Weekly Music Chart 2007 – May week 2

2007-05-15 07:16:58 2010-11-24 11:06:43

No. 1 song: SG Wannabe's "아리랑" (Arirang) remains No. 1 for the 3rd week in a row. This song also becomes the first ever song to have a perfect score of 1000, meaning that it is No. 1 on each of our sources. Before then, the closest to perfect was Ivy's "유혹의 소나타" (Temptation of Sonata) with a score of 997 on April week 1. This is very difficult to accomplish, so congrats to SG Wannabe.

Biggest Mover of the week: MC The Max's "가슴아 그만해" (My Heart Cannot Go On Like This Any Longer) jumped 27 spots to No. 6 this week. MC The Max finally returns with their 5th album. As usual, they have strong album sales to support. Their album is ranked No. 2 just behind SG Wannabe's album in sales for the past few weeks. This rock ballad is their vintage style – the more you listen, the more you like it.

Hot shot debut: We have a very high debut this week. Lexy's "하늘위로" (Up to the sky) enters the chart at No. 5. Lexy is returning to her roots of rapping on this album, and it shows on this song. There is less singing and more rapping. Previous title songs from Lexy's first 2 albums were all top 3 hits, looks like this will be another one.

New songs: We have 6 new songs and a re-entry this week.

Songs to watch out:

9. Ivy – 이럴거면 (If it is like this) – Her 5-week No. 1 song ""유혹의 소나타" (Temptation of Sonata) is off the chart this week and Ivy immediately returns to the top 10 at No. 9 with this emotional ballad. Just like her first album, Ivy shows us that she's good at both dance music and slower songs. The lyrics is written by Kang Eun Kyung, who also wrote "바본가봐" (I'm a fool) for Ivy's first album. This song is already No. 1 on MNet's M!Countdown this week.

14. Lee Juck – 다행이다 (To be fortunate) – Lee Juck moves up 18 spots to No. 14 this week with this rock ballad. As usual, most of his scores are coming from album sales, as he doesn't perform on gayo shows often. Noentheless, this is a very good song that he wrote himself.

24. Nam Gyu Ri – 깊은밤을날아서 (Flying Into Deep Night) – Up 12 spots this week. See Ya's Nam Gyu Ri is very popular among fans, and she is actively promoting this song. We should see her in the top 20 next week.

37. Viva Soul (feat. Ha Dong Kyun) – Cry – If you like commercial hip-hop, you should like this song. Viva Soul is a three men hip-hop group made up of Jood, D'low and Samuel. They have moderate success in their first album. This song is the title song of their 2nd album, featured ex-Wanted member Ha Dong Kyun. The piano accompaniment melds harmoniously with the members' rapping and Ha Dong Kyun's mid-to-low tone.

39. Turtles – 한동안뜸했었지 (Come to lull for awhile) – Turtles returned with a remake single album. This song was originally a hit by rock group 사랑과 평화 from the 1978. Turtles remakes it to their usual fun style.

47. Hun – 그맙습니다 (Thank You) – From the MBC hit drama of the same title starring Jang Hyuk and Gong Hyo Jin. This is the best drama OST song I've heard so far this year. You can sample it here.

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. (–) SG Wannabe – 아리랑 (Arirang) *** 3 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Genre: R&B Ballad
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Album: SG Wannabe Vol. 4 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song to SG Wannabe's 4th album, "The Sentimental Chord." Somewhere between a ballad and a medium-tempo track, the song combines traditional Korean music with Pansori. The music video stars Oak Joo Hyun, Lee Beom Soo and Lee Seon Kyoon. Set during the Korean war, it's a story about an impossible love between three people.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 1000

2. (–) 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

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: 850

3. (–) Chae Yeon – My Love
Genre: Pop / Dance
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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: 811

4. (–) Yoon Ha – 비밀번호 486 (Secret Number 486)
Genre: Pop / Rock
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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: 684

5. (New) Lexy (feat. Ji Eun) – 하늘위로 (Up to the sky) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Genre: Hip-hop
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Album: Lexy Vol. 3 track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song for Lexy's 3rd album, 'Rush,' and it's an appealing piece indeed, with Lexy's powerful rapping and YG-entertainment's newcomer Kim Ji Eun's mechanical vocal style. A fast and lighthearted melody melds charmingly with rapping to bring out Lexy's almost uni-sexual appeal. The strong beats, punctuated with electronic sounds and driven with speed, create a surreal effect.

Music: Perry,용감한형제 / Lyrics: Yang Hyun Suk
Score: 670

6. (+27) MC The Max – 가슴아 그만해 (My Heart Cannot Go On Like This Any Longer) *** BIGGST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Genre: Rock Ballad
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Album: MC The Max Vol. 5 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: MC The Max returns with this 5th album fittingly titled "Returns". This album they are returning to their roots of more up-tempo rock music. However, this title song is still their familiar rock ballad, which always hit the top of the chart. This song again displays Lee Soo's strong and emotional vocals, which should please fans who have waited so long for this album.

