Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2010 – October Week 2


1. (–) 2NE1 –  박수쳐  (Clap Your Hands)  *** 2 WEEK NO. 1 ***
Score: 953
Genre: R&B/Hip-hop
External from soompi image  Music+Lyrics: e.knock
Album: 2NE1 Vol. 1 Track 3 Purchase this album    
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: 2NE1’s “Clap Your Hands” remains No. 1 for the second week.  This song is from their first full studio album “To Anyone”. The girls did well last year with their powerful charisma on stage and their showy fashion sense. 2NE1 will have three title tracks – “Can’t Nobody,” “Go Away,” and “Clap Your Hands” – that will be performed simultaneously for promotions, probably a first in Korean music that an album have three different title songs. Top producers, Teddy, e.knock, choice37, and PK among others have participated in the album to bring out strong hip-hop beats, R&B, as well as reggae.

2. (+1) Wheesung –  결혼까지 생각했어  (Even Thought Of Marriage) 
Score: 816
Genre: R&B/Dance
External from soompi image  Music: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Wheesung
Album: Wheesung mini-album “Realslow Is Back” Track 1 Purchase this album    
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Multi-talented artist Wheesung, who’s capable of working with all sorts of genres – ballad, R&B, dance, rock, and so forth, returns after ten months with a new single album, “Real Slow is Back.” It includes title track “Even Thought of Marriage” and newly arranged versions of “Rose” and “Love, That Bad Disease” – songs that were included in his sixth album. “Even Thought of Marriage” is a powerful R&B dance number composed by renowned composed Kim Do Hoon and penned by Wheesung himself. It has strong sounds backed up with the artist’s solid vocals. The song is about a man who feels sad and pathetic when a lover he even decide to marry, leaves him.  This week it rises to No. 2 again.

3. (-1) FT Island –  사랑 사랑 사랑 (Love Love Love)   
Score: 721
Genre: Pop Rock
External from soompi image  Music: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Seung Ho / Lyrics: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Seung Ho, Mario
Album: FT Island mini-album “Beautiful Journey” Track 1 Purchase this album    
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of FT Island’s 2nd mini album, ‘Beautiful Journey.’ The perfect combination of powerful vocals and sentimental piano melody helps to create this heartbreaking rock ballad song that highlights FT Island’s sophisticated and sensual appeal. The group members are back with even more stable and developed vocal and performance skills. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

4. (–) Gavy NJ –   그만하자 (Let’s End It)  
Score: 672
Genre: Pop Ballad 
External from soompi imageMusic:   Min Myung Ki / Lyrics: Min Myung Ki, Do Hee Sun
Album: Gavy NJ digital single “Let’s End It” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:  Gavy NJ, who debuted in 2005, releases a digital single titled, “Let’s End It,” composed and penned by Min Myung Ki who wrote all of the group’s top hits. The song initially starts off with sad violin arrangements followed by guitar and piano playing. The electronic sounds soon come forth along with the girls’ unique vocals. The song holds sad lyrics about reminiscing one’s past love life, only to realize that all that’s left is breakup.  This week it remains at No. 4.

5. (–) Miss $ (feat. Jung Sul Ki) – 이 나이 먹고 뭐했길래 (What Did You Do At This Age)   

Score: 578
Genre: Hip-hop Ballad
External from soompi imageMusic: Rhymer, Masterkey / Lyrics: Rhymer   
Album: Miss $ digital single “Miss Independent” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Miss $ returns more mature both music and artist-wise with a new digital single titled, “Miss Independent.” Korea’s hip-hop “big daddy, Rhymer produced the entire album, helping bring out Miss $’s colors. The title track is “What Did You Do At This Age,” a medium tempo hip-hop number with lyrics about not knowing love even at an older age. Jung Seul Gi’s vocal featuring helps bring out the sad mood of the song.  This week it is still at No. 5.

