Weekly KPop Music Chart 2010 – May Week 4

1. (–) 2PM – Without U*** 2 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Score: 934
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 holds on to No. 1 for the second straight week with “Without U”. Now officially a 6-member 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. (–) Lee Hyori – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Score: 851
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: Lee Hyori Vol. 4 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Title song of Lee Hyo-ri’s 4th album “H-Logic.” Based on the powerful sound of Southern hip hop, the song signals the brilliant comeback of K-Pop queen Lee Hyo-ri. The powerful accompaniment sounds as if the music is being played live. Lee Hyo-ri participated in writing the lyrics. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

3. (+2) Hot Potato – 고백 (Confession)
Score: 820
Genre: Rock Ballad

Album: Hot Potato “Seesaw OST” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Hot Patato continues their amazing run on the chart and moves up two more spots to No. 3 with “Confession”, becoming the group’s biggest hit. Hot Potato’s 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.

4. (–) Secret – Magic
Score: 759
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. (+21) Seo In Kook – 사랑해U (Love U) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 675
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: Seo In Kook mini-album “Just Beginning” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Many Superstar K contestants have debuted in the music industry now. Seo In Kook being the winner was the first one debuting last year with the R&B single “Calling You”. Now he officially releases his first mini-album “Just Beginning”. The title track is “Love U” which music lovers were able to see teasers of prior to the album’s release. The music video stars actress Kim Min Jung. “Love U” is different from his debut song “Calling You” as it is a medium tempo dance track that is well suited for the summer season. It is our biggest mover this week, up 21 spots to No. 5.

6. (-3) Rain – 널 붙잡을 노래 (Love Song)
Score: 671
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)

7. (New) Gummy – 남자라서 (Because I’m A Man) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 666
Genre: R&B Ballad

Album: Gummy mini-album “Loveless” Track 4 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title song of Gummy’s mini-labum “Loveless” and it replaces “There Is No Love” on the chart. “Because I’m A Man.” is not Gummy’s usual R&B song, it’s a hiphop R&B song that has strong beats. The song shows womens’ perspectives when men slowly show their selfishness as time passes. The MV of this song stars SS501’s Kim Hyun Joong and Jung Ryu Won. It is our highest debut this week at No. 7.

8. (–) Suh Young Eun (with Jung Yup) – 이 거지같은말 (Those “Good-For-Nothing” Words)
Score: 641
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Kim Se Jin / Lyrics: Suh Young Eun
Album: Suh Young Eun digital single “With” Track 1
Watch: MV Teaser Live Performance
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.” This week, Suh Young Eun made rare appearances on gayo shows to promote this song due to its popularity. (credits to ~S2~)

9. (-2) After School – 뱅 (Bang!)
Score: 579
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)

10. (+8) F(x) – NU 예삐오 (Nu Abo)
Score: 519
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 moves up eight spots into the top 10.

11. (New) Davichi – 시간아 멈춰라 (Time, Stop)
Score: 425
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk
Album: Davichi mini-album “Innocence” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Davichi is back with their latest mini-album “Innocence”. The title track “Time, Stop” is written by Hitman Bang Shi Hyuk, who has written many hit songs recently. Like their last hit song “8282”, “Time, Stop” also starts with a ballad like melody and then make a 180 degree turn on the chrous part to become an up-tempo song. This week it debuts at No. 11.

12. (-3) Monday Kiz – 흩어져 (Scattered)
Score: 419
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” dropped three spots to No. 12 this week but it may rise again with the release of Monday Kiz’s 4th album.

13. (-2) Bobby Kim – 남자답게 (Like A Man)
Score: 379
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.

14. (+8) Ye Sung (Super Junior) – 너 아니면 안돼 (Can’t Be But You: KBS Drama “Cinderella’s Sister” OST)
Score: 351
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: KBS Drama “Cinderella’s Sister” OST Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: With good album sales on “Cinderella’s Sister” drama OST, Ye Sung’s “Can’t Be But You” returns to the top 20 this week and reaches its highest ranking so far at No. 14. This drama stars Moon Geun Young delivers a compelling performance as the older “evil” stepsister. Chun Jeong Myung, making his post-army comeback, and 2PM’s Ok Taec Yeon, making his acting debut.

15. (-5) SNSD – Run Devil Run
Score: 338
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)

16. (+5) Kim Yoon Ah – Going Home
Score: 322
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Kim Yoon Ah
Album: Kim Yoon Ah Vol. 3 Track 4 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: Jaurim’s lead singer Kim Yoon Ah releases her third album 315360, six years after her last solo album. With marriage and the birth of a child, Kim Yoon Ah took this album to express her life as a woman. As an established singer songwriter she has took herself to another level. Through this album you will able to meet a Kim Yoon Ah you’ve never met before. Unlike Jaurim’s rock music, Kim Yoon Ah’s solo work is focusing on jazz style easy listening ballads. The title song “Going Home” has a very beautiful melody accompanied by Kim Yoon Ah’s smooth vocals. The song discovers the importance of family. True music lovers should appreciate this song.

