K-Pop…Three Years Ago

K-Pop…Three Years Ago
Just for fun, lets look back at the state of K-Pop three years ago by checking out the Soompi charts from October week 2, 2007.

This particular week, Big Bang won for a sixth consecutive week with “Lies”. They got #1 next week as well, giving them the all time record for consecutive wins on this chart with seven. It took a very strong showing by rookie group Wonder Girls and their song “Tell Me” to take over the top spot. It did not disappoint as “Tell Me” received six consecutive wins. 

Another rookie group, SNSD, stayed still this week at number eight. Their debut song “Into The New World” reached its highest spot at #5 a few weeks before, which is very good for a debut song.


Most of the singers/groups in the top 20 are still popular and active today. Since 2008 to the present day, more then 36 idol groups have debuted. That is more then one per month… and not even counting solo singers.   

You can always look back in the Soompi Chart archives and see what was popular during a certain period of time.
Here is the original link to the chart of October Week 2, 2007. Special thanks to edward1849 for his charts.

All the video links below should be working, so enjoy! 


WEEKLY K-POP CHART 2007, October Week 2

No. 1 song: Big Bang’s “거짓말” (Lie) tied our chart record for a song with the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 by staying at the top spot for the 6th straight week. They narrowly edged Wheesung’s “사랑은 맛있다 ♡” (Love is Delicious). This song now ties with Sung Shi Kyung’s “거리에서” (On the Street) as the only songs to have spent 6 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on our chart. Earlier in the year, Big Bang’s “Dirty Cash” also spent one week at No. 1, so they have spent 7 weeks at the top with 2 songs this year.

Biggest Mover of the week: As expected, ERU’s “둘이라서” (Because it’s the two of us) is the week’s biggest mover, up 22 spots to No. 20. This is another very good ballad by ERU which is likely be in the top 10 next week. The only disappointment so far is that album sales of his latest release are not as strong as expected. Hopefully it won’t affect this song. Minuki, who wrote Daylight’s “After Hair Cut” earlier this year, penned this song.

Hot shot debut: Superjunior’s “돈 돈 !” (Don’t Don) enters the chart this week at No. 14. Lots of fans are waiting for this song to appear on our chart and it has made an impressive debut. When Super Junior released their first album last year, they were still considered newbies. After a year now, they are one of the top boy bands in Korea. With many members having solo activities or even sub-groups like Superjunior KRY and Superjunior-T, they are much more well-rounded and recognizable this time around. This song definitely has the potential to be No. 1 soon.

New songs: We have 7 new songs this week.

Songs to watch out:

3. Wonder Girls – Tell Me – Leapfrogged Baek Ji Young’s “사랑하나면 돼” (Loving one person is enough) this week to the top 3 and its score is getting close to challenge the top 2 songs. This is a big turnaround for Wonder Girls, considering that this song was still under the top 20 two weeks ago. With good album sales to support, now they are looking for their first No. 1 song.

5. V.O.S – 매일매일 (Everyday Everyday) – This song does become their biggest hit now as it moves up 7 more spots entering the top 5. Their previous biggest hit was “시한부” (Time Limit) which went to No. 6 early last year. Songwriter Cho Young Soo maintains his strong hold on the top 10 with yet another hit.

17. Cherry Filter – 느껴봐 (Feel It) – Modern rock group returns to the top 20 with this remake song. Unlike other remakes, this song was previously featured on an ad. It was written by 2 of the biggest names in k-pop music – Park Keun Tae and Minuki, both of whom have their own top 20 hits this week written for other artistes.

22. M to M – 못된남자 (Evil Man) – The R&B trio and good friends of SG Wannabe return after a long layoff with this digital single, which is our 2nd highest debut this week. Again, M to M bring us with a familiar R&B style ballad melody which has been so successful in k-pop these past few years.

23. Black Pearl – 결국너잖아 (In The End, It’s You) – Another new digital single on the chart. This song replaces their debut hit “좋은걸어떡해” (What Can I Do If I Like It). Many people say that this song sounds like Gavy NJ. It may be because it’s written by Min Myung Ki, who’s in charge of most Gavy NJ hits in the past. The song is about briefly leaving someone you love, only to realize that that person is the one you really love.

27. Yoo Seung Jun – My World; 巨人 (My World, Giant) – Yoo Seung Jun was one of the biggest names in old skool k-pop until his infamous military service refusal a few years back. He is back in the k-pop scene for the first time in 5 years with the release of his 7th album. He is still not allowed to enter Korea so there will not be any gasoo activities for the album. However, he still has many fans and the album is selling quite well. This song reminds me so much of the older style k-pop dance songs in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Fans should definitely check it out.

