As we get into 2007 I am making some major changes to the chart. I am expanding this chart from 20 to 50 songs. Most of the Korean music charts have 50 songs anyway so we are now in line with them. tongue.gif Also, there have been some complaints in the past that some of the fans couldn’t find their favorite singer’s song on our top 20. Now with 50 songs we are going to cover a much wider range of songs. However, we are still going to focus on the top 20 songs. From 21-50, I’ll list the songs and their movement from previous weeks. But I’ll highlight a few songs bubbling below the top 20 as songs to watch out for or to recommend.

Our chart source and the scoring method remain the same. The few changes that I have made:

1. I’ll include all 50 songs from the Inky Gayo Take 7 chart (still with 1 week lag) – previously I included the top 30, but this chart is too teenybopper-biased, so including all 50 songs will be fairer to all artistes.

2. For the album sales part of the score, I’ll include the top 40 selling albums with a hit song instead of top 25 (still 2 weeks lag). Hanteo only gave us the top 20 albums weekly, but another source KMDIA, gave us 50 albums. By doing this, the gap between album sales scores from one album to the next will be reduced, meaning that the competition will be tighter.

3. MTV Korea charts will now be an internet chart source, because I think their chart is no different from other internet sources. Instead, Hanteo’s top 50 songs chart will replace MTV as a 5% source.

The other parts of my post will remain the same, only that the artiste of the week we may "recycle" artistes we have already introduced before when they have a new album and new information coming out.

Summary for January week 1 chart:

No. 1 song: SG Wannabe’s "사랑가" (A Song of Love) moves up to the top spot. SG Wannabe just won our own DaeSang on the 2006 Soompi Gayo Award, and they started 2007 right where they left off in 2006, with another No. 1 song.

Biggest mover of the week: Jang Woo Hyuk’s "폭풍속으로" (One Way) moves up 13 spots to No. 6. It is the second stint on the chart for this song, and it is doing much better than the first time because Jang Woo Hyuk is performing this song in full swing right now.

Hot shot debut: As One’s "십이야" (Twelve Nights) debuts at No. 7. It’s been a long time since As One hit the top 10. Congratulations to Min and Crystal. smile.gif

New songs: Since we are expanding to 50 songs this week, we are getting a lot of new songs. 26 of the 50 songs are first time entries, including 6 new songs within the top 20.

Songs to watch out:

12. The Nuts – 잔소리 (Scolded) – I feel that they are the second coming of Buzz. With the popularity of Ji Hyun Woo, they are destined for a major breakthrough on their second album.
25. Brian – 가지마 (Don’t Go) – Brian from Fly To The Sky released his long-awaited solo album. This song should jump into the top 20 next week when his album score kicks in.
26. Kim Ah Joong – MARIA (from movie 200 Pounds Beauty) – A remake from Blondie’s song. Actress Kim Ah Jong sings for the first time in a movie that she starred in. The movie OST is selling exceptionally well, and it is looking to become the first movie OST song to hit our top 10 or top 20. This song is already No. 1 on a lot of internet charts.
31. Bobby Kim – 파랑새 (Blue Bird) – Bobby Kim released his highly acclaimed third (or he called it second) album, and this is the title song. Again it is a mixture of R&B, Hip-Hop, and Reggae. This album has been a top 10 seller since released.

To listen to the 1 minute sample, you need to follow the links to and install the melon player to your computer. After that, click on the song title to listen.

1. (+7) SG Wannabe (feat. Vibe) – 사랑가 (A Song of Love) *** 1 WEEK NO. 1 ***
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: The Precious History Disc 3 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: This is one of the three new songs featured on SG Wannabe’s best hit album "The Precious History". It is a collaboration song with Vibe that is packed with the harmony voices of the two groups’ united 5 vocalists. The song is also written by Vibe’s Ryu Jae Hyun.

Music + Lyrics: Ryu Jae Hyun
Score: 782

2. (–) Sung Shi Kyung – 거리에서 (On the Street)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Sung Shi Kyung Vol. 5 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Sung Si-kyung’s fifth album titled "The Ballads," this song displays a new vocalism by uniquely using the falsetto. Its lyrics, written by Yoon Jong-shin, are about a man walking the street who holds precious memories of his lover from whom he has just separated. It is a Sung Si-kyung style ballad song displaying his gentle tone and vocals. Sung Si-kyung’s kissing scene with a Japanese actress was the highlight of the music video.

