Weekly Music Chart 2009 – July week 3

1. (–) Outsider – 외톨이 (Loner) *** 2 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Score: 888
Genre: Hip-hop

Outsider2Music: Big Boy, MC Sniper / Lyrics: Outsider
Album: Outsider Vol. 2 Track 5 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Despite strong challenge from SNSD, Outsider’s "Loner" was able to hold on to the top spot for another week. He is the first non-mainstream hip-hop song to hit No. 1 since the inception of this chart, and certainly the first in many Korean charts in a long time. K-pop music is dominated by pop, dance, ballad, or R&B songs these days. It is a refreshing change to see an artiste who many still considered underground to have a No. 1 song. This song with a good rhythm is written by Big Boy and MC Sniper. No wonder the style is very reminiscent of MC Sniper’s. Outsider is known as Korea’s fastest rapper, and he proves it in this song. It features a 14-member orchestra, which is very unique for a hip-hop song. Congratulations to Outsider.

2. (+5) SNSD – 소원을 말해 봐 (Genie)
Score: 874
Genre: Pop / Dance

SNSDmini2Music + Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin
Album: SNSD mini-album Vol. 2 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Fresh off winning the top song of the 2009 mid-year on "Gee", SNSD is looking for another chart topping hit with the title track "Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)" from their 2nd mini-album. This song was composed by hit composer Yoo Young Jin, Yoo Han Jin, as well as ‘Dsign Music’ a European composing team. It is a trendy dance number with a bright message. The song is perfect to listen to when you are feeling down or are busy with life as SNSD will be your genie, giving you energy and vitality. Next week when their album sales score kicks in, it will be hard to deny them the top spot.

3. (+3) 2PM – 네가 밉다 (I Hate You)
Score: 839
Genre: Pop / Dance

2PMmini2009Music + Lyrics: Kim Chang Dae
Album: 2PM single album "2:00PM Time For Change" Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: 2PM’s follow up single "I Hate You" moves up 3 more spots to No. 3 this week. Already 3 weeks No. 1 at MNet’s M!Countdown, this R&B and electronic track goes well with 2PM’s powerful dance moves. This song has a medium tempo melody which picks up in the chorus part. 2PM is wrapping up their promotional activities on this massively successful mini-album. Fans will miss them but they are expected to come back soon.

4. (-1) 4minute – Hot Issue
Score: 819
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: 4minute digital single "Hot Issue" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Despite gaining another 50 points, 4minutes’ "Hot Issue" dropped back one spot due to very strong competition. This group features ex-Wonder Girl Kim Hyun Ah as rapper, along with Nam Ji Hyun, Heo Ga Yoon, Jeon Ji Yoon, and Kwon So Hyun. They all aged between 14 to 18. 4minute brings unique fashion on stage and hip-hop genre with upbeat dance moves. We already have debutants After School and 2NE1 doing amazingly well this year, now 4minute is adding into the mix. The competition of the best new female group this year is tighter than ever!

5. (-3) V.O.S – 큰일이다 (Big Trouble)
Score: 720
Genre: R&B Ballad

RoutineFreeMusic: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Album: V.O.S Vol. 3.5 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the representative song for V.O.S’ 3.5th album, "Routine Free." An emotional ballad, it features soothing melodies and powerful vocals. It was produced by hit-maker Cho Young-soo, who has also produced songs for Davichi, Yangpa and Ivy. The lyrics are about a man’s emotions for an unrequited love, and his heartbreaking inability to propose. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

6. (-2) 8Eight – 잘가요 내 사랑 (Goodbye My Love)
Score: 705
Genre: R&B Ballad

8Eight3RMusic: Bang Shi Hyuk / Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk, Baek Chan
Album: 8Eight Vol. 3 Repackaged Version Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: 8Eight scores another big hit with the title song "Goodbye My Love" from the repackaged edition of their 3rd album. "Goodbye My Love" is again written by Hitman Bang Shi Hyuk, who is the mastermind behind all of the group’s hit songs. The song is a hybrid of grungy guitar and an ambiance of hip hop rhythm. Not many albums these days can spin back to back top 5 hits, so this is a major accomplishment for 8Eight. Check out the remixed piano arranged version of this song the trio performed on Music Core, it sounds even better.

