Weekly Music Chart 2008 – November week 2

2008-11-09 08:29:57 2010-11-24 11:10:41

1. (+1) Wonder Girls – Nobody *** 1 WEEK NO. 1 *** 
Score: 941
Genre: Retro Pop / Dance

TrilogyMusic + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: Wonder Girls: The Wonder Years: Trilogy Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: After just missing the top spot for the last 2 weeks, Wonder Girls’ "Nobody" finally moves up to No. 1 this week, overtaking DBSG’s "Mirotic".  The top spot is well-deserved as this song is very popular in Korea.  The girls will have to face a new challenger next week, as Bi’s "Rainism" is rising fast and is a threat to overtake them.

 

 

2. (-1) DBSG – 주문 (Mirotic)   
Score: 924
Genre: Pop / Dance

DBSG4

Music: Sigvardt, Mikkel / Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin
Album:
DBSG Vol. 4 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the representative track for TVXQ!’s 4th album, "Mirotic," which was named as such to refer to music that draws you in and captivates you like a maze. It’s a very modern dance song with reverse beats. The lyrics are about falling for a girl at first sight and trying to win her over by seducing her with intense gazes, as if casting a spell on her. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

 

 

3. (+8) Bi – Rainism
Score: 883
Genre: Pop / Dance

Bi5
Album:
Bi Vol. 5 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Up 8 spots to No. 3 is Bi’s "Rainism". This song has already won the Inky Gayo Mutizen award last week, and will definitely challenge Wonder Girls’ "Nobody" for the top spot next week.  It will be an interesting battle as both artistes originated from JYP Entertainment.  This is Bi’s first hit song since he left JYP.  This song has already fared much better than songs from his last album.  Bi was criticized for not spending enough time to promote his last album back home as he was busy launching his career overseas.  Now already an established international star, Bi makes sure that he doesn’t forget Korean fans back home.

 

 

4. (-1) Brown Eyed Girls – 어쩌다 (How) 
Score: 872
Genre: Pop / Dance

BEGmini2Music: Brave Brothers / Lyrics: Kim Yi Na
Album: Brown Eyed Girls mini-album Vol. 2 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: The title track of Brown-Eyed Girls’ second mini-album "My Style". It features advanced electronic sounds and a highly addictive melody. The repetition of its refrain to the beat is especially impressive. The music video of the song shows the band members dressed sexily. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

 

 

5. (-1) Epik High – 1분 1초 (One Minute One Second)   
Score: 830
Genre: Hip Hop

LovescreamMusic: Tablo / Lyrics: Tablo, Mithra Jin
Album: Epik High mini-album "Lovescream" Track 6 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the representative track for Epik High’s small "LOVESCREAM" album. With a soft melody and sensual pop style, the song also features a gentle piano sound that ups the emotional vibe. It’s about being unable to not miss a former love for even a minute or a second. The music video uses a rewind technique and presents some powerful scenes. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

 

 

6. (-1) See Ya – Hot Girl
Score: 623
Genre: Pop / Dance

SeeYa3Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Album: See Ya Vol. 3 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the representative track for See Ya’s 3rd album, "Brilliant Change". A lively dance track with an electro-house beat, it showcases the group’s dramatic move away from medium-tempo ballads. The music video features spectacular colors and the gals sporting a doll-like style. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops in Seoul)

 

 

7. (-1) Son Dam Bi – 미쳤어 (Become Crazy)  
Score: 598
Genre: Pop / Dance

SonDamBimini2Music: Brave Brothers / Lyrics: Eric

Album:
Son Dam Bi Mini Album Vol. 2 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: The title track of Son Dam-bi’s second mini-album, this dance song is a combination of retro and modern sounds that create a dreamlike mood. Eric’s rap adds charm to the song. The music video of "Crazy" shows the sexy Son Dam-bi performing a unique dance. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

 

 

8. (-1) MC The Max – 눈물은 모르게 (Tears Without Knowing)
Score: 577
Genre: Rock Ballad

