Weekly Music Chart 2007 – June week 5

2007-07-03 04:18:06 2010-11-24 11:06:47

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.

1. (–) Yang Pa – 사랑…그게 뭔데 (Love…What Is That?) *** 3 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Genre: Pop Ballad
Watch the performance
Album: Yang Pa Vol. 4 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song to Yang Pa's 5th album, 'The Windows of My Soul.' Making a comeback after 6 years, Yang Pa uses lovely stringed melodies and a string sampling from a variation of 'Pachelbel's Canon' in this song. The artist's sweet voice sings about the emotions felt while lovers part.

Music: Park Keun Tae / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Score: 977

2. (–) See Ya – 사랑의인사 (Love Greeting)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: See Ya Vol. 2 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song to See Ya's 2nd album, 'Lovely Sweetheart.' Sampling Elgar's 'Love's Greeting,' the song offers a sweet classic melody along with a romantic acoustic instrumental arrangement. The music video depicts Lee Yo-won and Jo Hyun-jae as lovers in both their previous and current lives. The story is about an all-transcending, destined love.

Music: Kim Do Hoon + Lee Sang Ho / Lyrics: Hwang Sung Jin + Lee Ji Eun
Score: 968

3. (–) SG Wannabe (feat. Ok Ju Hyun) – 한여름날의꿈 (One Summer Dream)
Genre: R&B Ballad
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Album: SG Wannabe Vol. 4 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured in SG Wannabe's 4th album, 'The Sentimental Chord,' this medium-tempo track was composed by Cho Young Soo, who wrote the title song for the album, 'Arirang.' This time, the group uses British instruments and gives off a distinctly British vibe. The music video, which follows SG Wannabe's 'Arirang' music video, tells a heartbreaking love story between characters portrayed by Lee Beom-su, Lee Seon-kyoon and Oak Joo-hyun.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 910

4. (–) Lee Ssang (feat. ALI) – 발레리노(Ballerino)
Genre: hip-hop
Watch the MV
Album: Lee Ssang Vol. 4 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title track to Leessang's 4th album, 'Black Sun.' The hip-hop piece tells a love story, with lyrics and a melody that are poetic. Ryu Seung-beom stars in the music video, which was made by his brother, the director Ryu Seung-wan. The piece depicts the pain of a man who has lost the woman he loves.

Music + Lyrics: Lee Ssang
Score: 909

5. (+4) Dynamic Duo (feat. Naul)’s “출첵” (Attendance Checkup)
Genre: Hip-hop
Watch the performance
Album: Dynamic Duo Vol. 3 Track 9 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song of Dynamic Duo's 3rd album, 'Enlightened.' With a lively and funky melody, the track tells people who are struggling and weary to forget their troubles for the sake of a better tomorrow – and to have fun. The music video spoofs various TV programs, adding to the fun of the story.

Music: Dynamic Duo / Lyrics: Dynamic Duo + Naul
Score: 876

6. (+20) Clazziquai – Lover Boy *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Genre: Pop / Jazz
Watch the performance
Album: Clazziquai Vol. 3 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song of Clazziquai's 3rd album, 'Love Child of the Century.' Influenced by the new wave genre of the 80s, this electronica-infused track features a great vocal pairing between the sexy-sounding Horan and romantic-crooner Alex.

Music + Lyrics: Kim Sung Hoon
Score: 777

7. (+1) Lexy (feat. Ji Eun) – 하늘위로 (Up to the sky)
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 light-hearted 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: 716

8. (New) F.T Island – 사랑앓이 (Painful Love) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Genre: Pop
Watch the preformance
Album: F.T Island Vol. 1 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured in the debut album, 'Cheerful Sensibility,' of the 5-member boy band F.T Island. The group is made up of Lee Hong-ki, Lee Jae-jin, Oh Won-bin, Choi Min-hwan and Choi Jong-hoon. The five guys boast an enviable mix of musical talent, performance flair and, of course, good looks. This mid-tempo R&B song is written and produced by Vibe's Ryu Jae Hyun.

Music + Lyrics: Ryu Jae Hyun
Score: 681

9. (-3) CSJH The Grace – 한번 더 OK? (One More Time OK?)
Genre: Pop / Dance
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Album: CSJH The Grace Vol. 1 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song for TSZX The Grace's first album by the same name. Created by popular composer Kenzie, it's a great R&B dance track laced with bold lyrics and a powerful arrangement. The spectacular visuals combine the members' explosive vocal skills with fierce dancing. Especially noteworthy is how the four gals showcase their distinct individual charms in the latter half of the music video, when they perform solo using a pole.

Music + Lyrics: Kenzie
Score: 676

10. (+10) Ivy – Cupido
Genre: Pop / Dance
Watch the performance
Album: Ivy Vol. 2 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured in Ivy's 2nd album, 'A Sweet Moment,' this technical dance track has a powerful rhythm that intensifies Ivy's vocals. A highly technical arrangement and a great rhythm will get you hooked on the melody immediately. The music video was made with images from the main scenes of the movie, 'Love & Trouble.'

Music: Park Geun Tae + Kim Tae Hyun / Lyrics: Wheesung
Score: 652

11. (–) 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: 523

12. (-7) MC The Max – 가슴아 그만해 (My Heart Cannot Go On Like This Any Longer)
Genre: Rock Ballad
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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: 514

13. (+3) Battle – 말해 (Tell Me)
Genre: Pop
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Album: Battle 2nd single Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song of Battle's single album, '2nd Single.' It's about a man who is hesitant about confessing his love and a woman telling him to just say the words. With cute lyrics, a lively beat and a fun melody, this love song fits perfectly with Battle's bright and fresh image.


Score: 493

14. (-7) 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: 489

15. (+6) Oh Jong Hyuk – 사랑이그래요 (Love is like that)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Oh Jong Hyuk Digital Single Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song to Oh Jong-hyuk's first single album by the same name. Singer/songwriter The Name composed the piece along with Brown Eyed Soul's Sung Hoon, while Whee Sung wrote the lyrics. The music video for this medium-tempo ballad, starring Oh Jong-hyuk, is the painful love-and-separation story of a guy who wants to erase all the painful memories following a break-up.
Music: The Name / Lyrics: Wheesung
Score: 488

16. (-4) 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: 455

17. (-7) Byul – 미워도좋아 (Don't care if you hate it)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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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: 429

18. (+4) Tony An (feat. SAT) – Melody
Genre: Pop
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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.

Music: Richard Silva / Lyrics: Lee Sang Baek
Score: 409

19. (-5) Hyun Young – 연애혁명 (Love Revolution)
Genre: Pop
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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.

Music: Morning Musume's "Love Revolution21" / Lyrics: Hong Ji Yoo
Score: 408

20. (+3) Banana Girl (feat. Lee Hyun Ji) – 쵸콜렛 (Chocolate)
Genre: Pop / Dance
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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.

Music + Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk
Score: 376

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%