7. (-2) SHINee – 줄리엣 (Juliette)  
Score: 674
Genre: Pop / Dance

RomeoMusic: Remee, Jay, Sean / Lyrics: Kim Jong Hyun
Album: SHINee 2nd mini-album "Romeo" Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of SHINee’s second mini-album “Romeo.” It is a trendy urban dance song whose lyrics were written by the SHINee member Jong-hyun. It features a sophisticated rhythm and acoustic-style drum sounds, which harmonize with SHINee’s vocals. It is a remake of the song "Deal With It," which was released in the United Sates in 2007 by Corbin Bleu. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

8. (+4) Lee Seung Ki (feat. Bizniz) – 결혼해줄래 (Will You Marry Me)
Score: 482
Genre: Pop Ballad

WillYouMarryMeMusic: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Sang Ho / Lyrics: Kim Do Hoon, Hwang Sung Jin
Album: Lee Seung Ki digital single "Will You Marry Me" Track 1
Watch: MV
Comment: Lee Seung Ki returns to the top 10 this week with "Will You Marry Me". This mellow ballad was composed by Kim Do Hoon, with lyrics about wanting to live happily ever after with a loved one and even a child. The MV of this song features footage of his drama "Brilliant Legacy".

9. (-1) See Ya, Davichi, and Ji-Yeon (T-Ara) – 여성시대 (Women’s Generation)
Score: 461
Genre: Pop / Dance

Woman'sGenerationMusic: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: K. Smith
Album: See Ya, Davichi & T-ara digital single "Women’s Generation" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This exciting, trot-style song with light rhythms is about standing up and being strong even after falling down in a tough world. The impressive music video shows off the members’ fresh vocals and their cute, vivacious dance moves. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

10. (+7) MC The Max – 뒤차가 경적을 (The Following Car Is Honking)
Score: 453
Genre: Rock Ballad

Rewind&RemindMusic + Lyrics: Jun Hae Sung
Album: MC The Max special album "Rewind & Remind" Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Perhaps the last time for a while we see this group in the top 10, with all three members set to begin their mandatory military service this summer, MC The Max bid farewell to fans and released their special album "Rewind & Remind." Their last album before entering the army, "Rewind & Remind" is a testament to the trio’s ten years together as one of the most popular and consistent voices in K-pop. The title song "The Following Car Is Honking" is written by Jun Hae Sung. It has a strong and catchy repeating melody that stays with the listener.

11. (-2) Koyote – 넌센스 (Nonsense)
Score: 447
Genre: Pop / Dance

Koyote10.5Music + Lyrics: Kim Do Hoon + Kim Se Jin
Album: Koyote Vol. 10 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Koyote, one of k-pop’s signature pop dance groups, return with their 10th album minus Kim Jong Min, who could not participate as he is in military service. It’s been three years since their last album. The title track "Nonsense" is at No. 11 this week. It was composed by hit-makers Kim Do Hun and Kim Sejin. This dance track has 80s-style house rhythms and incorporates trendy synthesizer sounds.

12. (-1) Lee Seung Chul – 손톱이 빠져서 (My Nails Came Off)  
Score: 400
Genre: Rock Ballad

LeeSeungChul10Music + Lyrics: Jun Hae Sung
Album: Lee Seung Chul Vol. 10 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Lee Seung-chul’s 10th album “Mutopia.” It was written by Chun Hye-seong, who also wrote "Long Day" for Lee Seung-chul. It is a gentle British-rock ballad with delicate sounds and an unusual title. The lyrics are about a man who writes a letter to his lover pleading her to come back until his nails begin to hurt. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

13. (New) 2NE1 – I Don’t Care *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***  
Score: 356
Genre: Hip-hop / R&B

2NE11stMusic + Lyrics: Teddy + Kush
Album: 2NE1 1st mini-album Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Fast rising female rookie group 2NE1 finally releases their 1st mini-album. The title song "I Don’t Care" is our highest debut this week at No. 13. "I Don’t Care" was composed and penned by Teddy and Kush of Stonyskunk. The song is more of a soft “reggae melody” R&B Pop track compared to their previous faster beats and stronger hip-hop melodies. Fans are able to see another side of 2NE1 through this song.

14. (+6) Kim Yong Joon & Hwang Jung Eum – 커플 (Couple)
Score: 333
Genre: Pop Ballad

CoupleMusic: Ahn Young Min / Lyrics: Kim Yong Joon
Album: Kim Yong Joon digital single Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Even though the "We Got Married" syndrome has cooled down considerably this year, we have yet another song from this long running TV Show cracking our top 20. This time it is from SG Wannabe member Kim Yong Joon and Ex-Sugar member Hwang Jung Eum, who acted as real life couple on "We Got Married". "Couple" is their theme song on the show and it moves up 6 spots to No. 14 this week. Kim Yong Joon wrote the lyrics of this mellow ballad as well.

