Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2011 – March Week 1


Listen to all the songs here  :[Listen] Soompi Chart Top 50 – March 2011, Week 1

It is only the beginning of March but IU has already scored her second No. 1 song this year with “Story Only I Didn’t Know” moving up eight spots in only its second week on the chart. The young singer no doubt is one of the fastest rising stars in Korea. Together with G.na who won the top spot last week with “Black & White”, they provide a major boost to the female soloist lineup which is traditionally a weak link in K-pop. This is the first time in almost two years that the top two spots of our chart are occupied by female soloists.  The last time was May week 2 in 2009 when Son Dam Bi’s “On Saturday Night” was No. 1 and Younha’s “1,2,3” were No. 2.

2011 might just be the year of female soloists. In this week’s top 10, we have six songs by female soloists, including the two new entries Kan Mi Yeon’s “Paparazzi” and Kahi’s “Come Back You Bad Person”. In an industry that is dominated by groups, this is a rare scene.

However, that is going to change next week.  The top two debuts this week just outside the top 10 are by popular boy bands Big Bang and MBLAQ.  Watch for Big Bang’s “Tonight”.  This song is expected to make a big jump next week, perhaps even challenging for the top spot.

SOOMPI CHART for 2011, Month 3, Week 1

1. (+8) IU – 나만 모르는 이야기 (Story Only I Didn’t Know) ***1st Week @ No. 1***
Score: 910
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: Yoon Sang / Lyrics: Kim Ina
Album: IU mini-plus album – Real + | Purchase this Album
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2. (-1) G.na – Black & White
Score: 871
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Sang Ho / Lyrics: Yangpa
Album: G.na Vol. 1 | Purchase this Album
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3. (+2) Lee Hyun – 내꺼 중에 최고 (You Are The Best Of My Life)
Score: 815
Genre: R&B Ballad

Music: Hitman Bang / Lyrics: Hitman Bang
Album: Lee Hyun mini-album Vol. 2 | Purchase this Album
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4. (-2) Secret – 샤이보이 (Shy Boy)
Score: 762
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Kang Ji Won, Kim Ki Bum / Lyrics: Kang Ji Won, Kim Ki Bum
Album: Secret Single Album – Shy Boy | Purchase this Album
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5. (-2) Mighty Mouth – 톡톡 (Tok Tok)
Score: 714
Genre: Hip-hop

