No. 1 song: Yangpa withstood very strong competitions and held on to the top spot for the 3rd straight week with "사랑…그게 뭔데" (Love…What Is That?). This week even though the top 4 songs remain unchanged, but it is the first time ever on our chart that 4 songs scored over 900 points in the same week. Even at No. 5, Dynamic Duo's "출첵" (Attendance Checkup) was not far behind at 876 points. Going back to Yangpa, her successful comeback reminds me more and more of Baek Ji Young last year. Ironically, Park Geun Tae produced both of their songs.
Biggest Mover of the week: Clazziquai's "Lover Boy" made a 20-spot jump straight into the top 10 at No. 6. Clazziquai's previous biggest hit was "She Is" from the hit drama "My Name is Kim Sam Soon". Their jazz style music is always unique and refreshing. Let see if they will hit the top with this new song.
Hot shot debut: A surprise song with a very high debut this week. New boy band F.T Island's "사랑앓이" (Painful Love) debuts at No. 8 this week. For their fans, it is not so surprising as their album is a top 3 seller in the sales chart. What is more surprising is that the promotional activity of F.T Island was only started recently. They are still unknown to many people. "Painful Love" is a fan pleasing debut song with a mid-tempo R&B popish melody. Vibe's Ryu Jae Hyun wrote and produced this song.
New songs: We have 7 new songs and 3 re-entries this week.
Songs to watch out:
5. Dynamic Duo (feat. Naul) “출첵” (Attendance Checkup) – Without such strong competitions, this song should already been in the top 3 or even No. 1. Now they have to gain more points to move up higher. Still a good song for hard core hip-hop fans. This song should go over 900 points next week.
10. Ivy – Cupido – Ivy returns to the top 10 only after 1 week off. It's already the 3rd top 10 hit for this album, which is very rare in k-pop. Her album is still in the top 20 in sales after 4 months of release. It is definitely one of the most successful albums in the first half of 2007. This song looks like will be another top 5 song for Ivy.
22. J (feat. Lee Jung) – 눈물로 (with tears) – 2nd biggest mover, up 17 spots to No. 22. We have many duets this year already, and I think this song is one of the best. Check it out.
30. Daylight – 머리를 자르고 (After Hair Cut) – We are probably familiar with Daylight as she was featured on ERU's big hit "Black Glasses" last year. Actually she debuted even earlier than ERU with a modern rock album and hits such as "Angel Song" and "Daylight". She's into ballads now which I think fits her voice better. This digital single a lovely ballad with should have no problem gaining acceptance.
34. V.O.S. + Hyun Joon of Monday Kiz – 나 이젠 (I Now) – Last year we have a collobration between 2 up and coming R&B female groups in See Ya and Brown Eyed Girls. This year, a similar collobration between 2 up and coming male groups V.O.S. and Monday Kiz. This song is tailor made to their styles of R&B ballads with smooth vocals.
38. H2歌人 – 사랑해 또 행복해 (I Love You And I'm Happy) – The group was formed by two members of H7 Beauties (who worked with Gavy NJ last year). They have managed to create a vocally exceptional album. The track is about a woman telling a guy she still loves him and can't forget him, and about her pleading with him to come back.
39. 2NB – 여자이니까 (Because I'm a Woman) – Remake of the mega hit by Kiss. I don't think I need to introduce this song as 95% of you should have heard it before (and watched the MV!). Audiences can compare the two versions to see which one they like.
Announcement: This is the last chart for the first half of 2007. Just like the last 2 years, I am going to compile a "half year top 10 songs" and I plan to announce it in this post next week. Stay tune and find out which 10 songs are the most popular in Korea for the first 6 months of 2007.
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: Park Keun Tae / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Music: Kim Do Hoon + Lee Sang Ho / Lyrics: Hwang Sung Jin + Lee Ji Eun
Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Music + Lyrics: Lee Ssang
Music: Dynamic Duo / Lyrics: Dynamic Duo + Naul
Music + Lyrics: Kim Sung Hoon
Music: Perry,용감한형제 / Lyrics: Yang Hyun Suk
Music + Lyrics: Ryu Jae Hyun
Music + Lyrics: Kenzie
Music: Park Geun Tae + Kim Tae Hyun / Lyrics: Wheesung
Genre: Pop / Dance
Watch the performance
Album: Chae Yeon Vol. 4 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Music: The Name / Lyrics: Wheesung
16. (-4) 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.
