Weekly Music Chart 2007 – March week 1

2007-03-06 05:01:52 2010-11-24 11:06:34

No. 1 song: Epik High's "Fan" remains No. 1 for the 2nd week with another high score (950). But they have another song "Love Love Love" already appearing on some charts (at this point we are not sure whether this is their follow up song yet), and it takes away points from "Fan". That enables the No. 2 song Lee Ki Chan's "미인" (A Beauty) to get very close to "Fan". "미인" (A Beauty) is ahead of "Fan" in internet charts. It will be a close call between these two songs to battle for No. 1 next week.

Biggest Mover of the week: Monday Kiz's "남자야" (A Man) moves up 14 spots to No. 14 this week. My prediction was wrong last week when I said this song will move up slowly and it responded with the biggest move of this week. Monday Kiz just had their first comeback stage performance on Music Core yesterday, and it should help this song move into the top 10 next week.

Hot shot debut: Tei's "같은 베개" (Same Pillow) is our highest debut song this week at No. 17. This is the title song from Tei's 4th album. In the past, Tei's title songs had a 100% strike rate – all reached No. 1. Let see if this song can do the same. In my opinion, this is his best song so far in his young career.

New songs: We have 9 new songs and 2 re-entries in the top 50 this week.

Songs to watch out:

5. See Ya – 미워요 (Hate You) Seems like this song is moving up 8 or 9 spots every week, it is running out of space for another such move. See Ya scored another top 5 hit, definitely no sophomore slumps for these girls.

9. Park Hyo Shin – 추억은 사랑을 닮아 (Memories resemble love) As expected, this song moves into the top 10 this week. Park Hyo Shin's title songs were always top 5 hits in the past, let's see if this song will move into the top 5 next week.

21. Position – 하루 (One Day) Veteran male vocalist Position comes back after a long layoff. It's our 2nd highest debut this week. This song is another remake of a Japanese song. We all remembered Position's "I Love You" – a remake of a Japanese song which became one of the biggest hit in 2001. Let see if this song has the same success.

26. Wonder Girls – Irony JYP's secret weapon for 2007. These girls are only in their mid-teens but have already demonstrated that they were very well trained by JYP. What impresses me the most is that they have been singing live since their first performance.

32. SS501 – 겁쟁이 (Coward) This song replaced "Four Chance". It's the third single from this album already and they are still going strong. Looks certain to be another top 10 hit for this fast-rising boy band.

35. Ivy (feat. Wheesung) – 유혹의 소나타 (Temptation of Sonata) Long awaited comeback from Ivy, who was the top new female artiste 2 years ago. This song is a "fun" song to listen to. Ivy's voice is different from her previous songs as she sounds very cute on this song. Wheesung appeared briefly in the song with his rapping. After working with JYP on her debut song, Ivy is teaming up with another hit-maker Park Geun Tae on this song.

41. Humming Urban Stereo – Baby Love I probably classify this as an "underground" song, but it is very impressive. It really reminds me of Clazziquai, but the song is more up-tempo modern rock and blends with electronic sounds.

43. Kim Hyung Joong – 동화 (Fairy Tale) A cover version of Michael Wong's big Chinese hit of the same title. This song has the vintage Taiwanese ballad melody but sounds amazingly well in Korean too. It's like a folk song, especially with the choir singing together with Kim Hyung Joong at the end.

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. (–) Epik High – Fan *** 2 WEEKS 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: 950

2. (+3) Lee Ki Chan – 미인 (A Beauty)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Lee Ki Chan Vol. 9 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song of Lee Ki-chan's 9th album, "Para Ti," and was created by hit composer, Cho Young Soo, who has managed to gracefully mix Lee Ki-chan's trademark emotional voice with lyrical words. Through the language of lyrics, this piece communicates the sadness and pain of having to send off someone who wants to leave. The music video tells the story, in omnibus-drama fashion, of three people who have each experienced separation.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 926

3. (-1) ERU – 흰눈 (White Snow)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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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: 875

4. (-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: 802

5. (+9) See Ya – 미워요 (Hate You)
Genre: R&B Ballad
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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: 743

6. (-2) 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 girl.

