Weekly Music Chart 2007 – February week 4

2007-02-27 05:51:09 2010-11-24 11:06:33

No. 1 song: Epik High's "Fan" is the consensus No. 1 song this week with a near perfect score (978 out of 1000). That is not surprising considered that this song is No. 1 on almost all music charts in Korea, coupled with the fact that Epik High's 4th album has been topping the album sales chart ever since its release. Looks like this song will stay at No. 1 for a few weeks.

Biggest Movers of the week: Lee Ki Chan's "미인" (A Beauty) jumps 23 spots to No. 5 this week. This song has surpassed Epik High's "Fan" in a lot of internet rankings. As I mentioned 2 weeks ago, Lee Ki Chan is going back to his usual ballad style on this song, and it immediately recaptured his chart success. This song is yet another hit song written by the hottest songwriting team in Korea, Cho Young Soo and Ahn Young Min.

Hot shot debut: Park Hyo Shin's long awaited comeback song "추억은 사랑을 닮아" (Memories Resemble Love) is our highest debut this week at No. 17. It's the first time in 3 years that Park Hyo Shin released a new album, even though he had a big hit "Snow Flakes" from the KBS Drama M.I.S.A. (Sorry I Love You) about 2 years ago. This song is a vintage Park Hyo Shin ballad that fits perfectly to his low, husky voice.

New songs: We have 6 new songs and 2 re-entries in the top 50 this week.

Songs to watch out:

9. Lee Jae Hoon – 환상 (Fantasy) – It doesn't take long for ex-Cool member Lee Jae Hoon to hit the top 10. This song moves up 16 spots to No. 9 this week. This is the kind of song that grows on you the more you listen. Songwriter Yoon Il Sang has 2 top 10 hits this week. Besides this song, Seo Ji Young's "Hey Boy" (at No. 8) is also written by him.

14. See Ya – 미워요 (Hate You) – Moves up steadily each week, up 9 spots to No. 14. This song is from songwriters Cho Young Soo's All Star compilation album, which is selling quite well. See Ya has 4 top 10 songs last year, enroute to being named the best new artist of 2006 on our Soompi Gayo Award. Let see if the trio will score their 5th top 10 hit next week.

23. MC The Max – 볼때기사랑 (Sacrifice of Love) – We have come to expect a hit song from MC The Max each winter, and this year is no different. Even though this song is only a digital single. This song has been released for almost 2 months and is slower to heat up. But it is a vintage powerful rock ballad that we are accustomed to MC The Max.

28. Monday Kiz – 남자야 (A Man) – From the duo's 2nd album. They continue to show us their strong vocal and harmony with this new R&B ballad. Monday Kiz has not yet come out to perform on gayo show yet. But that was the same strategy as their last album. Expect this song to move up slowly but staying for a long time.

Click on the youtube/Naver links to watch the top 20 songs' live performance or MV. You can also listen to the 1 minute sample – follow the links to melon.com and install the melon player to your computer. After that, click on the song title to listen.

1. (+2) Epik High – Fan *** 1 WEEK NO. 1 ***
Genre: Pop / Hip-hop
Watch the performance
Album: Epik High Vol. 4 CD 2 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: From Epik High's fourth album, "Remapping the Human Soul". Presenting an intriguing combination of electronic as well as instrumental music, the title song "Fan" is short for "Fanatic." It's a song about how love, in its most exaggerated, dramatic form, can make us feel uncontrollably lonely and pained.

Music: Lee Sun Woong, Choi Jin / Lyrics: Lee Sun Woong
Score: 978

2. (-1) ERU – 흰눈 (White Snow)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Watch the performance
Album: ERU Vol. 2 Track 8 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Included on Eru's second album. The richly emotional ballad was written by the artiste himself. The lyrics are about a man who misses his girl friend on a snowy day. The music video was shot in Sapporo, Japan.