MCTheMax6Music: Shin In Soo / Lyrics: Yang Jae Sun
Album: MC The Max Vol. 6 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This poignant ballad, which features Lee Su’s rich vocals and heartbreaking lyrics, is the representative track of M.C. The Max’s 6th album, "VIA 6". The music video presents images with a lonely, quiet sort of vibe and scenes of the members performing. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

 

 

9. (+17) Kim Jong Kook – 어제보다 오늘 더 (Today More Than Yesterday) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 551
Genre: Pop Ballad

KimJongKook5Music: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Sang Ho / Lyrics: Yoon Sa Ra
Album: Kim Jong Kook Vol. 5 Track 4 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Han Namja is finally back! Finishing his military duty, Kim Jong Kook resumes his normal duty as a singer and releases his 5th album.  Before he left, Kim Jong Kook was one of the top male singers in Korea.  Looks like he will continue to be one as the initial reponses to his new album and this song is very good.  This song has an attractive melody, and very sweet lyrics written by Yoon Sa Ra, who has penned many Kim Jong Kook hit songs in the past.  Definitely a No. 1 song material.

 

 

10. (-2) Crown J – Fly Boy
Score: 520
Genre: Hip-hop

FlyBoy
Album:
Crown J min-album "Fly Boy" Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Title track of Crown J’s mini album "Fly Boy". Written and composed by Crown J, this song is a hip-hop number in the dirty south style. Memorable lyrics express the confident lifestyle of what he thinks a really cool guy should be. The music video, shot by Crown J himself with a 6mm camera in his hometown, Atlanta, caused a stir. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

 

 

11. (+1) Shin Seung Hoon – 라디오를 켜봐요 (Turn On The Radio)
Score: 487
Genre: Pop Ballad

RadioWave
Album:
Shin Seung Hoon mini-album "Radio Wave" Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: The king of ballads is back!  Shin Seung Hoon is one of the most veteran k-pop singers.  Most of us know him from the song "I Believe".  Unlike past albums, this single is like a "project" mini-album for Shin Seung Hoon.  Instead of traditional pop ballads, this album has a more acoustic rock sound.  Title song is "Turn On The Radio".  Despite having minimal promotional activities, this album has been ranked consistently among the top sellers since its release, showing that Shin Seung Hoon is still very popular among more mature audiences.

 

 

12. (+6) Son Ho Young – I Know
Score: 425
Genre: Pop / Dance

SonHoYoung2
Album:
Son Ho Young Vol. 2 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Title song from G.O.D member Son Ho Young’s 2nd solo album, "I Know" is a trendy R&B medium-tempo number with powerful beats accompanied by a captivating mix of catchy piano riffs and sophisticated electronic sounds. Written by Son himself, the lyrics speak of one’s agony preparing for an eventual breakup while still continuing to hang on to the last thread of hope. (cresits to ~S2~, YesAsia)

 

 

13. (-3) 2PM – 10점 만점에 10점 (10 Out Of 10)
Score: 415
Genre: Pop / Dance

2PMsingle1Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: 2PM single Vol. 1 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the representative track for 2PM’s debut single, "Hottest Time of the Day". 2PM is a new-concept performance group comprising Jun-su, Jae-beom, Nik-koon, Taek-yeon, Woo-young, Jun-ho and Chan-sung. The dance song’s fun lyrics are about giving a lovely woman 10 out of 10 points. The music video features 2PM’s surprising multitude of skills, which include singing, B-boying and acrobatic dancing. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

 

 

14. (+1) Tae Yeon – 들리나요 (Can You Hear Me: MBC Drama Beethoven Virus OST)
Score: 398
Genre: Pop Ballad

BeethovenVirusOSTMusic: Lee Sang Joon / Lyrics: Im Bo Kyung
Album: MBC Drama "Beethoven Virus" OST Track 7 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: The O.S.T. of the TV drama "The Beethoven Virus." Tae-yeon’s heart-moving vocals
harmonize perfectly with the sad melody. The song’s lyrics depict the sadness of love, while its music video of the song shows scenes from the drama "The Beethoven Virus." (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