Music: Oh Sung Hoon / Lyrics: PJ
Score: 690

7. (+1) 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: 676

8. (-1) 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: 650

9. (+8) Park Hyo Shin – 추억은 사랑을 닮아 (Memories resemble love)
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 offers us a familiar ballad which he co-wrote 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: 647

10. (-4) 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: 637

11. (-2) Lee Jae Hoon – 환상 (Fantasy)
Genre: Mid-tempo pop ballad
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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: 566

12. (-1) 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: 492

13. (-3) 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: 481

14. (+14) Monday Kiz – 남자야 (A Man) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Genre: R&B Ballad
Watch the MV
Album: Monday Kiz Vol. 2 Track 6 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Title song from Monday Kiz's 2nd album "El Condol Pasa". Monday Kiz continues to give us a familiar R&B tune with their strong vocals. It was composed by Kim Do Hoon and Min Myung Ki – they both composed the song "Only Wind" that was sung by SG Wannabe and Kim Jong Kook. This song was also arranged by Lee Hyung Seung who produced albums for Lee Seung Chul and Kim Tae Woo.

Music: Kim Do Hoon + Min Myung Ki / Lyrics: Min Myung Ki + Hwang Sung Jin
Score: 473

15. (-3) 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: 469

16. (+6) Maya – 나를외치다 (Crying Out Loud)
Genre: Rock Ballad
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Album: Maya Vol. 3 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on Maya's 3rd album titled "Road to Myself". Unlike previous Maya title songs, this song is an emotional rock ballad which allows Maya to showcase her strong vocals. It reminds us of 사랑은 영원하다 from her second album.

Music + Lyrics: Lee Won Suk
Score: 466

17. (New) Tei – 같은 베개 (Same Pillow) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Tei Vol. 4 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Title song from Tei's 4th album "Lover". "Same Pillow" expresses the strong emotions of love between two lovers through their special memories together. The song itself will have everyone shedding tears. In Tei’s music video, actor Lee Wan and actress Jung Heung Chae will display a good friendship that soon turns into love.

Music: Hwang Se Joon / Lyrics: Cho Eun Hee
Score: 461

18. (-2) 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: 455

19. (-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 members’ gratitude to their loving fans who have always been very supportive. The song was also written by female singer Lyn and was produced by Han Sang Won (who 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: 420

20. (+3) MC The Max – 볼때기사랑 (Sacrifice of Love)
Genre: Rock Ballad
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Album: MC The Max digital single "The Perfect Ballad" Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Title song from MC The Max's digital single "The Perfect Ballad". "Sacrifice of Love" is about a man who has to let go of the woman he loves. It can be interpreted as a man lowering himself to the ground and risking his life to protect the woman he loves, but ends up letting her go.

Music + Lyrics: Park Sung Jin
Score: 386

21. (New) Position – 하루 (One Day) : 345
22. (+4) Lee Seung Chul – 하얀새 (White Bird) : 335
23. (New) Bubble Sisters – 바보처럼 (Like A Fool) : 333
24. (–) SG Wannabe (feat. Vibe) – 사랑가 (A Song of Love) : 304
25. (-10) Battle – Crash : 301
26. (New) Wonder Girls – Irony : 300
27. (-14) Seo Moon Tak – 가거라 사랑아 (Go Away Love) : 299
28. (+3) Baby V.O.X. Re.V. – Shee : 298
29. (-10) Nell – Good Night : 285
30. (-10) Shin Hye Sung / Lyn – 사랑후에 (After Love) : 284
31. (-6) Shin Hae Chul – 장미 (Rose) : 276
32. (New) SS501 – 겁쟁이 (Coward) : 267
33. (-4) Jang Nara – 안 행복해 (I'm not happy) : 244
34. (-7) Wax – 사랑이다그런거니까 (Because Love is Like That) : 238
35. (New) Ivy (feat. Wheesung) – 유혹의 소나타 (Temptation of Sonata) : 236
36. (-6) Sung Shi Kyung – 거리에서 (On the Street) : 214
37. (-1) Jang Yoon Jung – 이따,이따요 (Later, Later) : 213
38. (New) Jadu – 식사부터하세요 (Please have a meal first) : 202
39. (-1) DBSG – 풍선 (Balloons) : 172
40. (-1) Kan Jong Wook – 약한남자 (Weak Man) : 171
41. (New) Humming Urban Stereo – Baby Love : 163
42. (Re-entry) Park Hyun Bin – 곤드레만드레 (Dead Drunk) : 162
43. (New) Kim Hyung Joong – 동화 (Fairy Tale) : 160
44. (–) Gavy NJ – 반대편에 서서 (Standing on the opposite side) : 143
45. (-8) PK Heman (feat. Lee Ji Hye) – Evergreen : 137
46. (-14) Hyun Jin Young – 소리쳐봐 (Break Me Down) : 135
47. (-1) As One – 십이야 (Twelve Nights) : 128
48. (Re-entry) H-Eugene (feat. J) – 날 사랑하지마요 (Don't Love Me) : 122
49. (-14) Oh Yoon Hye – I Wish : 114
50. (-17) The Name – 사랑같아 보여도 (Even if it seems like love) : 105

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 March week 1:

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