29. Park Ki Young – 미안했어요 (I’m Sorry) – The 3rd digital single debuting this week. Park Ki Young is one of the most underrated female singers in Korea. This time she is coming back with a light rock ballad that showcases her sweet voice. Her songs usually grow on you the more you listen, so I won’t be surprised if this song stays on the chart for a long time.

35. Cho Shin Sung – Hit – Cho Shin Sung (Supernova) is a highly anticipated new boy band from MNet Media. This song is a powerful dance number. Having Cho Young Soo write this song usually means, as the song title implied, a “hit”.

 

1. (–) Big Bang – 거짓말 (Lie) *** 6 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Genre: R&B / Dance
Music Video
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Album: Big Bang Mini-Album 2007 – Always Track 2

Arirang TV: This is the representative track for BIGBANG’s 2007 mini album, “Always.” Created by BIGBANG’s vocalist G. Dragon, the addictive Euro-house song features trance chords and a piano-driven melody. The music video is about G. Dragon’s character taking on a false murder accusation on behalf of his girlfriend and being hauled off to the authorities.

Music + Lyrics: G-Dragon
Score: 947

2. (–) Wheesung – 사랑은 맛있다 ♡ (Love is Delicious)
Genre: Pop
Music Video
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Album: Wheesung Vol. 5 Track 3

Arirang TV: This is the representative song for Whee Sung’s 5th album, “Eternal Essence of Music.” The pop dance track melds Whee Sung’s singing and rapping, a lively rhythm and a sampling of Beethoven’s Sonata for Piano NO. 8 “Pathetique” OP. 13. The music video features a performance by Whee Sung and three episodes portrayed in a bright and flashy way.

Music: Park Keun Tae / Lyrics: Wheesung
Score: 934

3. (+2) Wonder Girls – Tell Me
Genre: Pop Dance
Music Video
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Album: Wonder Girls Vol. 1 Track 3

Arirang TV: This is the representative song for the Wonder Girls’ 1st album, “The Wonder Years,” which is also the first album released with new member Yoo-bin, who replaced Hyun-a. The track revives a lively pop dance rhythm popular in the 80s. The fun music video shows So-hee transforming from an ordinary student into Wonder Woman whenever her friends face danger.

Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Score: 881

4. (-1) Baek Ji Young – 사랑하나면 돼 (Loving one person is enough)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music Video
Album: Baek Ji Young Vol. 6 Track 2

Arirang TV: This is the representative song for Baek Ji-young’s 6th album, “The 6th Miracle.” The ballad is about the pain of not being able to come to terms with a break up after a fiercely devoted relationship, and about not being able to wait for a reconciliation either. A lyrical string accompaniment melds with the artiste’s poignant vocals and makes for a moving track.

Music: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Score: 855

5. (+7) V.O.S – 매일매일 (Everyday Everyday)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music Video
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Album: V.O.S special single Track 1

Arirang TV: This is the representative song for V.O.S’ special single album, “The Flowers are Laughing.” With an easy retro melody, the ballad offers a bright portrayal of the quarrels, breakups and reunions between couples. The music video depicts post-breakup pains from both the male and female perspectives.

  Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 819

6. (-2) Lee Seung Ki – 착한거짓말 (White Lie)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music Video: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Watch the performance
Album: Lee Seung Ki Vol. 3 Track 1 –

Arirang TV: This is the representative song for Lee Seung-ki’s 3rd album, ‘Separation Story.’ An appealing ballad with a sad melody, the song is about a man who has to let go of the woman he loves. The music video, starring Lee Seung-ki, tells about the friendships, loves and betrayals among youth active in an anti-Japanese movement.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 801

7. (-1) F.T Island – 천둥 (Thunder)
Genre: Rock Ballad
Music Video
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Album: F.T Island Vol. 1 Track 3 –

Arirang TV: Featured in the debut album, “Cheerful Sensibility,” of the popular 5-guy band F.T Island, this song is about loving someone but having to let the person go. The music video, starring vocalist Lee Hong-ki as the lead, addresses school violence, one-sided love and other teen issues.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 772

8. (–) SNSD – 다시만난세계 (Into The New World)
Genre: Pop Dance
Music Video
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Album: SNSD 1st single album Track 1 –

Arirang TV: This is the title song to SNSD’s debut single album, “Into the New World.” The group is made up of 9 high school gals – Yoon-a, Soo-young, Yu-ri, Tae-yeon, Jessica, Tiffany, Sunny and Seo-hyun. The song, made by Kenzie, is a bright and energetic pop dance track packed with teenagers’ innocence, passion and confidence.