15. (-1) SG Wannabe (feat. Yurisangja Baek Seung Hwa) – 사랑해 (I Love You)  
Score: 332
Genre: Folk Ballad

SGWannabe6Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Album: SG Wannabe Vol. 6 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the representative track for SG Wannabe’s 6th album "Gift From SG WANNABE". Composer Cho Young-soo, who has long produced the group’s tracks, produced this Simon & Garfunkel-style song, which features beautiful harmonies. The music video tells a sad love story between actor Baek Jong-min and Jiyeon, a new member of SeeYa. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

16. (–) K.Will (feat. Dynamic Duo) – 1초에 한 방울 (One Droplet In A Second)
Score: 327
Genre: R&B Ballad

DroppingTheTearsMusic: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Park Chan Hyun
Album: K.Will mini-album "Dropping The Tears" Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: 2009 is already a very good year for K.Will, as this new song is his 3rd top-20 hit. This is the follow-up song from his mini-album "Dropping The Tears" is at No. 16 this week. "One Droplet In A Second" is a ballad with an acoustic feel containing vocals that are both sweet and filled with sorrow. The track also features Dynamic Duo rapping about the heartbreak of separating.

17. (-4) Chae Yeon – 흔들려 (Shake)
Score: 312
Genre: Pop / Dance

ShakeMusic + Lyrics: Kim Chang Hwan
Album: Chae Yeon mini-album "Shake" Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Sexy diva Chae Yeon is at No. 17 this week with "Shake". DJ Koo of Clon also offered 2 re-mixed versions of this song. While Chae Yeon was on hiatus from music between her last album and now, many female singles with similar styles to hers have emerged. Now Chae Yeon is out to re-capture her fans once again. The timing of this release is good as we are getting into summer and dance hits always do well in this season.

18. (+7) Jewelry (feat. Nassun) – Rally
Score: 311
Genre: Pop / Dance

SuperStarMusic + Lyrics: E-Tribe
Album: Jewelry digital single "Super Star" Track 1 
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Jewelry returns to the top 20 after much success with their fifth album title track, One More Time. Their new single is Rally, which is the theme song for the Mnet Audition show, Superstar K. The show can be compared to American Idol. This powerful and lively song was composed by E-Tribe, who also wrote other hits such as Lee Hyori’s U-Go-Girl, SNSD’s Gee, and Super Junior’s It’s You. The MV shows Jewelry’s live M.Net performance and scenes from the show.

19. (-4) Park Jung Hyun – 눈물이 주룩주룩 (Tears Flowing)
Score: 294
Genre: R&B Ballad

Album: Park Jung Hyun Vol. 7 Repackaged Edition Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the representative song for Park Jung-hyun’s 7th repackaged album. Yoon Jong-shin produced this ballad, which is about a woman’s sadness after breaking up. The poetic lyrics liken the departed lover to a tidal wave. Park Jung-hyun’s rich and emotional voice goes well with the lyrics. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

20. (-2) Super Junior – 너라고 (It’s You)  
Score: 275
Genre: Pop / Dance

SuperJunior3CMusic + Lyrics: E-Tribe
Album: Super Junior Vol. 3 Version C Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Super Junior’s single album. This dance song was written by hitmaker E-tribe and it features acoustic R&B sounds and retro euro-techno sounds. The omnibus-type music video was produced in dance and drama versions. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

