Weekly Music Chart 2007 – April week 1

2007-04-09 19:01:54 2010-11-24 11:06:39

No. 1 song: Ivy remains No. 1 for the 3rd straight week with "유혹의 소나타" (Temptation of Sonata). This song scored a chart record 997 points this week, just 3 points shy of a perfect 1000 score. The previous record was Buzz's "겁쟁이" (Coward) which scored 996 points exactly 2 years ago on April week 1 of 2005 chart. Ivy's song was No. 1 on every chart in Korea last week. The only drawback to prevent her from getting a perfect score was that her song was not listed in MTV Korea's chart.

Biggest Mover of the week: As expected, Yoon Ha's "비밀번호 486" (Secret Number 486) is the biggest mover, up 26 spots to No. 19 this week. Yoon Ha brings us a unique brand of pop rock music, and she plays the piano very well as seen from her live performances. Her first full Korean album is also doing very well on the album sales chart. Look for this song to crack into the top 10 very soon.

Hot shot debut: Veteran Kim Gun Mo, one of the most respected singers in Korea, has our highest debut this week at No. 14 with the title song from his 11th album "허수아비" (Scarecrow). This result already surpassed the title song "Moon of Seoul" from his previous album which only went to No. 20. Even though Kim Gun Mo's popularity and album sales is not what it is used to be, he still got a loyal fan base of all ages. We are seeing his latest album among the top sellers again. He should complete his long awaited return to the top 10 next week.

New songs: We have 10 new songs and 1 re-entry this week.

Songs to watch out:

8. Lyn – 이별살이 (Separate Life) – Lyn is back to the top 10 with this title song from her 4th album, up 10 spots to No. 8. The popularity of this song has already surpassed songs from her 3rd album. Let see if this song can do even better than her biggest hit "사랑했잖아".

17. Evan – 남자도… 어쩔 수 없다 (Man…Are Unavoidable) – Former Click B member Yoo Ho Suk comes back as a soloist and adopts a new name (Evan is his English name). Just like Oh Jong Hyuk (another Click B member who has released a solo album), Even's music is very different from his days in Click B. This song is has an easy listening melody which is a combination of R&B and Jazz. Oh Jong Hyuk's first solo song "죽을만큼…" (Deadly) went to No. 6 last year. We'll see if Evan can match his ex-groupmate's success.

18. Epik High – Love Love Love – 2nd single from the trio's mega-successful 4th album, this song replaced "Fan" on the chart. Epik High continues to please fans with their commercial hip-hop songs and great arrangements. Looks like this is another top 10 hit for them.

27. Kim Dong Ryul – 감사 (Thank You) – Singer-songwriter Kim Dong Ryul recently released a best hit album that included all his greatest hits of the last 10 years. This is one of the new songs. The album is surprisingly selling very well.

34. NoRaJo – 사생결단 (Desperation) – One of the funniest duos in k-pop. NoRaJo reminded me of Country Kko Kko. It's always a joy to watch their live performance. This song is as fun as their debut song "Happy Song" 2 years ago.

47. As One (feat. Son Ho Young) – 다시 내곁으로 (Beside Me Again) – We've heard many duets in k-pop this year and here is another one. It's from As One's recently released special album "5 Love Stories that we know". 4 of the 5 ballads are duets, and this one featuring Son Ho Young is the one than fans want to hear most.

Top 20 countdown: Be sure to check out the top 20 countdown on this chart every Friday on Big B Radio. The time is 9pm to 11pm EST.

Click on the youtube 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. (–) Ivy (feat. Wheesung) – 유혹의 소나타 (Temptation of Sonata) *** 3 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Genre: Pop/Dance
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Album: Ivy Vol. 2 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured in Ivy's 2nd album, "A Sweet Moment," this track falls in the neo-classic-dance genre and uses a sampling from Beethoven's "Fur Elise." The piece wonderfully harmonizes a strong beat, melody and classical strings, reminding listeners of a musical. Ivy's unique and charming voice mixes well with Whee Sung's powerful rapping.

Music: Park Geun Tae, Kim Tae Hyun / Lyrics: Wheesung
Score: 997

2. (–) 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: 864

3. (+1) Tei – 같은 베개 (Same Pillow)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Tei Vol. 4 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song for Tei's fourth album, "Lover." The medium-tempo ballad boasts a flashy arrangement featuring string instruments. Tei's distinct vocals are wonderfully showcased and it's a song about the moments and memories shared with a lover. The music video stars Lee Wan and shows the actor's friendship with Tei.

Music: Hwang Se Joon / Lyrics: Cho Eun Hee
Score: 849

4. (-1) 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

Arirang TV: As the title song of Park Hyo-shin's 5th album, "The Breeze of Sea," the lyrical and lovely melody of this track enhances Park Hyo-shin's unique voice, which has become softer and more comfortable than in the past. The artist appears in his music video, which conveys the memories of a beautiful, albeit sad, love.

