Weekly Music Chart 2007 – September week 2

2007-09-12 05:28:32 2010-11-24 11:06:55

No. 1 song Big Bang's "거짓말" (Lie) jumped 24 spots all the way to No. 1 this week, tying with Brian's 가지마 (Don't Go) earlier this year as songs making the biggest jump to No. 1. Big Bang has conquered almost every chart in Korea, from sales charts to SBS Inky Gayo Mutizen award to various internet charts to mobile ringtone rankings. Even in KBS Music Bank's new ranking segment this song is No. 1. When M!Countdown resumes next week, Big Bang is the favorite to be No. 1 as well. We may see a perfect 1000 points for this song next week. It is very impressive considered Big Bang holds off a lot of strong challengers as well.

Biggest Mover of the week: Needless to say, the honor also goes to Big Bang's "거짓말" (Lie).

Hot shot debut: F.T Island's follow up song "천둥" (Thunder) made a thunderous debut at No. 3 this week, one of the highest debut this year. This song is more up-tempo than their No. 1 hit "사랑앓이" (Painful Love) but still considered a mid-tempo rock ballad. The arrangement of this song should enable the members to show off their instrument playing skills and tell fans that they are a true band. Korea's top songwriter Cho Young Soo wrote this song for F.T Island. They may be anticipating an interesting battle for No. 1 with Big Bang.

New songs: We have 11 new songs and 2 re-entries this week:

Songs to watch out:

2. Shin Hye Sung – 첫사람 (First Person) – Kind of lost in the shadow between Big Bang's impressive jump to No. 1 and F.T Island's great debut at No. 3. Actually, this song moves up 4 spots to No. 2 and just lost the No. 1 battle by 8 points. It should still be a major challenger of the top spot the next few weeks.

5. Lee Seung Ki – 착한거짓말 (White Lie) – In any other weeks, this song should be the hot shot debut. This is not a common week though. Lee Seung Ki is blessed to work with top songwriters on each album: Psy wrote his debut song "Because You Are My Woman", Kim Do Hoon wrote the title song on his last album "Words Hard To Tell". This time, Lee Seung Ki collobrates with Cho Young Soo on this song. It is a very nice ballad that showcases Lee Seung Ki's matured voice. This is another song that should be battling for No. 1 soon.

7. SNSD – 다시만난세계 (Into The New World) – SM's new girl group made an impressive 11-spot jump to No. 7 this week, becoming their first top 10 hit. This song tops the ChartKorea airplay list, and is also No. 2 at M!Countdown. SM has launched another successful young group and we should watch them out.

18. Black Pearl – 좋은걸어떡해 (What Can I Do If I Like It) – A female group that has both the look and the voice. This week they finally made it into the top 20. With more appearances on gayo shows, people are starting to recognize them. Definitely have the potential to move up further.

25. Crown J – 그녀를뺏겠습니다 (I'll get her back) – Rapper Crown J is back with his 2nd album. This song is already debuting higher than any of his songs from his 1st album. Commercial hip-hop songs have been very successful in Korea lately, and Crown J is another choice and a candidate to breakthough on this album.

29. Choon Ja – 사랑이뭐길래 (What is love) – Perhaps the female singer with the most front-edged image in Korea, Choon Ja used to have bald head and tattoos on her body. Now after a 180 degrees transformation, she's opted for a more conservative and elegant look. This song is also a more traditional ballad which is different from her previous funky dance songs.

36. MC The Max – Run To The Sky – This song replaces their hit "눈물" (Tears). Technically it is not a new song as it appeared on a cartoon "Iron Kid" OST last year. Recently, a new version called "Cooler Mix" has been released and it makes onto our chart.

38. S.Jin – 백번을 불러도 (Even If I Call Out A Hundred Times) – A highly recommended song. S.Jin is an underrated R&B ballad singer. He mainly releases digital singles and this one is no exception. I think this is his best song so far.

45. Kim Sa Rang – 위로 (Recognition) – Not to be confused with the actress, this Kim Sa Rang is a highly regarded male rocker who returned with a new album recently after a long lay off. The album made it into the top 10 in sales and this song also made it into our chart.

