Weekly Music Chart 2009 - March week 2

1. (+1) Kara – Honey *** 1 WEEK NO. 1 ***
Score: 926
Genre: Pop / Dance

HoneyMusic: Han Jae Ho, Kim Seung Soo / Lyrics: Han Jae Ho, Song Soo Yoon
Album: Kara 2nd mini-album Special Edition Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Kara finally score their first ever No. 1 song with "Honey".  After coming so close on their previous song "Pretty Girl", the 5-member female group now have a No. 1 song to their credit, further cementing themselves as one of the top girl groups in Korea. This song is No. 1 on M!Countdown, and won Mutizen award on SBS Inky Gayo.  The song’s score is well ahead of the competition, so look for a repeat next week.





2. (+5) FT Island – 나쁜 여자야 (You’re A Bad Woman)  
Score: 793
Genre: Rock Ballad

JumpUpMusic + Lyrics: Ryu Jae Hyun
Album: FT Island mini-album "Jump Up" Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: A change in membership hasn’t affected FT Island.  Their latest hit "You’re A Bad Woman" moves up to No. 2 in just its 3rd week on the chart.  With new member Song Seung Hyun replacing Oh Won Bin, FT Island released their new mini-album "Jump Up".  This song is composed by Vibe’s Ryu Jae Hyun, who also wrote their hits “Love Sick” and “Until You Come”. One can hear lead singer Lee Hong Ki’s emotions through this rock ballad.





3. (-2) SNSD – Gee  
Score: 763
Genre: Pop / Dance

GeeMusic + Lyrics: E-Tribe

SNSD mini-album Vol. 1 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Girls’ Generation’s first mini-album, "Gee". A lively dance track that showcases the fresh charms of all nine members, the song was written by E-Tribe, the new generation songwriter behind Lee Hyo-ri’s "U-Go-Girl". Cute lyrics express the sentiments of a girl in love and SHINee’s Min-ho makes a surprise appearance in the music video. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





4. (+7) Fly To The Sky – 구속 (Corner)
Score: 728
Genre: R&B Ballad

FTTS8Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Album: Fly To The Sky Vol. 8 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Celebrating their 10th aniversary in the music industry, popular R&B duo Fly To The Sky have released their long-awaited 8th album "Decennium".  The duo work with top songwriter and producer Cho Young Soo for the first time on their title song "Corner", which moves up 7 spots to No. 4 this week.  This song is a jazzy R&B ballad which is different from FTTS’ previous songs.  Let’s see what kind of chemistry this song will produce between these hitmakers.





5. (+9) Shin Hye Sung – 왜 전화 했어… (Why Did You Call…)   
Score: 725
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Shin Hye Sung Vol. 3 Side 2 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Last summer, Shin Hye Sung released Side 1 of his third solo album. This year, Shin has released Side 2 of the album which consists of the heart-wrenching ballads he is known for. There are a total of ten tracks with lyrics and melodies similar to that of a sad movie. The title track "Why Did You Call" was composed by Ha Jung Ho and had another big move this week into the top 5.  The song is about being unable to forget one’s love after a breakup.





6. (+7) Wheesung – Insomnia
Score: 715
Genre: R&B / Dance

InsomniaOriginal Song: Craig David’s "Insomnia"
Album: Wheesung digital single "Insomnia" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Korea’s top R&B artiste Wheesung has remade world star Craig David’s hit track, Insomnia. The song was originally released last October as a digital single, and Craig David personally asked Wheesung to sing the Asian version. Insomnia is a dance pop track which incorporates the famous bassline trend, which is quite popular in Europe. This is the first time since "Incurable Disease" that Wheesung is performing this style of music.  The song was produced by Jim Beanz and Timbaland. The Korean version of the song was re-arranged by Kim Min Soo and penned by Wheesung himself.





