Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2014 – January Week 3

There are a lot of changes in the top 10 this week. Both the top two songs were from outside of the top 10 last week.  MC The Max took home the top spot with “Wind That Blows,” rising from No. 22 last week. Back in the mid-2000s, MC The Max was a regular in the top 10 with many chart-topping hits. With their trademark emotional rock ballad tailor-made for winter, I often referred to MC The Max as ...

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Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2014 – January Week 2

As expected, IU’s “Friday” becomes our new No. 1 song this week.  Despite having no promotions, this song won all three TV network music show last week, and also tops Billboard Korea.   As a result, “Friday” moves up six spots and easily won this week with a high score.  Congratulations to IU. Moving up seven spots to a distant second is veteran R&B quartet Brown Eyed Soul.  Their song “You” h...

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Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2014 – January Week 1

Happy New Year to all our readers!  We are starting the 10th year of our Soompi Weekly Music Chart.  At the start of every year, we review our existing chart sources and make necessary adjustments to keep it more updated.  There are three changes this year: Air Monitor (15%) is no longer a source since they have switched to a paid service. We have combined all TV Network music show rankings into ...

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Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2013 – December Week 3

For the first time in eight weeks, a song repeats as No. 1 on our chart.  Hyorin’s “One Way Love” remains on top this week to claim the last No. 1 spot of this year.  She edged out EXO’s new Christmas song “Miracles In December” by 17 points.  The two songs were about even on all our sources, with each winning two music shows.  The main difference was on KBS Music Bank where “One Way Love” was No....

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Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2013 – September Week 4

A mild surprise at the top this week as a hip-hop ballad “Stupid In Love” by Sistar’s Soyu and rapper Mad Clown made a 21-spot jump all the way to become our new No. 1 song. Even more shocking is the margin of victory over former chart toppers Kara’s “Damaged Lady” and Sunmi’s “24 Hours,” which were No. 2 and 3 respectively this week. “Stupid In Love” was the only song to score over 900 points thi...

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New Albums And Singles Preview – 2013 May Week 3

Shinhwa Vol. 11 – The Classic (released) 01 Okay02 Guy I Know03 This Love04 Scarface05 New Me06 Laughing and….07 Mannequin08 Hurricane09 I Gave You10 Love Song Purchase This Album Shinhwa returns after a year with their eleventh full-length album, “The Classic,” marking their fifteenth anniversary. There are ten songs, including the titular, “This Love.” This dance track is about wanting to win a...

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Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2012 – December Week 4

Yang Yoseob’s “Caffeine” repeats as No. 1 on our last music chart of this year. For the second straight week, “Caffeine” won over Lee Seung Ki’s “Return” and is the only song score over 900 points. “Caffeine” is also gaining ground in TV network rankings as it became the new No. 1 song on M!Countdown this week. There are three new songs in the top 10 this week. The highest entry in the top 10 is a...

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Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2012 – September Week 5

There are big changes on top of the chart this week as the new No. 1 and No. 2 songs were not even in the top 10 last week. We were predicting T-Ara’s “Sexy Love” and FT Island’s “I Wish” would be battling for the top spot, but instead those two songs only ended up as No. 3 and No. 4 respectively this week. Secret’s “Poison” was only at No. 17 last week but leapfrogs all challengers to become our ...

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Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2012 – September Week 4

This is a transitional week as there were a lot of movements on the chart.  However, Kara remains No. 1 for the second straight week with “Pandora.” This song wins despite a big drop in points. “Pandora” barely beats out T-Ara’s new hit “Sexy Love”, which is our highest new entry into the top 10 this week.  After a very controversial month in August that saw Hwayoung left the group, T-Ara is comin...

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Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2012 – September Week 3

After six dominating weeks on top, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” finally gave way to Kara’s “Pandora”, as the latter song climbs to No. 1 this week. Even though “Gangnam Style” remains a big hit internationally (with Psy in the USA appeared on Today Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this week), its popularity begins to fade in Korea.  Still, it takes Kara, one of the most successful artists on our...

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