17. (-7) Byul – 미워도좋아 (Don't care if you hate it)
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.
18. (+4) Tony An (feat. SAT) – Melody
Watch the performance
Album: Tony An "Untold Story" Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Arirang TV: This is the title song to Tony An's special album, 'Untold Story.' The track features rapping by Tony An, an exuberant and intense guitar performance and a lively rhythm. The music video, which stars the artist, shows characters on the phone in two time periods – 1960 and 2007.
19. (-5) Hyun Young – 연애혁명 (Love Revolution)
Watch the MV
Album: Hyun Young 2nd Single Album Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Arirang TV: This is the title track to Hyun Young's 2nd single album by the same name and a re-make of popular Japanese group Morning Musume's 'Love Revolution21.' Hyun Young, made up like a Barbie doll in the music video, offers a comical performance to go with her exuberant singing.
20. (+3) Banana Girl (feat. Lee Hyun Ji) – 쵸콜렛 (Chocolate)
Genre: Pop / Dance
Watch the MV
Album: Banana Girl Vol. 3 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Arirang TV: This electronica-infused, powerful dance track is the title song to Banana Girl's 3rd album, 'Chocolate.' Lee Hyun-ji, also known as Pocket Girl, participates as a guest artist. A bevy of female stars – Kan Mi-youn, Star, Bae Sul-gi, Solbi, Hanna and Son Myung-eun – appears in the music video, upping the merriment in general.
21. (-6) Epik High – Love Love Love : 333
22. (+17) J (feat. Lee Jung) – 눈물로 (With Tears) : 286
23. (+1) T – 검은 행복 (Black Happiness) : 283
24. (+1) Paran – 그녀와 난 (Her and I) : 268
25. (+6) Min Hyo Rin – Stars : 260
26. (-9) Turtles – 한동안뜸했었지 (It's been a long time) : 259
27. (-9) Suh Young Eun – 완소그대 (Completely Precious You) : 248
28. (+17) Tei – 눈물에 잠기다 (Locked up in tears) : 240
29. (Re-entry) Bobby Kim – You're My Everything : 227
30. (New) Daylight – 머리를 자르고 (After Hair Cut) : 209
31. (-1) Park Hyo Shin – 미워하자 (Let's hate) : 205
32. (-4) Lee Jae Won – I'm so hot : 200
33. (-20) Evan – 남자도… 어쩔 수 없다 (Man…Are Unavoidable) : 195
34. (New) V.O.S.+ Monday Kiz (Hyun Joon) – 나 이젠 (I Now) : 182
35. (-1) Wonder Girls – 미안한 마음 ~tears~ (Sorry feeling ~tears~) : 178
36. (-17) Lee Ki Chan – 세사람 (Three Person) : 174
37. (Re-entry) Jang Yoon Jung – 어부바 (Piggyback) : 169
38. (New) H2歌人 – 사랑해 또 행복해 (I Love You And I'm Happy) : 167
39. (New) 2NB – 여자이니까 (Because I'm a Woman) : 155
40. (-13) Ji Eun – 어제와다른오늘 (Yesterday different from today) : 142
41. (Re-entry) Viva Soul (feat. Ha Dong Kyun) – Cry : 128
42. (-10) Maglopy – 비행소녀 (Flight Girl) : 126
43. (-1) MC Sniper (feat. Bae Chi Gi) – Smile Again : 125
44. (New) Seong-A – 사랑했었는데 (I Used To Love) : 120
45. (New) Vibe – 심장에 남는 사람 (The Person Left Inside My Heart) : 119
46. (-13) Free Style – 수취인불명 (Addresses Not Found) : 109
47. (-1) Goodbye Sadness – 오죽했으면 (How desperate) : 108
48. (-10) Lyn – 이별살이 (Separate Life) : 107
49. (-12) Storm – Kitty : 98
50. (-1) YB – 사랑했어요 (Loved You) : 95
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 5:
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, MNet, 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, SBS Music Space, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, MNet M!Countdown, Show Music Tank, Channel[V] A-Live "Big Day Out 세번째 LOVE HUG", Pops In Seoul) – 5%