21 . (+16) OneTwo – 별이 빛나는 밤에 ( Night When the Stars Are Shining Brightly ) : 260
22. (+18) Wax – 결국 너야 (In The End, It’s You) : 253 *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
23 . (+5) Yangpa – 령혼 ( Soul ) : 252
24 . (-5) Moon Hee Jun – Toy : 221
25 . (+1) Beige – 지지리 ( Awfully ) : 211
26 . (-2) Untouchable – Oh : 208
27 . (-6) Kim Tae Woo – 기억과 추억 ( Memory and Remembrance ) : 190
28 . (New) Drunken Tiger – Monster : 186
29 . (-7) IU – Boo : 172
30 . (+4) Ilac (feat. Brand New Day Chae Rin) – 편한 사람이 생겼어 ( I’ve Found a Comfortable Person ) : 158
31 . (New) Namolla Family (feat. Gong Bo Kyung) – 낚였어 ( Lure ) : 147
32 . (+13) M – Minnovation : 136
33 . (–) Kara – 똑 같은 맘 ( Same Heart ) : 133
34 . (New) Seo Tai Ji – 아침의 눈 ( Morning Snow ) : 128
35 . (-5) After School – Diva : 126
36 . (-13) Kim Jong Wook (feat. Kang Min Kyung) – 척하면 척 ( If You Pretend ) : 125
37 . (-5) Brand New Day – 마스카라 ( Mascara ) : 124
38 . (-9) Hong Jin Young – 사랑의 배터리 ( Love’s Battery ) : 115
39 . (-12) Kim Dong Ryul – 고독한 항해 ( Lonely Voyage ) : 110
40 . (New) Flower Go Yoo Jin – 바보라서…(고질병) ( Because I Am A Fool…(Inveterate Disease) ) : 109
41 . (New) Gyu Hyun (Super Junior) – 7년간의 사랑 ( 7 Years Of Love ) : 106
42 . (New) Cho Won Sun – 아무도 아무것도 ( Anyone, Anything ) : 90
43 . (-12) Hwi – 가질 수 없는 너 ( You I Can’t Have ) : 89
44 . (New) E.via – 일기장 ( Diary ) : 85
45 . (New) Gil Me (feat. Eun Ji Won) – Love Cuts : 79
46 . (-3) As One – 헤어져 ( Breakup ) : 60
47 . (New) Norazo – 고등어 ( Mackerel ) : 54
48 . (New) H-Eugene (feat. Gavy NJ Hye Min) – 사랑시리즈 (Love Series) : 52
49 . (-8) Rumble Fish – 앙코로 ( Encore ) : 50
50 . (-11) Park Ji Yoon – 바래진 기억에 ( In A Faded Memory ) : 45

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

Jang Hye Jin & Gavy NJ Hee Young – Twilight 영원토록 (Twilight Forever)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Min Myung Ki
Album: Jang Hye Jin & Gavy NJ Hee Young single "Twilight Forever" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the representative song for Jang Hye-jin & Jang Hee-young of Gavy NJ’s digital single album. A grand piece, it features poignant melodies and impressive vocals. The lyrics are about eternal love between a couple, and the music video used scenes from the movie, "Twilight," since the love theme between the main characters goes well with the lyrics. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

Park Jung Hyun & Yim Jae Bum – 사랑보다 깊은 상처 (Scar Deeper Than Love)
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Park Jung Hyun Vol. 1 (1998) Track 9 (duet version) / Yim Jae Bum Vol. 2 (1997) Track 3 (solo version)
Watch: MV (from MBC Drama "Sunflower") Live Performance
Comment: Last week on MNet’s M!Countdown, Park Jung Hyun performed this oldie with K.Will, bringing back a lot of memories and thus prompting me to feature this song here this week. This is perhaps one of the most beloved songs among k-pop singers – many singers have performed this song on their live concerts. You can also find this song on many albums. It was originally recorded as a solo version on Yim Jae Bum’s 2nd album in 1997. Then it was featured in the classic MBC drama "Sunflower". In 1998, this song became a male-female duet, recorded in promising rookie singer Park Jung Hyun’s debut album. Personally I like the duet version the best, mixing two very different voices together – Yim Jae Bum’s husky voice with Park Jung Hyun’s crystal clear voice. One can feel the sadness of the lyrics when they sang this emotional song.

Sources of the chart

Air Monitor Chart – 15%
MNet M!Countdown – 15%
Various Internet charts (Dosirak, MNet, Melon, Muz, Bugs, Cyworld, Soribada) – 15%
ChartKorea – 10%
Hanteo Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 10%
SBS Inky Gayo Take 7 + Internet Chart + Music Video Chart – 10%
Hanteo Gayo Chart (1 week lag) – 10%
KBS Music Bank K-Chart – 5%
MTV Chart – 5%
Gasoo appearance on gayo shows (MBC Music Core, SBS Inky Gayo, KBS Music Bank, MNet M!Countdown, SBS Kim Jung Eun Chocolate, KBS Yoo Hee Yeol Sketchbook , YTN Live Power Music, MTV Non-stop, Pops In Seoul) – 5%

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