Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2010 – October Week 4

1. (+3) Beast – 숨 (Breath)   *** 1 WEEK NO. 1 ***
Score: 924
Genre: Pop/Dance
External from soompi image Music+Lyrics: Choi Gyu Sung, Rado, Shin Sa Dong Tiger 
Album: Beast mini-album “Mastermind” Track 2 Purchase this album    
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Beast surprisingly leapfrogs Miss A and scores their first ever No. 1 song with “Breath”.   Beast has already excited fans with “Clenching Fists Tightly” released prior to its upcoming third mini album, “Mastermind.” They need to wait no longer as the boy group returns this month. The title track is “Breath” a new song that is expected to upgrade Beast one notch higher. The song was composed by Sinsadong Tiger and Choi Gyu Sung and Beast member, Yong Jun Hyung took part in penning it. The strong synth riffs and drums flow well with the group’s vocals and adlibs.  This song and Miss A’s “Breathe” is very close in every scoring category, Beast won it by having better album sales.  Congratulations to them.

2. (–) Miss A – Breathe    
Score: 894
Genre: Pop/Dance
External from soompi imageMusic+Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: Miss A 2nd single Track 2 Purchase this album   
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Staying at No. 2 this week is top rookie female group Miss A’s second single title song “Breathe”.  The girls who debuted this past July with much confidence and skill returns with a funkier and cuter image fans are expected to enjoy.  Their debut song “Bad Girl Good Girl” already topped the chart and now they are looking to add another No. 1 song.  Miss A will battle top male group CN Blue for this year’s top new artist honor. 


3. (-2) 2NE1 – 박수쳐 (Clap Your Hands)
Score: 821
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: This is the title track of 2NE1’s 1st studio album, ‘To Anyone.’ It is a hip hop song with hip hop rhythm created mainly by percussion instruments. It highlights the appeal of intense and unique rap skills of 2NE1. The members show off unique charismatic appeals with tattoos and smoky make-up and give off spectacular performances on stage. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul) 

4. (+2) Lim Jung Hee – 진짜일 리 없어 (It Can’t Be Real)   
Score: 773
Genre: Pop Ballad
External from soompi imageMusic+Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk  
Album: Lim Jung Hee mini-album “It Can’t Be Real” Track 2 Purchase this album 
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Lim Jung Hee’s “It can’t Be Real” moves up two spots to No. 4 this week.  “It Can’t be Real” was composed and penned by Hitman Bang. The producer came up with the title and lyrics of the song after watching the film, “Inception.” The song is about can’t believing breakup actually happened. The song has neo-soul sounds and uses trendy electronic synths.


5. (+3) Lee Juck – 그대랑 (With You)
Score: 730
Genre: Rock Ballad 
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Album: Lee Juck Vol. 4 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: Lee Juck’s “With You” from his 4th album “Love” jumps another three to No. 5 this week.  One of the most well respected artists in Korean Music, lee Juck’s new album immediately becomes top seller upon its release.  ‘With You” also ranked very high in both airplay and internet charts.  It is a rock ballad with lively lyrics, a light band sound, and free-wheeling energy to spare. Despite the lack of promotion, the song is in the top 5 now.

6. (+32) Ga In – 돌이킬 수 없는 (Irreversible)   *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***

Score: 598

Genre: Pop / Dance

External from soompi imageMusic: Yoon Sang, Lee Min Soo /Lyrics: Kim Ina

Album: Ga In mini-album “Step 2/4” Track 2 Purchase this album

Watch: MV Live Performance

Comment: Brown Eyed Girls’ member, Ga In releases her first solo album after gaining much success with the rest of the group last year with “Abracadabra.” Jo Young Chul, who produced Brown Eyed Girls’ third album, “Sound-G” also took part in this EP along with other top staff members. The album revolves around the tango genre, hence the album title, “Step 2/4” which is the basic rhythm for the dance. The title track is “Irreversible,” co-composed by hit makers Yoon Sang and Lee Min Soo. The polished chord work, great melody, and rhythm making mesh well with the synth sounds, producing an electronica fused tango number.  It is our biggest mover this week, up 32 spots to No. 6.


7. (+9) SHINee – Hello
Score: 598
Genre: Pop/Dance
External from soompi image  Music: Cates, McEwen, Jensen / Lyrics: Kim Ina
Album: SHINee Vol. 2 repackaged version Track 2 Purchase this album    
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Comment: SHInee has done exceptionally well this year with “Lucifer” and is back with its repackaged second album titled, “Hello.” The title track is of the same title and in contrast with their past song which showed off the boys’ powerful charms, the new song will show a sweeter side. This trendy R&B pop number is expected to be refreshing in vocals and rhythms.  This week “Hello” moves up nine spots to No. 7.

8. (+5) BoA – Copy & Paste      
Score: 575
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 moves up five spots to No. 8.