Music + Lyrics: Yoon Jong Shin
Score: 755

3. (+9) SG Wannabe + Brown Eyed Girls – Must Have Love
Genre: Christmas Ballad
Album: SG Wannabe Yong Jun + Brown Eyed Girls Ga In Single Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on SG Wannabe & Brown Eyed Girls’ digital single album titled "SG Wannabe ‘Yong-jun’ & Brown Eyed Girls ‘Ga-in,’" this album brings together the gentle and emotional vocals of SG Wannabe’s vocalist Yong-jun and the husky and powerful vocalism of Brown Eyed Girls’ Ga-in. This song’s refreshing and cheerful melody is like that of a Christmas carol.

Music: Kim Lee Na / Lyrics: Ahn Jung Hoon
Score: 748

4. (-3) DBSG – 풍선 (Balloons)
Genre: Pop / Dance
Album: DBSG Vol. 3 Track 11 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Song included in DBSG’s 3rd album "O-Union." Balloons is a remake of the huge hit song of the popular 80s group Five Fingers, and the new version has a color of its own. With new arrangements and DBSG’s unique harmony, the song is expected to be another hit with fans. The music video shows the cute and adorable side of the DBSG members and it goes well with the song.

Music: Kim Sung Ho / Lyrics: Lee Doo Hun
Score: 743

5. (-1) Kim Tae Woo – 하고싶은 말 (Words That I Want To Say)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Kim Tae Woo Vol. 1 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Kim Tae-woo, the vocal of the popular group G.O.D, has a solo album whose title song is “I want to say,’ which is a pop ballad sung in a moderated voice. You’ll hear the essence of Kim Tae-woo’s singing and his husky voice, as he sings about a couple missing the times when they used to be with each other.

Music: Kim Tae Woo / Lyrics: Lee Hyun Seung
Score: 656

6. (+13) Jang Woo Hyuk (feat. Esther) – 폭풍속으로 (One Way) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Genre: Hip-hop / Dance
Album: Jan Woo Hyuk Vol. 2 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Title song from Jang Woo-hyuk’s 2nd album, "My Way." This is a hip-hop dance song that combines the featured singing of renown singer Esther and Jang Woo-hyuk’s powerful rap. Explosive sound is the result of fusing hip-hop dance beats with rock, and the first-person perspective music video, which makes the viewer feel in sync with Jang Woo-hyuk, is attracting a lot of attention.

Music: Park Jang Geun / Lyrics: Min Yong Sik
Score: 640

7. (New) As One – 십이야 (Twelve Nights) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: As One Vol. 5 Track 5 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on As One’s 5th album titled "Twelve different tears that a break-up leaves behind". This album compiled a variety of stories that revolve around pain, sadness, happiness and resentment that anybody can feel through the heart. "Twelev Night" is a song that only As One can successfully sing because it’s a genre that they are capable to sing.

Music: Ahn Sung Il / Lyrics: Jun Hye Young
Score: 542

8. (+1) Jun Jin – 사랑이 오지 않아요 (Love Doesn’t Come)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Jun Jin First Single Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This song features on Jun Jin’s first single titled, "Love Doesn’t Come." Jun Jin, who has displayed a strong image as a member of Shinhwa, presents a gentler and emotional vocalism through this song. Its sad lyrics are about the heartache of having to let go of a woman in the past.

Music + Lyrics: Lee Yoon Jae
Score: 520

9. (+2) Gavy NJ – 그녀가울고있네요 (She’s Crying)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: Gavy NJ Vol. 2 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on gavy nj’s 2nd album titled "The Very Surprise," this song is a medium tempo R&B ballad that brings out the members’ appealing musicality. The music video is about the love for a friend’s older sister who turns out to be a gangster.

