Weekly Music Chart 2007 – November week 2

2007-11-14 07:50:28 2010-11-24 11:07:27
No. 1 song: Wonder Girls’ "Tell Me" is No. 1 for the 3rd straight week. They were able to hold off Big Mama’s "배반" (Betray) by 13 points. Besides winning the top spot here, Wonder Girls were also No. 1 at MNet’s M!Countdown, and repeated as winner of the Inky Gayo Mutizen Award this week. Wonder Girls scored a treble No. 1! Congratulations to them.

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. ohmy.gif 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. laugh.gif 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.

1. (–) Wonder Girls – Tell Me *** 3 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Genre: Pop Dance
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Album: Wonder Girls Vol. 1 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the representative song for the Wonder Girls’ 1st album, "The Wonder Years," which is also the first album released with new member Yoo-bin, who replaced Hyun-a. The track revives a lively pop dance rhythm popular in the 80s. The fun music video shows So-hee transforming from an ordinary student into Wonder Woman whenever her friends face danger.

Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Score: 913

2. (+1) Big Mama – 배반 (Betray)
Genre: R&B Ballad
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Album: Big Mama Vol. 4 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the representative song for Big Mama’s 4th album, "Blossom." It shows off some great harmonies between the gals and is about a woman who has a wonderful guy, but who keeps having feelings for someone else. The music video, starring Ha Jung-woo, portrays a man struggling with the pain of breaking up.

Music: Seo Jae Ha / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Score: 900

3. (+1) Wheesung – 사랑은 맛있다 ♡ (Love is Delicious)
Genre: Pop
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Album: Wheesung Vol. 5 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the representative song for Whee Sung’s 5th album, "Eternal Essence of Music." The pop dance track melds Whee Sung’s singing and rapping, a lively rhythm and a sampling of Beethoven’s Sonata for Piano NO. 8 "Pathetique" OP. 13. The music video features a performance by Whee Sung and three episodes portrayed in a bright and flashy way.

Music: Park Keun Tae / Lyrics: Wheesung
Score: 812

4. (+1) V.O.S – 매일매일 (Everyday Everyday)
Genre: R&B Ballad
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Album: V.O.S special single Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the representative song for V.O.S’ special single album, "The Flowers are Laughing." With an easy retro melody, the ballad offers a bright portrayal of the quarrels, breakups and reunions between couples. The music video depicts post-breakup pains from both the male and female perspectives.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 811

5. (+7) Koyote – 사랑공식 (Love Formula)
Genre: Pop / Dance
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Album: Koyote Dance Best And Vol. 9.5 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV:This is the representative track for Koyote’s history album, "Dance Best and 9.5." The fun dance track shows off matured, and quite alluring, vocals by Shin-ji. The music video depicts moments had by the members of Koyote since their inception.

Music: Kim Do Hoon, Kim Se Jin / Lyrics: Kim Se Jin, Seo Jung Jin
Score: 772

6. (+1) Lim Jeong Hee- 사랑에미치면 (When you’re crazy in love)
Genre: R&B Ballad
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Album: Lim Jeong Hee Vol. 3 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV:This is the main song for Lim Jung-hee’s 3rd album, "Before I Go J-Lim." With an intense hip-hop beat, this fast-tempo track shows off Lim Jung-hee’s trademark dynamic vocals. Rapping by Outkast’s Big Boy in the introduction and Park Jin-young’s rapping elevate the song a notch in terms of quality and oomph.

Music: Bang Shi Hyuk / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Score:752

7. (+2) ERU – 둘이라서 (Because it’s the two of us)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: ERU Vol. 3 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the representative track for Eru’s 3rd album, "Eru Returns." The moving ballad is about missing an ex and showcases Eru’s unique musical style. The star-studded music video cast includes An Sung-ki, Park Joong-hoon, Bong Tae-kyu, Cha Yae-ryun and others.

Music + Lyrics: Minuki
Score: 710

8. (+12) J-Walk – 여우비 (Light Rain) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Genre: R&B Ballad
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Album: J-Walk 2007 Mini Album Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV:This is the title track for J-Walk’s mini-album. The title of this medium-tempo track refers to how it can suddenly rain on a balmy and sunny day. It tells a beautiful yet lonely and painful story of separation. The music video depicts the day after a break-up.

Music: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Hwang Sung Jin
Score: 694

9. (+2) Lee Soo Young – 단발머리 (Bob Hair Cut)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Lee Soo Young Vol. 8 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the representative song for Lee Soo-young’s 8th album, "Set It Down." Blending folk rock and island music, the song uses the sounds of an Irish whistle as a base rhythm, exuberantly and brightly communicating the pains of breaking up. The music video stars Park Gun-hyung and Kim Yoo-mi.

