No. 1 song: Lexy scored her first ever No. 1 song with "하늘위로" (Up to the sky). She edged out Ivy's "이럴거면" (If it is like this) by 15 points. This is the first time since March 2006 (with Lee Soo Young and Lee Hyori) that two female artistes occupied the top 2 spots on our chart. Traditionally, Korea's music chart is male-dominated. But so far this year, female artistes and groups have been doing exceptionally well. Looks like this trend will continue as there are more songs with potential by female artistes/groups looking to move up the chart. As for Lexy, she won the Inky Gayo Mutizen award with her debut song "Young People". In terms of music chart rankings, she came close on each of her songs, but this is her first No. 1.
Biggest Mover of the week: Lee Jae Won's "I'm So Hot" moves up 20 spots to No. 14 this week. With his powerful dance moves, frequent appearances on gayo shows, and decent album sales, this song should move into the top 10 next week.
Hot shot debut: We have a very high debut this week – SG Wannabe (feat. Ok Ju Hyun)'s "한여름날의꿈" (One Summer Dream) debuted at No. 4, replacing their previous No. 1 hit "Arirang". Like "Arirang", this song is an R&B ballad with traditional arrangements at the beginning of the song. You feel like you are listening to a trot song until you hear them singing. Ok Ju Hyun provides a smooth vocal at the first part of the song, and also sang with members of SG Wannabe at the end. This song is already No. 1 on M!Countdown, and looks to challenge the top 3 songs next week.
New songs: This is a very active week, with 14 new songs. The theme this week is the return of many "old-skool" k-pop singers.
Songs to watch out:
6. CSJH The Grace – 한번 더 OK? (One More Time OK?) – The female quartet is moving up the chart very fast. Just last week, they scored their first top 20 hit. Now one week later and 11 spots higher, they scored their first top 10 hit. With increasing album sales and high TV exposure, they may be scoring their first No. 1 hit soon.
24. Wonder Girls – 미안한 마음 ~tears~ (Sorry feeling ~tears~) – This ballad replaced their dance song "Irony". This is the kind of song that you may not like initially, but grows on you as you listen more. Wonder Girls are showing mature vocals in this song, hard to believe they are all 14-17 year olds.
25. Yoon Gun – 설마 (Impossible) – I was wrong! We finally saw Yoon Gun coming out to perform on gayo shows. Not only does he sing, but he also plays the piano on this beautiful ballad. His title song from this album "사랑으로 빚진 날들" (The Days Of Being In Debt Because Of Love) failed to hit the top 10. Let see if this song will, now that people have finally seen him performing live.
29. Yang Pa – 사랑…그게 뭔데 (Love…What Is That?) – 6 years is an extremely long layoff. To return and do better than before and gaining even more fans is amazing. That's what Yang Pa did. I am so glad to see one of my favorite female singers in Korea finally come back with a new album. This song is written by Park Keun Tae and Kang Eun Kyung, same combination for Ivy's "이럴거면" (If it is like this). This song also reminds me of another Park Keun Tae's hit "사랑안해" (I Won't Love) which helped Bae Ji Young revitalize her career last year. Yang Pa also has the top selling album in Korea now. It is almost certain that this song will make a big jump to the top 10 next week.
34. Min Hyo Rin – Stars – Model turned singer Min Hyo Rin already has fans even before debut. This is a nice ballad that should gain public acceptance. She is another female rookie on a very strong class this year.
38. Verbal Jint (feat. Dynamic Duo) – Favorite – If you like commercial R&B with rappings, this is the kind of song that you are looking for. New singer Verbal Jint had the help of established hip-hop group Dynamic Duo on this song. The album is selling pretty well for a new singer who has not yet appeared on any music programs.
44. Hans Band – You Smile, Don't Cry – Like Yang Pa, the 3 sisters who all shared a middle name "Han" returned after a long layoff. They were teenagers when we first knew them back in the late 90s. Now, they are mature young ladies in their 20s. A return of an old-skool k-pop group. Tihe song offers a hopeful message to children who lack love and suffer from alienation. The music video was filmed in Cambodia.
