Weekly Music Chart 2007 – November week 3

2007-11-20 07:48:11 2010-11-24 11:07:31
No. 1 song: This year’s rookie class may be the strongest ever, as two of the top newcomers occupy the top 2 spots on our chart this week. Wonder Girls’ "Tell Me" continues to be No. 1 for the 4th consecutive week, holding off a very strong challenge from Youn Ha’s "혜성" (Comet) which made a 27-spot jump to No. 2. This is the same order of finish as the M!Countdown chart a week ago. Wonder Girls have the edge on airplay, but Youn Ha is stronger on album sales. It will be a very close battle between these 2 songs again next week!

Biggest Mover of the week: As stated above, it was Youn Ha’s "혜성" (Comet).

Hot shot debut: Yang Dong Geun’s "나는나뻐" (I’m Bad) is our highest debut this week at No. 18. Fans may know Yang Dong Geun (YDG) more as an actor. But actually he debuted first as a hip-hop singer in 2002 before he entered the big screen. In the past, his hip-hop songs were quite hard core. In this new song, he adopted a more laid-back style on his rapping and it has proved to be very successful.

New songs: Like last week, we have 9 new songs and 1 re-entry this week.

Songs to watch out:

3. Koyote – 사랑공식 (Love Formula) – Moves up 2 more spots to No. 3. In the past, almost all Koyote’s title songs were able to challenge for the top spot. But the top 2 songs are very strong and it will take a lot to overtake them. Nonetheless, Koyote have done their best to remain one of the most consistent hit-makers in k-pop.

4. Lim Jeong Hee – 사랑에미치면 (When you’re crazy in love) – Her first top 5 hit, which is a good addition to her credentials when she debuts in the US. Now JYP’s two proud students Wonder Girls and Lim Jeong Hee are both in the top 5, and JYP himself is releasing his 7th album after 6 years of laid off. We are going to see all three of them performing on the same stage. Let’s see if that will further increase the popularity of all their songs.

5. Lee Seung Chul – 사랑한다 (I Love You) – Like Koyote, Lee Seung Chul is a very consistent hit-maker in k-pop over the years. We didn’t see Lee Seung Chul appearing a lot in gayo show on his last album in 2006. This time he has chosen to perform more and already had his comeback stage. As a result, this song is in the top 5 in only its 2nd week on the chart. That has already topped the performances of any of his songs from the last album.

11. Shin Hye Sung – 지우고, 버리고, 잊어도… (Erase, Abandon, Forget) – The title song from the repackaged version of his 2nd album. It’s doing very well as it moves up 10 spots and closing in on the top 10. If this ballad reminds you of any MC The Max songs, that’s because it is written by Shin In Soo and Yang Jae Sun, a combination often found in hit songs from MC The Max.

20. Cho Shin Sung – 안녕 (Goodbye) – 2nd highest debut this week, and it’s the group’s first ever top-20 song, topping their debut dance song "Hit". This song is a very SG Wannabe style medium tempo ballad which fits the winter season. Of course, it is written by the one-two punch of Cho Young Soo and Ahn Young Min.

22. Tim – 사랑한만큼 (As much as I love) – Once labeled "the new prince of ballad", Tim is finally back for his 4th album. Tim had a lot of success in his first 2 albums, but not much since then. He has a decent debuting position for this new song. Let’s see if he will be able to re-capture the glory this time. The song is about being unable to forget the pain of breaking up. The poignant lyrics feel like one man’s sad soliloquy.

32. MC The Max – 사랑을 외치다 (Call out love) – Almost every year at around this time, MC The Max come out with a new album featuring an emotional rock ballad for Winter. This year is no different, only that this new song is not coming from a new album but the 2nd repackaged version of their 5th album released almost half a year ago. After the more up-tempo rock song "Tears", the trio are returning to their familiar grounds of rock ballad. Let’s see if this song is able to duplicate the success of their countless past winter hits.

36. Brown Eyed Soul – My Story – Led by former Brown Eyes member Naul, Brown Eyed Soul (BES) returned 4 years after the release of their first album. During the last 4 years while they were absent, k-pop has seen a lot of R&B groups reminiscent of the original Brown Eyes. This song is a reminder that BES are coming from the true original Brown Eyes, with their vintage R&B melody. The album, as expected, has become a top seller ever since its release. This song will probably become next week’s biggest mover when album sales scores start to count.

45. Cho PD – Korea City – Who could have forgotten his No. 1 song in 2004 "Friend" (feat. In Soon Yi)? The rapper is finally back with his 6th album "Money Talks". "Korea City" is about a harsh reality in which people live daily for money.

50. Kim Jo Han – 사랑이늦어서미안해 (Sorry For The Love Being Late) – One of the first singers to introduce R&B music to k-pop from his days in Solid and also as a solo artiste, Kim Jo Han is back with this highly recommended ballad. The melody of this song is more pop-oriented than R&B, filled with his easily recognizable voice. The success of this song may depend on how much he’s coming out to promote.

Announcement:

The 3rd annual Soompi Gayo Award Show will take place this year on December 29. Nominees will be announced around December 11. Just like last 2 years, we’ll have a voting (counts 20%) on the Dae Sang winner out of the 10 Bon Sang recipients. Be sure to be part of this event. Stay tune for more details.

