Biggest Mover of the week: It is not often that a song repeated as the biggest mover in two consecutive weeks, but it has happened to J-Walk’s "여우비" (Light Rain) this week, moving up another 12 spots to No. 8. Looks like this song will be the 2nd big hit for J-Walk since "Suddenly". Fans have not forgotten them even though they have been out of action for a long time.
Hot shot debut: If this is indeed Lee Seung Chul’s last album, it will be a huge loss for k-pop. Fans should cherish his songs now. His newest song "사랑한다" (I Love You) is our highest debut at No. 13 this week. Over the years, Lee Seung Chul has been a consistent hit maker, whether with the group Boo Hwal or his solo efforts. This rock ballad should have no trouble hitting the top 10 again. Pretty soon we may find another song related to Lee Seung Chul in the top 20 as well – SNSD have remade his song "Girls Generation", which and is the title song of their 1st album.
New songs: We have 9 new songs and 1 re-entry this week.
Songs to watch out:
5. Koyote – 사랑공식 (Love Formula) – Yet another top 5 song for this ageless co-ed dance group (they are still quite young BTW), moving up 7 spots this week to No. 5. Instead of working with regular long time producer and songwriter Joo Young Hoon, this time Koyote are working with an all-star combination of Kim Se Jin and Kim Do Hoon on this song. Kim Se Jin wrote and produced most of the hits for Typhoon so we can see the similarity.
15. Sung Shi Kyung – 한번더이별 (Break Up One More Time) – Our second highest debut at No. 15 this week. This song again is written by singer-songwriter Yoon Jong Shin, who is responsible for Sung Shi Kyung’s six-week No. 1 song "거리에서" (On the Street) last year. Sung Shi Kyung is rumored to be headed to military service soon but he wants to release one more album before doing so. This song is from a single album, perhaps a warm-up for his 5th album.
18. F.T Island – 한사람만 (Only one person) – Already the 4th hit from their debut album, this song is an accoustic ballad that is good for the coming winter season. F.T Island are trying to solidify their chances of winning the best new artiste award in one of the strongest rookie classes in recent memory. Their album is still in the top 20 after almost 5 months of release. This song’s popularity should be a good indication of how well they are going to fare in year-end awards.
21. Shin Hye Sung – 지우고, 버리고, 잊어도…(Erase, Abandon, Forget) – Shinhwa members Shin Hye Sung, Kim Dong Wan, Lee Min Woo all released their solo albums at about the same time, and it is a coincidence that the repackaged versions of these 3 albums were also released recently. This is another good ballad from Shin Hye Sung, who just missed out on being No. 1 with his previous hit "첫사람" (First Person). The music video, made as a follow-up piece to "First Person," shows Shin Hye Sung acting as a man who has no choice but to break up with the woman he loves.
29. Youn Ha – 혜성 (Comet) – We just talked about Hye Sung above and now we also have a song titled "Hye Sung" (meaning Comet in Korean) on the chart. This song is re-make of Youn Ha’s Japanese hit of the same title. Youn Ha debuted in Japan first before making it back to Korea. The style of up-tempo pop-rock has become a trademark for Youn Ha, who is also a prime candidate for the new artiste award. The song is already No. 2 on M!Countdown this week, and will probably be our biggest mover next week.
34. Seo Ji Young – 인형의 꿈 (Doll’s Dream) – Seo Ji Young surprised all of us by singing a jazz melody song in this remake album. The song was originally a hit song by Weather Forecast in 1996 and it has been remade many times. The lyrics are about a girl comparing herself to a doll and experiencing a one-sided love.
35. DBSG – 천년연가 (Eternal Love Song) – Fans have been waiting for a new song from DBSG who have been rather quiet in Korea this year after winning many awards in 2006. This song is the title song of MBC drama "Tae Wang Sa Shin Ki", starring Bae Yong Joon. As the title implies, it is a ballad. Japenese soundtrack master Hisaishi Joe composed the song and the ballad brings out DBSG’s poignancy. Even though we don’t expect to see DBSG promoting this song on gayo shows, the drama has good ratings and the OST is selling quite well, so we expect this song to move up and stay in the chart for a while.
