Weekly KPop Music Chart 2009 -Dec Week 2
1. (–) 2PM – Heartbeat *** 2 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Score: 988
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: 2PM Vol. 1 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
2PM remains No. 1 this week with “Heartbeat”, still increasing in
points and widen the gap with the rest of the competition. In this era
of artists releasing singles and mini-albums, this is
their very first full studio album titled “1:59”, where listeners can
see how much they matured. The title track is “Heartbeat” which does
not have an exact genre but shows 2PM’s style. One can hear the sounds
of a person’s heart palpitation along with drums and a full orchestra,
which all flow together to make a dynamic feel.

2. (–) Brown Eyed Girls – Sign
Score: 814
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Lee Min Soo / Lyrics: Kim Ina
Album: Brown Eyed Girls Vol. 3 repackaged version Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
The title song of Brown Eyed Girls’ third studio album, Sound-G “Sign.”
The song has a unique sound with a sweet but sharp melody line and a
sophisticated and tight up-tempo beat. The use of punctuation in the
lyrics such as “dot,” highlight the feelings of a girl on the verge of
a breakup. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

3. (+3) F(x) – Chu~♡
Score: 774
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: F(x) first single Chu~♡ Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV  Live Performance
Just when we thought other female rookie groups are a lock for this
year’s best new artists, F(x) who debuted the latest, is closing in
faster than lightning. They got their first top 3 hit this week with “Chu~♡.” It is a cute and trendy Euro-pop song. The song is about
a girl whom awakens after receiving a kiss, and is filled with
curiosity and expectations of wanting to get to know the world.

4. (+3) IU – 마쉬멜로우 (Marshmallow)
Score: 692
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Kim Do Hoon, Park Soo Jong / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Album: IU mini-album Vol. 2 “IU…Im” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV   Live Performance
IU also scores her first top 5 hit with the ever so cute song
“Marshmallow”. “Marshmallow” is a hybrid of the 60’s rock and roll and
french pop which is currently popular worldwide. It’s the perfect
combination of retro and modern which displays IU’s cute and mature
sides. Songwriter Kim Do Hoon, who has written many hit songs recently,
wrote this song for IU. This song already eclipsed “Boo” which went to
No. 9 on our chart, thus becoming IU’s biggest hit so far in her young

5. (+3) U-Kiss – 만만하니 (Am I That Easy Going?)
Score: 653
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album: U-Kiss mini-album “Conti UKiss” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV  Live Performance
Joining F(x) and IU to have their first ever top 5 hit is U-Kiss. Their
latest hit “Am I That Easy Going?” moves up three more spots to No. 5.
They recently released their third mini-album CONTI UKISS which did
well on the sales chart. The group added a new member Lee Ki Sub,
making U-Kiss a seven-member group. “Am I That Easy Going?” is a
powerful hip-hop dance tune written by Brave Brothers who is also
responsible for the group’s previous singles.

6. (-1) See Ya – 그놈 목소리 (His Voice)
Score: 620
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Lee Min Soo / Lyrics: Kim Ina
Album: See Ya mini-album “Rebloom” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the title track of SeeYa’s mini-album “Rebloom.” It has a
simple yet very addictive “hooky” melody and rhyming lyrics. It is an
electronic pop dance track with an abundant vocal effect, and it
represents the musical transformation of SeeYa, which so far was
popular for its ballads. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

7. (-4) SS501 – Love Like This
Score: 609
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Lee,Scott,Alexander / Lyrics: Park Hae In
Album: SS501 mini-album “Rebirth” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV  Live Performance
This is the title track of SS501’s mini-album “Rebirth.” It is an
up-tempo synth pop song with an impressive repetitive melody. Mixing
was performed by renowned award-winning U.S. music engineer Ken Lewis,
whose outstanding techniques contributed to the high quality of the
song. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

8. (-4) K Will – 그립고 그립고 그립다 (Yearn Yearn Yearn)
Score: 608
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Hwang Chan Hee / Lyrics: Hwang Chan Hee, Cho Eun Hee
Album: K Will Vol. 2 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
K Will is quietly enjoying a spectacular year in 2009, generating hits
after hits, whether it is from his own albums/singles or from drama
OSTs. Now he is releasing his 2nd full length studio album “Yearn Yearn
Yearn”. Despite having so many hit songs, this is K Will’s first full
album in more than 2 years. The principal track with the same name is
at No. 8 this week. “Yearn Yearn Yearn” is a powerful and emotional
ballad which fits perfectly to K Will’s vocal. With the addition of his
latest hit, K Will is among the favorite to win the top male vocalist
this year.