Songs written by Cho Young Soo – Korea's most popular songwriter sets another record this week: 4 of the top 5 songs are written by him, including Shin Hye Sung's "첫사람" (First Person), F.T Island's "천둥" (Thunder), See Ya's "결혼할까요" (Shall we marry), Lee Seung Ki's "착한거짓말" (White Lie). In addition, Zi-A's "물끄러미" (Absentmindedly) is also written by him so he has half of the top 10 songs. Another top 20 song from Cho is Black Pearl's "좋은걸어떡해" (What Can I Do If I Like It). Most of these songs are of different variety, as he shows us that he's more than a R&B ballad writer. There are more songs written by Cho Young Soo that is expected to debut on our chart soon, including Hong Kyung Min's "못난이" (Fool) and Zi-A's follow up duet with KCM "내마음별과같이" (Together With The Star in My Heart).

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. (+24) Big Bang – 거짓말 (Lie) *** 1 WEEK NO. 1 + BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Genre: R&B / Dance
Watch the performance
Album: Big Bang Mini-Album 2007 – Always Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the representative track for BIGBANG's 2007 mini album, "Always." Created by BIGBANG's vocalist G. Dragon, the addictive Euro-house song features trance chords and a piano-driven melody. The music video is about G. Dragon's character taking on a false murder accusation on behalf of his girlfriend and being hauled off to the authorities.

Music + Lyrics: G-Dragon
Score: 875

2. (+4) Shin Hye Sung – 첫사람 (First Person)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Shin Hye Sung Vol. 2 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the representative track for Shin Hye-sung's 2nd album, 'The Beginning, New Days.' The song showcases beautiful lyrics that meld perfectly with Shin Hye-sung's sweet vocals. The music video, produced as part of a sequence, is about a dying man who had never believed in love, finally encountering love.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Yoon Sa Ra
Score: 867

3. (New) F.T Island – 천둥 (Thunder) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Genre: Rock Ballad
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Album: F.T Island Vol. 1 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured in the debut album, "Cheerful Sensibility," of the popular 5-guy band F.T Island, this song is about loving someone but having to let the person go. The music video, starring vocalist Lee Hong-ki as the lead, addresses school violence, one-sided love and other teen issues.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 861

4. (-3) See Ya – 결혼할까요 (Shall We Marry)
Genre: Pop
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Album: See Ya Vol. 2 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured in See Ya's 2nd album, "Lovely Sweetheart," this reggae song is a love confession using cute lyrics and vocals. The gals of See Ya take on the acting challenge for their music video, which features three couples and the songstresses in wedding dresses.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 848

5. (New) Lee Seung Ki – 착한거짓말 (White Lie)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Lee Seung Ki Vol. 3 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the representative song for Lee Seung-ki's 3rd album, 'Separation Story.' An appealing ballad with a sad melody, the song is about a man who has to let go of the woman he loves. The music video, starring Lee Seung-ki, tells about the friendships, loves and betrayals among youth active in an anti-Japanese movement.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 817

6. (-4) Son Ho Young – 하늘에 내 마음이 (My Heart at the Sky)
Genre: Pop
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Album: Son Ho Young single album "Sweet Love" track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the representative song for Son Ho Young's single album, "Sweet Love." A catchy beat, poetic chorus and Son Ho Young's lovely vocals come together well in this song about one man's quest for true love. The music video, starring Son Ho Young and Jung See-ya, is about the pain of a man who loses his lover in a car accident.

Music: Kang Ji Won / Lyrics: Son Ho Young
Score: 730

7. (+11) SNSD – 다시만난세계 (Into The New World)
Genre: Pop / Dance
Watch the performance
Album: SNSD 1st single album Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title song to SNSD's debut single album, "Into the New World." The group is made up of 9 high school gals – Yoon-a, Soo-young, Yu-ri, Tae-yeon, Jessica, Tiffany, Sunny and Seo-hyun. The song, made by Kenzie, is a bright and energetic pop dance track packed with teenagers' innocence, passion and confidence.

