Weekly Music Chart 2008 - August week 5

1. (+2) Seo In Young – 신데렐라 (Cinderella) *** 1 WEEK NO. 1 ***
Score: 899
Genre: Pop / Dance

CinderellaMusic: Yoo Gun Hyung, Psy / Lyrics: Psy
Album: Seo In Young Mini Album "Elly Is Cinderella" track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Elly is finally No. 1!  After spending 2 weeks at No. 3, Seo In Young’s "Cinderella" has finally displaced the previous top two songs and become our new No. 1 song this week.  It marks her first solo No. 1 song.  Seo In Young also hit No. 1 earlier this year with Jewelry’s "One More Time".  "Cinderella" is written by Psy, who in the past has written many hit songs for different singers.



2. (+2) Cool – 사랑을 원해 (I Want Love)
Score: 850
Genre: Pop

Cool10.5Music: Yoon Il Sang / Lyrics: Lee Sang Baek, DK4RG
Album: Cool Vol. 10.5 Track 6 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Cool are closing in on another No. 1 song with their latest hit "I Want Love". After briefly disbanding, the trio are back for their 10.5 album. Summer is not the same without a hit song by Cool. This song will be another one of Cool’s fun-loving song that is tailor-made for the season.



3. (-2) Lee Hyori – U-Go-Girl 
Score: 835
Genre: Pop / Dance

LeeHyori3Music + Lyrics: E-Tribe
Album: Lee Hyori Vol. 3 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: The title song for Lee Hyo Ri’s third album "It’s Hyorish", this dance number combines a smooth hip-hop beat and catchy hook urging girls to express themselves freely and confidently. The music video features Hyo Ri dolled up like a ’60s pin-up, dancing and performing. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



4. (-2) Davichi – 사랑과 전쟁 (Love and War)
Score: 826
Genre: Pop / Dance

Davichi1.5Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Album: Davichi Vol. 1.5 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Davichi’s 1.5 album, “Vivid Summer Edition 1st Amaranth Repackage Album”. It’s a dance number with upbeat and yet approachable melodies melded with HaHa’s comical narration. The music video features the revenge story of a woman who was dumped by her boyfriend, combined with footage of Davichi lip-synching. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



5. (+10) Big Bang – 하루하루 (Day By Day)
Score: 812
Genre: Pop / R&B Dance

BigBang2008Music + Lyrics: G-Dragon
Album: Big Bang 3rd mini-album "Stand Up" Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Big Bang, who rose to super stardom last year with hits like "Lie", "Last Greeting", "Dirty Cash", etc., are finally coming back in 2008 with their 3rd mini-album "Stand Up". Showing a more mature side of the group, the title song "Day By Day" is a mid-tempo R&B dance song with a nice piano arrangement throughout the song. 1TYM’s Teddy and Stony Skunk’s Kush, one of the hottest producing combo in the last few months, are again the masterminds behind this song and this mini-album. This song is very likely to rise to No. 1 next week.



6. (-1) Uhm Jung Hwa (feat. T.O.P) – D.I.S.C.O
Score: 671
Genre: Pop / Dance

DISCOMusic: Teddy, Kush / Lyrics: Teddy, T.O.P
Album: Uhm Jung Hwa mini-album D.I.S.C.O track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track in Uhm Jung-hwa’s mini album of the same title. The album is produced by Yang Hyun-suk and features rap from BIGBANG’s T.O.P. With sampling from Delegation’s “Heartache No. 9”, it is a modern interpretation of retro disco. The music video is also done in a cool modern style with the vibrant music and Uhm Jung-hwa’s urban allure. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)




7. (–) Kara – Rock U
Score: 669
Genre: Pop / Dance

KaraMusic: Han Jae Ho, Kim Seung Soo / Lyrics: Song Soo Yoon
Album: Kara 1st mini-album Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the main track of KARA’s 1st mini album. KARA, which recently became a 5-member female group, sing this pop latin dance number that has sweet lyrics and a lively rhythm. The music video features KARA’s cute and playful dance. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



8. (-2) Seo Tai Ji – MOAI
Score: 656
Genre: Rock

Album: Seo Tai Ji Vol. 8 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: When we talk about legends of Korean music, Seo Tai Ji is second to none. It’s been 4 years since he last released a new album, it is all worth waiting for even though this mini-album only has 4 songs. The title track MOAI means the gigantic statues seen on Easter Island. As a youth, Seo was fascinated by the mysterious Easter Island, and thus this song came into existence.