47. Jung Il Young – 여자는 (A Woman) – Most of us should remember Jung Il Young as the singer with a high-pitched voice who sang the theme song "Pray" from the 1st generation hit drama "Autumn Fairy Tale". More than 7 years later, he has returned with a digital single. This is an emotional ballad featuring Jung's distinctly poignant voice. It is about the wayward and misplaced emotions that result from misunderstandings between a couple. The music video conveys, through beautiful images, a painful reunion with a former lover.
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: Perry,용감한형제 / Lyrics: Yang Hyun Suk
Music: Park Geun Tae / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Music: Shin In Soo / Lyrics: Yang Jae Sun
Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Music: Hwang Chan Hee / Lyrics: Wheesung
Music + Lyrics: Kenzie
Music: Im Chang Jung / Lyrics: Kim Chang Hwan
Music: Lee Sun Woong, Choi Jin / Lyrics: Lee Sun Woong
Music: PJ / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Music + Lyrics: Lee Juck
Genre: Pop Ballad
Watch the performance
Album: Suh Young Eun Vol. 7 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Music: Moon Jung Kyu / Lyrics: Suh Young Eun
Music: Hagiw / Lyrics: Shim Hyun Bo
Music: Adam Alvermak / Lyrics: Lee Ji Eun
Music + Lyrics: Lee Young Hoon
Music: Kim Joo Wan / Lyrics: Kim Joo Wan + Park Sung Yong
Music + Lyrics: Wheesung
Music + Lyrics: Yoon Myung Sun
Music + Lyrics: Jun Hye Sung
21. (+1) Kara – Break It: 332
22. (-3) T – 검은 행복 (Black Happiness) : 327
23. (+17) Ji Eun – 어제와다른오늘 (Yesterday different from today) : 306
24. (New) Wonder Girls – 미안한 마음 ~tears~ (Sorry feeling ~tears~) : 296
25. (New) Yoon Gun – 설마 (Impossible) : 289
26. (–) Superjunior-T – 로꾸거 (Ro Ggu Guh!!!) : 273
27. (+14) Paran – 그녀와 난 (Her and I) : 269
28. (+9) Soul Town – My Lady : 259
29. (New) Yang Pa – 사랑…그게 뭔데 (Love…What Is That?) : 244
30. (-5) Bobby Kim – You're My Everything : 243
31. (-4) Kil Gun – 흔들어봐 (Shake It) : 224
32. (–) Free Style – 수취인불명 (Addresses Not Found) : 206
33. (-4) The Nuts – 내 사람입니다 (This is My Person) : 198
34. (New) Min Hyo Rin – Stars : 192
35. (-2) K.Will – 왼쪽가슴 (Left Chest) : 179
36. (-15) Gummy – 통증 (Drama H.I.T. OST) (Pain) : 161
37. (New) MC Sniper (feat. Bae Chi Gi) – Smile Again : 157
38. (New) Verbal Jint – Favorite : 143
39. (-9) In Soon Yi – 거위의꿈 (Goose's Dream) : 142
40. (+6) Lazybone – 나는새 (I am a bird) : 128
41. (New) Lee Seung Yul – 기억할게 (Will Remember) : 118
42. (+1) IV COS – 죽어도 갖지 못할 사랑 (The Love That I Will Never Be Able To Get) : 117
43. (-8) Kim Dong Ryul – 감사 (Thank You) : 116
44. (New) Hans Band – You Smile, Don't Cry : 106
45. (New) Jang Yoon Jung – 어부바 (Piggyback) : 103
46. (New) Seo In Young – 가르쳐줘요 (Please Teach Me) : 102
47. (New) Jung Il Young – 여자는 (A Woman) : 90
48. (New) Kim Jong Seo – I Love You : 86
49. (New) Eco Bridge – Night and Day : 79
50. (-14) The Cross – 사랑하니까 (Because I Love You) : 76
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 June 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, 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, MNet M!Countdown, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, Show Music Tank, Pops In Seoul) – 5%