9. (+11) Supreme Team & Young Joon – 그땐 그땐 그땐 (Then Then Then)
Score: 525
Genre: R&B/Hip-hop
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Album: Supreme Team & Young Joon (Brown Eyed Soul) mini-album “Ames Room” Purchase this album 
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the official title song “Then Then Then” from Supreme Team & Young Joon’s (Brown Eyed Soul) “Ames Room” project album.  This song is mainstream enough yet doesn’t lose the uniqueness from both artists.  This week it moves up 11 spots to No. 9.


10. (-7) Wheesung – 결혼까지 생각했어 (Even Thought Of Marriage)
Score: 500
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: This is the title track of Whee Sung’s single album, ‘RealSlow is Back.’ This is a song where Whee Sung shows off his appeals to the fullest. It is a powerful R&B dance song with intense sounds, his explosive vocals, addictive melody and his signature straightforward yet sentimental lyrics. It is about a man who’s heartbroken after the woman he intended to marry leaves him. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

11. (+8) Kim Jong Kook – 다시 내게로 돌아와 (Come Back To Me Again)
Score: 416
Genre: Pop Ballad
External from soompi image  Music+Lyrics: Ha Kwang Hoon
Album: Kim Jong Kook Remake Album Track 4 Purchase this album    
Watch: MV
Comment: Kim Jong Kook returns with a remake album filled with ten classics released between the 70’s and 90’s from the likes of Lee Moon Se, Jo Kwan Woo, Kim Jong Chan, and Lee Jung Suk. The artist adds his own distinct color to these songs, giving each and every one of them a new feel from the original. Title song “Come Back to Me” was originally sung by veteran singer, Jo Kwan Woo. The song is re-arranged to give it some trendy sounds from the South. Gary of hip-hop duo Leessang is featured in the rap portion of the song, which seem to flow well with Kim Jong Kook’s unique singing method.  This week it moves up eight spots to No. 11.

12. (New) 2PM – I’ll Be Back   *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***

Score: 407

Genre: Pop / Dance

External from soompi imageMusic + Lyrics: Park Jin Young

Album: 2PM mini-album “Still 02:00pm” Track 2 Purchase this album

Watch: MV Live Performance

Comment: 2PM’s new mini album titled, “Still 2PM” is expected to show an even more mature and refined image of them through seven tracks. The title song is “I’ll Be Back,” an R&B number with hip-hop and house rhythms. The song showcases 2PM’s very own style in music. One of the dance moves involved in the song is the “shuffle dance” popular in the 90’s. The boys will relive this “rabbit dance.”  This week it is our highest debut at No. 12.


13. (-2) Sung Shi Kyung & IU – 그대네요 (It Is You)
Score: 394
Genre: Pop Ballad
External from soompi imageMusic: Kim Hyung Suk / Lyrics: Lee Mina
Album: Sung Shi Kyung digital single “It Is You” Track 2
Listen To: Full Song
Comment: Sung Shi Kyung is back with a brand new digital single, “It Is You” after completing his mandatory two-year military service. The song is about sadness felt through love and breakup and it’s something everyone must have gone through at least once in their lives. Created by Sung Shi Kyung and close friend/producer Kim Hyung Suk, “It Is You” is a song with beautiful melody and lyrics. Singer IU is featured in this song.  This week it drops two spots to No. 13.


14. (-9) FT Island – 사랑 사랑 사랑 (Love Love Love) 
Score: 387
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    
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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)

15. (+13) Se7en – I’m Going Crazy

Score: 347

Genre: R&B/Dance

External from soompi imageMusic + Lyrics: Teddy

Album: Se7en digital single “I’m Going Crazy” Track 1

Watch: MV Live Performance

Comment: SE7EN who made his comeback after three years continues his “Digital Bounce” mini album promotions with “I’m Going Crazy.” This medium tempo R&B number showcases the artist’s vocal skills. Composed by Teddy, the song is about a long-time couple whose relationship begins to turn sour as they start to not understand each other and fight. The music video stars SE7EN and his real-life girlfriend, Park Han Byul, stirring the interests of many.  This week it moves up 13 spots to No. 15.


16. (+2) Kim Bum Soo – 지나간다 (Passing By)
Score: 324
Genre: Pop Ballad
External from soompi image  Music+Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: Kim Bum Soo Vol. 7 Part 1 Track 2 Purchase this album    
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Comment: Veteran artist Kim Bum Soo returns after two years and two months with part one of his seventh album titled, “Solista.” The title track, “Passing By” was produced by Park Jin Young (JYP), and is expected to capture the general audience well. The song starts off with delicate piano and orchestra arrangement followed by standard acoustic sounds.  This week “Passing By” is up two spots to No. 16.

17. (-5) Yoo Chun, Jae Joong, Junsu (JYJ) – 찾았다 (Found It)    
Score: 323
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 drops five spots to No. 17.


18. (-3) Oh Jong Hyuk – 가슴이 뛰잖아 (Heart Is Racing) 
Score: 297
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 it is at No. 18 this week.  This song is receiving good airplays in Korea, which contributes a large part to its score.