7. (-3) Hwa Yobi – 반쪽 (Half)   
Score: 692
Genre: mid-tempo R&B 

ThisIsLoveMusic: Jun Hae Sung / Lyrics: Hwa Yobi
Album: Hwa Yobi mini-album "This Is Love" Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Last year, Hwa Yobi boosted her popularity by appearing on the TV Show "We Got Married".  She now returns as a singer and has released a new mini-album.  The title track "Half" becomes her latest top-10 hit.  This song represents a change of style as its melody is more up-tempo than other Hwa Yobi hits from the past.  "Half" is about a woman whose life gets complicated after she falls in love with a man who is already taken. It was composed by Jun Hae Sung, who also wrote Yoon Do Hyun’s "I Must Have Loved" and Lee Seung Chul’s "Long Day", while Hwa Yobi personally penned the lyrics.





8. (-5) Bobby Kim – 사랑..그 놈 (Love…This Person)
Score: 636
Genre: R&B Ballad

BobbyKimSpecialMusic + Lyrics: Park Sun Zoo
Album: Bobby Kim Special Album "Love Chapter 1" Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Bobby Kim’s special album “Love Chapter 1,” which contains the original soundtracks of the TV dramas "Fashion 70s" and "Great White Tower" as well as the singer’s six new songs. The title song features a sorrowful melody of the soul genre and the singer’s ample voice. The lyrics are about the strong feelings of love and pain. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





9. (+1) Wax (feat. Tae Hye Young) – 전화 한 번 못하니 (Not Even A Call)  
Score: 616
Genre: Pop Ballad

NotEvenACallMusic + Lyrics: Min Myung Ki
Wax digital single "Not Even A Call" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: After releasing her 7th album with the title track Woman Eats Love, Wax has returned with a single, Not Even a Call. This digital single was composed by Min Myung Ki, who also wrote hit songs such as Gavy NJ’s Remember and SG Wannabe’s Lalala. Unlike typical ballads, this song samples Bach’s Music Note for Anna Magdalene and incorporates Miss $ member Tae Hye Young’s rap. Famous director Yang Jin Ho, who also directed Lee Juck’s It’s a Relief video, is in charge of the music video.  This is an excellent song which we highly recommend.





10. (-5) SS501 – 내 머리가 나빠서 (Because My Head Is Bad)  
Score: 533
Genre: Pop

BoysOverFlowerMusic: Oh Joon Sung / Lyrics: Oh Jung Sung, Eun Jong Tae

KBS Drama "Boys Over Flowers" OST Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: SS501’s "Because My Head Is Bad" is from the OST of the highly popular KBS drama "Boys Over Flowers".  Originally the theme song for Yoon Ji Hoo (SS501’s Kim Hyun Joong), this song quickly became popular as the ending song for the drama. This is the second song performed by Heo Young Sang, Kim Kyu Jong and Kim Hyun Joon from SS501 after "U R Man". (credits to ~S2~)





11. (-3) T-Max – 파라다이스 (Paradise)  
Score: 495
Genre: Pop

BoysOverFlowerMusic: Oh Joon Sung / Lyrics: Oh Jung Sung, Eun Jong Tae

KBS Drama "Boys Over Flowers" OST Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: The title song from the drama "Boys Over Flowers".  Kim Joon, a member of F4 in the drama, is also a member of T-Max, which helps to bring more attention to this underrated band.  A third song from this drama, Ashily’s "Lucky", is at No. 34 this week.





12. (-3) Lyn – 사랑…다 거짓말 (Love…It’s All Lies)
Score: 475
Genre: R&B Ballad

Lyn5Music + Lyrics: Lee Jae Myung
Album: Lyn Vol. 5 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Lyn’s 5th album entitled “Let Go, Let In, It’s A New Day”. It is a sad and sentimental ballad. The lyrics, which the singer wrote personally, are about the pain of being unable to forget one’s lover after a breakup. The music video shows the enchanting side of Lyn, who acts out as its main character. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





13. (+3) After School – Ah  
Score: 371
Genre: Pop / Dance

AfterSchool1stMusic + Lyrics: Brave Brothers

After School 1st mini-album "New Schoolgirl" Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of After School’s debut single album “New Schoolgirl”. The group comprises Park Ka-hee, Yoo So-young, Lee Joo-yeon, Kim Jung-ah and Becca. This retro-style dance song features addictive electronic hip hop sounds and the powerful image of the group, which stands apart from other girl-bands. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