Music + Lyrics: Kim Se Jin
Score: 499

10. (-5) Son Ho Young – 사랑은 이별을 데리고 오다 (Love Brings Separation)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Son Ho Young Vol. 1 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: From Son Ho-young’s 1st solo album, "YES." The lyrics of the medium-tempo ballad was written by Son Ho-young, himself, and the heart-breaking melody and lyrics are extraordinary. Sohn Ho-young starred in the music video, and the much talked-about underwater kissing scene is about the longing and sadness of Son Ho-young’s character for his dead girlfriend.

Music: Lee Hyun Wook / Lyrics: Son Ho Young
Score: 498

11. (New) Wax – 사랑이다그런거니까 (Because Love is Like That)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Wax Vol. 6 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Wax’s sixth album titled "Love Is Like That," this song gained wide attention through its music video, which stars actress Hwang Soo-jung. The song’s lonesome keyboard play is in perfect harmony with Wax’s appealing vocals. It is a poignant ballad which sings about accepting the hardships of separation.

Music: Choi Joon Young / Lyrics: Lim Ki Hoon
Score: 469

12. (New) The Nuts – 잔소리 (Scolded)
Genre: Rock Ballad
Album: The Nuts Vol. 2 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on The Nuts’ second album titled "WHISPERS OF LOVE," this ballad song with poignant lyrics comes after a two-year hiatus. Actor Ji Hyun-woo plays the guitar in this rock-band. The song is about the heartache of love and separation. All the memories of love is like getting a scolding while feeling sorry for a love that will soon be forgotten.

Music: Lee Seung Ho / Lyrics: Han Sung Ho
Score: 466

13. (+1) MC Mong (feat. Lisa [English ver.], Maybee [Korean ver.]) – 너에게 쓰는 편지 Part 2 (A Letter Written To You Part 2)
Genre: Hip-hop
Album: MC Mong Vol. 3 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on MC Mong’s 3rd album titled "The Way I Am". This song is the sequel of "A Letter Written To You" (feat. Lyn) from MC Mong’s 1st album. The song has 2 versions, the English version featuring Lisa of the Japanese group M-FLO, and the Korean version featuring Maybee, which MC Mong is performing right now.

Music: Kim Gun Woo / Lyrics: MC Mong, Lisa (English), Maybee (Korean)
Score: 446

14. (New) Loveholic – 바람아멈추어다오 (Please Stop The Wind)
Genre: Rock Ballad
Album: Loveholic Remake Album "Rewind" Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on LOVEHOLiC’s special album titled "RE-WIND," this song is a remake of Lee Ji-yeon’s "Please Stop the Wind," which was a huge hit in the 80s. LOVEHOLiC added more modern touches to the song, displaying the group’s true color. This special album includes many remakes from the past, and is full of LOVEHOLiC’s emotional elements.

Music + Lyrics: Jun Young Rok
Score: 432

15. (–) Maya – 나를외치다 (Crying Out Loud)
Genre: Rock Ballad
Album: Maya Vol. 3 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on Maya’s 3rd album titled "Road to Myself". Unlike previous Maya title songs, this song is an emotional rock ballad which allows Maya to showcase her strong vocals. It reminds us of 사랑은 영원하다 from her second album.

Music + Lyrics: Lee Won Suk
Score: 426

16. (+1) Jang Yoon Jung – 이따,이따요 (Later, Later)
Genre: Trot
Album: Jang Yoon Jung Vol. 3 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on Jang Yoon Jung’s 3rd album “Later, Later”. This song is different from all her other hit songs she has made in the past. The song is very modern temp/bounce as we will be able to feel in the lyrics. The song is about a woman who is very impatient when it comes to love. She falls in love with a man because of his appearance and her heart wants to love him. This song is very genuine and refreshing, just like Jang Yoon Jung’s image.

Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Hyung
Score: 421

17. (New) Lee Seung Chul – 하얀새 (White Bird)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Lee Seung Chul Vol. 8 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Lee Seung-chul’s 8th album titled "Reflection of Sound," this song’s large-scale arrangement produced an elegant melody with Ha Rim’s harmonica sound and Jang Woo-ri’s cello accompaniment. Lee Seung-chul wrote the lyrics to the song based on an illusion of a woman depicted as a white bird flying up to the sky.

