Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2012 – April Week 3


This week’s new No. 1 song is a surprise as indie rock group Busker Busker scores their first No. 1 hit with “Cherry Blossom Ending” moving up six spots to steal the top spot from more established mainstream artists. It shouldn’t be a total shock as this song was No. 1 on M!Countdown last week and was also No. 1 on GAON and Billboard Korea. Despite the group’s lack of promotion on major TV networks, the high scores from other sources made up for it. Busker Busker is the second Superstar K alum to top our chart. Seo In Kook did it in 2010 with “Saranghae U”.

CNBlue’s “Hey You” was in a good position to become the new No. 1 song, but they scored much lower on Billboard Korea and GAON than “Cherry Blossom Ending”. Still, “Hey You” moves up one spot to No. 2 and over last week’s top song, SHINee’s “Sherlock”, which drops to No. 3 this week.

There are three new songs in the top 10 this week. Busker Busker is not the only Superstar K winner in the top 10 this week. Huk Gak, who won Superstar K2, is back in the top 10 with his latest hit “Person Who Once Loved Me”. Huk Gak has been a top 10 regular ever since his debut, and was named top male soloist on our Soompi Gayo Award last year. “Person Who Once Loved Me” is coming from his new mini-album “Lacrimoso”.  It is a tear-jerker composed by Choi Gyu Sung. It has beautiful sting and piano arrangements. Huh Gak does a great job hitting all the high notes with much ease. The music video features A Pink’s Naeun and actor Ahn Yong Joon star as the main characters. Naeun plays the role of a girl that loses her memory.

The top six songs this week are all by male groups and soloists but it is going to change next week. Debuting at No. 7 is 4minute’s new song “Volume Up,” coming from their third mini-album with the same title.  It is a Sinsadong Tiger-Rado production. It has an addictive saxophone melody and honest lyrics. “Volume Up” is definitely going to make some noise around the top next week.

The last new song in the top 10 is a collaboration between Yangpa, Davichi’s Lee Haeri, and new singer Hanna. Their song “Love Is All The Same” moves up 18 spots to No. 9 this week. This song is written by Cho Young Soo and Kang Eun Kyung. It is a preview song of Yangpa’s upcoming album. “Love Is All The Same” is a love song with heartbreaking lyrics and sorrowful melody, in which the vocals of Yangpa and Lee Haeri, each sensational but with different feelings, come together.  The rap featured new singer Hanna.


SOOMPI CHART for 2012, Month 4, Week 3

1. (+6) Busker Busker – 벚꽃 엔딩 (Cherry Blossom Ending) ***1st Week @ No. 1***
Score: 872
Genre: Indie Rock

Music: Jang Bum Joon / Lyrics: Jang Bum Joon
Album: Busker Busker Vol. 1 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


2. (+1) CNBlue – Hey You
Score: 848
Genre: Pop Rock

Music: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Sang Ho / Lyrics: Han Sung Ho
Album: CNBLUE Mini Album Vol. 3 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


3. (-2) SHINee – Sherlock
Score: 827
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Thomas Troelsen, Rufio Sandilands, Rocky Morris, Thomas Eriksen / Lyrics: Jo Yoon Kyung
Album: SHINee Mini Album Vol. 4 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


4. (-2) 2AM – 너도 나처럼 (I Wonder If You Hurt Like Me)
Score: 745
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Hitman Bang, Kim Do Hoon
Album: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Way Of Love | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


5. (-1) Big Bang – Fantastic Baby
Score: 731
Genre: R&B

Music: Teddy, G Dragon / Lyrics: G Dragom
Album: Big Bang Mini Album Vol. 5 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


6. (+9) Huh Gak – 나를 사랑했던 사람아 (Person Who Once Loved Me)
Score: 724
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: Choi Gyu Sung / Lyrics: Choi Gyu Sung
Album: Huh Gak Mini Album Vol. 2 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


7. (new) 4 minute – Volume Up
Score: 675
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Shinsadong Tiger, Rado / Lyrics: Shinsadong Tiger, Rado
Album: 4Minute Mini Album Vol. 3 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