Music: Kenzie / Lyrics: Kim Jung Bae
Score: 712

8. (-4) Kim Dong Wan – 손수건 (Handkerchief)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Kim Dong Wan Vol. 1 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This poetic ballad, with its catchy melody, is the representative song for Kim Dong-wan's solo debut album, "Kimdongwan is." The music video was shot in Busan and stars Kang Sung-jin, Yoo Gun, Lim Sung-un and Kim Dong-wan. The artiste plays a bad cop who's mean but has a warm side.

Music + Lyrics: Yoon Myung Sun
Score: 679

9. (-6) Fly To The Sky – My Angel
Genre: R&B Ballad
Watch the perfromance
Album: Fly To The Sky Vol. 7 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the main track on Fly to the Sky's 7th album, "No Limitations". The ballad is layered atop a soft string melody. Jo Kyu-man wrote the lyrics for the piece, which is about a love that leaves you longing. Both the guys of Fly to the Sky show off their very best in a song that is the perfect degree of emotional.

Music: Kang Hwa Sung / Lyrics: Jo Gyu Man
Score: 621

10. (-3) Zia – 물끄러미 (Absentmindedly)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Zia 1st single album "Voice of Heaven" Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the representative song for Zia's debut single album, "Voice of Heaven." The artiste sings emotionally of longing for love on this classic pop ballad. The blockbuster-style music video, starring Shin Hyun-joon and Kim Ok-bin, is the first in an omnibus trilogy.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 568

11. (-2) Typhoon – 그대만 (Just Then)
Genre: Pop / Dance
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Album: Typhoon Vol. 2 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the representative track for Typhoon's 2nd album, 'Travel.' An intense beat and sensual, house-vibe melody meld gracefully with electronica sounds. The song is about being willing to forget a past love if the act of holding on and waiting makes things more difficult for the other person.

Music: Lee Hee Sung / Lyrics: Park Sung Jin, Ahn Eun Jin, Kwon Hyuk Sung
Score: 543

12. (-1) Bada – Queen
Genre: Dance
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Album: Bada single album "Queen" track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the representative track for Bada's single album, "Queen." Composed by Han Sang-won, who wrote Bada's 2006 hit track, "V.I.P," "Queen" is a dance song that melds an 80s disco vibe with a futuristic 21st-century sound. Bada's retro fashions in the music video go well with the song.

Music: Han Sang Won / Lyrics: Han Sang Won, Bada
Score: 515

13. (-3) MC Mong (feat. Kim Tae Woo) – So Fresh
Genre: Hip-hop
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Album: MC Mong digital single 2007 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on MC Mong's digital single, this song is the 2nd collaboration between MC Mong and Kim Tae Woo, the first one being the big hit "I Love U Oh Thank U". Once again, MC Mong provides the rapping and Kim Tae Woo sings this nice ballad.

Music: Kim Gun Woo / Lyrics: Maybee
Score: 504

14. (+2) M – Stomp
Genre: Dance
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Album: M Vol. 3 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the main song on M's 3rd album, "Explore M." A powerful hip-hop track, it has the feel of "Bump," the title track of his 2nd album, but with a more-evolved sound. It was made with instrumental sources purchased personally by Lee Min-woo from a U.S. sampling company.

Music + Lyrics: Lee Min Woo
Score: 496

15. (-3) Brown Eyed Girls (feat. Lee Jae Hoon) – 오아시스 (Oasis)
Genre: Pop
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Album: Brown Eyed Girls Digitial Single "I am summer" Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the representative track for the Brown Eyed Girls' digital single album, "I Am Summer." The exceptional vocals of the group's members meld wonderfully with former Cool-vocalist Lee Jae-hun's voice, creating a fun song reminiscent of hits from Cool's heyday. The music video, shot in Jeju Island, shows the Brown Eyed Girls looking fresh and cool on a summer vacation.

Music: Yoon Il Sang / Lyrics: Kim Tae Yoon
Score: 467

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

Arirang TV: This is the title track to Lee Ssang'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: 447

17. (-3) Wanted – I Promise You
Genre: R&B Ballad
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Album: Wanted Vol. 2 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the representative track for Wanted's 2nd album, "7Dayz & Wanted." The album was made by the guys of Wanted and Lee Jung, all of whom were a part of the former band 7Dayz. With a powerful refrain in the chorus and stirring melody, "I Promise You" is a minor ballad that showcases a great melding of lyrics and harmonies.