Music: Lee Joo Ho / Lyrics: ERU
Score: 880

3. (-1) Big Bang – Dirty Cash
Genre: Hip-hop / Dance
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Album: Big Bang Vol. 1 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: The title song of BIGBANG's first album, "BIGBANG Vol. 1 SINCE 2007"
This funky pop-dance song is infused with a cheerful beat and a light-hearted melody. It's a satirical song about how people's lives and dreams can change because of money. BIGBANG's lively, almost cheerful vocal style counteracts the weightiness of the song's message, neutralizing the piece.

Music: Andy Love, Jos Jorgensen / Lyrics: 072
Score: 822

4. (–) Brian – 일년을겨울에살아 (One Year Living In Winter)
Genre: R&B Ballad
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Album: Brian Vol. 1 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on the first solo album of Fly to the Sky's Brian, called "The Brian"
This touching ballad, about a love who has left, wonderfully merges Brian's deeply appealing vocal style with tear-jerking lyrics. The music video, starring Lee Ki-woo and Jeon Hye-bin, tells of a love that cannot be between a guy and a cold-hearted gal.

Music: Oh Sung Hoon / Lyrics: PJ
Score: 745

5. (+23) Lee Ki Chan – 미인 (A Beauty) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Lee Ki Chan Vol. 9 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on Lee Ki Chan's 9th album titled "Para Ti". Lee Ki Chan is going back to his familiar ballad style this time, after having an up-tempo song as a single on his last album. This song is written by Cho Young Soo, who has written many hits for SG Wannabe, Kim Jong Kook, See Ya, KCM, etc.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 732

6. (–) KCM – 안녕 (Goodbye)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: KCM Digital Single Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Title track of KCM's digital single album, "Break Out January." A folksy ballad. The high-budget music video features actors Uhm Ji-won and Jo Han-sun in a tragic love story.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 683

7. (-2) The Nuts – 잔소리 (Scolded)
Genre: Rock Ballad
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Album: The Nuts Vol. 2 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on The Nuts' second album titled "WHISPERS OF LOVE," this ballad with poignant lyrics comes after a two-year hiatus. Actor Ji Hyun-woo plays the guitar in this rock-band. The song is about the heartache of love and separation. All the memories of love are like getting a scolding while feeling sorry for a love that will soon be forgotten.

Music: Lee Seung Ho / Lyrics: Han Sung Ho
Score: 664

8. (+6) Seo Ji Young – Hey Boy
Genre: Pop / Dance
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Album: Seo Ji Young Vol. 2 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: The title song for Seo Ji-young's second album, "Different this Time". This song enhances Seo Ji-young's fresh and lively style. Composed by hitmaker Yoon Il-sang, the song's easy and popular melody offers a feeling of familiarity.

Music: Yoon Il Sang / Lyrics: Kim Young Ah
Score: 661

9. (+16) Lee Jae Hoon – 환상 (Fantasy)
Genre: Mid-tempo pop ballad
Watch the performance
Album: Lee Jae Hoon Vol. 1 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: The title song from former Cool member Lee Jae Hoon's first solo album. It is the kind of mid-tempo ballad that we often hear in Cool's albums but not many of those songs were chosen as singles in the past. This time we can hear more of the vocal of Lee Jae Hoon, which is underrated.

Music: Yoon Il Sang / Lyrics: Kim Tae Kyun
Score: 641

10. (-2) Bobby Kim – 파랑새 (Blue Bird)
Genre: R&B Ballad
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Album: Bobby Kim Vol. 2 Track 7 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Title song for Bobby Kim's 2nd album, "Follow Your Soul D.D." This song gives off a folksy feel, combining Cheon Jae-duck's harmonica accompaniment with guitars and percussions. This autobiographical Bobby Kim story is about letting go, with your heart, of someone you love.

Music: Lee Hee Seung / Lyrics: Bobby Kim
Score: 617

11. (-2) Typhoon – 기다릴게… (I'll Wait)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Typhoon Digital Single – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on Typhoon's digital single "I'll Wait". This is Typhoon's first ballad hit song, a nice duet between members Solbi and Woojae.

