Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2013 – May Week 1


Psy’s “Gentlemen” repeats as No. 1 this week as expected, but it did not top the near perfect score of 996 points from last week.

Despite dominating on all TV network rankings, “Gentlemen” was ranked behind a pair of male artists on independent charts like Billboard Korea and GAON, and also most internet charts. Ironically, these two artists (they can’t be more different age wise as one of them is regarded as the grand daddy of Korean Music, while the other is just starting his career) have the two new songs in the top 10. More on this below.

For the third straight week, K.Will’s “Love Blossom” has to settle for second best on our chart. This song would have been No. 1 if not for the timing of release coinciding with the much anticipated “Gentlemen.”

Moving up three spots and rounding off an all-male soloists top three this week is Seo In Kook’s “With Laughter Or With Tears.” Seo In Kook returns to the top three for the first time since 2010 when he hit No. 1 with “Love U.” This is the first time in more than two years that male soloists swept the top three spots on our chart. The last time it happened was April Week 1 of 2011 when K.Will, Wheesung, and Lee Hyun occupied the top three. Six of the top ten songs this week were sung by male soloists, which is very rare in a group dominated K-Pop industry.

As mentioned above, there are two brand new songs in the top 10 this week. Moving up eight spots to No. 6 is veteran singer Cho Yong Pil’s “Bounce.” This song about first love is a pre-release single from his 19th album, which is his first album in a decade.Cho Yong Pil debuted way back in 1979 when many of today’s idol singers were not even born yet! The 63 year old artist surprisingly made a strong comeback this year with his 19th album “Hello.”All songs from this album have ranked high on music charts. We may see the album title song “Hello” on our chart very soon.

Debuting at No. 9 this week is 19 year old Roy Kim, the winner of last year’s Super Star K4. The impressive singer songwriter has released a new self written digital single “Bom Bom Bom.” This song is of the country folk genre where the singer’s soft vocals can be heard. The acoustic guitar and whistling that can be heard throughout the song definitely fits the spring mood.

Singles Music Chart - May 2013, Week 1
  • 1 (–) Gentlemen
    • Chart Info
    • 1 Previous rank
    • 3 Number of week on chart
    • 1 Peak on chart
  • 2 (–) Love Blossom
    • Chart Info
    • 2 Previous rank
    • 4 Number of week on chart
    • 2 Peak on chart
  • 3 (+3) With Laughter Or With Tears
    • Chart Info
    • 6 Previous rank
    • 3 Number of week on chart
    • 3 Peak on chart
  • 4 (-1) Be Warmed (feat. Verbal Jint)
    • Chart Info
    • 3 Previous rank
    • 4 Number of week on chart
    • 1 Peak on chart
  • 5 (-1) Rose
    • Chart Info
    • 4 Previous rank
    • 4 Number of week on chart
    • 2 Peak on chart
  • 6 (+8) Bounce
    • Chart Info
    • 14 Previous rank
    • 2 Number of week on chart
    • 6 Peak on chart
  • 7 (-2) Somebody
    • Chart Info
    • 5 Previous rank
    • 3 Number of week on chart
    • 5 Peak on chart
  • 8 (+1) JOAH
    • Chart Info
    • 9 Previous rank
    • 3 Number of week on chart
    • 9 Peak on chart
  • 9 (new) Bom Bom Bom
    • Chart Info
    • 0 Previous rank
    • 1 Number of week on chart
    • 41 Peak on chart
  • 10 (+1) How Are You (feat. Harim)
    • Chart Info
    • 11 Previous rank
    • 4 Number of week on chart
    • 7 Peak on chart
Rank Song Artist/Band
11 (-3) 기대해 (Expect) Girl’s Day
12 (-5) Man In Love Infinite
13 (-3) Tonight (feat. Bae Chi Gi) Lyn
14 (+12) Thank You 4men
15 (-3) Babay (feat. Gaeko) Zion. T
16 (new) 멀어진다 (Far Away) Hong Dae Kwang
17 (new) 봄비 (Spring Rain) Baek Ji Young
18 (+27) 이별극장 (Farewell Cinema) Gavy NJ
19 (+24) 흔들리고 있어 (Shaking Heart) C-Clown
20 (-3) Just A Little Bit Urban Zakapa
21 (-8) 들었다 놨다 (Love Actually) Sunny Hill, Daybreak
22 (new) 귀여운 남자 (Pretty Boy) Juniel
23 (-5) Because I Love You Bae Chi Gi, Shin Bora
24 (new) 이름이 뭐예요? (What’s Your Name?) 4minute
25 (-6) 그리고 하나 (And One) Taeyeon
26 (new) VIVA청춘 (Viva Youth) Dick Punks
27 (+6) Scent Of A Woman Ailee
28 (-8) My Love Is Hurt Lee Sang Gon (Noel)
29 (new) 꿈에서라도 (Even In My Dreams) Zia
30 (new) Why So Serious? SHINee
31 (-6) 2nd Confession BtoB
32 (-9) 눈꽃 (Snow Flower) Gummy
33 (-11) A Winter Story The One
34 (-19) 긴 생머리 그녀 (Miss Right) Teen Top
35 (-3) 멀리서 안부 (Greetings From Afar) Younha
36 (-6) Ma Boy 3 (feat. Nana) Electroboyz
37 (-9) 나쁜여자 (Bad Girl) Ladies’ Code
38 (-11) 있다 없으니까 (Gone Not Around Any Longer) Sistar19
39 (-18) 어느 봄날 (One Spring Day) 2AM
40 (-11) Oops! (feat. Jung Il Hoon of BTOB) G.NA
41 (+8) 끄덕여줘 (Nod Along!) M.I.B
42 (new) 당신이 만든 날씨 (Weather You Have Made) Yoon Do Hyun
43 (-19) Brunch Ga In, Jo Hyung Woo
44 (new) Goodbye Kim Tae Woo
45 (-7) Sorrow Song Yim Jae Bum
46 (-5) 눈물 (Tears (feat. Yoojin of The Seeya)) Leessang
47 (-16) The Day We Broke Up ZE:A Five
48 (-6) 너는 나를 (feat. 조현아) (You Take Me (feat. Jo Hyun Ah)) Kim Jin Pyo
49 (-14) Introduction To Love Baek Ah Yeon
50 (new) 난 아직도 널 (I Still Love You) Pure

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 airplay 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
– 20%
Various Internet charts (Olleh, Bugs, Melon, Soribada) – 15%
Billboard Korea – 20% 
SBS Inkigayo Chart  – 10%
KBS Music Bank K-Chart – 10%
MNet M!Countdown Chart – 10%