Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2011 – September Week 1


It was a relatively quiet week in the top 10 without much movement. However, we do have a new No. 1 song as SISTAR‘s “So Cool” edged out Super Junior’s two-week champ “Mr. Simple” by ten points. “So Cool” becomes SISTAR’s first ever No. 1 hit on our chart. They debuted just last year and seem to gain more popularity with each new release. This time it reaches a climax with their first chart topping hit. Congratulations.

Even with member Heechul joining the military this week and Super Junior being a hot news item, they were  not able to maintain the top spot. We haven’t seen a three-week champ for a while as most of the chart topping hits in recent months only spendone or two weeks on top. That indicates the competition level in K-pop has been very high with many great music releases.

There is only one new song in the top 10 this week. It is a joint effort by December, J-Cera, plus two new female singers Eileen and Yunmi.  Together they called themselves CS Numbers. All of them have very strong vocals, making this ballad enjoyable to listen to. In the summer the top 10 is always full of dance beat songs, this is the only pure ballad style song in the top 10 this week.

SOOMPI CHART for 2011, September Week 1

1. (+1) SISTAR – So Cool ***1st Week @ No. 1***
Score: 925
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Brave Brothers / Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album: SISTAR Vol. 1 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


2. (-1) Super Junior – Mr. Simple
Score: 915
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Yoo Young Jin / Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin
Album: Super Junior Vol. 5 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


3. (+1) Miss A – Goodbye Baby
Score: 786
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Park Jin Young / Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: Miss A Vol. 1 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


4. (+1) Infinite – 내꺼 하자 (Be Mine)
Score: 777
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Kim Seung Soo, Han Jae Ho / Lyrics: Song Soo Yoon
Album: Infinite Vol. 1 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


5. (-2) 2NE1 – Ugly
Score: 724
Genre: R&B Ballad

Music: Teddy, Lydia Paek / Lyrics: Teddy
Album: 2NE1 mini-album Vol. 2 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


6. (–) Dal★shabet – 블링 블링 (Bling Bling)
Score: 724
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: E-Tribe / Lyrics: E-Tribe
Album: DalShabet mini-album Vol. 3 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


7. (–) T-Ara – 롤리 폴리 (Roly Poly)
Score: 636
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Choi Gyu Sung, Shin Sa Dong Tiger / Lyrics: Choi Gyu Sung, Shin Sa Dong Tiger
Album: John Travolta Wanna Be | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


8. (–) Seo In Kook – Shake It Up
Score: 507
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Scott, Belle, Richard / Lyrics: Seo In Kook
Album: Seo In Kook digital single “Shake It Up”
Watch: MV


9. (+2) CS Numbers – 가슴으로 운다 (Cry With the Heart)
Score: 485
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: Oh Sung Hoon / Lyrics: Oh Sung Hoon
Album: December & J-Cera digital single “Love Harmony”
Watch: MV


10. (–) MBLAQ – Mona Lisa
Score: 479
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Wontag, Ji In, Rado / Lyrics: Wontag, Ji In, Rado, Dok2
Album: MBLAQ mini-album Vol. 3 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


Rank Artist Song Score
11 G.na (new) Top Girl 448
12 Koyote (new) Good Good Time 427
13 Teen Top (-4) 향수 뿌리지마 (Don’t Spray Perfume) 418
14 10cm (-2) 안아줘요 (Give Me A Hug) 417
15 Lee Ssang (new) 나란 놈은 답은 너다 (Guy Like Me’s Answer Is You (feat. Harim)) 397
16 Bi (-3) 부산여자 (Busan Woman) 382
17 Park Jung Hyun, So Hyang, Lee Young Hyun (new) Mermaid 303
18 Homme (-4) 남자니까 웃는 거야 (Laughing Because I’m A Guy) 296
19 Jaurim (+10) Idol 285
20 Kim Jun Su (-2) You Are So Beautiful 272
21 Kim Bum Soo & Park Jung Hyun (-6) 사람, 사랑 (Person, Love) 221
22 Hwan Hee (+4) 죽을 것만 같아 (Feels Like Dying) 220
23 Hyuna (-7) Bubble Pop 212
24 Kim Tae Woo (-2) 사랑에 빠지다 (Falling In Love) 211
25 Defconn (-8) 랩퍼들이 헤어지는 방법 Part.Ⅱ (The Way Rappers Break Up Part.Ⅱ) 199
26 CSJH (Dana & Sunday) (+6) 나 좀 봐줘 (One More Chance) 197
27 Kim Jae Joong (+3) 지켜줄께 (Will Protect You) 192
28 Zi-A (new) 그리고 사랑해 (And I Love You) 186
29 Baek Ji Young (+8) 오늘도 사랑해 (Love You Today Too) 185
30 Namolla Family JW & D.Haven (+1) 보고 싶어 (Thinking Of You) 173
31 Bang Yong Kook (-10) I Remember 160
32 Nine Muses (+10) 휘가로 (Figaro) 157
33 Brave Girls (-10) 툭하면 (Easily) 147
34 NS Yoon Ji (-6) 또 보고 싶어 (Want To See You Again) 144
35 Ha Dong Kyun & Lee Jung (-2) 기다릴게 (Will Wait) 144
36 Suki (new) 긴 사랑 (Long Love) 137
37 JK Kim Dong Wook (new) 버킷리스트 (Bucket List) 119
38 Lee Young Hyun (Big Mama) (-13) 화답 (Reciprocate) 106
39 Sunny Hill (-20) 기도 (Prayer) 98
40 After School (Red) (+1) 밤 하늘에 (In The Night Sky) 95
41 Ali (new) 밥그릇 (Rice Bowl) 91
42 Kim Jo Han (new) 내겐 너무 예쁜 그녀 (The Girl Who Is So Beautiful To Me) 84
43 Urban Zakapa (+5) Just A Feeling 78
44 f(x) (-6) Hot Summer 74
45 Secret (-10) 별빛 달빛 (Starlight Moonlight) 73
46 Stellar (new) Rocket Girl 72
47 Jang Ki Ha & Faces (-4) 그렇고 그런 사이 (Be In Such A Relationship) 67
48 Chi Chi (-21) Longer 61
49 2PM (-15) Hands Up 58
50 Yi Sung Yol (new) 돌아오지 않아 (Not Coming Back) 48




Lee Moon Sae – 붉은 노을 (Sunset Glow)
Genre: Pop Ballad
External from soompi image
Album: Lee Moon Sae Vol. 5 (1988) Track 7
Watch: Live Performance
Comment: Most of our readers are familiar with Big Bang’s remake version of this song but we are going way back to 1988 to find the original version, which is a classic hit song by legendary singer Lee Moon Sae.  Lee started his career in 1983 (when many of the K-pop singers today wasn’t even born yet!).  His first two albums did not generate too many attentions.  On his third album in 1985 teaming up with producer Lee Young Hoon, Lee had his first big hit “I Don’t Know Yet”.  He had his highest popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  “Sunset Glow” was from his fifth album in 1988.  Despite not being the album title song, this song went on to become a classic hit.  Nearly twenty years after the song was first released, Big Bang remade the song with an R&B/Hip-Hop flavor and it became popular again and introduced this classic to younger generations.



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 (Olleh, 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 and motoway065 for song title translations.