Weekly Music Chart 2007 – April week 4

2007-05-01 06:24:49 2010-11-24 11:06:41

No. 1 song: SG Wannabe's "아리랑" (Arirang) makes a big jump from No. 24 to No. 1 on its 2nd week on the chart, denying Ivy's "유혹의 소나타" (Temptation of Sonata) for a 6th week at the top. Arirang becomes only the 3rd song on this chart to move from outside of the top 20 straight to No. 1. Brian's "가지마" (Don't Go) accomplished it earlier this year, and Tei's "사랑은하나다" (Love Is…The One) in 2005 was the other song. The big jump may be a surprise to many, but reaching No. 1 certainly is not a surprise to SG Wannabe, who is probably the top male group in Korea now. Both their songs and their album sales are always among the top.

Biggest Mover of the week: SG Wannabe's "아리랑" (Arirang) also takes this honor with a 23 spots jump to the top.

Hot shot debut: Suh Young Eun's "완소그대" (Completely Precious You) is our highest debut at No. 18 this week. This song is coming from Suh Young Eun's recently released 7th album. Suh Young Eun is one of the most underrated female singers in Korea. Her songs are always in the top 20, and her album sales are also decent. But not many fans recognize her because she rarely appears on gayo shows. This time, she comes back with a mid-tempo happier song instead of her usual emotional ballads. This song reminds me of "Angel" from her 4th album 3 years ago.

New songs: We have 8 new songs this week.

Songs to watch out:

3. Lee Hyori – 톡톡톡 (Toc Toc Toc) – This song was on its way out of the top 20 last week, but suddenly made a big 15 spots jump to No. 3 this week. This song was No. 1 on Chartkorea last week, after falling out of that chart's top 20 the previous week. That explains the big fluctations in 2 weeks for this song.

4. Chae Yeon – My Love – Chae Yeon finally scored her first top 5 hit in this chart. "My Love" moved up 8 spots to No. 4 this week. This song should have a better prospect to challange the top spot than "Toc Toc Toc".

6. Epik High – Love Love Love – After spending a few weeks in the lower half of the top 20, this song finally makes a move into the top 10. It is ranked high on several of the chart sources so this song is looking to crack into the top 5 next week.

27. Kil Gun – 흔들어봐 (Shake It) – Kil Gun finally appears on our chart for the first time with this dance hit. Kil Gun is formerly the choeographer for Lee Hyori. She is well known as one of the best dancers in k-pop. This song features MC Typhoon. It combines Latin funk with hip-hop melody and lyrics that anyone can easily sing along to.

32. Yoon Gun – 사랑으로 빚진 날들 (The Days Of Being In Debt Because Of Love) – Former Brown Eyes member quietly released his 3rd album. We probably won't see Yoon Gun performing this song. He is winning fans support with his good music, just like Brown Eyes.

36. Soul Town – My Lady – A collaboration between 2 "old school" groups: Soild and Uptown. This song mixed Solid's R&B sounds with Uptown's hip-hop styles. Fans of both groups should definitely check it out.

39. Sei – 잘못했나요 (Is it a mistake?) – Sei is another highly anticipated new female ballad singer making her debut this year. This song is an emotional ballad that should appeal to fans. Sei is starting to promote this song on gayo shows, which should help its popularity.

50. Dave & Tessavier – 여자라서 그래요 (Because I am a Woman) – New co-ed group brings a fresh stream to k-pop with their folk style ballads. This song is a solo by female member Tessavier, unlike the other hit song "손바닥" that we heard from them which is a duet. This sad ballad was made for Tessavier's father, who is struggling in the last stage of stomach cancer. It resonates deeply about loving only one man and feeling inevitably sad, about a wishful heart and about a heart that loves. I highly recommend this song and this group.