19. (+5) Sunday Brunch – 십원짜리 (Ten Won Item)

Score: 293

Genre: Modern Rock

External from soompi imageMusic + Lyrics: Choi Joon Young

Album: Sunday Brunch EP “Ten Won Item” Track 2

Watch: MV

Comment: There are not many female solo rockers in Korea, and to find them in the top 20 is a rarity.  This week Sunday Brunch (real name: Kim Hee Young) acheives that.  She debuted back in 2008 with the song “100km/h”.  Two years later now, she releases her first EP with the title song “Ten Won Item”.  This mid-tempo rock song have very high airplays in Korea and as a result enters our top 20 this week at No. 19.

20. (+12) Coed School – Too Late 

Score: 291

Genre: Pop/Dance

External from soompi imageMusic: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Cho Young Soo, Kim Tae Hyun, Ahn Young Min, Oh Sung Hoon

Album: Coed School 1st mini-album Track 1

Watch: MV Live Performance

Comment: Riding the success of T-Ara and Cho Shin Sung’s “TTL” last year, the first megasize mixed group in Korea has debuted. Coed School consists of 10 members (6 guys and 4 girls) and their debut song “Too Late” made it into the top 20 this week.  “Too Late” is written by famous composer Cho Young Soo.  The 10-membered group has made many live performances in music shows and gains new fans everyday.

21. (+4) Suh Young Eun – 너는 날 녹여 (You Melt Me) : 290

22. (+22) U-Kiss – 시끄러!! (Shut Up!!) : 246

23. (New) Gummy – 죽어도 사랑해 (Love You Even If I Die) : 245

24. (New) Davichi – 두 번 헤어지는 일 (Event That Causes Two Breakups) : 227

25. (-15) Miss $ (feat. Jung Sul Gi) – 이 나이 먹고 뭐했길래 (What Did You Do At This Age) : 222

26. (-4) Lee Seung Ki – 지금부터 사랑해 (Love You From Now On) : 214

27. (-10) Chae Dong Ha – 하루가 미치고 (Day Is Crazy) : 210

28. (-19) V.O.S – Full Story : 201

29. (-22) Gavy NJ – 그만하자 (Let’s End It) : 196

30. (New) See Ya – 이별이 오지 못하게 (So That Breakup Won’t Come) : 194

31. (New) SG Wannabe – 겨울 나무 (Winter Tree) : 179

32. (-18) Sistar – 가식걸 (Shady Girl) : 178

33. (+15) Park Ki Young – 빛 (Light) : 174

34. (New) Younha – 원샷 (One Shot) : 168

35. (-9) Lee Seung Chul – 그 사람 (That Person) : 167

36. (-13) Winter Play – 투셰모나모 (Touche Mon Amour) : 166

37. (-6) T-Ara – 하늘땅 별땅 (Heavens Earth Star Earth) : 155

38. (-8) Homme – 밥만 잘 먹더라 (Eat Well) : 135

39. (New) Kang Seung Yoon – 본능적으로 (Instictive) : 130

40. (New) Jung Yup – Without You : 119

41. (-5) Woo Eun Mi – 부탁해 (Request): 96

42. (-5) No Reply – 내가 되었으면 (If It Was Me) : 74

43. (-10) ERU – 하얀 눈물 (White Tears) : 73

44. (-10) DJ DOC – 나 이런 사람이야 (I’m This Kind of Person) : 68

45. (-4) Beige & Ryeo Wook (Super Junior) – 친구와 사랑에 빠질 때 (When You Fall In Love With a Friend) : 66

46. (New) AB Avenue – 사랑 안녕..  (Love Goodbye…) : 62

47. (New) E.via – 삐까Chu (Bbi Gga Chu) : 55

48. (-8) 4men – U : 47

49. (-14) Trax – 오 나의 여신 (Oh! My Goddess) : 43

50. (-21) Secret – Madonna : 39

Blue: Songs to watch out under top 20

Green: Editor’s recommendations under top 20



Voice Holic – 사랑해 사랑해 (I Love You I Love You)

Genre: R&B Ballad

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Album: Voice Holic digital single “I Love You I Love You” Track 1

Listen To: Full Song

Comment: Voice Holic, which comprises of two members, rapper C.legend and vocalist K-lim, debuts with “I Love You I Love You,” a soft hip-hop number with piano and guitar accompaniment. The song was produced by Koch who has worked with other singers such as Lee Ki Chan, Wax, and Turtles. (credits to motoway065 for translations)


S#arp – Sweety

Genre: Pop/Dance

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Album: S#arp Vol. 4 (2001) Track 3

Watch: MV Live Performance

Comment: S#arp was a mixed group consisting of 2 guys and 2 girls, Chris Kim, Jang Seok Hyun, Seo Ji Young and Lee Ji Hye debuted in 1999 and disbanded in 2003. Sweety is a cute upbeat dance track, singing about one’s “sweetie” from their 4th album.  That was one of their two No. 1 songs from that album.  Since they disbanded, Seo Ji Young has gone into acting, and recognised for her role in drama “I’m Sorry I Love You.” Both Seo Ji Young and Lee Ji Hye have released solo albums. (credits to ~S2~)

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.