 

 

15. (+4) W & Whale – RPG Shine
Score: 355
Genre: Alternative Rock

HardboiledMusic: Bae Young Joon, Han Jae Won / Lyrics: Bae Young Joon, Whale

Album:
W & Whale Vol. 1 Track 6 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the representative track for W&Whale’s "Hardboiled". The band W incorporated female vocalist Whale and released this album. The song features a light rock beat and electronic sounds. A captivating voice and dreamy melody make for a fantasy-like combination. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

 

 

16. (-2) M (feat. Bigtone) – (Don’t Trust Men)
Score: 351
Genre: Pop / Dance

M4Music + Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album:
M Vol. 4 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the representative track for M’s (Lee Min-woo) 4th album, "M Rising". A dance song of the "Dirty South" genre, it’s got lyrics that are about the psychology of a bad guy’s mentality toward his woman. The music video features scenes of M and Big Tone, who is featured in the song recording, scenes of choreography being practiced, dance performances and more. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

 

 

17. (New) FT Island – Heaven *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 350
Genre: Rock Ballad

FTIsland2.2Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Album:
FT Island Vol. 2 Part 2 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Title track for part 2 of FT Island’s 2nd album, "Colorful Sensibility". First single "After Love" went to the top 3.  "Heaven" was written by Korea’s top songwriting combo Cho Young Soo and Ahn Young Min, who wrote FT Island’s "Thunder" on their debut album last year.  "Heaven" has an addictive violin intro that will draw listeners’ attention, while the song itself is the familiar rock ballad style we are accustomed to from FT Island.

 

 

18. (-2) SG Wannabe & Kim Jong Wook – 운명을 거슬러 (Opposed By Fate: MBC Drama "East Of Eden" OST)
Score: 295
Genre: R&B Ballad

EastofEdenOSTMusic: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min

Album: MBC Drama "East Of Eden" OST Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: One of the most anticipated dramas in 2008, "East Of Eden" stars Song Seung Hun, Lee Da Hae, Yeon Jung Hoon, Lee Yeon Hee, and Han Ji Hye.  The megacast extends to the drama OST as well, and the title song "Opposed By Fate" is a duet between SG Wannabe and rising star Kim Jong Wook.  Top songwriter Cho Young Soo, who has written hit songs for both SG Wannabe and Kim Jong Wook this year, is in charge of this R&B ballad. 

 

 

 

19. (+1) TBNY – Hey DJ
Score: 289
Genre: Hip-hop

TBNY2
Album:
TBNY Vol. 2 "Hi Side-A" Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: A staple name in Korea’s underground hip-hop scene and part of the Movement family, TBNY are back with the new seven-track release Hi Side A, which is the first chapter in a two-release campaign (stay tuned for Side B!). TBNY invited many friends and frequent collaborators to participate in their album’s production, like Epik High’s Tablo.  TBNY have featured in many of Epik High’s tracks before, and this time Tablo returns the favor by composing the main track Hey DJ, which is penned by TBNY. (credits to ~S2~, Yesasia)

 

 

20. (-11) Shinee – 산소 같은 너 (Love Like Oxygen)
Score: 265
Genre: R&B / Dance

Shinee1Music: Sigvardt, Mikkel / Lyrics: Kwon Yoon Jung, Young Hu

Album: Shinee Vol. 1 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the representative track of SHINee’s official first album, "The SHINee World". The punky dance track with a rhythmic groove is a remake of Danish artiste Martin’s "Show the World". The impressive lyrics compare love to oxygen. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

 

 

 