8. (-3) Shinhwa – Venus
Score: 672
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Andrew Jackson, Gandalf Roudette, Joshua Thompson / Lyrics: Lee Min Woo
Album: Shinhwa Vol. 10 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


9. (+18) Yangpa & Davichi & Hanna – 사랑은 다 그런거래요 (Love Is All The Same)
Score: 522
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Album: Yangpa digital single “Together”
Watch: MV


10. (-2) Ailee – Heaven
Score: 469
Genre: R&B

Music: Wheesung / Lyrics: Wheesung
Album: Ailee digital single “Heaven”
Watch: MV


Rank Artist Song Score
11 Lyn (-5) 곰인형 (Teddy Bear (feat. Hae Geum)) 451
12 Brave Guys (+2) 기다려 그리고 준비해 (Wait And Ready) 402
13 Tae Yeon (+3) 미치게 보고싶은 (Missing You Like Crazy) 395
14 Gummy & Bobby Kim (+8) 러브레시피 II – 요즘 사람들 (Love Recipe 2 – People These Days) 387
15 Big Bang (-6) BLUE 374
16 Big Bang (-4) Bad Boy 371
17 Nell (new) 그리고, 남겨진 것들 (The Day Before) 357
18 John Park (-8) Falling 352
19 Sistar (new) 나혼자 (Alone) 338
20 B1A4 (-9) Baby I’m Sorry 291
21 Miss A (-8) Touch 272
22 Bae Chi Gi (new) 두 마리 (Two Mari) 256
23 Yang Yo Sub (Beast) & Jung Eun Ji (Apink) (-4) Love Day 248
24 Spica (+12) Painkiller 247
25 Urban Zakapa (+6) Beautiful Day 240
26 Baek Ji Young (-5) 한참 지나서 (After A Long Time) 238
27 K.Will (new) 사랑이 운다 (Love Is Crying) 227
28 Seo In Kook (new) 말고 당겨줘 (Tease Me) 217
29 BTOB (-1) 비밀 (Insane) 212
30 EXO-K (new) MAMA 207
31 Lee Jung (new) 사랑이 서럽다 (Sad Love) 201
32 NU’EST (-9) Face 199
33 Jang Nara (-7) 너만 생각나 (I Only Think Of You) 169
34 Simon.D & Lady Jane (-17) 여섯시 반 (Six Thirty) 164
35 Kim Soo Hyun (-11) 그대 한 사람 (The Only Person) 152
36 LEDApple (-4) Sadness 147
37 Lee Seung Chul (-4) 잊었니 (Did You Forget) 145
38 T-Ara (-3) Lovey Dovey 137
39 Ga In (-21) 너만은 모르길 (For You Not To Know) 114
40 MC Sniper (new) 할 수 있어 (Can You Do It (with Yiruma)) 112
41 Tiffany (SNSD) (new) 그대니까요 (Because It’s You) 111
42 Haha & Taw (-13) 내 품이 좋다던 사람 (The Person By My Side (with Ha Dong Kyun)) 110
43 Na Yoon Kwon (new) 아름다워 (Beautiful) 107
44 Trouble Maker (+3) Trouble Maker 101
45 M.I.B (new) Celebrate (feat. T) 85
46 Nine Muses (-16) 티켓 (Ticket) 84
47 Jang Hee Young (new) Love Is Pain (feat. Gilme) 84
48 Jang Hye Jin (new) 가슴이 몰랐던 일 (The Things Heart Didn’t Know) 81
49 Navi (-24) 그대여서 (Becaause It’s You (feat. Noel)) 69
50 Davichi (-13) 생각날거야 (Will Think Of You) 56


About the Soompi Music Chart:

Soompi Music Chart is unlike any other music charts or television rankings.  It takes into account rankings by various major music charts in Korea and airplays of each song, 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, Soribada, Naver, Daum) – 15%
Billboard Korea – 15%    
SBS (Inky Gayo Take 7 + voting list) – 10%
MBC Inky Top 100 Chart – 10%
KBS Music Bank K-Chart – 10%
MNet Chart – 10%

Thanks to Mardi09 for helping on this week’s internet chart research and Yoojiin for writing this post the last two weeks. 

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