Music: Lee Seung Chul / Lyrics: Lee Hyun Seung
Score: 402

18. (-15) Se7en – 라 라 라 (La La La)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: Se7en Vol. 4 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: The title song of Se7en’s 4th album. Teddy of One Time wrote the song and lyrics, and it is a four-beat medium tempo pop ballad. Starting out with a rough and mature tone quality, the song slowly moves onto Se7en’s signature sweet voice. The vocal scheme is dreamy and it goes well with the emotional melodies. The lyrics about waiting for a woman who is having a difficult time over another man will linger in your mind.

Music + Lyrics: Teddy
Score: 394

19. (New) SS501 – Four Chance
Genre: Pop / Dance
Album: SS 501 Vol. 1 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on SS501’s first full album titled "SS501 S.T 01 NOW", "Four Chance" is a song that brings out a funky tune mixed in with a strong hip-hop rhythm.

Score: 381

20. (-13) ERU (feat. Daylight) – 까만안경 (Black Glasses)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: ERU Vol. 2 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Eru’s second album, this song was written by composer Yoon Myung-sun. It is a sentimental ballad song which talks about separation between lovers through the lyrics. Singer Daylight also features in the song. As a highlight, actor Ahn Sung-ki makes his first appearance ever in a music video. Along with him are actress Lee Young-ah and SS501’s Kim Hyun-joong who also play leading roles.

Music + Lyrics: Yoon Myung Sun
Score: 365

21. (-8) S.101 – 바람만바람만 (Only Wind, Only Wind) : 352
22. (New) Im Jae Bum & Tei – 겨울이오면 (If Winter Comes) : 346
23. (-5) Big Bang – Goodbye Baby : 343
24. (-14) Lee Seung Hwan – 어떻게사랑이그래요 (How can love be that way) : 342
25. (New) Brian – 가지마 (Don’t Go) : 323
26. (New) Kim Ah Joong – MARIA (from movie "200 Pounds Beauty" OST) : 322
27. (New) SM Town – Snow Dream : 320
28. (New) YuriSangJa – 기억력 (Memory) : 291
29. (New) Battle – Crash : 278
30. (Re-entry) Nell – 마음을잃다 (Losing one’s mind) : 257
31. (New) Bobby Kim – 파랑새 (Blue Bird) : 255
32. (Re-entry) Byul – 물풍선 (Water Balloon) : 238
33. (New) CSJH The Grace – 열정 (My Everything) : 221
34. (New) Choi Jae Hoon – 고마워요 (Thank You) : 207
35. (New) Superjunior K.R.Y. – 한 사람만을 (For One Person) : 203
36. (New) Bada – 고 고 고 (Go Go Go) : 202
37. (Re-entry) Lee Jung Hyun – 철수야 사랑해 (I Love You Chul Soo) : 179
38. (-18) Jaruim – You and me : 178
39. (Re-entry) The Name – 사랑은… (Love Is…) : 177
40. (Re-entry) Park Jung Ah (Featuring Jun Je Duk) – 결국…사랑 (In The End…Love) : 169
41. (New) Jang Ri In – Y : 157
42. (New) Take – 한마디 (One Word) : 139
43. (New) Kai – 몹쓸 거짓말 (Bad Lie) : 138
44. (New) The Film – 난A형이잖아 (I am not blood type A) : 130
45. (New) Xing – In Your Hands : 126
46. (New) Kan Jong Wook – 약한남자 (Weak Man) : 115
47. (New) Infinite Flow – 댄스 댄스 댄스 (Dance Dance Dance) : 112
48. (New) Yoon Ha – Audition : 111
49. (New) Bae Sul Gi – One By One : 110
50. (New) Maybee – 기억이마르면 (If Memory Dried Up) : 105

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 January week 1:

ChartKorea – 20%
Hanteo and KMDIA Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 20%
MNet M!Countdown – 20%
SBS Inky Gayo Take 7 Chart (1 week lag) – 15%
Various Internet charts (Melon, Jukeon, Dosirak, Muz, Bugs, MaXMP3, MTV Korea, Ohdio) – 15%
Hanteo Gayo Chart – 5%
Gasoo appearance on gayo shows (MBC Show! Music Core, SBS Inky Gayo, KBS Music Bank, MBC Kim Dong Ryul For You, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, MNet M!Countdown, Show! Music Tank, Various MTV Korea Programs, Pops In Seoul) – 5%

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