Music + Lyrics: Jung Hoon & Park Sung Jin
Score: 528

12. (-2) Park Sang Min – 울지마요 (Don't Cry)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Park Sang Min Vol. 11 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Included on Park Sang-min's 11th album, "Don't Cry." A rock ballad that begins with a peaceful piano melody, followed by Park Sang-min's unique husky vocals. Baek Ji-young's chorus can be heard in the climax part of the song. Film actor Jung Jun-ho stars in the music video.

Music + Lyrics: Hyun Jin Young
Score: 486

13. (-1) Seo Moon Tak – 가거라 사랑아 (Go Away Love)
Genre: Rock Ballad
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Album: Seo Moon Tak Vol. 6 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Title track of Seo Moon Tak's 6th album, "Leap of Truth.” The female rock star's piercing vocals shine through the rock ballad about letting go of a loved one. The music video uses a new mixture of techniques including bright colors and drama.

Music: Lee Young Joon / Lyrics: Park Se Joon
Score: 477

14. (+9) See Ya – 미워요 (Hate You)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Watch the performance
Album: Cho Young Soo "All Star" Compilation Album Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on songwriter Cho Young Soo's compilation album "All Star", See Ya being one of Cho's top clients, perform this R&B ballad. This song has a modern melody but an old style arrangement.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 443

15. (-4) Battle – Crash
Genre: Pop / Dance
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Album: Battle 1st single Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Title track of new group Battle's first single album, "Crash." A dynamic and hardcore hip hop track with powerful guitar and drum accompaniment which harmonizes with the members' strong rap and vocals. The 6 members wear camouflage, leather and black in their music video, creating a tough image.

Music: Park Chan Geun / Lyrics: Jang Joon Ho
Score: 436

16. (-1) Kim Ah Joong – MARIA (from movie "200 Pounds Beauty" OST)
Genre: Pop / Rock
Watch the MV
Album: 200 Pound Beauty Movie OST Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Included on the OST of "200 Pound Beauty." LOVEHOLIC's bassist and musical director of the film Lee Jae-hak arranged the Blondie hit to use in the film. The music video is made up of clips from the movie.

Music: Blondie's "Maria" / Lyrics: Kim Ah Joong
Score: 434

17. (New) Park Hyo Shin – 추억은 사랑을 닮아 (Memories resemble love) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Genre: R&B Ballad
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Album: Park Hyo Shin Vol. 5 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on Park Hyo Shin's 5th album titled "The Breeze of Sea". Park Hyo Shin comes back after an absence of 3 years and offer us a familar ballad which he co-writes himself and showcases his unique low, husky voice to its best.

Music: Hwang Sung Je, Park Hyo Shin / Lyrics: Kim Tae Yoon, Park Hyo Shin
Score: 432

18. (+1) Shinhwa – 예쁘잖아 (It's Pretty)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Shinhwa Winter Story 2006-2007 CD 1 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: From Shinhwa's 3rd winter album "Winter Story 2006-2007". This song is a special gift song to their fans. The song expresses the member’s gratitude to their loving fans that has always been very supportive. The song was also written by the female singer ‘Lyn’ and was produced by Han Sang Won (produced Shin Hye Sung’s "Don’t" and Jun Jin’s "Even if it’s a thousand times").

Music: Han Sang Won / Lyrics: Lyn
Score: 424

19. (+3) Nell – Good Night
Genre: Rock
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Album: Nell Vol. 3 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849:Featured on NELL's third album titled "Healing Process," this modern rock-band discovered by Seo Taiji holds emotional melody and unique vocals. It is the follow up song on this album, with the first song "Losing One's Mind" hitting the top 10 a while ago. This song is a more up-tempo rock tune.