Music: Lee Hyun Jung / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Score: 431

18. (+6) Black Pearl – 좋은걸어떡해 (What Can I Do If I Like It)
Genre: R&B Ballad
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Album: Black Pearl single track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: The first hit song by R&B female quartet Black Pearl, consists of members Nami (26), Mika (24), Young Joo (20), and Hwi Eun (17). This song is written by top composer Cho Young Soo. The traditional instrument arrangement adds flavor to this song.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 409

19. (+2) V.O.S. + (Hyun Joon) feat. Monday Kiz (Jin Sung) – 나 이젠 (I Now)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Watch the performance
Album: Digital Single NA2ZEN Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the representative track for the solo single album 'NA2ZEN' by V.O.S' Choi Hyun-joon. The moving ballad shows off a wonderful harmony between Choi Hyun-joon's powerful voice and the deep vocals of Monday Kiz's Lee Jin-sung. A great performance by actor Oh Ji-ho in the music video amps up the song's poignancy.

Music: Han Sang Won / Lyrics: Han Sang Won, Lee Ji Eun
Score: 389

20. (-12) Yang Pa – 그대를 알고 (Since Knowing You)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Yang Pa Vol. 4 Track 5 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Follow up song from Yang Pa's 5th album, 'The Windows of My Soul.' This song resembles closely many hit ballads Yang Pa had sung in the past that displayed her powerful vocal and emotions. This song is written by Kim Do Hoon and Yoon Sa Ra, another good combination to make hit songs.

Music: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Yoon Sa Ra
Score: 367

21. (-1) Clazziquai – Lover Boy : 339
22. (+10) Park Sang Min – 서른이면 (When I am thirty) : 326
23. (-4) Rumble Fish – 그대내게다시 (That Day, I Again) : 294
24. (-2) J (feat. Lee Jung) – 눈물로 (With tears) : 291
25. (New) Crown J – 그녀를뺏겠습니다 (I'll get her back) : 271
26. (+8) Jang Hye Jin – 가라 사랑아 (Go Away Love) : 252
27. (+1) Il Rak – 그래도사랑합니다 (I still love you) : 246
28. (-11) Super Junior – 행복 (Happiness) : 240
29. (New) Choon Ja – 사랑이뭐길래 (What is love) : 239
30. (+3) LPG – 바다의공주 (The Princess Of Sea) : 229
31. (–) As One / 2NB – Holiday : 203
32. (-6) Lee Sun Gyun – 바다여행 (Ocean Trip) : 182
33. (+3) Moo Ga Dang – 오에오 (O.A.O.) : 172
34. (-7) Daylight – 머리를 자르고 (After Hair Cut) : 170
35. (+3) Nell – It's okay : 169
36. (New) MC The Max – Run to the sky : 158
37. (–) Mina (Feat. AK'SENT) – Look : 143
38. (New) S.Jin – 백번을 불러도 (Even If I Call Out A Hundred Times) : 131
39. (-16) Buzz – 사랑은 가슴이 시킨다 Part 2 (Love Is Controlled By The Heart Part 2) : 128
40. (–) Monster – Soul : 110
41. (New) Chae Yeon – 서투른 사랑 (Clumsy Love) : 105
42. (New) Yoon Hwa Jae In – 사랑이 이런거였니 (Was Love Like This?) : 104
43. (Re-entry) K.Will – 하리오 (Hario) : 103
44. (Re-entry) Joo Shik Hwi Sa – 좋을거야 (Will be good) : 89
45. (New) Kim Sa Rang – 위로 (Recognition) : 88
46. (New) Dynamic Duo – 복잡해 (Complicated) : 86
47. (-5) Kara – Secret World : 79
48. (-5) Mr. Tyfoon – 카니발 (Carnival) : 73
49. (-8) Hwa Yobi – 백만송이 장미 (One Million Roses) : 72
50. (New) CSJH The Grace – 댄서인더레인 (Dancer in the rain) : 65

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 September week 2:

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, MNet M!Countdown, SBS Music Space, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, KMTV Show! Music Tank, MTV Live Wow Special, Pops In Seoul) – 5%