Music: Kenzie / Lyrics: Kim Jung Bae
Score: 697

9. (–) Lee Soo Young – 단발머리 (Bob Hair Cut)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music Video
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Album: Lee Soo Young Vol. 8 Track 3 –

Arirang TV: This is the representative song for Lee Soo-young’s 8th album, “Set It Down.” Blending folk rock and island music, the song uses the sounds of an Irish whistle as a base rhythm, exuberantly and brightly communicating the pains of breaking up. The music video stars Park Gun-hyung and Kim Yoo-mi.

Music: Hwang Sung Je / Lyrics: Lee Soo Young
Score: 696

10. (-3) Shin Hye Sung – 첫사람 (First Person)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music Video
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Album: Shin Hye Sung Vol. 2 Track 3 –

Arirang TV: This is the representative track for Shin Hye-sung’s 2nd album, ‘The Beginning, New Days.’ The song showcases beautiful lyrics that meld perfectly with Shin Hye-sung’s sweet vocals. The music video, produced as part of a sequence, is about a dying man who had never believed in love, finally encountering love.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Yoon Sa Ra
Score: 647

11. (-1) Jang Hye Jin – 가라 사랑아 (Go Away Love)
Genre: Pop / Dance
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Album: Jang Hye Jin – Tomboy Track 4 –

Arirang TV: This is the representative song for Jang Hye-jin’s album, “Tomboy.” Melding house and yodel genres, this hybrid house-dance track depicts Jang Hye-jin’s maturity while showcasing her powerful vocals. Her short hairdo exudes a boyish charm and enhances her musical transformation.

Music: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Choi Gap Won
Score: 515

12. (+3) 8EIGHT – 사랑을잃고난노래하네 (Forget Love and Sing)
Genre: R&B Ballad
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Watch the performance
Album: 8EIGHT Vol. 1 Track 1 –

Arirang TV: The title song of 8eight’s debut album, “The First.” The trio of Lee Hyun, Baek Chan and Ju Hee made their debut through a survival reality show for discovering new musicians. “Forget About Love and Sing” is a hybrid genre song that combines White and Black music, and it features fast beats to depict a positive attitude toward the world regarding love and life.

Music: Bang Shi Hyuk, Kim Tae Yoon / Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk, Baek Chan
Score: 511

13. (+4) Crown J – 그녀를뺏겠습니다 (I’ll get her back)
Genre: Hip-hop
Watch the performance
Album: Crown J Vol. 2 Track 3 -

Arirang TV: This is the representative song for Crown J’s 2nd album, ‘Miss Me?’ An easy melody lies beneath the song’s intense rhythm, which also showcases Crown J’s sophisticated rapping. The music video, which tells a story that is faithful to the song’s lyrics, stars biracial star Eva and former Country Kko Kko-member Shin Jung-hwan.

Music + Lyircs: Crown J
Score: 495

14. (New) Superjunior – 돈 돈 ! (Don’t Don) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Genre: Pop / Dance
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Watch the performance
Album: Superjunior Vol. 2 Track 1 –

Arirang TV: This is the title track for Super Junior’s 2nd album. The rock/R&B song, which features a heavy guitar riff, percussion pattern, electronic violin and various other musical elements, carries a message. The guys urge listeners to take a society distorted by mankind’s desire for money and pretense, and transform it into a world that can preserve the innocence of children.

Music: Kim Sung Soo + Yoo Young Jin / Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin
Score: 467

15. (-1) Zia – 물끄러미 (Absentmindedly)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Watch the MV
Album: Zia 1st single album “Voice of Heaven” Track 1 -

Arirang TV: This is the representative song for Zia’s debut single album, “Voice of Heaven.” The artiste sings emotionally of longing for love on this classic pop ballad. The blockbuster-style music video, starring Shin Hyun-joon and Kim Ok-bin, is the first in an omnibus trilogy.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 458

16. (–) Brown Eyed Girls – 너에게속았다 (I Got Fooled By You)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Watch the Music Video
Watch the performance
Album: Brown Eyed Girls Vol. 2 Track 5 –

Arirang TV: This is the representative song for the Brown-Eyed Girls’ 2nd album, “Leave Miss Kim.” A flashy string-and-brass performance in the intro gives off a strong soulful feel reminiscent of 70s and 80s pop. The lyrics are about breaking up and regretting having been crazy about a certain guy.