17. (+2) 2AM – 바보처럼 (Like A Fool: MBC Drama “Personal Taste” OST)
Score: 320
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” moves up two spots to No. 17 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.

18. (+2) Brown Eyed Soul – 비켜줄께 (I Will Move Aside)
Score: 316
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” is at No. 18 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.

19. (-3) Beast – Shock
Score: 272
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)

20. (New) 8Eight – 이별이 온다 (Breakup Is Coming)
Score: 268
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk
Album: 8Eight mini-album Vol. 1 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: 8eight, the top mixed group in Korea, has returned with their first mini album, The Bridge. They have collaborated with Bang Shi Hyuk once again with title track, “Breakup is Coming,” a sad ballad about a couple who has just separated. 2PM member, Nickkhun is to star in the music video for this song. It debuts at No. 20 this week.

21 . (New) Choi Hyun Joon – 너 없으면 죽어 ( I’d Die Without You ) : 253
22 . (-10) Jung In – 미워요 ( Hate You ) : 247
23 . (–) T-Ara – 너 때문에 미쳐 ( Crazy Because of You ) : 225
24 . (-10) SG Wannabe Lee Suk Hoon – 그대를 사랑하는 10가지 이유 ( 10 Reasons for Loving You ) : 190
25 . (-10) Gil Hak Mi – Super Soul : 189
26 . (-11) Supreme Team – Step Up : 175
27 . (New) Lee Seung Chul – 너에게 물들어간다 ( Blending into You ) : 173
28 . (-1) Soya N Sun – 웃으며 안녕 ( Say Goodbye While Smiling ) : 171
29 . (+1) Kara – 루팡 ( Lupin ) : 161
30 . (New) Super Junior – 미인아 ( Bonamana ) : 160
31 . (New) Jung Sul Gi – 결국 제자리 ( In the End, In the Same Place ) : 159
32 . (-19) Epik High – Run : 155
33 . (-16) Yim Jae Bum (duet Younha) – 사랑에 아파한 날들 ( The Days I Was Hurt From Love ) : 153
34 . (New) AB Avenue – 너뿐이야 ( Only You ) : 125
35 . (New) Lyn – 자기야, 여보야, 사랑아 ( Daring, Honey, Love ) : 121
36 . (-12) Big Mama – 태우다 ( Burn ) : 120
37 . (-6) Lee Eun Mi – 죄인 ( Criminal ) : 119
38 . (+1) ZE:A – 하루종일 ( All Day Long ) : 117
39 . (-3) See Ya – 가슴이 뭉클 ( Heavy Heart: MBC Drama “Personal Taste” OST ) : 107
40 . (+1) Younha – 말도 안돼 ( Doesn’t Make Sense: MBC Drama “Personal Taste” OST ) : 96
41 . (New) Lee Jung Hyun – 수상한 남자 ( Shady Man ) : 81
42 . (-13) Boo Hwal – 사랑이란건 ( Love Is ) : 80
43 . (-10) K.Will – 선물 ( Present ) : 76
44 . (-9) E.via – 쉐이크 ( (Shake)! ) : 74
45 . (New) December – 별이 될게 ( I’ll be a Star ) : 70
46 . (New) Double K (feat. Gil Hak Mi) – Favorite Music : 69
47 . (New) Rumble Fish – 어쩌지 ( What To Do ) : 55
48 . (-11) Baek Ji Young, Mighty Mouth – 사랑이 올까요 ( Will Love Come? ) : 54
49 . (-17) Nam Gyu Ri (feat. Oneway) – 내게 오는 자전거 ( Bicycle That Is Coming My Way ) : 50
50 . (New) Tae Sa Bi Ae (duet Baby G) – 첫사랑 ( First Love ) : 37

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

Sue An – Don’t Cry
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Sue An digital single “Don’t Cry” Track 1
Listen To: Full Song
Comment: Rookie ballad artist, Sue An with charming clear vocals has released a single album, “Don’t Cry.” Sue An has already been recognized prior to her debut for participating in songs for SSEN and ASIA as the main vocal as well as taking part in various CFs. The title track, “Don’t Cry” was co-composed by Goo Ja Kyeong and the artist herself and is about a woman staying strong despite a breakup. The guitar and orchestra arrangements help bring out the sad mood of this ballad number. (credits to motoway065 for translations)

Kim Yoon Ah – 야상곡 (Nocturne)
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Kim Yoon Ah Vol. 2 (2004) Track 4
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Kim Yoon Ah is the vocalist of rock band Jaurim. She is also an actress and is married to former King Joe member Kim Hyung Gyu. Kim Yoon Ah is famous for her vocal skills. She debuted in 1997 with Jaurim’s first album- “Purple Heart.” Kim Yoon Ah’s first solo album was released in 2001-Shadow of your smile which impressed fans. In another 3 years, 2004, she released her 2nd album. Currently she is active with her 3rd album. “Nocturne” is the title song from her second album “Glass Mask”. It features a beautiful piano intro and the touching voice of Kim Yoon Ah. Like the song title suggests, this song is especially nice when you listen to it late night.

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.