Music: Shin In Soo / Lyrics: Yang Jae Sun
Score: 665

7. (-2) 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: 651

8. (–) Suh Young Eun – 완소그대 (Completely Precious You)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Suh Young Eun Vol. 7 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured in Suh Young Eun's 7th album, "Happily Ever After," this song contains lyrics written by the artist herself and is about being grateful to a cherished love. With her charming and appealing voice, Suh Young Eun fills her audience with a positively warm and fuzzy feeling through a song that's at once heartwarming, vibrant and fresh.

Music: Moon Jung Kyu / Lyrics: Suh Young Eun
Score: 644

9. (New) Ivy – 이럴거면 (If it is like this)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Ivy Vol. 2 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured in Ivy's 2nd album,'A Sweet Moment,' this moving ballad is about missing a former love. Ballad hitmaker Park Geun-tae composed the work. A mainstream melody and lyrics that portray a woman's sensitivity showcase Ivy's impressive vocal skills.

Music: Park Geun Tae / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Score: 638

10. (-3) 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

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: 615

11. (–) 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: 599

12. (-6) Kim Gun Mo – 허수아비 (Scarecrow)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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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: 595

13. (-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: 585

14. (+18) Lee Juck – 다행이다 (To be fortunate)
Genre: Rock Ballad
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Album: Lee Juck Vol. 3 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song to Lee Juck's 3rd album, "Wooden Song." The lyrical ballad is about being thankful, with all your heart, for a love that strengthens even the most exhausted soul. Lee Juck's heartfelt vocals, at once restrained and tear-jerking, create a new paradigm for quality love songs.

Music + Lyrics: Lee Juck
Score: 567

15. (-2) Yoon Gun – 사랑으로 빚진 날들 (The Days Of Being In Debt Because Of Love)
Genre: R&B ballad
Album: Yoon Gun Vol. 3 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: The title song from ex-Brown Eyes member Yoon Gun's 3rd solo album "My Romantic Occasion". Yoon Gun comes back after a layoff of 2 years. This is a great ballad song that was sung with his smooth and soulful voice.

Music: Yang Chang Ik / Lyrics: Han Kyung Hye
Score: 550

16. (-4) 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

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: 489

17. (+2) 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

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: 431

18. (-2) Seo In Young – 너를 원해 (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: 430

19. (+1) 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: 399

20. (-1) Free Style – 수취인불명 (Addresses Not Found)
Genre: Hip-Hop
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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: 383

21. (+1) Kil Gun – 흔들어봐 (Shake It) : 382
22. (-8) T – 잊었니 (Did you forget?) : 359
23. (-6) Rumble Fish – Smile Again : 342
24. (+12) Nam Gyu Ri – 깊은밤을날아서 (Flying Into Deep Night) : 334
25. (-4) Lee Seung Chul – 시계 (Watch) : 326
26. (-8) Superjunior-T – 로꾸거 (Ro Ggu Guh!!!) : 315
27. (-2) Kara – Break It : 288
28. (-4) Park Hyo Shin – 미워하자 (Let's hate) : 276
29. (-3) See Ya – 미워요 (Hate You) : 269
30. (+8) The Nuts – 내 사람입니다 (This is My Person) : 262
31. (-2) BMK – 하루살이 (Day Fly) : 249
32. (-4) Gummy (drama H.I.T. OST) – 통증 (Pain) : 221
33. (-2) Monday Kiz – 남자야 (A Man) : 220
34. (–) Sei – 잘못했나요 (Is it a mistake?) : 219
35. (-5) Lee Ki Chan – 세사람 (New Person) : 218
36. (-13) K.Will – 왼쪽가슴 (Left Chest) : 217
37. (New) Viva Soul (feat. Ha Dong Kyun) – Cry : 215
38. (-1) Bobby Kim – You're My Everything : 195
39. (New) Turtles – 한동안뜸했었지 (Come to lull for awhile) : 184
40. (-13) Kim Dong Ryul – 감사 (Thank You) : 177
41. (+9) The Cross – 사랑하니까 (Because I Love You) : 167
42. (-1) Soul Town – My Lady : 155
43. (-8) In Soon Yi – 거위의꿈 (Goose's Dream) : 154
44. (-4) Position – 하루 (One Day) : 151
45. (-3) Lisa (feat. Lee Seung Chul) – 시작보다 끝이 아름다운 사랑 (Love With A Sweet Ending) : 114
46. (–) Tim – 이별앓이 (Painful Separation) : 109
47. (New) Hun – 그맙습니다 (Thank You) : 94
48. (-9) Jang Nara – 사랑부르기 (Calling Out Love) : 92
49. (Re-entry) Bank – 슬픈 선물 (Sad Gift) : 72
50. (New) Cho Sung Hoon – 시간을 지울 수 있다면 (If I can erase time) : 71

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 May week 2:

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, Ohdio, Soribada) – 15%
Hanteo Gayo Chart – 10% (1 week lag)
Gasoo appearance on gayo shows (SBS Inky Gayo, KBS Music Bank, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, Show Music Tank, Pops In Seoul) – 5%