Music + Lyrics: Kim Se Jin, Seo Jung Jin
Score: 446

17. (+11) Cherry Filter – 느껴봐 (Feel It)
Genre: Modern Rock
Watch the MV
Watch the Performance
Album: Cherry Filter Remake Album Track 2 -

Arirang TV: This is the representative track for Cherry Filter’s remake album, “Rewind.” The song was once used in a 30-second ad and has been re-born into a sophisticated modern-rock track. The music video tells the story of Cherry Filter’s members breaking free from mundane corporate life and pursuing their dreams. It also stars pro-gamer Kim Joon-young.

Music: Park Keun Tae / Lyrics: Minuki
Score: 429

18. (-7) Fly To The Sky – 사랑해 (I Love You)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Watch the performance
Album: Fly To The Sky Vol. 7 Track 1 –

Arirang TV: Featured in Fly to the Sky’s 7th album, “No Limitations,” this poignant ballad is about being unable to forget an ex. The music video, starring Hwanhee and Seo Ji-hye, tells the story of one man’s memories of a woman and switches from the past to the present.

Music + Lyrics: Ha Jung Ho
Score: 428

19. (–) Lee Ki Chan – 사랑도…이별도… (Love Too…Separation Too…)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Watch the MV
Album: Lee Ki Chan digital single Track 1 –

edward1849: This ballad is the title song from Lee Ki Chan’s recently released digital single. Lee Ki Chan, who is known for his soothing and relaxing voice, showcases his mature and powerful vocal skills. It is a sad song about a man who tries hard to forget the memories of his girlfriend whom he broke up with, but these memories of her won’t fade from his mind and follow him around like a shadow.

Music: Kim Do Hoon, Min Myung Ki / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Score: 397

20. (+22) ERU – 둘이라서 (Because it’s the two of us) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Genre: Pop Ballad
Watch the performance
Album: ERU Vol. 3 Track 1 –

Arirang TV: This is the representative track for Eru’s 3rd album, “Eru Returns.” The moving ballad is about missing an ex and showcases Eru’s unique musical style. The star-studded music video cast includes An Sung-ki, Park Joong-hoon, Bong Tae-kyu, Cha Yae-ryun and others.

Music + Lyrics: Minuki
Score: 392

21. (-8) Hong Kyung Min – 못난이 (Fool) : 364
22. (New) M To M – 못된남자 (Evil Man) : 349
23. (New) Black Pearl – 결국너잖아 (In The End, It’s You) : 348
24. (-3) See Ya – 얼음인형 (Ice Doll) : 343
25. (+5) Na Yoon Kwon – 뒷모습 (Back View) : 287
26. (-8) Son Ho Young – 하늘에 내 마음이 (My Heart at the Sky) : 250
27. (New) Yoo Seung Jun – My World; 巨人 (My World, Giant) : 241
28. (-4) The Name & Choi Jini – 이별…후에 (After…Break Up) : 238
29. (New) Park Ki Young – 미안했어요 (I’m Sorry) : 221
30. (-7) Drunken Tiger – 주정 (Craft) : 214
31. (-2) Namolla Family – 사랑해요 (I Love You) : 178
32. (-7) Rumble Fish – 그대내게다시 (That Day, I Again) : 177
33. (-7) Yang Pa – Marry Me : 171
34. (-12) Stony Skunk – 자장가 (Lullaby) : 158
35. (New) Cho Shin Sung – Hit : 154
36. (+3) M – THE “M” STYLE : 143
37. (-10) Wanted – I Promise You : 139
38. (-6) Kim Jong Wook – 가난한 사랑 (Poor Love) : 128
39. (New) Howl – 우리가 사랑했다면 (If we loved) : 117
40. (-7) Vasco (Feat. Joe Brown, Jung Hyun) – 덤벼라 세상아 (Attack The World) : 115
41. (-1) JJ – Love Actually : 104
42. (-8) Typhoon – 그대만 (Just Then) : 101
43. (-5) Il Rak – 그래도사랑합니다 (I still love you) : 99
44. (-13) Kim Dong Wan – 손수건 (Handkerchief) : 96
45. (-10) Bada – Queen : 93
46. (–) J (feat. Lee Jung) – 눈물로 (With tears) : 89
47. (+3) Hana – 잊있니 (Did You Forget?) : 88
48. (-12) Choon Ja – 사랑이뭐길래 (What is love) : 82
49. (-5) Bubble Sisters – 사랑은 이제 그만 (Enough of love now) : 81
50. (-7) CSJH The Grace – 댄서인더레인 (Dancer in the rain) : 80

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