6. (–) Secret – Madonna   
Score: 486
Genre: Pop/Dance
External from soompi imageMusic+Lyrics: Kang Ji Won, Kim Ki Bum
Album: Secret mini-album Vol. 2 Track 1 Purchase this album   
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Secret’s 2nd mini album with the same title, ‘Madonna.’ It is a song with a message for girls to become an icon like Madonna and live confidently and proudly. Although it is an electronic pop dance song, the synth sounds are minimal. The participation of TST, a brass band, as a session musicians perfected the song. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

7. (+10) V.O.S –  Full Story      
Score: 483
Genre: R&B Ballad
External from soompi image Music+Lyrics: Han Sang Won
Album: V.O.S Special mini-album “The Blue Bird” Track 3 Purchase this album    
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: V.O.S returns after a year with part one of their special mini album titled, “The Blue Bird.” The group took part in producing the album, taking one step further as musicians. The title track is “Full Story,” an emotional ballad composed by hit maker, Han Sang Won. The two members of V.O.S also took part in creating this number. V.O.S’s soft yet strong vocals are apparent in this Korean style emotional ballad.  This week “Full Story” becomes their latest top 10 hit, up ten spots to No. 7.

8. (+16) Yoo Chun, Jae Joong, Junsu (JYJ) –   찾았다 (Found It)   
Score: 440
Genre: Pop Ballad
External from soompi imageMusic+Lyrics: Choi Yong Chan   
Album: KBS Drama “Sung Kyun Kwan Scandal” OST Track 2  Purchase this album
Listen To: Full Song
Comment:  TVXQ’s Micky Yoo Chun makes his Korean drama debut in the highly anticipated KBS period drama Sung Kyun Kwan Scandal.  Based on a novel by Jung Eun Gwol, Yoo Chun plays a stubborn, stickler student from a powerful and influential family who goes against his privileged background to seek education and equality, but he still has much to learn about how the world really runs.  With Yoo Chun as the leading man, TVXQ bandmates Jun Su and Jae Joong have also joined the soundtrack. The JYJ trio return to K-pop with the drama song “Found It”, a lovely ballad that is very different from previous TVXQ songs.  This week it moves up 16 spots to No. 8.

9. (+5) Jung Yeop – Love You     
Score: 434 
Genre: R&B Ballad 
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Album: Jung Yeop digital single “Love You” Track 1
Watch: MV
Comment: Brown Eyed Soul’s Jung Yeop moves up into the top 10 this week with his beautiful song “Love You”.  Featuring the piano of Eco Bridge, Jung Yeop presents a very soft melody with piano background and a jazz feel.  This soulful voice suits well for this quiet love ballad.

10. (+20) Oh Jong Hyuk가슴이 뛰잖아 (Heart Is Racing)   *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 430
Genre: Pop Ballad
External from soompi imageMusic: Kim Bo Min, The Name / Lyrics: The Name
Album: Oh Jong Hyuk digital single OJ Track 1 
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Ex Click B member Oh Jong Hyuk (OJ) is back after one year with a new digital single album.  The title song “Heart Is Racing” is a powerful ballad and this week it is our biggest mover, up 20 spots into the top 10.  This song is receiving good airplays in Korea, which contributes a large part to its score.

11. (-3) Rainbow – A
Score: 425
Genre: Pop/Dance
External from soompi imageMusic: Kim Seung Soo, Han Jae Ho / Lyrics: Song Soo Yoon
Album: Rainbow digital single A Track 1 
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Title song of Rainbow’s digital single album. The powerful modern dance pop song is a combination of hip hop and rock. The lyrics are about rejecting superficial love. The Rainbow members show off their upgraded vocals and talented rap skills. (credits to Ariarng TV – Pops In Seoul)

12. (-5) Sistar –  가식걸  (Shady Girl)
Score: 423
Genre: Pop/Dance
External from soompi imageMusic+Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album: Sistar mini-album “Shady” Girl Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Sistar’s 2nd single album, ‘Shady Girl.’ It is a pop dance song with intense hip hop beats. It’s about how a girl wants to look pretty in the eyes of a guy she loves even if she has to act a little pretentious. You can enjoy the upbeat melody and Sistar’s transformation into sophisticated and feminine ladies with the 50’s minimal look. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

13. (+7) Chae Dong Ha –  하루가 미치고  (Day Is Crazy) 
Score: 376
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Chae Dong Ha mini-album “D Day” Track 2 Purchase this album    
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:  Almost a year after his solo debut album, former SG Wannabe member Chae Dong Ha is releasing the mini-album D day. Chae traveled all the way to India and Nepal to find inspiration for the album, for which he composed and produced. Going against the current K-pop trend, D-day eschews digital and electronic sounds for strings and acoustic. The album comes with four new songs including the main track Haruga Michigo, whose music video co-stars Chuno’s Yoon Joo Hee.  This week it moves up seven spots to No. 13.

