Summary for January week 3 chart:

No. 1 song: Brian’s "가지마" (Don’t Go) remains No. 1 for the 2nd week in a row, holding off another challenger moving from No. 19 in the previous week – ERU’s "흰눈" (White Snow). The song’s score also improves from 702 last week to 806 this week, and is looking strong to stay in No. 1 for another week. But the competition is very strong.

Co-Biggest Movers of the week: There are 2 songs moving up 17 spots this week. As mentioned above, ERU’s "흰눈" (White Snow) is one of the songs. This "made for winter" song has matched the No. 2 spot on his previous hit "까만안경" (Black Glasses), and is moving up much faster, definitely a threat to challange Brian for the top spot next week.

The other song moving up 17 spots is Battle’s debut song "Crash", from No. 31 to No. 14. The highly anticipated new boy band finally get their breaks this week, with more appearance on music shows, they are gaining more fans each week.

Hot shot debut: Big Bang’s "Dirty Cash" finally made it into our chart this week at No. 26, replacing "Goodbye Baby". This is the title song from their first official full album. Big Bang has released 3 singles prior to this album with huge success. This song should be moving up the charts fast.

New songs: A relatively quiet week in terms of new songs, we only have 3 brand new songs and 1 re-entry in the top 50. That’s typical for the beginning of the year.

Songs to watch out:

3. The Nuts – 잔소리 (Scolded) – After a disappointing week in which they stay put at No. 12, this song moves up 9 big spots to No. 3 this week, and its score is not far away from the No. 1 song. Count on this song to be part of the No. 1 battle next week.
5. Kim Ah Joong – MARIA (from movie 200 Pounds Beauty) – As expected, this song is in the top 10 now. With the movie going over 5 million in attendance, and the soundtrack also recording good sales numbers, the only thing missing is whether Kim Ah Joong will come out to perform this song. If she does, this is a potential No. 1 song.
7. Lee Seung Chul – 하얀새 (White Bird) – Just like "Scolded" from The Nuts, this song has a disappointed showing last week, but rebounded big time this week by moving up 13 spots to No. 7. Lee Seung Chul’s 8th album "Reflection of Sound" is still a top 10 seller in the album sales chart, it should help this song to move further up.
13. Shin Hye Sung & Lyn – 사랑후에 (After Love) – This song certainly doesn’t suffer in its 2nd week on the chart, moving up 13 spots this week to No. 13. A good winter song with an all-star collobration and we should see them in the top 10 next week.
32. KCM – 안녕 (Goodbye) – A new digital single by KCM. Again, he teams up with Cho Young Soo and Ahn Young Min on this song. But it is different from previous KCM songs which was more emotional. This ballad is a smooth one from beginning to end.

New feature: I am adding youtube links on the top 20 songs, whether it is a performance or a music video. However, not all songs are available on youtube.

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. (–) Brian – 가지마 (Don’t Go) *** 2 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Genre: R&B Ballad
Watch the performance
Album: Brian Vol. 1 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

YesAsia: Featured on Brain’s first solo album "The Brian". This song is an R&B ballad that reminds us of many hits from Fly To The Sky. The vocalist’s experience in performing smooth ballads and beat-filled numbers comes in handy on this highly anticipated release which is heavy on acoustic sounds.

Music + Lyrics: Ha Jung Ho
Score: 802

2. (+17) ERU – 흰눈 (White Snow) *** CO-BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Genre: Pop Ballad
Watch the performance
Album: ERU Vol. 2 Track 8 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Included on Eru’s second album. The richly emotional ballad was written by the artist himself. The lyrics are about a man who misses his girl friend on a snowy day. The music video was shot in Sapporo, Japan.

Music: Lee Joo Ho / Lyrics: ERU
Score: 765

3. (+9) The Nuts – 잔소리 (Scolded)
Genre: Rock Ballad
Watch the performance
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: 746

4. (-2) SS501 – Four Chance
Genre: Pop / Dance
Watch the performance
Album: SS 501 Vol. 1 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Included on SS501’s first album entitled, "SS501 S.T 01 Now." With a strong hip hop rhythm, the funky, catchy pop song highlights the voices of each of the members. The lyrics are about how to seduce the woman you love in four different steps.

Music + Lyrics: Han Sang Won
Score: 675

5. (+6) Kim Ah Joong – MARIA (from movie "200 Pounds Beauty" OST)
Genre: Pop / Rock
Watch the MV
Album: 200 Pound Beauty Movie OST Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV:Included on the OST of "200 Pound Beauty." LOVEHOLIC’s bassist and musical director of the film Lee Jae-hak arranged the Blondie hit to use in the film. The music video is made up of clips from the movie.

