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.
Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Music: Shin In Soo / Lyrics: Yang Jae Sun
Music: Perry,용감한형제 / Lyrics: Yang Hyun Suk
Music: Park Geun Tae / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Music: Im Chang Jung / Lyrics: Kim Chang Hwan
Music: Lee Sun Woong, Choi Jin / Lyrics: Lee Sun Woong
Music: Hwang Chan Hee / Lyrics: Wheesung
Music + Lyrics: Lee Juck
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
Music: Moon Jung Kyu / Lyrics: Suh Young Eun
Music: PJ / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Genre: R&B ballad
Watch the performance
Album: Evan Vol. 1 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Music: Adam Alvermak / Lyrics: Lee Ji Eun
Music: Hwang Chan Hee / Lyrics: Kim Tae Yoon
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
Music: Yang Chang Ik / Lyrics: Han Kyung Hye
Music + Lyrics: Yoon Myung Sun
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
Music + Lyrics: Wheesung
Music: Han Sang Won / Lyrics: Lee Dong Soo
Music: Kim Joo Wan / Lyrics: Kim Joo Wan + Park Sung Yong
Music + Lyrics: Jun Hye Sung
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%