50. Sprinkler – 보물섬으로의 항해 (Voyage to the treasure castle) – A recommended song for a new modern rock band led by former Eve member G. Gorilla. Like many modern rock bands in Korea, Sprinkler features a female vocalist. Let’s see if they can crossover to mainstream with this song.
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: Park Jin Young
Music: Seo Jae Ha / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Music: Park Keun Tae / Lyrics: Wheesung
Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Music: Kim Do Hoon, Kim Se Jin / Lyrics: Kim Se Jin, Seo Jung Jin
Music: Bang Shi Hyuk / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Music + Lyrics: Minuki
Music: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Hwang Sung Jin
Music: Hwang Sung Je / Lyrics: Lee Soo Young
Music: Kim Sung Soo + Yoo Young Jin / Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin
Genre: Pop Ballad
Watch the performance
Album: Baek Ji Young Vol. 6 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
22. (-1) Drunken Tiger – 8:45 Heaven : 285
23. (-1) M – THE “M” STYLE : 280
24. (-9) Cherry Filter – 느껴봐 (Feel It) : 274
25. (-9) 8EIGHT – 사랑을잃고난노래하네 (Forget Love and Sing) : 271
26. (+6) Zi-A – 물끄러미 (Absentmindedly) : 263
27. (-4) Jang Hye Jin – 가라 사랑아 (Go Away Love) : 253
28. (+6) Monday Kiz – 투면한 눈물 (Invisible Tears) : 237
29. (New) Youn Ha – 혜성 (Comet) : 236
30. (+7) Jang Yoon Jung – 첫사랑 (First Love) : 234
31. (-5) See Ya – 얼음인형 (Ice Doll) : 195
32. (-15) Na Yoon Kwon – 뒷모습 (Back View) : 194
33. (+6) Choi Jung Chul – 사랑은왜해 (Why Do You Love) : 191
34. (New) Seo Ji Young – 인형의 꿈 (Doll’s Dream) : 184
35. (New) DBSG – 천년연가 (Eternal Love Song) : 183
36. (+4) Park Ki Young – 미안했어요 (I’m Sorry) : 180
37. (+1) Kim Jang Hoon (feat. Epik High) – 남자라서웃어요 (I’m smiling because I’m a man) : 177
38. (-14) Crown J – 그녀를뺏겠습니다 (I’ll get her back) : 169
39. (-11) Lee Ki Chan – 사랑도…이별도… (Love Too…Separation Too…) : 167
40. (-4) Lee Sang Eun – 삶은 여행 (Life is like a journey) : 166
41. (–) Namolla Family – 사랑해요 (I Love You) : 159
42. (-12) Fly To The Sky – 사랑해 (I Love You) : 146
43. (-8) Kim Dong Hwan – 내 잘못이니까 (Because it’s my fault) : 145
44. (New) Lin Ae – 기억강자 (Memory Box) : 138
45. (-3) Kebee – Feeling You : 130
46. (Re-entry) Clazziquai – Romeo n Juliet : 125
47. (+1) JJ – Love Actually : 107
48. (+1) Vasco (Feat. Joe Brown, Jung Hyun) – 덤벼라 세상아 (Attack The World) : 105
49. (-24) Kang Kyun Sung – 널볼때마다 (Every Time I See You) : 104
50. (New) Sprinkler – 보물섬으로의 항해 (Voyage to the treasure castle) : 103
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 November 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, MaxMP3, Muz, Bugs, Ohdio, Soribada) – 15%
Hanteo Gayo Chart – 10% (1 week lag)
Gasoo appearance on gayo shows (MBC Show Music Core, SBS Love Concert, KBS Music Bank, SBS Music Space, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, MNet M!Countdown, KMTV Show Music Tank, Pops In Seoul) – 5%