Music: Hwang Sung Je, Park Hyo Shin / Lyrics: Kim Tae Yoon, Park Hyo Shin
Score: 813

5. (–) Superjunior-T – 로꾸거 (Ro Ggu Guh!!!)
Genre: Trot
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Album: Superjunior-T single album Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song for Super Junior T's single album, "Lo-kkoo-kkau." It's a trott album released by six members of Super Junior – Ie-teuk, Hee-chul, Kang-in, Shin-dong, Eun-hyuk and Sung-min. The upbeat song boasts unique lyrics and fun rapping about how everything in life seems to be going backwards.

Music + Lyrics: Yoon Myung Sun
Score: 746

6. (–) T – 잊었니 (Did you forget?)
Genre: R&B ballad
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Album: T Vol. 3 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song for T's 3rd album, "YOONMIRAE." T, Yoon Mirae produced the entire album, effectively infusing her musical colors, strengths and style into each piece. She combines conventional soul with mainstream R&B. With her trademark mid-to-deep, husky voice, she sings about painful love memories that anyone can relate to.

Music: Tiger JK / Lyrics: ANN1
Score: 717

7. (+3) Lee Hyori – 톡톡톡 (Toc Toc Toc)
Genre: Pop / Dance
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Album: Lee Hyori Single Album "If in Love Like Them" Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: The dance title song from Lee Hyori's single album "If in Love Like Them". This single album consists of 3 songs of different genres (dance, R&B, ballad). Those who are familiar with Hyori's music will recognise the style of this song. The song is written by hit makers Kim Do Hoon and Choi Kap Won.

Music: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Score: 638

8. (+10) Lyn – 이별살이 (Separate Life)
Genre: R&B Ballad
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Album: Lyn Vol.4 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song for Lyn's 4th album, "The Pride of the Morning." The minor ballad with a sad-sounding melody was created by Lyn and her best friend, Whee Sung. It effectively brings out Lyn's overwhelming sensibilities, being a song that's almost like a touching monologue of one woman's regret about breaking up with her guy. The music video stars Lyn and model Lee Eon as lovers, showing us the start of their relationship, the passion, the separation and the emptiness that ensues. It portrays a story of love and separation in this sequential way, with three themes.

Music + Lyrics: Wheesung
Score: 635

9. (+4) Seo In Young – 너를원해 (I Want You)
Genre: Pop Dance
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Album: Seo In Young Vol. 1 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song for Seo In-young's first album, "Elly Is So Hot." It was written and composed by hip-hop group Uptown's leader, Jung Yun-joon. Seo In-young, a former member of the girl-group Jewelery, presents a track that effectively mixes Latin hip-hop and simple R&B melodies while enhancing the performance of a rhythmical acoustic guitar. The music video was directed by the man known as BoA's brother, Director Kwon Soon-wook.

Music + Lyrics: Jung Yeon Joon
Score: 634

10. (-3) Wonder Girls – Irony
Genre: Pop/Dance
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Album: Wonder Girls single "The Wonder Begins" Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song of the debut single album for the Wonder Girls, a group created by singer/composer Park Jin Young. The five-member girl group includes Son-yae, Hyun-a, Seon-mi, So-hee and Yae-eun. Park Jin-young was the sole producer for the single. The song features a hip-hop rhythm and a distinctive and addictive refrain.

Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Score: 625

11. (-2) Jang Nara – 사랑부르기 (Calling Out Love)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Jang Nara Vol. 5 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song for Jang Nara's 5th album, "She." The soft ballad beautifully showcases Jang Nara's trademark vocal style and voice. It's a touching love story about beautifully embracing the scars caused by a breakup. Recording the song took a reported 10 hours, as the artiste performed the chorus herself as well, displaying unending passion. The piece displays a matured Jang Nara.

Music: Kim Wi Suk / Lyrics: Lim Sang Hyun
Score: 599

12. (-4) MC Sniper (feat. Yuri) – 봄이여 오라 (Oh Spring, Come)
Genre: Hip-hop
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Album: MC Sniper Vol. 4 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Title song from MC Sniper's 4th album "How Bad Do You Want It?". This is a mid-tempo hip-hop song that features Yuri's vocal and MC Sniper's slow rap. It is a perfect kind of hip-hop song that will gain mass appeal.

Music + Lyrics : Kim Jung Yoo
Score: 594

13. (-1) 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

Arirang TV: As the title song of composer Cho Young Soo's project album, "All Star," this medium-tempo ballad is about the regret and wistful feelings had about a love who has left. See Ya's distinct vocals make the song immensely moving.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 577

14. Kim Gun Mo – 허수아비 (Scarecrow) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Kim Gun Mo Vol. 11 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Title song from Kim Gun Mo's 11th album of the same name. This ballad is a familiar Kim Gun Mo style songs in which we can easily recognize his smooth and laid back vocal.