Prior to the award show, yours truly will announce the "staff recommendation top 20 songs of 2007" at the week of Christmas. It’s already the 6th year we are doing that, and this year I’m going back to the countdown format that I announce 5 songs a day. At the end, we are also going to announce some recommended albums in 2007.

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 *** 4 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: 907

2. (+27) Youn Ha – 혜성 (Comet) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Genre: Pop / Rock
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Album: Youn Ha Vol. 1.5 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the title track of Younha’s 1.5th album, "Comet." The album is the Korean version of the "Go! Younha" album released in Japan. The track was used as the ending theme song for the animation "Bleach" and gained widespread popularity in Japan. The new Korean version is a fresh take on the piece.

Music: Japanese song / Lyrics: Kim Yi Jin
Score: 892

3. (+2) 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: 875

4. (+2) 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:773

5. (+8) Lee Seung Chul – 사랑한다 (I Love You)
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.

Music + Lyrics: Kang Ji Won
Score: 753

6. (-2) 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: 736

7. (–) 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: 716

8. (-6) 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: 691

9. (-6) 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: 666

10. (-2) J-Walk – 여우비 (Light Rain)
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: 656

11. (+10) Shin Hye Sung – 지우고, 버리고, 잊어도… (Erase, Abandon, Forget…)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Shin Hye Sung Vol. 2 Special Edition Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured in Shin Hye-sung’s 2nd special edition album, "The Beginning, New Days," the ballad showcases an exquisite blend of the artiste’s trademark poignant and sweet voice with sad lyrics. 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.

Music: Shin In Soo / Lyrics: Yang Jae Sun
Score: 567

12. (–) 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: 549

13. (-4) 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: 548

14. (+1) 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: 492

15. (+3) 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 are looking to solidify their chances of winning the best new artiste 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: 447

16. (-2) 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: 424

17. (-6) 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: 408

18. (New) Yang Dong Geun – 나는나뻐 (I’m Bad) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Genre: Hip-hop
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Album: Yang Dong Geun Vol. 4 Track 10 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This is the representative song for Yang Dong-geun’s 4th album, "But I De-ryau." This hip-hop song, which shows off Yang Dong-geun’s trademark rapping, is about a man switching perspectives and realizing he’s awful and selfish. The music video shows Yang Dong-geun in dreads being very free-spirited.

Music: Peejay / Lyrics: Yang Dong Geun
Score: 392

19. (-9) 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: 390

20. (New) Cho Shin Sung – 안녕 (Goodbye)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Cho Shin Sung Vol. 1 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured in Cho Shin Sung’s first album, "The Beautiful Stardust," this catchy and rhythmic medium-tempo track melds an acoustic feel with an intense percussion accompaniment. Cho Shin Sung’s sad and sensual voices meld well with traditional Irish instruments, making for a worldly sound.

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 355

21. (+2) M – THE “M” STYLE : 331
22. (New) Tim – 사랑한만큼 (As much as I love) : 326
23. (-1) Drunken Tiger – 8:45 Heaven : 324
24. (-4) M To M – 못된남자 (Evil Man) : 313
25. (New) Outsider – 남자답게 (Like A Man) : 280
26. (-10) SNSD – 다시만난세계 (Into The New World) : 278
27. (-10) Lee Seung Ki – 왜가니 (Why are you leaving?) : 271
28. (-9) Black Pearl – 결국너잖아 (In The End, It’s You) : 258
29. (+1) Jang Yoon Jung – 첫사랑 (First Love) : 245
30. (+4) Seo Ji Young – 인형의 꿈 (Doll’s Dream) : 240
31. (New) Jung Jae Wook – 그만하자 (Let’s stop) : 237
32. (New) MC The Max – 사랑을 외치다 (Call out love) : 235
33. (-8) 8EIGHT – 사랑을잃고난노래하네 (Forget Love and Sing) : 217
34. (-3) See Ya – 얼음인형 (Ice Doll) : 216
35. (-11) Cherry Filter – 느껴봐 (Feel It) : 213
36. (New) Brown Eyed Soul – My Story : 210
37. (-10) Jang Hye Jin – 가라 사랑아 (Go Away Love) : 206
38. (+2) Lee Sang Eun – 삶은 여행 (Life is like a journey) : 203
39. (-4) DBSG – 천년연가 (Eternal Love Song) : 194
40. (-14) Zi-A – 물끄러미 (Absentmindedly) : 178
41. (–) Namolla Family – 사랑해요 (I Love You) : 177
42. (-14) Monday Kiz – 투면한 눈물 (Invisible Tears) : 155
43. (-1) Fly To The Sky – 사랑해 (I Love You) : 147
44. (-6) Kim Jang Hoon (feat. Epik High) – 남자라서웃어요 (I’m smiling because I’m a man) : 143
45. (New) Cho PD – Korea City : 133
46. (-8) Crown J – 그녀를뺏겠습니다 (I’ll get her back) : 132
47. (Re-entry) Hong Kyung Min – 못난이 (Fool) : 124
48. (-1) JJ – Love Actually : 120
49. (-5) Linae – 기억강자 (Memory Box) : 103
50. (New) Kim Jo Han – 사랑이늦어서미안해 (Sorry For The Love Being Late) : 98

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 3:

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%