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. (+23) SG Wannabe – 아리랑 (Arirang) *** 1 WEEK NO. 1 + BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Genre: R&B Ballad
Watch the performance
Album: SG Wannabe Vol. 4 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: The title song from SG Wannabe's 4th album "The Sentimental Chord". SG Wannabe again teamed up with Cho Young Soo and Ahn Young Min on this song. It can be heard in a grand way supported by a large-scale orchestra playing the viola, cello and other easy listening instruments.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 897

2. (-1) Ivy (feat. Wheesung) – 유혹의 소나타 (Sonata of Temptation)
Genre: Pop/Dance
Watch the performance
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: 849

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

Arirang TV: This dance track showcases an upgraded melody line and arrangement, compared to Lee Hyori's typical style. The music video shows scenes from the drama, "If in Love Like Them," which stars Lee Hyori as an aspiring singer with limited time to live. Lee Dong-gun and Jung Joon-ho co-star.

Music: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Score: 781

4. (+8) Chae Yeon – My Love
Genre: Pop / Dance
Watch the performance
Album: Chae Yeon Vol. 4 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song to Chae Yeon's 4th album. "My Love." The track showcases a prelude with a strong brass section, and a Latin-style theme layered atop a unique rhythm. The artiste's sexy voice melds well with the upbeat feel and intense beats. The addictive arrangement, with a club-like, dope feel, wonderfully rounds out and deepens the piece.

Music: Im Chang Jung / Lyrics: Kim Chang Hwan
Score: 776

5. (-3) Tei – 같은 베개 (Same Pillow)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Watch the MV
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: 768

6. (+8) Epik High – Love Love Love
Genre: Hip-hop
Watch the performance
Album: Epik High Vol. 4 Track 10 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured in Epik High's 4th album, "Remapping the Human Soul," this musically sophisticated track features Casker's Yoong-jin, a master at electronic and lounge-style music. It's an electronica song that re-interprets love's typical and corny stories.

Music: Lee Sun Woong, Choi Jin / Lyrics: Lee Sun Woong
Score: 729

7. (-4) Park Hyo Shin – 추억은 사랑을 닮아 (Memories resemble love)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Watch the performance
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 artiste 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: 680

8. (-1) Kim Gun Mo – 허수아비 (Scarecrow)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Watch the MV
Album: Kim Gun Mo Vol. 11 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song for Kim Gun-mo's 11th album, "Style Album 11," which is entirely made up of tracks that tell the artiste's personal stories. It uses the scarecrow, who is helpless to do more than watch someone leave, as a vehicle to describe letting go of a lover. The music video, set in the 1970s, gained even more attention for the fact that it featured Park Ji-yoon.

Music: Hwang Chan Hee / Lyrics: Kim Tae Yoon
Score: 626

9. (-5) Lee Ki Chan – 미인 (A Beauty)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Watch the performance
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: 622

10. (+3) Magolpy – 비행소녀 (Flight Girl)
Genre: Pop / Modern Rock
Watch the MV
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: 613

11. (-5) Lyn – 이별살이 (Separate Life)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Watch the performance
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: 603

12. (+5) Yoon Ha – 비밀번호 486 (Secret Number 486)
Genre: Pop / Rock
Watch the performance
Album: Yoon Ha Vol. 1 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song for Yoon Ha's first album, "A Great Day to Confess," which is also the first official domestic album for this artiste, who made it into the Orikon Chart just 10 months after her Japan debut. "Secret Number 486" is a fresh song about love in the new generation and "486" is a code used by teens to mean, "I love you." Whee Sung wrote the lyrics for the piece.

Music: Hwang Chan Hee / Lyrics: Wheesung
Score: 561

13. (+2) Evan – 남자도… 어쩔 수 없다 (Man…Are Unavoidable)
Genre: R&B ballad
Watch the performance
Album: Evan Vol. 1 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song to former Click-B member Yoo Ho-seok-turned-Evan's first solo album, "Hard to Breathe." Fans will quickly notice his beautiful voice. The moving lyrics, about a man's feelings of love, meld nicely with a modern melody. This is also the first album produced by Tony An.