Music: Hwang Chan Hee / Lyrics: Kim Tae Yoon
Score: 569

15. (+4) Magolpy – 비행소녀 (Flight Girl)
Genre: Pop / Modern Rock
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Album: Magolpy single album Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song for Magolpy's debut single album. Discovered by hit-maker Yoon Myung-sun, this new female singer trained rigorously for three years to make her debut. Created while looking up at a clear blue sky, the words are lyrical and almost like they're from a movie. They meld well with the sad melody. A host of huge stars, including TVXQ, Super Junior, Eru and others appear in her music video.

Music + Lyrics: Yoon Myung Sun
Score: 524

16. (–) Free Style – 수취인불명 (Addresses Not Found)
Genre: Hip-Hop
Album: Free Style Vol. 5 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song for Freestyle's 5th album by the same name, "Addressee Not Found." It's about the affections felt for an ex-girlfriend and features a perfect blending of orchestration, rap, not to mention, the musical colors of newcomer Jang Han-yi. The music video is about a heart-wrenching love between a poor boxer and ballerina.

Music: Choi Ji Ho / Lyrics: Choi Min Ho
Score: 524

17. (New) Evan – 남자도… 어쩔 수 없다 (Man…Are Unavoidable)
Genre: R&B ballad
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Album: Evan Vol. 1 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: The title song from ex-Click B member Yoo Ho Suk (Evan)'s first album "Hard To Breathe". "Men…are unavoidable" which has a modern melody and lyrics about how men think about love. Evan’s charming voice along with the piano and acoustic tune is a great combination for this song.

Music: Adam Alvermak / Lyrics: Lee Ji Eun
Score: 451

18. (New) Epik High – Love Love Love
Genre: Hip-hop
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Album: Epik High Vol. 4 Track 10 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Second hit from Epik High's 4th album "Remapping the Human Soul" which has sold almost 100,000 copies. This is the follow up song to their No. 1 hit "Fan". "Love Love Love" is a mid-tempo melody song with a mixture of pop and hip-hop in it. Another great song for Epik High.

Music: Lee Sun Woong, Choi Jin / Lyrics: Lee Sun Woong
Score: 419

19. (+26) Yoon Ha – 비밀번호 486 (Secret Number 486) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Genre: Pop / Rock
Watch the performance
Album: Yoon Ha Vol. 1 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: The title song of Yoon Ha's first Korean album "A great day to propose". "Secret Number 486" is about the younger generation's methods of loving in today's society. This song is gaining much interest because of the fact that Wheesung wrote the lyrics to the song.

Music: Hwang Chan Hee / Lyrics: Wheesung
Score: 408

20. (-6) Monday Kiz – 남자야 (A Man)
Genre: R&B Ballad
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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: 383

21. (-6) Big Bang – 흔들어 (Shake It) : 373
22. (+1) Mose – 내 사랑 (My Love) : 371
23. (-6) Position – 하루 (One Day) : 338
24. (+1) Hwang Bo – 눈물도미안해서 (Sorry for tears) : 320
25. (+1) BMK – 하루살이 (Day Fly) : 319
26. (+2) K.Will – 왼쪽가슴 (Left Chest) : 316
27. (New) Kim Dong Ryul – 감사 (Thank You) : 310
28. (-6) Jadu – 식사부터하세요 (Please have a meal first) : 281
29. (-5) SS501 – 겁쟁이 (Coward) : 261
30. (-9) Hye Ryoung – 반지하나 (One Ring) : 230
31. (+1) Park Sang Min – 울지마요 (Don't Cry) : 201
32. (+1) Bubble Sisters – 바보처럼 (Like A Fool) : 184
33. (-6) Typhoon – 기다릴게… (I'll Wait) : 179
34. (New) NoRaJo – 사생결단 (Desperation) : 178
35. (-15) Seo Ji Young – Hey Boy : 177
36. (+8) In Soon Yi – 거위의꿈 (Goose's Dream) : 173
37. (+3) Maya – 나를외치다 (Crying Out Loud) : 165
38. (-9) Kim Ah Joong – MARIA : 164
39. (-8) Shin Hae Chul – 장미 (Rose) : 154
40. (-5) Sang Sang Band – 가지마가지마 (Don't Go Don't Go) : 153
41. (New) Lee Jae Hoon – 건망증 (Amnesia) : 127
42. (New) Lee Seung Chul – 시계 (Clock) : 125
43. (–) The Cross – 사랑하니까 (Because I Love You) : 118
44. (Re-entry) Humming Urban Stereo – Baby Love : 117
45. (+3) Battle – Crash : 110
46. (-16) KCM (feat. Hwa YoBi) – 사랑이올까봐 (Because Love Can Come) : 109
47. (New) As One (feat. Son Ho Young) – 다시 내곁으로 (Beside Me Again) : 107
48. (New) Jang Hye Jin (Drama White Tower OST) – 체온 (Body Temperature) : 97
49. (New) Lee Soo Young (Drama Crazy In Love OST) – 사랑에 미치다 (Crazy In Love) : 95
50. (-16) The Nuts – 내 사람입니다 (This is My Person) : 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 April week 1:

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, SBS Music Space, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, MNet M!Countdown, Various MTV Korea Programs, Pops In Seoul) – 5%