14. (-8) Seung Ri (Big Bang) – Strong Baby
Score: 355
Genre: R&B / Dance

BigBang2Music + Lyrics: G-Dragon, Bae Jin Ryul
Album: Big Bang Vol. 2 Track 5 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Featured in Big Bang’s 2nd album, "Remember", this track shows off a solo transformation by the group’s youngest, Seung-ri. It’s a modern, pop-style dance track with an intense rhythm and melody. Seung-ri casts off his cute-boy image and presents a sexier, manlier side in the music video. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





15. (–) Lee Seung Chul – 그런 사람 또 없습니다 (There Is No Other Person Like That)
Score: 353
Genre: Pop Ballad

AStorySadderThanSadnessMusic: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Album: Movie "A Story Sadder Than Sadness" OST Track 4 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: This is the second original soundtrack of the movie “A Story Sadder Than Sadness”, the debut work of up-and-coming filmmaker Won Tae-yeon. This song fully conveys the sadness of the movie while its music video is a sequel of the music video for the song’s first original soundtrack performed by Kim Bum-soo. It features Kwon Sang-woo, Lee Bo-young and Lee Bum-soo. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





16. (+3) Gavy NJ – 연애소설 (Romance Story)  
Score: 325
Genre: R&B Ballad

GavyNJ3RMusic + Lyrics: Min Myung Ki
Gavy NJ Vol. 3 Repackaged Bonus CD2 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Gavy NJ’s same-titled single album. Its lyrics are about the pain of the one-sided love of a woman whose love interest has a girlfriend. The music video shows actress Park Min-young and model Lee Soo-hyuk acting out as lovers.  (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





17. (-5) Jewelry S – 데이트 (Date)   
Score: 267
Genre: Pop / Dance

JewelrySMusic: Lee Min Soo / Lyrics: Gorilla
Album: Jewelry S mini-album "Sweet Song" Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: In 2008, two new members, Kim Eun Jung and Ha Joo Yun, joined Jewelry and had much success with their fifth album, One More Time. This year, the two new members have now made a sub group, Jewelry S, to show a sweet and cute side of them. The title track "Date" was composed by the hitmakers who have also produced Everyone Sh! and L.O.V.E. It is a cute song about the nervousness girls feel when talking about their crushes and the confession that goes along with it. The other two Jewelry members have also helped out: Park Jung Ah took part in the music video while Seo In Young helped with the dance choreography.





18. (+6) Tae Goon – Call Me   
Score: 261
Genre: Pop / Dance

CallMeMusic + Lyrics: Sound Of Strike
Album: Tae Goon mini-album "Call Me" Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is Tae-goon’s debut song and the title track of his first mini-album. It is an electronic dance song with a strong beat and addictive melody. The music video features Hero of TVXQ, who is a close friend of Tae-goon. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





19. (+1) T – 떠나지마 (Don’t Leave)
Score: 254
Genre: R&B Ballad

DontLeaveMusic + Lyrics: Yoon Myung Sun
Album: T digital single "Don’t Leave" Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: After giving birth to her baby with Drunken Tiger, T (Tasha) is coming back with an R&B ballad "Don’t Leave", which should attract mainstream listeners. Yoon Myung Sun, who is known for composing Eru’s Black Glasses, composed this song and Bang Shi Hyuk, who has composed Baek Ji Young’s "Like Being Hit By a Bullet", took charge of arranging it. This song is about remembering the hurtful memories about love.





20. (+11) May Doni (feat. Kwon and Jung Jin Woon of 2AM) – 몰라 ing (Mola ing) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 251
Genre: R&B Ballad

7TeenMusic + Lyrics: Yoon Il Sang
Album: May Doni Single Album "7Teen" Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the representative track of Maydoni’s single album, "7 Teen". As the first single title track of Maydoni, who has created buzz by being referred to as the "female Se7en" since her trainee days, this song features 2AM’s Jo-kwon. The lyrics, which include a love confession, match well with a sensual melody. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)