Music: Adam Alvermak / Lyrics: Lee Ji Eun
Score: 556

14. (-5) Seo In Young – 너를 원해 (I Want You)
Genre: Pop Dance
Watch the performance
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: 548

15. (-10) T – 잊었니 (Did you forget?)
Genre: R&B ballad
Watch the MV
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: 532

16. (-6) Free Style – 수취인불명 (Addresses Not Found)
Genre: Hip-Hop
Watch the performance
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: 522

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

Arirang TV: This is the title song for MC Sniper's 4th album, "How Bad Do U Want It?" and a re-make of Japanese singer Matsutoya Yumi's piece. It's a lyrical song that stays true to the Asian melody of its original version, expressing poignant feelings of love in a poetic way.

Music + Lyrics : Kim Jung Yoo
Score: 501

18. (New) Suh Young Eun – 완소그대 (Completely Precious You) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Suh Young Eun Vol. 7 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: The title song from Suh Young Eun's 7th album "Happily Ever After". This song is a joyful mid-tempo ballad similar to her song "Angel" 3 years ago. Loveholic's Kang Hyun Min produced this song, and Suh Young Eun wrote the lyrics herself.

Music: Moon Jung Kyu / Lyrics: Suh Young Eun
Score: 480

19. (-3) Wonder Girls – Irony
Genre: Pop/Dance
Watch the performance
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: 458

20. (-1) 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

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 for a love who has left. See Ya's distinct vocals make the song immensely moving.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 452

21. (+1) Rumble Fish – Smile Again : 424
22. (-11) Superjunior-T – 로꾸거 (Ro Ggu Guh!!!) : 423
23. (–) K.Will – 왼쪽가슴 (Left Chest) : 351
24. (+5) The Nuts – 내 사람입니다 (This is My Person) : 328
25. (+3) Lee Seung Chul – 시계 (Watch) : 325
26. (-1) Monday Kiz – 남자야 (A Man) : 307
27. (New) Kil Gun – 흔들어봐 (Shake It) : 303
28. (-7) Kim Dong Ryul – 감사 (Thank You) : 287
29. (+6) Kara – Break It : 275
30. (-4) Mose – 내 사랑 (My Love) : 272
31. (-11) BMK – 하루살이 (Day Fly) : 265
32. (New) Yoon Gun – 사랑으로 빚진 날들 (The Days Of Being In Debt Because Of Love) : 250
33. (–) Lisa (feat. Lee Seung Chul) – 시작보다 끝이 아름다운 사랑 (Love With A Sweet Ending) : 196
34. (-2) Position – 하루 (One Day) : 194
35. (+5) Hwang Bo – 눈물도미안해서 (Sorry for tears) : 162
36. (New) Soul Town – My Lady : 152
37. (-6) Big Bang – 흔들어 (Shake It) : 137
38. (-1) Tim – 이별앓이 (Painful Separation) : 135
39. (New) Sei – 잘못했나요 (Is it a mistake?) : 134
40. (-1) In Soon Yi – 거위의꿈 (Goose's Dream) : 131
41. (-14) Jang Nara – 사랑부르기 (Calling Out Love) : 112
42. (+2) The Cross – 사랑하니까 (Because I Love You) : 98
43. (-5) Jadu – 식사부터하세요 (Please have a meal first) : 94
44. (-1) Typhoon – 기다릴게… (I'll Wait) : 93
45. (-4) Boom – 질러 (Scream) : 86
46. (New) Bank – 슬픈 선물 (Sad Gift) : 82
47. (-2) Seo Ji Young – Hey Boy : 78
48. (-2) Maya – 나를외치다 (Crying Out Loud) : 52
49. (New) Just – 선인장 (Cactus) : 51
50. (New) DAVE & Tessavier – 여자라서 그래요 (Because I am a Woman) : 49

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 4:

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) – 5%
Channel [V] Korean [V] Countdown – 5%
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, SBS Music Space, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, Show Music Tank, Various MTV Korea Programs, Pops In Seoul) – 5%