21. (+3) U-Kiss – 어리지 않아 (Not Young) : 245
22. (-5) Kim Bum Soo – 슬픔활용법 (Sad Inflection) : 222
23. (New) Davichi (Min Kyung) – 병원에 가다 (Going To The Hospital) : 214
24. (New) Younha – Gossip Boy : 192
25. (+4) Untouchable (feat. Hwa Yobi) – It’s Okay : 176
26. (+2) Haihm – 어쩌면 우린 (Possibly Us) : 174
27. (New) Big Bang – Number 1 : 162
28. (+7) H-Eugene (feat. Ye Eun) – 환상의 짝꿍 (Fantasy Partner) : 153
29. (New) Park Jung Hyun (feat. Crown J) – No Break : 148
30. (+9) Black – 가슴아 그만 (Heart, Stop) : 144
31. (-4) Jo Sung Mo – 바람의 화원 (Wind’s Flower Garden: SBS Drama "Wind’s Flower Garden" OST) : 143
32. (-2) Monday Kiz – Never Say Goodbye : 142
33. (+7) YMGA – Tell It To My Heart : 129
34. (-3) Park Ki Young – 그대 나를 보나요 (Look At Me) : 127
35. (-1) Ha Dong Kyun – 눈물소리 (Sound Of Tears) : 121
36. (+11) 2AM – 어떡하죠 (What To Do) : 116
37. (+9) Kara – 굿데이 시즌 2 (Goodday 2) : 111
38. (-6) Jang Keun E – 전국민 러브송 (Universal Love Song) : 109
39. (+3) Hot Patato – 비 눈물 (Tears of Rain) : 107
40. (New) Can – 날보러와요 (Come See Me) : 101
41. (New) Wheesung – 별이 지다.. (Star Is Setting..) : 98
42. (+2) Tree Bicycle (feat. Suh Young Eun) – 내가사랑해 (I Love You) : 95
43. (-6) Banana Girl – 키스해죠 (Kiss) : 91
44. (-11) Solbi – Do It Do It : 90
45. (+4) Kim Gun Mo – 사랑해 (Fall In Love) : 88
46. (-21) Dynamic Duo (feat. Alex) – Solo : 83
47. (-9) Shin Hye Sung – 그대라서 (Because It Is You) : 78
48. (-12) E Bul – 01(영원..) (01(Forever..)) : 76
49. (-4) Noblesse (feat. Daylight) – 상심증후군 (Broken Heart Syndrome) : 75
50. (New) SS501 – 바라보며 (To Gaze) : 73

 

 

 

Blue: Songs to watch out under top 20
Green: Editor’s recommendations under top 20

 

 

 

BONUS TRACK:

Seo Jin Young – 눈물이 글썽 (Tears In One’s Eye)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Shim Hyun Bo
Album: Seo Jin Young mini-album "Tears In One’s Eye" Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: One of my favorite Korean female singers that most people might not have heard of, Seo Jin Young actually debuted in 2001 when she was only 18.  Her debut song "Love Letter" was used in the KBS drama "Summer Scent" and the song was re-named "Missing You".  Having a powerful yet smooth voice, Seo Jin Young’s ballads always have an attractive melody with a chorus part where she hits the high notes.  Her latest hit, written by singer-songwriter Shim Hyun Bo, is also of this category.  Enjoy it and check out her other songs as well.

 

 

 

Sources of the chart

 

ChartKorea – 15%
Air Monitor Chart – 15%
MNet M!Countdown + Cable Airplays – 15%
Various Internet charts (Melon, Jukeon, Dosirak, MNet, Muz, Bugs, Ohdio, Soribada) – 15%
Hanteo and KMDIA Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 10%
SBS – Inky Gayo Take 7 + Internet Chart + MP3 Download Chart + Music Video Chart – 10%
Hanteo Gayo Chart – 10% (1 week lag)
KBS Music Bank K-Chart – 5%
Gasoo appearance on gayo shows (MBC Show! Music Core, SBS Inky Gayo, MNet M!Countdown, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, SBS Kim Jung Eun Chocolate, YTN Live Power Music, MTV Non-stop, Pops In Seoul) – 5%