14. (New) BoA – Copy & Paste        *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 361
Genre: Pop/Dance
 External from soompi imageMusic: Gad, Kafi, Lewander / Lyrics: Kenzie, Kang Ji Won, Kim Boo Min
Album: BoA Vol. 6 Repackaged Version Track 1 Purchase this album    
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: BoA returns this fall with a repackaged version of her sixth album, “Copy & Paste.” The new album includes eleven songs from “Hurricane Venus” along with two new tracks that show an upgraded BoA in both music style and charms. The title track is dance number, “Copy & Paste”, a dance hit with strong rhythm.  This week it is our highest debut at No. 14.

15. (-6) DJ DOC – 나 이런 사람이야 (I’m This Kind Of Person)  
Score: 351
Genre: Pop/Hip-hop/Dance
External from soompi image  Music: Yoon Gun Hyung / Lyrics: Psy, Lee Ha Neul
Album: DJ DOC Vol. 7 Track 2 Purchase this album    
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of DJ D.O.C’s 7th studio album, ‘Satire.’ It is a fun and upbeat song with Psy and Lee Ha-neul’s straightforward and rebellious yet funny lyrics with electronic beats. The chorus, where they shout ‘that’s just me’ like the rebellious group they are famous as, is highly addictive. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

16. (-4) ERU –  하얀 눈물 (White Tears) 
Score: 312
Genre: Pop Ballad
External from soompi image  Music: Yoon Myung Sun / Lyrics: ERU, Yoon Myung Sun
Album: ERU Vol. 4 Track 2 Purchase this album    
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Title song of Eru’s studio album, “Got To Be.”  The song follows Eru’s famous “Black Glasses.” The ballad tells the story of how white tears keep falling after taking off the black glasses. Eru shows off a chic new image that goes perfectly with his rich and appealing voice. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

17. (New) Winterplay – 투셰모나모 (Touche Mon Amour)      
Score: 308
Genre: Vocal Jazz
External from soompi imageMusic: Lee Joo Han / Lyrics: Lee Joo Han, Choi Woo Joon   
Album: Winterplay Vol. 2 Track 3  Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: A surprise debut into the top 20 this week is vocal jazz band Winterplay’s “Touche Mon Amour”.  Last year, Winterplay had a hit song “Gypsy Girl” that received excellent reviews and was ranked in the top 10 at our “staff recommended hit songs of 2009”.  Now the group returns with a new album and the title song “Touche Mon Amour” is ranked high on airplay and sales chart which enables the song to break into our top 20 despite lack of promotions and performances.

18. (-8) Homme – 밥만 잘 먹더라 (Eat Well)
Score: 304
Genre: Pop Ballad 
External from soompi imageMusic + Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk
Album: Homme digital single “Homme By Hitman Bang” Track 1 
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:  Title song of Chang-min & Lee Hyun’s digital single album ‘Homme By “Hitman” Bang.’ A hybrid summer rock song with a refreshing guitar sound and drum accompaniment that will make you want to forget everything and leave. 2AM’s Chang-min and 8eight’s Lee Hyun create powerful harmony. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

19. (+4) Beast –     주먹을 꽉 쥐고 (Clenching Fists Tightly) 
Score: 295
Genre: Pop Ballad
External from soompi imageMusic + Lyrics: Ahn Young Min 
Album: Beast mini-album “Mastermind” Track 5 Purchase this album    
Watch: Live Performance
Comment:  BEAST returns after much success earlier this year with a R&B ballad number, “Clenching Fists Tightly” in midst of their upcoming third mini album, “Mastermind.” This song was composed by hit maker Ahn Young Min and the midi accompaniment blends well with the members’ vocals. 

20. (-7) Supreme Team & Young Joon –  (Why) 
Score: 292
Genre: R&B/Hip-hop
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Album: Supreme Team & Young Joon (Brown Eyed Soul) mini-album “Ames Room” Purchase this album 
Listen To: Full Song
Comment: Fast rising hip-hop group Supreme Team collaborates with Brown Eyed Soul’s Young Joon to release a project mini-album “Ames Room”.  The first single “Why” drops to No. 20 this week.  Supreme Team’s rap plus Young Joon’s soulful vocal makes this a wonderful song to listen to.  It is already ranked very high on various internet charts in Korea.  The next single from this album “Then Then Then” is expected to enter the chart soon.