Music: Hwang Sung Je / Lyrics: Lee Soo Young
Score: 677

10. (-2) Superjunior – 돈 돈 ! (Don’t Don)
Genre: Pop / Dance
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Album: Superjunior Vol. 2 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title track for Super Junior’s 2nd album. The rock/R&B song, which features a heavy guitar riff, percussion pattern, electronic violin and various other musical elements, carries a message. The guys urge listeners to take a society distorted by mankind’s desire for money and pretense, and transform it into a world that can preserve the innocence of children.

Music: Kim Sung Soo + Yoo Young Jin / Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin
Score: 673

11. (-5) Baek Ji Young – 사랑하나면 돼 (Loving one person is enough)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Baek Ji Young Vol. 6 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Arirang TV: This is the representative song for Baek Ji-young’s 6th album, "The 6th Miracle." The ballad is about the pain of not being able to come to terms with a break up after a fiercely devoted relationship, and about not being able to wait for a reconciliation either. A lyrical string accompaniment melds with the artiste’s poignant vocals and makes for a moving track.

Music: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Score: 672

12. (-10) Big Bang – 거짓말 (Lie)
Genre: R&B / Dance
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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: 670

13. (New) Lee Seung Chul – 사랑한다 (I Love You) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Genre: Rock Ballad
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Album: Lee Seung Chul Vol. 9 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the representative track for Lee Seung-chul’s 9th album, "The Secret of Color 2." An addictive melody and Western-sounding rock meld well in this ballad, which is about the pain of telling someone you love her but not having her by your side.


Score: 608

14. (-4) Maybee – 못난이 (Fool)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Luv Cloud Volume 2 Track 3- Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the main song for MayBee’s 2nd album, "Luv Cloud." The song melds lyrics about love that resemble a short essay with the artiste’s smart vocals. It’s about a girl always seeming unattractive and lacking, no matter how hard she tries to look good and happy, in front of a guy whose love for her is fading.

Music: Kim Gun Woo / Lyrics: Maybee
Score: 523

15. (New) Sung Shi Kyung – 한번 더 이별 (Break Up One More Time)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Sung Shi Kyung single album Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title track to Sung Si-kyung’s single album, "Breaking Up Again". With music written by Yoon Jong-shin, the moving ballad is about the sadness of letting go of someone you’ve cherished, once again. Sung Si-kyung stars in the music video, which shows him shedding tears and sharing an on-screen kiss.

Music + Lyrics: Yoon Jong Shin
Score: 388

16. (-2) SNSD – 다시만난세계 (Into The New World)
Genre: Pop Dance
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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: 367

17. (-4) Lee Seung Ki – 왜가니 (Why are you leaving?)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Lee Seung Ki Vol. 3 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Follow-up song from Lee Seung Ki’s 3rd album "Farewell Story". This is another sad ballad, but it is more up-tempo than his previous hit "White Lie". Top composer Cho Young Soo again wrote this song for Lee Seung Ki, while Kang Eun Kyung wrote the lyrics.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Score: 349

18. (New) F.T Island – 한사람만 (Only one person)
Genre: Rock Ballad
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Album: F.T Island Vol. 1 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured in F.T Island’s debut album "Cherrful Sensibility", this is an acoustic ballad that is different from the group’s first three hits from this album. F.T Island is looking to solidify their chances of winning the best new artist with this new hit, which is about a guy who loves only one woman.

Music: Han Seung Hoon / Lyrics: Han Sung Ho, Lee Won Ki
Score: 340

19. (–) Black Pearl – 결국너잖아 (In The End, It’s You)
Genre: R&B Ballad
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Album: Black Pearl 2nd single Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV:This is the title song of Black Pearl’s 2nd single album, "In the End, It’s You." The 4-gal group is made up of Whee-eun, Na-mi, Young-joo and Mika. The song, which is moving, sung with an exuberant vocal style and has great harmonies, is about briefly leaving someone you love, only to realize that that person is the one you really love.

Music + Lyrics: Min Myung Ki
Score: 330

20. (-2) M To M – 못된남자 (Evil Man)
Genre: R&B Ballad
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Album: 못된남자 Vol. 3 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This song is from M To M’s digital single of the same title. The ballad showcases the artiste’s rough and masculine vocals and is about telling a lover who’s talking about breaking up, not to leave. The music video, starring actress Shin Min-hee, was made as a continuation of SG Wannabe’s "Stay" music video.

Music: Lee Sang Ho, Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Hwang Sung Jin
Score: 320
21. (New) Shin Hye Sung – 지우고, 버리고, 잊어도… (Erase, Abandon, Forget) : 315
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%