9. (+16) Kim Gun Mo – Kiss *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 654
Genre: Pop / Dance


Album: Kim Gun Mo Vol. 12 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: For active k-pop singers, perhaps only Lee Moon Sae has released more studio albums than Kim Gun Mo. "Kiss" is the title song of his 12th album "Soul Groove", and is our biggest mover of the week.  It is an electrifying punk number which features big band sounds.  Kim Gun Mo’s last few albums have not produced any significant hit songs. This song is already doing much better and looks like Kim Gun Mo is going to reach another peak in his long career. (credits to ~S2~)



10. (+4) Brown Eyes – 너 때문에 (Because Of You)
Score: 604
Genre: R&B Ballad

BrownEyes3Music: Yoon Gun / Lyrics: Gary of Lee Ssang
Brown Eyes Vol. 3 Track 4 Purchase this album
Comment: Included in Brown Eyes’ 3rd album “Two Things Needed For The Same Purpose And 5
Objects”. A touching ballad about longing for one’s lover that sings whatever happiness that was to be had was "because of you." The music video features near-comic episodes that belie the original theme of sadness after parting. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops in Seoul)



11. (+7) 2AM – 이 노래 (This Song)
Score: 545
Genre: R&B Ballad

2AMsingleMusic + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: 2AM single Vol. 1 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: Live Performance
Comment: 2AM are a prized new group by JYP entertainment this year. Technically, they are a sub-group together with another sub-group 2PM who will debut next week and the whole group’s name is 2 O’Clock. This is the first time in k-pop that a sub-group has debuted prior to the main group. The name 2AM was given by JYP. 2AM is the time when one usually looks back on what they did that day and therefore the members are to do likewise with their music. This song is an R&B ballad, kind of reminds us of the early days of another JYP group, Noel.



12. (-4) Zi-A – 사랑해 미안해 (I Love You, I Am Sorry)
Score: 539
Genre: Pop Ballad

Zia1Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Album: Zi-A Vol. 1 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the main track for Zi-A’s official 1st album “Road Movie.” This medium-beat ballad features expressive vocals to grand orchestral colors. Shin Hyun-joon and Honey Lee star in the music video made in the form of a love story with amazing computer graphics. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)




13. (+4) Super Junior Happy – 파자마파티 (Pajama Party)
Score: 504
Genre: Pop / Dance

Super Junior Happy 1st mini-album Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: 2nd single from Super Junior Happy’s 1st mini-album. Pajama Party is a hopeful track about wanting a pajama party with one’s lover. Just like the title song "Cooking? Cooking!", this song is a fun-loving song that fans will love.



14. (-5) Mighty Mouth (feat. Sun Ye) – 에너지 (Energy)
Score: 498
Genre: Hip-hop

MightyMouth1Music: Shin Sa Dong Ho Raeng E / Lyrics: Lee Sang Chul, So Joon Sup
Album: Mighty Mouth Vol. 1 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Mighty Mouth’s 1st full-length album of the same name. Being a speedy hip-hop track with stylish sounds, Wonder Girls’ Sun-ye adds more energy to the song with her featuring. The overall message of the song is that "Everything you love becomes the source of energy in your life." Singer Min Hyo-rin starred in the music video that features cool animated effects. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops in Seoul)



15. (-3) Wonder Girls – So Hot
Score: 448
Genre: Pop / Dance

SoHotMusic + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: Wonder Girl mini-album "So Hot" track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Featured as the title song of Wonder Girls’ 3rd project album, "So Hot", this funky dance track is enhanced by sophisticated rock ‘n’ roll rhythms. Embracing the concept "21st century’s self-obsessed beauties", the lyrics amusingly tell of the agony of being too pretty. The Wonder Girls transformed into sexy vixens in the music video, all decked out in leopard prints. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops in Seoul)



16. (+5) Nam Gyu Ri – 남자 (Man)
Score: 428
Genre: Pop Ballad

ManMusic: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Album: Nam Gyu Ri digital single "Man"
Watch: Live Performance
Comment: See Ya’s leader Nam Gyu Ri scores her 2nd solo top-20 hit "Man". This song is coming from Nam Gyu Ri’s debut movie – a horror flick "Gosa: Midterm on Blood". Recently, Nam Gyu Ri is busy promoting this movie and also appears on music shows to perform this song live.



17. (-1) Solbi & Kim Jong Wook – 그대에게 바래요 (I Wish For You To…)
Score: 423
Genre: Pop Ballad

SolbiKimJongWookOriginal Song: "Way Back Into Love" / Lyrics: Won Tae Yun
Album: Solbi & Kim Jong Wook digital single "I Wish For You To…"
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Solbi and Jong-wook’s single album by the same name. Kim Jong-wook’s sweet vocals meet with Solbi’s cute voice in this love song, which is a remake of "Way Back Into Love", the theme song for the movie "Music and Lyrics." The music video, shot in Japan, features fresh and beautiful visuals. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



18. (-5) Shin Ji (feat. Mighty Mouth) – 해뜰날 (The Day The Sun Rises)
Score: 396
Genre: Pop / Dance

ShinJi1Music: Shin Dae Sung, Kim Jae Hyung / Lyrics: Song Dae Kwan, Kim Tae Hee
Album: Shin Ji Vol. 1 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: It’s been 10 years since Koyote vocalist Shinji’s debut and she has finally released her first solo album. The title track of the album is a remake song, “The Day the Sun Rises”, originally sung by Song Dae Gwan. It is a bright dance track with different colors showcasing Shinji’s unique style. Through this remake, the younger generation is able to enjoy the song as well. Popular new hip-hop duo Mighty Mouth is the featured rapper of this song.



