Weekly Music Chart 2007 – May week 3

2007-05-22 05:08:34 2010-11-24 11:06:43

No. 1 song: After scoring a perfect 1000 points last week, SG Wannabe's "아리랑" (Arirang) remains No. 1 for the 4th straight week. But the score has dropped back to 915 points this week, and the No. 2 song MC The Max's "가슴아 그만해" (My Heart Cannot Go On Like This Any Longer). Looks like this will be the final week that "Airrang" will be No. 1. Another song of SG Wannabe (featuring Ok Ju Hyun) "한여름날의꿈" is starting to gain points.

Biggest Mover of the week: Turtles' "한동안뜸했었지" (It's been a long time) moves up 23 spots to No. 16 this week. Before releasing their new album this summer, Turtles warm us up with a remake single album. This song is originally from rock group 사랑과 평화 (Love and Peace) in 1978. Turtle added its trademark Miami sound and mood to the original, including a new melody and lyrics, reviving the song as a fun dance track.

Hot shot debut: Byul's "미워도좋아" (Don't care if you hate it) is our highest debut at No. 10 this week. Byul is getting more and more mature on each album – both her image and music. This sad ballad again have the kind of "story telling" melody and lyrics that we are familiar with Byul.

New songs: We have 10 new songs this week.

Songs to watch out:

2. MC The Max – 가슴아 그만해 (My Heart Cannot Go On Like This Any Longer) – Like all the album title songs, this rock ballad song is headed to a familar spot – No. 1, and will have a good chance to get there next week.

3. Lexy (feat. Ji Eun) – 하늘위로 (Up to the sky) – Lexy is looking for her first No. 1 song. This song is only 7 points behind MC The Max. It also features YG newcomer Ji Eun, who recently released her own solo album.

4. Ivy – 이럴거면 (If it is like this) – Ivy is looking for her 2nd straight No. 1 song this album. This emotional ballad is already No. 1 on MNet's M!Countdown. It will be a hot battle between the top 4 songs for No. 1 next week.

8. Lee Juck – 다행이다 (To be fortunate) – Lee Juck returned to the top 10 for the first time since 2003 (excluding his hit with Panic last year). This song is a vintage rock ballad style song that we are familiar with Lee Juck. His album has been top 10 in sales since release.

13. Nam Gyu Ri – 깊은밤을날아서 (Flying Into Deep Night) – Up another 11 spots this week, Nam Gyu Ri is looking for her own first top 10 song with a remake of a song originally by Lee Moon Sae. This song is probably one of the shortest songs I've seen in a while – it only lasted 2 minutes.

18. Kara – Break it – So many people thought this song won't make the top 20 after it started falling last week, but here they are! These 4 girls, known as FINKL II, finally got their break this week and I am sure a lot of Kara fans are happy.

19. Viva Soul (feat. Ha Dong Kyun) – Cry – 2nd biggest mover this week, up 18 spots to No. 19. I recalled Viva Soul's first album had a song that barely made the top 20. This commercial hip-hop song is going to do a lot better and have the potential to be a top 10 song.

35. T – 검은 행복 (Black Happiness) – This song replaced her top 10 hit "잊었니" (Did you forget?). It is a much more hardcore hip-hop style R&B song which was T's best kind of music. We hear a lot more rapping from T on this song.

37. Lee Hyori – 잔소리 (Scolded) – Toc Toc Toc is off the chart this week and its replacement gives us a totally different style of Lee Hyori. Perhaps it is the first time we hear Hyori performed a solo ballad after her FINKL days. The lyrics of this song is written by famous MV director Cha Eun Teuk, who also wrote the lyrics of Baek Ji Young's big hit "I Won't Love" last year.

39. Chun Sang Ji Hee The Grace – 한번 더 OK? (One More Time OK?) – CSJH The Grace has debuted for nearly 2 years, but this is the title song of their official first full album. They've been releasing singles prior to this and with many hits already. They haven't hit the top 10 or top 20 yet, but this up-tempo dance song have a good chance.

45. Paran – 그녀와 난 (Her and I) – Paran is releasing a new single album with 4 songs this week, and this is the title song. It showcases Paran's musical transformation with an 80's pop sound, easy melody and unique charm. You can also check out Paran's retro moves and fashions in the music video.

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) *** 4 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Genre: R&B Ballad
Watch the performance
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: 915

2. (+4) MC The Max – 가슴아 그만해 (My Heart Cannot Go On Like This Any Longer)
Genre: Rock Ballad
Watch the performance
Album: MC The Max Vol. 5 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song to M.C The Max's 5th album, 'Returns.' With a lyrical melody and the deeply appealing voice of Lee Su, this track has become the representative M.C The Max ballad. The music video stars Yoon Kye-sang and Park Si-yeon as heartbroken lovers who have separated and includes a touching kiss scene.

Music: Shin In Soo / Lyrics: Yang Jae Sun
Score: 889

3. (+2) Lexy (feat. Ji Eun) – 하늘위로 (Up to the sky)
Genre: Hip-hop
Watch the performance
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: 882

4. (+5) Ivy – 이럴거면 (If it is like this)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Watch the performance
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: 869

5. (-2) 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: 839

6. (-4) 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: 793

7. (-3) 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: 760

8. (+6) Lee Juck – 다행이다 (To be fortunate)
Genre: Rock Ballad
Watch the MV
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: 692

9. (-1) 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: 667

10. (New) Byul – 미워도좋아 (Don't care if you hate it) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Genre: Pop Ballad
Watch the performance
Album: Byul Vol. 4 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This Korean-style pop ballad is the title song to Star's 4th album, 'Her Story.' The lyrics contain the last words a woman wants to say to her departing man. Star personally stars in her music video, playing a woman who cherishes her high school crush and showing her great acting skills in the process.