Score: 407

20. (-3) Shin Hye Sung & Lyn – 사랑후에 (After Love)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Watch the MV
Album: Winter Story Music Drama OST Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Title track of Shin Hye-sung's new album which combines music and drama. The medium tempo ballad is about a tragic love story between two lovers. Shin Hye-sung with his sweet voice and singer Lyn with her rich vocals create beautiful harmony together. Eric stars in the music drama.

Music: Shin In Soo / Lyrics: Shim Jae Hee
Score: 377

21. (-14) SS501 – Four Chance : 367
22. (-6) Maya – 나를외치다 (Crying Out Loud) : 344
23. (New) MC The Max – 볼때기사랑 (Sacrifice of Love) : 343
24. (–) SG Wannabe (feat. Vibe) – 사랑가 (A Song of Love) : 322
25. (New) Shin Hae Chul – 장미 (Rose) : 318
26. (-8) Lee Seung Chul – 하얀새 (White Bird) : 317
27. (-14) Wax – 사랑이다그런거니까 (Because Love is Like That) : 291
28. (New) Monday Kiz – 남자야 (A Man) : 287
29. (-3) Jang Nara – 안 행복해 (I'm not happy) : 264
30. (-9) Sung Shi Kyung – 거리에서 (On the Street) : 252
31. (+5) Baby V.O.X. Re.V. – Shee : 244
32. (New) Hyun Jin Young – 소리쳐봐 (Break Me Down) : 220
33. (+10) The Name – 사랑같아 보여도 (Even if it seems like love) : 215
34. (Re-entry) Kan Mi Youn – Kiss : 200
35. (+6) Oh Yoon Hye – I Wish : 194
36. (+2) Jang Yoon Jung – 이따,이따요 (Later, Later) : 193
37. (+7) PK Heman (feat. Le Ji Hye) – Evergreen : 182
38. (-11) DBSG – 풍선 (Balloons) : 180
39. (-7) Kan Jong Wook – 약한남자 (Weak Man) : 177
40. (-7) EX – 연락주세요 (Please Contact Me) : 175
41. (-2) U;Nee – 습관 (Habit) : 174
42. (-8) Yoon Ha – Audition : 164
43. (-3) Kim Hyun Chul – 결혼도못하고 (Not being able to marry) : 160
44. (New) Gavy NJ – 반대편에 서서 (Standing on the opposite side) : 146
45. (-16) Shin Seung Hoon – 시간을 뒤로 걸어 (Turn Back Time) : 133
46. (-9) As One – 십이야 (Twelve Nights) : 117
47. (Re-entry) LUG – 죄 (Crime) : 114
48. (+1) YuriSangja – 기억력 (Memory) : 102
49. (-7) Jun Jin – 돌아와줘 (Come Back To Me) : 98
50. (-20) Kai – 몹쓸 거짓말 (Bad Lie) : 94

Sources of the top 20

The sources of this top 20 chart are pretty much the same, but the weight assigned to each source may be different each week because some charts do not update weekly (e.g. MNet M!Countdown) and I assign fewer percentage when it happens. From now on, I'll list my chart sources each week. For February week 4:

ChartKorea – 20%
Hanteo and KMDIA Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 20%
MNet M!Countdown – 20%
SBS – Inky Gayo Take 7 poll + Internet Chart + MP3 Download Chart (1 week lag) – 10%
Various Internet charts (Melon, Jukeon, Dosirak, Muz, Bugs, MaxMP3, MTV Korea, Ohdio) – 15%
Hanteo Gayo Chart – 10% (1 week lag)
Gasoo appearance on gayo shows (MBC Kim Dong Ryul For You, MNet M!Countdown, Various MTV Korea Programs, Pops In Seoul) – 5%

It looks like SBS Inky Gayo no longer offers a top 50 rankings for the take 7 chart. I'll combine their take 7 poll with their internet chart and MP3 download chart to form a sub-ranking and then incorporate it into our main chart. It will account for 10% of the scores. Meanwhile, the Hanteo Gayo Chart has also increased the weight from 5% to 10%. I believe that is the only reliable source to keep track of digital singles movements.