. The MV of this song stars Kim Rae Won, a viturally unknown actor at the time. UN went on to have a steady career until they broke up in 2006. Kim Jung Hoon went on to become a successful actor and have appeared in many dramas now. Choi Jung Won also appears in various TV shows developing his career as an entertainer.

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.