19. (-8) Shinee – 누난 너무 예뻐 (Noona’s Pretty (Replay))
Score: 322
Genre: R&B/Dance

ShineeMusic: Jason Pennock, Tchaka Diallo, Jack Kugell / Lyrics: Kim Young Hu Album: Shinee 1st mini-album Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Shinee’s 1st single, "Noona’s Pretty (Replay)," which is the debut album for the 5-member teenage contemporary band. The dance track offers a nice balance of sophisticated rhythms and addictive melodies. The lyrics earnestly express the feelings of a teenage boy who has fallen in love with an older woman. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops in Seoul)



20. (-1) MC Mong (feat. M.A.C) – 미치겠어 (Feel Crazy)
Score: 307
Genre: Hip-hop

MCMong4Music + Lyrics: MC Mong
Album: MC Mong Vol. 4 Track 5 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This song is featured on MC Mong’s 4th album “Show’s Just Begun”. MC Mong’s rap always gets your spirits up and an addictive melody is highlighted by the lyrics expressing passionate love. In the comical music video, MC Mong continuously shows his love for the main lead ‘Windy Girl’, played by actress Park Ye-jin. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)




21. (-11) Sung Shi Kyung – 안녕 나의 사랑 (Goodbye My Love) : 298
22. (-2) SG Wannabe – 멋지게 이별 (A neat breakup) : 287
23. (+7) Banans Girl – 미쳐미쳐미쳐 (Crazy Crazy Crazy) : 259
24. (New) SG Wannabe & Kim Jong Wook – 운명을 거슬러 (Opposed by fate: MBC Drama "East of Eden" OST) : 255 *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
25. (+1) V.O.S – Beautiful Life : 225
26. (-4) Alex – 그대라면 (If It’s You) : 223
27. (New) Maybee – 어쩜 좋아 (Oh My) : 165
28. (New) Taw (feat. Joo) – 우리들의 행복한 시간 (Our Happy Times) : 138
29. (-2) Yoo Hee Yeol (Toy) – 여름날 (Summer Days) : 136
30. (+6) PK Heman (feat. Beige) – 그럴꺼면 왜 (If It’s Going To Turn Out Like This, Then Why?) : 131
31. (-8) SS501 – Find : 129
32. (-8) Lee Ki Chan – 행복해야 해 (You Have To Be Happy) : 124
33. (+7) Ok Ju Hyun – 거짓말이야 (It’s A Lie) : 123
34. (-5) Jang Yoon Jung – 장윤정트위스트 (Jang Yoon Jeong Twist) : 119
35. (-7) Epik High (feat. Younha) – 우산 (Umbrella) : 118
36. (New) Byul – 비키니 (Bikini) : 117
37. (New) MC The Max – 가시 물고기 (Bony Fish) :115
38. (-4) Gavy NJ – 사랑 같은 건 없나봐 (I Guess There’s No Such Thing As Love) : 104
39. (-8) Ran (feat. Han Kyung Il) – 한 남자 한 여자 (A Man and A Woman) : 103
40. (New) Smash – 비상 (Emergency) : 95
41. (New) G – 고독한 인생 (Lonely Life) : 71
42. (New) J-Walk – 안타까워 (Heartbreaking) : 69
43. (Re) BMK – Just Friend : 67
44. (-7) Battle – Luv U : 65
45. (-2) Han Young – Come on! Come on! : 62
46. (New) Park Hye Kyung – A Lover’s Concerto : 58
47. (New) Dynamic Duo (feat. Alex) – Solo : 53
48. (New) Tim – 세상 끝에서 (At The End Of The World) : 52
49. (New) Sister’s Barbershop – 아름다운 것 (Beautiful Thing) : 49
50. (-11) Jaurim – Carnival Amour : 48


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




Da Hye – 알기나 하는지 (If You Actually Know)
Genre: Pop Ballad


Album: Da Hye digital single "Age Nineteen" track 1

Watch: MV 

Comment: Da Hye (full name: Kim Da Hye) is a new singer that is not noticed by many people as she has not yet come out to promote this song.  She has won many awards at different music festivals.  She has a great voice and knows how to interpret music wonderfully at just nineteen years old. "If You Actually Know" is about a woman who dearly misses her ex-boyfriend that she had to break up with.  Da Hye did a fantastic job of putting emotion into her singing with her gentle voice. (credits to purpletiger86)





Sources of the chart


ChartKorea – 15%
Air Monitor Chart – 15%
MNet M!Countdown – 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, KBS Music Bank, MNet M!Countdown, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, MTV Non-stop, Pops In Seoul) – 5%


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