Music: Blondie’s "Maria" / Lyrics: Kim Ah Joong
Score: 621

6. (+3) SG Wannabe (feat. Vibe) – 사랑가 (A Song of Love)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Watch the performance
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: 600

7. (+13) 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: 553

8. (+7) MC Mong (feat. Lisa [English ver.], Maybee [Korean ver.]) – 너에게 쓰는 편지 Part 2 (A Letter Written To You Part 2)
Genre: Hip-hop
Watch the performance
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: 552

9. (-1) 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: 550

10. (+4) Son Ho Young – 사랑은 이별을 데리고 오다 (Love Brings Separation)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Watch the performance
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: 539

11. (+2) Gavy NJ – 그녀가울고있네요 (She’s Crying)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Watch the performance
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: 518

12. (-5) Sung Shi Kyung – 거리에서 (On the Street)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Watch the performance
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: 505

13. (+13) Shin Hye Sung & Lyn – 사랑후에 (After Love)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Watch the MV
Album: Winter Story Music Drama OST Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Title track of Shin Hye-sung’s new album which combines music and drama. The medium tempo ballad is about a tragic love story between two lovers. Shin Hye-sung with his sweet voice and singer Lyn with her rich vocals create beautiful harmony together. Eric stars in the music drama.

Music: Shin In Soo / Lyrics: Shim Jae Hee
Score: 500

14. (+17) Battle – Crash *** CO-BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Genre: Pop / Dance
Watch the performance
Album: Battle 1st single Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Title track of new group Battle’s first single album, "Crash." A dynamic and hardcore hip hop track with powerful guitar and drum accompaniment which harmonizes with the members strong rap and vocals. The 6 members wear camouflage, leather and black in their music video, creating a tough image.

Music: Park Chan Geun / Lyrics: Jang Joon Ho
Score: 493

15. (+1) Se7en – 잘할게 (I Will Do Well)
Genre: R&B Ballad
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Album: Se7en Vol. 4 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Included in Se7en’s 4th album, "Se7olution." Big Mama’s Lee Young-hyun wrote the song and lyrics for this heartbreaking ballad. The explosive high-toned vocal power matched with the large-scale orchestra music moves the listeners. The emotional melody and sad lyrics well-suit Se7en’s sensibility.

Music + Lyrics: Lee Young Hyun
Score: 483

16. (-6) 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: 456

17. (-14) DBSG – 풍선 (Balloons)
Genre: Pop / Dance
Watch the performance
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: 455

18. (–) Jun Jin – 사랑이 오지 않아요 (Love Doesn’t Come)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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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: 452

19. (-2) Loveholic – 바람아멈추어다오 (Please Stop The Wind)
Genre: Rock Ballad
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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: 438

20. (+5) As One – 십이야 (Twelve Nights)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Watch the performance
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: 420

21. (+7) Bobby Kim – 파랑새 (Blue Bird) : 406
22. (-16) SG Wannabe/Brown Eyed Girls – Must Have Love : 405
23. (-19) Kim Tae Woo – 하고싶은 말 (Words That I Want To Say) : 400
24. (-1) Jang Yoon Jung – 이따,이따요 (Later, Later) : 398
25. (-4) S.101 – 바람만바람만 (Only Wind, Only Wind) : 394
26. (New) Big Bang – Dirty Cash : 385 *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***

27. (-22) Jang Woo Hyuk (feat. Esther) – 폭풍속으로 (One Way) : 358
28. (+9) Kan Jong Wook – 약한남자 (Weak Man) : 328
29. (-2) Im Jae Bum & Tei – 겨울이오면 (If Winter Comes) : 326
30. (-8) Lee Seung Hwan – 어떻게사랑이그래요 (How can love be that way) : 287
31. (+11) Park Sang Min – 울지마요 (Don’t Cry) : 266
32. (New) KCM – 안녕 (Goodbye) : 253
33. (-3) Lee Hyori (with Lee Jun Ki) – ANYSTAR : 244
34. (+1) Bada – 고 고 고 (Go Go Go) : 238
35. (-1) Superjunior KRY – 한 사람만을 (For One Person) : 234
36. (+3) Kai – 몹쓸 거짓말 (Bad Lie) : 212
37. (-8) SM Town – Snow Dream : 203
38. (+3) Kim Hyun Chul – 결혼도못하고 (Not being able to marry) : 202
39. (New) Seo Moon Tak – 가거라 사랑아 (Go Away Love) : 196
40. (–) Jaurim – You and me : 191
41. (-8) Nell – 마음을잃다 (Losing one’s mind) : 175
42. (–) Choi Jae Hoon – 고마워요 (Thank You) : 173
43. (-5) Bae Sul Gi – One By One : 165
44. (-12) Yurisangja – 기억력 (Memory) : 161
45. (-1) Byul – 물풍선 (Water Balloon) : 157
46. (-10) CSJH The Grace – 열정 (My Everything) : 144
47. (–) Wheesung – 손톱달 (Fingernail Moon) : 137
48. (+2) Yoon Ha – Audition : 128
49. (-3) Xing – In Your Hands : 123
50. (Re-entry) Paran – 내 가슴엔 네 심장이 뛰나봐 (Your Heart Is Beating Inside Me) : 122

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 3:

ChartKorea – 20%
Hanteo and KMDIA Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 20%
MNet M!Countdown + MaxMP3 Internet chart – 20%
SBS Inky Gayo Take 7 Chart (1 week lag) – 15%
Various Internet charts (Melon, Jukeon, Dosirak, Muz, Bugs, SBS Music Park, 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, Show Music Tank, Various MTV Korea Programs, Pops In Seoul) – 5%

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