Music: PJ / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Score: 588

11. (-1) 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: 555

12. (–) 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: 537

13. (+11) Nam Gyu Ri – 깊은밤을날아서 (Flying Into Deep Night)
Genre: Pop
Watch the performance
Album: Wedding No-No Movie Single – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured in the OST of the movie, "Wedding No-No," this song is a fresh and vibrant re-arrangement of an Lee Moon-sae song by Nam Kyu-ri, from the group, See Ya. The movie stars former-SES member Eugene and Ha Seok-jin. It's about a romance between two people from different backgrounds and vastly different families. The romantic comedy presents an entertaining take on two families trying to become in-laws.


Score: 487

14. (+1) 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: 474

15. (-2) 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: 460

16. (+23) Turtles – 한동안뜸했었지 (It's been a long time) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Genre: Pop / Dance
Watch the performance
Album: Turtles Remake Single Album Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song of Turtle's single album, 'Turtle Stretching,' and a re-make of a track by a popular 70s group called Love and Peace. Turtle added its trademark Miami sound and mood to the original, including a new melody and lyrics, reviving the song as a fun dance track.


Score: 439

17. (-6) 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: 423

18. (+11) Kara – Break It
Genre: Pop / Dance
Watch the performance
Album: Kara Vol. 1 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song in the four-member girl group KARA's debut album, "Blooming." The group is made up of Park Kyu-lee, Han Seung-yeon, Kim Sung-hee and Jung Nicole. The name KARA means "happiness," which borrows the pronunciation of the Greek word "chara," and signifies sweet melodies. Created by the management agency of the former pop group Fin.K.L, KARA is referred to as the second Fin.K.L. Their title song is a strong and funky dance track.

Music: Han Sang Won / Lyrics: Lee Dong Soo
Score: 331

19. (+18) Viva Soul (feat. Ha Dong Kyun) – Cry
Genre: Hip-hop
Watch the performance
Album: Viva Soul Vol. 2 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song for "Refresh," the 2nd album by Viva Soul, the three-guy hip-hop group made up of Jood, D'low and Samuel. Featuring Ha Dong Kyun, the piece is ethereal yet modern and edgy. The piano accompaniment melds harmoniously with the members' rapping and Ha Dong Kyun's mid-to-low tone.

Music: Kim Joo Wan / Lyrics: Kim Joo Wan + Park Sung Yong
Score: 313

20. (+8) Park Hyo Shin – 미워하자 (Let's Hate)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Watch the performance
Album: Park Hyo Shin Vol. 5 Track 7 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Follow up song of Park Hyo-shin's 5th album, "The Breeze of Sea," this is a soft ballad that blends Park Hyo Shin's husky voice with its smooth melody.

Music + Lyrics: Jun Hye Sung
Score: 304

21. (–) Kil Gun – 흔들어봐 (Shake It) : 289
22. (-15) Tei – 같은 베개 (Same Pillow) : 288
23. (+2) Lee Seung Chul – 시계 (Watch) : 287
24. (+14) Bobby Kim – You're My Everything : 284
25. (+1) Superjunior-T – 로꾸거 (Ro Ggu Guh!!!) : 277
26. (+6) Gummy – 통증 (Drama H.I.T. OST) (Pain) : 276
27. (-7) Free Style – 수취인불명 (Addresses Not Found) : 251
28. (-9) Wonder Girls – Irony : 250
29. (+6) Lee Ki Chan – 세사람 (New Person) : 243
30. (-7) Rumble Fish – Smile Again : 239
31. (+12) In Soon Yi – 거위의꿈 (Goose's Dream) : 229
32. (-2) The Nuts – 내 사람입니다 (This is My Person) : 214
33. (+3) K.Will – 왼쪽가슴 (Left Chest) : 212
34. (-16) Seo In Young – 너를원해 (I Want You) : 210
35. (New) T – 검은 행복 (Black Happiness) : 198
36. (+5) The Cross – 사랑하니까 (Because I Love You) : 197
37. (New) Lee Hyori – 잔소리 (Scolded) : 183
38. (+4) Soul Town – My Lady : 160
39. (New) CSJH The Grace – 한번 더 OK? (One More Time OK?) : 152
40. (-7) Monday Kiz – 남자야 (A Man) : 145
41. (-1) Kim Dong Ryul – 감사 (Thank You) : 130
42. (New) Lee Eun Min – 지겹죠 (Tiresome) : 122
43. (-9) Sei – 잘못했나요 (Is it a mistake?) : 121
44. (New) JC Band – 잊어버려 (Forget it) : 114
45. (New) Paran – 그녀와 난 (Her and I) : 111
46. (New) B-Boy Maximum Crew – To The Maximum : 109
47. (-2) Lisa (feat. Lee Seung Chul) – 시작보다 끝이 아름다운 사랑 (Love With A Sweet Ending) : 95
48. (New) Lassi – 혼잣말 (Soliloquy) : 89
49. (New) Na Yoon Sun – 그리고 별이 되다 (And become a star) : 86
50. (-3) Hun – 그맙습니다 – Thank You (Drama OST) : 84

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 3:

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) – 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 (MBC Show! Music Core, SBS Inky Gayo, KBS Music Bank, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, MNet M!Countdown, Show Music Tank, Channel [V] A-Live, Pops In Seoul) – 5%