21. (Re) San E – 맛 좋은 산 (Tasty San)
: 288

22. (+3) Park Hyo Shin – 안녕 사랑아 (Goodbye Love) : 281

23. (-4) Lee Seung Chul -그 사람 (That Person) : 280

24. (-9) Lim Jung Hee – 헤어지러 가는 길 (Road to Breakup) : 279

25. (New) Miss A – Breathe : 257

26. (-15) Narsha – 맘마미아 (Mamma Mia) : 254

27. (-1) KCM – 3년이 지났어 (3 Years Passed) : 222

28. (New) Lee Seung Ki – 지금부터 사랑해 (Love You From Now On) : 204

29. (New) No Reply – 내가 되었으면 (If It Was Me) : 177

30. (-8) Kara – 2Me : 176

31. (–) Seo In Kook – 애기야 (My Baby U) : 158

32. (-14) 4men – U : 149

33. (-12) Brown Eyed Soul – 그대 (You) : 139

34. (New) Sunday Brunch – 십원짜리 (Ten Won Item) : 138

35. (New) SHINee – Hello : 135

36. (+13) Moon Ji Eun – 히비예 히비요 (Hibiye Hibiyo) : 133

37. (-8) Trax – 오 나의 여신 (Oh! My Goddess) : 122

38. (+2) Suh Young Eun (feat. H-Eugene) – 혹시 돌아올까봐 (In Case He Comes Back) : 121

39. (+6) Sori – 넌 내 스타일 아니야! (You’re Not My Style!) : 120

40. (+6) Park Hong – 나를 바라봐 (Look At Me) : 116

41. (-8) Son Dam Bi – dB Rider : 113

42. (New) So Yoo (Sistar) – 사랑한다 말하까 (Should I Confess My Love) : 108

43. (-27) Tae Yang – I’ll Be There : 96

44. (-8) Bobby Kim – 외톨이 (Loner) : 95

45. (New) Lee Juck – 그대랑 (With You) : 94

46. (New) Se7en – I’m Going Crazy : 93

47. (New) Kim Bum Soo – 지나간다 (Passing By) : 88

48. (-6) Zi-A – 웃음만 (Just A Smile) : 81

49. (New) Comeback Madonna Band – 백만 송 이장미 (Million Roses) : 80

50. (New) Co-Ed – Too Late : 75

Blue: Songs to watch out under top 20

Green: Editor’s recommendations under top 20


Running Sky – 커다란 꿈 (Big Dream)

Genre: Modern Rock

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Album: Running Sky Vol. 1 “A Piece Of Memory” Track 3

Listen To: Full Song (thanks to Mardi09 for uploading) Watch: Live Performance

Comment: Modern rock band, Running Sky popular in the underground music scene in Hongdae, Seoul releases its first full length album titled, “A Piece of Memory.” All the songs in the album hold lyrics with feelings and memories people experience throughout their lives. Juny and G.ru, Dr. Core911’s drummer and rapper respectively also took part in the album, elevating the quality of the album. (credits to motoway065 for translations)


Sugar – Shine

Genre: Pop

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Album: Sugar Vol. 2 (2003) Track 3

Watch: MV Live Performance

Comment: Sugar is a 4-membered girl group with Park Soo Jin, Hwang Jung Eum, Ahyoome Lee, and Yuk Hye Seung.  They debuted in 2002 with their first album “Tell Me Why”.  The first album did not produce any significant hit song.  Sugar’s breakthrough hit “Shine” was coming from their sophomore album.  “Shine” is a mid-tempo easy listening song with J-pop style melody.  That song hit the top 10 in 2003.  Hwang Jung Eum left the group after the second album and became a popular actress.  Sugar went on and released two more albums before they broke up in 2005.  Ahyoome Lee went solo and recently changed her stage name to Iconiq.


About the soompi music chart:

Soompi Music Chart is unlike any other music charts or television rankings.  It takes into account not only sales and rankings by various other charts in Korea, but also airplays of each song, the number of live performances and appearances, making it an unbiased and objective tally of what’s going on in the world of K-pop.  When we compare our chart to the GAON Music Chart which is now the official music chart in Korea, we are very closely matched.  Our chart is composed of the following sources:


Air Monitor Chart – 15%
Cable Sources (MNet, 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, Pops In Seoul) – 5%


Thanks to Mardi09 for helping on this week’s internet chart research.