No. 1 song: New boy band F.T Island scored their first No. 1 song with their debut hit "사랑앓이" (Painful Love). This song is also No. 1 on M!Countdown this week. F.T Island is the first boy band to hit No. 1 with their first ever song since DBSG's "Hug" a few years ago. It only takes them 4 weeks to reach the top spot, which is very impressive.
Biggest Mover of the week: MC Mong (feat. Kim Tae Woo)'s "So Fresh" moves up 14 spots to No. 20 this week despite not coming out to perform. As I mentioned last week, Kim Tae Woo is in the army so he will be unable to perform with MC Mong, but it doesn't seem to affect this song's popularity. MC Mong has collobrated with many ballad artists to produce hit songs over the last few years, and this is another one.
Hot shot debut: Rock band Nell has the highest debut this week with the song "It's okay" at No. 12. This song is coming from the band's re-arranged album "Let's Take A Walk". Nell has become one of the top selling rock band in Korea now with solid album sales on every release. Needless to say, this song's score are mostly coming from album sales. Like their previous singles, this is a mid-tempo rock song.
New songs: We have 7 new songs and 1 re-entry this week:
Songs to watch out:
11. Daylight – 머리를 자르고 (After Hair Cut) – moving up to the edge of the top 10 this week. It is one of the better ballads recently, written by Minuki, who has many hit songs in the past. Daylight is actively performing this song, hoping to push it to the top 10 next week.
16. Fly To The Sky – My Angel – just missed out as the hot shot debut, this song enters the chart at No. 16 this week. It is the title song from the duo's 7th album "No Limitation". Fans have high hopes on this album. With the good timing of this release, if the songs are doing well on the chart, it should be able to help F2TS to win many awards at year end. Next week, the album sales score kicks in, means that we should see this song in the top 10.
19. Brown Eyed Girls (feat. Lee Jae Hoon) – 오아시스 (Oasis) – surprisingly, this is the top airplay song in Korea last week (source from ChartKorea). There are no words yet whether BEG will come out to perform this song. If they do, it should do at least as well as "Hold the Line" last summer.
27. Kim Dong Wan – 손수건 (Handkerchief) – moving up slower than expected but should make a bigger jump next week with album sales score counted. Dong Wan is actively promoting this song on gayo shows as well.
31. Buzz – 사랑은 가슴이 시킨다 Part 2 (Love Is Controlled By The Heart Part 2) – perhaps the last song from this highly successful group in the past 2 years. Buzz has announced their breakup due to military services by members. We are hoping that they will re-unite some day. But fans should cherish this song. It is a digital single.
36. Superjunior – 행복 (Happiness) – a remake of H.O.T.'s hit. It's the tenth anniversary of the song. This song is recorded in SM Town's summer 2007 album. For the 2nd year in a row, Superjunior has been selected to carry the title song from the label's annual summer release (last year it was "Dancing Out").
40. Typhoon – 그대만 (Just Then) – title song from the trio's 2nd album. The melody changed dramatically during the song, from slow to fast beat. Typhoon is trying to shake away images of 2nd Koyotae on this album. Female member Solbi is really popular these days appearing on a lot of shows. Their debut song "그래서…" (So) last year went to No. 2. Let see if they can duplicate this success.
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 + Lyrics: Ryu Jae Hyun
Music: Kim Do Hoon + Lee Sang Ho / Lyrics: Hwang Sung Jin + Lee Ji Eun
Music + Lyrics: Lee Ssang
Music: Park Keun Tae / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Music: Choi Hwa Jun / Lyrics: Choi Jini
Music + Lyrics: Kim Sung Hoon
Music: Dynamic Duo / Lyrics: Dynamic Duo + Naul
Music: Park Geun Tae + Kim Tae Hyun / Lyrics: Wheesung
Music: Han Sang Won / Lyrics: Lee Dong Soo, Jung Sung Pil
Music: Morning Musume's "Love Revolution21" / Lyrics: Hong Ji Yoo
Genre: Pop ballad
Watch the performance
Album: Daylight digital single Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Music + Lyrics: Minuki
Music + Lyrics: Kim Jong Wan
Music: The Name / Lyrics: Wheesung
14. (+2) Brown Eyes – 이 노래 (This song)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: Brown Eyes – The Very Best of Brown Eyes: Take A Favorite Track 16 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Music: Naul, Sung Hoon / Lyrics: Cho Eun Hee, Naul
Music: Hwang Chan Hee / Lyrics: Kim Yi Jin
Music: Kang Hwa Sung / Lyrics: Jo Gyu Man
Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Music: Kim Sung Hoon / Lyrics: Lim Chang Jung + Lee Kang Hee
Music: Yoon Il Sang / Lyrics: Kim Tae Yoon
Music: Kim Gun Woo / Lyrics: Maybee
21. (-4) Lee Juck – 다행이다 (To be fortunate) : 342
22. (-10) Tony An (feat. SAT) – Melody : 340
23. (-1) Kara – 맘에 들면 (If You Wanna) : 335
24. (-14) CSJH The Grace – 한번 더 OK? (One More Time OK?) : 334
25. (-4) Banana Girl (feat. Lee Hyun Ji) – 쵸콜렛 (Chocolate) : 328
26. (+2) V.O.S.+ Hyun Joon – 나 이젠 (I Now) : 317
27. (+8) Kim Dong Wan – 손수건 (Handkerchief) : 313
28. (-8) Chae Yeon – My Love : 292
29. (-4) Battle – 말해 (Tell Me) : 267
30. (-7) Byul – 미워도좋아 (Don't care if you hate it) : 253
31. (New) Buzz – 사랑은 가슴이 시킨다 Part 2 (Love Is Controlled By The Heart Part 2) : 248
32. (-18) Lexy (feat. Ji Eun) – 하늘위로 (Up to the sky) : 246
33. (–) Soulstar (feat. Baek Ji Young) – 우리가 이별할 때 (When we separate) : 182
34. (-2) Bobby Kim – 일년을 하루같이 (One Year One Day Together) : 172
35. (-6) The One – 사랑아 (Love) : 163
36. (New) Super Junior – 행복 (Happiness) : 161
37. (Re-entry) MC Sniper (feat. Bae Chi Gi) – Smile Again : 158
38. (+1) YB – 사랑했어요 (Loved You) : 157
39. (-9) T – 검은 행복 (Black Happiness) : 142
40. (New) Typhoon – 그대만 (Just Then) : 128
41. (-10) Jang Yoon Jung – 어부바 (Piggyback) : 118
42. (-4) Pia – Black Fish Swim : 117
43. (-16) Ji Eun – 어제와다른오늘 (Yesterday different from today) : 116
44. (-3) 2NB – 여자이니까 (Because I'm a Woman) : 114
45. (-9) Son Dam Bi – Cry Eye : 110
46. (New) The Cross – 시간이 지나도 (Even If Time Passes By) : 109
47. (-5) H2歌人 – 사랑해 또 행복해 (I Love You And I'm Happy) : 99
48. (New) Seo Yeon (feat. Verbal Jint) – The Way To Paradise : 96
49. (-6) Veil – Radio : 94
50. (-13) Tei – 눈물에 잠기다 (Locked up in tears) : 83
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 July week 3:
ChartKorea – 20%
Hanteo and KMDIA Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 20%
MNet M!Countdown + MNet Internet Chart – 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, SBS Music Space, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, Show Music Tank, Pops In Seoul) – 5%