Music: Rhymer, Dong Ne Hyung / Lyrics: Mighty Mouth
Album: Mighty Mouth Vol. 2 | Purchase this Album
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6. (-2) Navi – 잘 된 일이야 (Well Done)
Score: 519
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: Lee Ki, Lee Hyun Seung / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Album: Navi Vol. 1 | Purchase this Album
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7. (-1) Jewelry – Back It Up
Score: 514
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Ryan Kim, Chris Golightly, Blue Apple Global / Lyrics: Kim Ina, Ryan Kim, Chris Golightly, Blue Apple Global
Album: Jewelry digital single “Back It Up”
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8. (+28) Kan Mi Yeon – 파파라치 (Paparazzi)
Score: 492
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Hitman Bang / Lyrics: Hitman Bang
Album: Kan Mi Yeon mini-album Vol. 1 | Purchase this Album
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9. (-1) Kim Bo Kyung – 하루하루 (Day By Day)
Score: 428
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: Kim Tae Sung / Lyrics: Kim Tae Sung, Jang Yeon Jung
Album: Kim Bo Kyung mini-album Vol. 1 | Purchase this Album
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10. (+5) Kahi – 돌아와 나쁜 너 (Come Back You Bad Person)
Score: 405
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Kim Tae Hyun / Lyrics: Kahi
Album: Kahi mini-albuim Vol. 1 | Purchase this Album
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Rank Artist Song Score
11 Big Bang (new) Tonight 388
12 MBLAQ (new) 다시 (Again) 371
13 Kim Soo Hyun (+9) Dreaming 364
14 Dal★shabet (-4) Supa Dupa Diva 359
15 T-Ara (-3) 뷰티풀 걸 (Beautiful Girl) 328
16 DBSG (-5) 왜 (Keep Your Head Down) 281
17 Lee Jung (-4) Let’s Dance 278
18 December (new) 누구보다널 사랑해 (Love You More than Anyone Else) 272
19 Kim Bum Soo & Tae Yeon (-2) 달라 (Different) 260
20 Namolla Family JW (-4) 헤어진 두 사람 (feat. 태인) (Separated Two People (feat. Tae In)) 258
21 Dalmatian (+13) 그 남자는 반대 (That Man Is The Opposite) 253
22 Chang Min & Jin Woon (2AM) (-2) 사랑하면 안될까 (Can’t I Love You?) 252
23 Park Jin Young (-5) 못 잊은 거죠 (If) 249
24 Taec Yeon & Nick Khun (2PM) (+2) My Valentine (Feat. 박진영) (My Valentine (Feat. Park Jin Young)) 215
25 Infinite (-4) BTD (Before The Dawn) 210
26 Kang Seung Yoon (new) 니가 천국이다 (마이더스 OST) (You are Heaven (Midas OST)) 203
27 Kyun Woo & Seo In Young (+18) 애인만들기 (Making A Lover) 200
28 Seung Ri (-14) 어쩌라고 (What Can I Do) 193
29 Hyun Bin (-6) 그남자 (That Man) 186
30 Teen Top (-3) Supa Luv 185
31 Jung Yong Hwa (-1) 처음 사랑하는 연인들을 위해 (반말송) (For First Time Lovers (Banmal Song)) 169
32 M to M (new) 미쳐 (Go Crazy) 167
33 Bae Da Hae (-9) 어떻게 니가 (How Can You?) 165
34 Ran (new) 너를 위한 10가지 거짓말 (10 Lies For You) 161
35 10cm (+3) 그게 아니고 (That Is Not It) 151
36 See Ya (-17) 내겐 너무 멋진 그대 (You’re Gorgeous to Me) 134
37 5Dolls (+5) 너 말이야 (It’s You) 125
38 Lady Jane (new) 친한 사이 (On Friendly Terms) 116
39 GD&TOP (-14) 집에 가지마 (Don’t Go Home) 115
40 K.Will (-11) 기가 차 (feat. 슈프림팀& 씨스타) (Amazed (feat. Supreme Team & Sistar)) 108
41 Park Hye Kyung (+3) Hello 허니 (feat. 산이) (Hello Honey) 88
42 Kim Hyun Jung (new) 1분 1초 (One Minute One Second) 87
43 Humming Urban Stereo (-11) 넌 그날 (feat. 유인나) (You That Day (feat. Yoo In Na)) 85
44 Yeara (new) 마셔~Americano (Drink~Americano) 82
45 Page (new) 여전히 아름다운지 (Beautiful As Ever) 80
46 So Ji Sup (new) Pick Up Line 79
47 Sun Ye (-12) Maybe 78
48 Flower (-8) You Are My Everything 74
49 Seung Ri (-16) V.V.I.P 73
50 Sung Shi Kyung (–) 너는 나의 봄이다 (You Are My Spring) 65


In this segment we go back in time to re-visit charts of the same week in past years.  Soompi music chart begins in January 2005.  At first we had only 20 songs and later expanded to 50 songs.

March week 1 in 2009 we had two of the most popular girl groups now battling for the top spot. SNSD’s “Gee” already spent all of February 2009 (4 weeks) at No. 1, while Kara’s “Honey” just debuted at No. 21 a week before. 

At the end “Gee” remained on top for the fifth straight week, while “Honey” settled for No. 2 and eventually went to the top next week.  “Gee” was probably the defining hit for SNSD, a song that put them over the top as one of the premier girl groups in Korea. 

As for Kara, they pretty much flopped with their debut in 2008, so not much was expected on them with their new release. To everyone’s surprise, the switch to a cuter image suited Kara and had their career take off.  “Honey” eventually became their first No. 1 song. After that, almost all of Kara’s releases became big hits. 

Fast forward to now and as we look back we can say both “Gee” and “Honey” were classic hits for SNSD and Kara, a song that put both groups popularity up several levels on the way to the top.

To re-visit soompi’s music chart of 2009 March Week 1, click here.

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.  Our chart is composed of the following sources:

Air Monitor Chart – 15%
GAON Music Chart – 15%
Various Internet charts (Dosirak, Bugs, Melon, Naver, Monkey3, Daum, Cyworld, Soribada) – 15%
ChartKorea – 5%  
Hottracks Weekly Album Sales (1 weeks lag) – 10%
SBS (Inky Gayo Take 7 + SBS Mill weekly rankings) – 10%
MBC Inky Top 100 Chart – 10%
KBS Music Bank K-Chart – 10%
MNet M!Countdown – 5%

Gasoo appearance  on gayo shows  (MBC Music Core, SBS Inky Gayo, KBS Music Bank, M!Countdown) – 10%

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