No. 1 song: Lee Ki Chan's "미인" (A Beauty) barely edged out Epik High's "Fan" by 2 points (938 to 936) to become our new No. 1 song. "A Beauty" has topped a lot of internet charts in Korea. Lee Ki Chan recaptured the No. 1 spot for the first time since "감기" in 2003. His ballads have always been top in charts, and this time is no different.
Biggest Mover of the week: Lots of new songs from last week made big jumps this week. Ivy's "유혹의 소나타" (Temptation of Sonata) moves up 26 spots straight into the top 10 at No. 9. This is actually Ivy's first top 10 song in our chart. Even though Ivy was named the best new female artist back in 2005, songs from her debut album did not hit the top 10 on our chart back then. She is destined to do much better this time.
Hot shot debut: Superjunior-T's "로꾸거" (Ro Ggu Guh) is our highest debut at No. 32. Superjunior-T is a "project group" spun off from members of Superjunior. The "T" stands for trot (traditional Korean music). Trot has become more popular with younger people since the emergence of Jang Yoon Jung and Park Hyun Bin. The music is very different from what Superjunior has done in the past. Even though this song is not debuting high this week, I expect it to be the biggest mover on next week's chart.
New songs: We have 6 new songs and 2 re-entries in the top 50 this week.
Songs to watch out:
3. Park Hyo Shin – 추억은 사랑을 닮아 (Memories resemble love) – Moves up 6 more spots to No. 3, and looks like this song will challenge for No. 1 next week.
6. Wonder Girls – Irony – Wow! I did not expect this song to move up so fast. It's up 20 spots to No. 6 this week. These 5 young ladies sure got a lot of potential as we can see from their live performances, and they got one of the best producers in Korea in JYP. It is still early right now, but they have emerged as the front runner for best new artists in 2007.
7. Tei – 같은 베개 (Same Pillow) – Tei scored another top 10 hit with his latest song. This song is written by Hwang Se Joon and Cho Eun Hee. They teamed up last year for hits like Howl's "Parrot" and K's "Smile". As I mentioned last week, Tei's title song on every album reached No. 1 previously. Let see if he can do the same this time.
16. SS501 – 겁쟁이 (Coward) As expected, this song made a big move this week, up 16 spots to No. 16. Looks like this fast rising boy band will score another top 10 hit next week.
20. Jadu – 식사부터하세요 (Please have a meal first) – Jadu returns with a digital single, and Jadu has a new male singing partner Maru. Her songs are still very colorful, fun pop hits. This time again is about food. Remember her hit "Kim Bap" a few years ago?
44. Jaurim and Drunken Tiger – Loving Memory – can we call this R&R (rock and rap)? a very creative collaboration from two artistes whose musical paths would normally not have crossed. Kim Yoon Ah's vocal along with Drunken Tiger's rap, definitely a song worth to check out.
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.
Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Music: Lee Sun Woong, Choi Jin / Lyrics: Lee Sun Woong
Music: Hwang Sung Je, Park Hyo Shin / Lyrics: Kim Tae Yoon, Park Hyo Shin
Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Music: Lee Joo Ho / Lyrics: ERU
Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Music: Hwang Se Joon / Lyrics: Cho Eun Hee
Music: Yoon Il Sang / Lyrics: Kim Tae Kyun
Music: Park Geun Tae, Kim Tae Hyun / Lyrics: Wheesung
Music: Yoon Il Sang / Lyrics: Kim Young Ah
Genre: R&B Ballad
Watch the performance
Album: Brian Vol. 1 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
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
Music: Kim Do Hoon + Min Myung Ki / Lyrics: Min Myung Ki + Hwang Sung Jin
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
Music + Lyrics: Jung Hoon & Park Sung Jin
Music: Hwang Sung Je / Lyrics: Shin Yoo (Max)
Music: Blondie's "Maria" / Lyrics: Kim Ah Joong
Music: Kim Tae Yoon / Lyrics: Shin Hyung
Music: Lee Hee Seung / Lyrics: Bobby Kim
Music + Lyrics: Park Young Youl
21. (+10) Shin Hae Chul – 장미 (Rose) : 376
22. (-6) Maya – 나를외치다 (Crying Out Loud) : 348
23. (-13) KCM – 안녕 (Goodbye) : 334
24. (+4) Baby V.O.X. Re.V. – Shee : 302
25. (-1) SG Wannabe (feat. Vibe) – 사랑가 (A Song of Love) : 273
26. (-7) Shinhwa – 예쁘잖아 (It's Pretty) : 265
27. (-19) The Nuts – 잔소리 (Scolded) : 263
28. (-13) Park Sang Min – 울지마요 (Don't Cry) : 259
29. (–) Nell – Good Night : 232
30. (-5) Battle – Crash : 225
31. (+12) Kim Hyung Joong – 동화 (Fairy Tale) : 211
32. (New) Superjunior-T – 로꾸거 (Ro Ggu Guh) : 186 *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
33. (+3) Sung Shi Kyung – 거리에서 (On the Street) : 181
34. (+7) Humming Urban Stereo – Baby Love : 180
35. (+2) Jang Yoon Jung – 이따,이따요 (Later, Later) : 175
36. (-14) Lee Seung Chul – 하얀새 (White Bird) : 160
37. (-17) MC The Max – 볼때기사랑 (Sacrifice of Love) : 151
38. (+4) Park Hyun Bin – 곤드레만드레 (Dead Drunk) : 148
39. (New) Lee Seung Hwan – 울다 (Cry) : 136
40. (-1) DBSG – 풍선 (Balloons) : 135
41. (New) Leeds – 그깟 사랑 : 134
42. (+2) Gavy NJ – 반대편에 서서 (Standing on the opposite side) : 133
43. (-16) Seo Moon Tak – 가거라 사랑아 (Go Away Love) : 119
44. (New) Jaurim/Drunken Tiger – Loving Memory : 115
45. (+1) Hyun Jin Young – 소리쳐봐 (Break Me Down) : 109
46. (Re-entry) EX – 연락주세요 (Please Contact Me) : 105
47. (New) Kim Jang Hoon – 오래되던 날 (A Long Time Ago) : 104
48. (New) SAT – 이게 나예요 (This is Me) : 103
49. (Re-entry) Kai – 몹쓸 거짓말 (Bad Lie) : 98
50. (-2) H-Eugene (feat. J) – 날 사랑하지마요 (Don't Love Me) : 96
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 2:
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, MaxMP3, 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, M!Net MCountdown, MBC Kim Dong Ryul For You, SBS Music Space, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, Various MTV Korea Programs, Pops In Seoul) – 5%