21 . (-3) Kim Kyung Rok – 이젠 남이야 (Feat. Baby-J) ( We Are Now Strangers ) : 249
22 . (+8) Brand New Day – 살만해 ( Livable ) : 244
23 . (-2) Byul – 드라마를 보면 ( When I Watch A Drama ) : 239
24 . (-7) KCM – 멀리 있기 ( To Be Far Away ) : 238
25. (New) Davichi – 8282 : 237 *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
26 . (+1) SG Wannabe Lee Suk Hoon – 웃으며 안녕 ( Say Goodbye Smiling ) : 229
27 . (+6) Joo Hyun Mi & Seo Hyun – 짜라자짜 ( Jja La Ja Jja ) : 222
28 . (–) Lee Jin Sung – Sorry : 200
29 . (–) 9th Street – 원하고 ( Want ) : 198
30 . (-5) Dae Sung – 대박이야 ( Success ) : 183
31 . (New) Lena Park – 비밀 ( Secret ) : 166
32 . (-10) Ji Sun – 안녕 마음아 ( Hello Heart ) : 163
33 . (New) Dynamic Duo – Beyond The Wall : 151
34 . (-2) Ashily – Lucky : 140
35 . (-1) Jessica H.O – 인생은 즐거워 ( Life Is Good ) : 139
36 . (New) Nassun – 놀러와 (Feat. 한승연 Of KARA) ( Come Play ) : 138
37 . (-14) Untouchable – Tell Me Why (feat.화영) : 116
38 . (-12) Kinetic Flow – 현실에 2프로 부족한 연인들에게 ( To Lovers Who Are Missing 2% of Reality ) : 105
39 . (+5) Tae.1 – 나쁜남자 (feat. JB) ( Bad Man ) : 103
40 . (-1) U-Kiss – 니가 좋아 ( I Like You ) : 100
41 . (-3) Lee Soo Keun – 갈 때까지 가보자 ( Let’s Go As Far As We Can ) : 94
42 . (-6) Wink – 부끄부끄 ( Shy Shy ) : 93
43 . (-1) Lee Ji Hye & Jang Suk Hyun – 사랑 100% ( Love 100% ) : 85
44 . (-7) Voice One – 못난 내 사랑 ( My Bad Love ) : 84
45 . (+3) E.Bul – 사고치고 싶어 ( I Want To Get Into An Accident ) : 69
46 . (Re) L.E.O – Love Train : 65
47 . (-2) Ran – Never Say Bye : 62
48 (-7) Kim Dong Hee 그댄 행복에 살텐데 ( You Will Be Happy ) : 61
49 (New) Sung Jin Woo 딱이야 ( Perfect ) : 38
50 (-15) Jumper Yes! : 34





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





Canaan (feat. Tae In, Kim Kyung Wook for Namolla Family) – 그녀가 결혼했다 (She Married)
Genre: Hip-hop ballad

Album: Canaan digital single "She Married" track 1
Watch: MV
Comment: Canaan, who was the main rapper for Lee Seung Chul’s band and who also did activities for his hip-hop band, has released his third digital single, She Married. This song is about meeting a past lover, whom you loved so much, on the road. She is however already married and you can’t do anything about it. This song has a sad melody to accompany the sad storyline. The song was composed by Oh Sae Wook, who is also responsible for Namolla Family’s "Love Is That Easy".  Tae In, who appeared on many Namolla Family songs, is the featured vocalist on this song. 





KISS – 여자이니까 (Because I am a Girl)
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Kiss Vol. 1 (2001) Track 4
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: K.I.S.S was a female trio with members Jini, Mini and Um Ji. The debuted in 2001 with the album "Kiss First Album" and the song "Because I am a Girl" spread widely through the internet, especially the music video. The song quickly topped the charts and has also been remade in many other languages. The music video is still famous today and is considered one of the classic k-pop MVs.  It tells a story of what one can sacrifice for love. However, Kiss was a one-hit wonder.  In April 2002, the group disbanded and although members Um Ji and Mini are not in the entertainment industry anymore, Jini, (who is a Soompi member) hopes to debut in the US. (credits to ~S2~)





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 + MP3 Download 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 Lee Hana Peppermint, YTN Live Power Music, MTV Non-stop, Pops In Seoul) – 5%

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