9. (+7) CL & Minzy – Please Don’t Go
Score: 512
Genre: Hip-hop
Music + Lyrics: Teddy
Album: CL & Minzy digital single “Please Don’t Go” Track 1
Watch: Live Performance
2NE1 members are well represented in the top 10 this week. The group’s
two main rappers CL & Minzy, also have their own hit song as
“Please Don’t Go.” The song
was composed by YG’s main producer Teddy. It has fast hip hop rhythms
along with CL and Minji’s strong flowing rap. This hot song is perfect
for the winter.

10. (–) Park Bom – You And I
Score: 504
Genre: R&B
Music + Lyrics: Teddy
Album: Park Bom digital single “You And I” Track 1
Watch: MV  Live Performance
2NE1’s main vocalist, Park Bom has released her first solo digital
single, “You and I” which was composed and penned by Teddy who has also
responsible for 2NE1’s “Lollipop,” “Fire,” “I Don’t Care,” and
Sandara’s solo hit “Kiss.” The song is about a love vow for endless
love. Park Bom’s vocals are showcased in this mid-tempo R&B hip-hop
number. This week “You And I” is at No. 10 this week. This song has
already topped a lot of internet charts in Korea.

11. (+17) After School – 너 때문에 (Because Of You) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 497
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album: After School 2nd single Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Looking to solidify their place as one of the leading candidates for
the best newcomer award at year end, After School has done just that
with their latest hit “Because Of You”. It is our biggest mover this
week, up 17 spots to No. 11. Unlike their previous hits, this song is
slower in tempo and has a Shibuya kei style with electronic pop sounds.
It is a new try for both the group and hot songwriter Brave Brothers.
Through this song, listeners can see their top notch live performance.

12. (New) T-Ara – Bo Beep Bo Beep *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 473
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: T-Ara Vol. 1 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Another rookie female group fighting for positions on the best
newcomers award. T-Ara has done very well so far as their first two
hits “Lie” and “TTL” both went to the top 10. They finally release
their full length album now which many top composers wrote for them.
The title song “Bo Beep Bo Beep” is a hot dance track with additive
melody, and is our highest debut this week at No. 12.

13. (-2) Ivy – Touch Me
Score: 467
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Park Jae Sung, Yoo Gun Hyung / Lyrics: Park Jae Sung
Album: Ivy Vol. 3 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV  Live Performance
Two years ago, Ivy rose to become one of the top female soloists in
Korea. Her career was briefly derailed by a scandal with her
ex-boyfriend. Now she puts the past behind her and finally returns with
her third studio album. This album showcases both her innocence as well
as her sexiness. The album title is “I Be” which means I’m Ivy as well
as I’m Starting and I Exist. The title track is “Touch Me” which is a
pop number that has a simple melody with electronica sounds. It was
composed by Psy and Yoo Gun Hyung. Like her past hit, Sonata of
Temptation, “Touch Me” shows her sexiness and charisma only Ivy can
bring out. This week “Touch Me” dropped 2 spots to No. 13.

14. (+10) MC Sniper – 마법의 성 (Magic Castle)
Score: 435
Genre: Hip-hop
Music + Lyrics: MC Sniper
Album: MC Sniper Vol. 5 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This year, MC Sniper successful introduced Outsider to the mainstream
k-pop audience. Now MC Sniper himself is back with his 5th album
“Museum”. This album revolves around the concept of love. He produced
and wrote the lyrics based on this own experiences on love. MC Sniper
also has solid collaborations featuring including Rain’s producer, Tae
Wan along with Lucifer, MC BK, and Mr. Room9. The title track “Magic
Castle” has the trademark Sniper sound and it moves up 10 spots to No.
14 this week.

15. (-1) Baek Ji Young – 잊지 말아요 (Don’t Forget: KBS Drama “Iris” OST)
Score: 433
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Hyun Seung / Lyrics: Kim Do Hoon, Choi Kap Won
Album: KBS Drama “Iris” OST Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Korea’s ballad queen, Baek Ji Young takes part in the soundtrack for
the blockbuster KBS hit drama, Iris. The song will be the romance theme
song for Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Hee. The story is action packed with
lots of betrayal and romance. The song which was composed by top
composer Kim Do Hoon and penned by Choi Kap Won, depicts the two
people’s sad romance. “Don’t Forget” dropped 1 spot to No. 15 this
week. The “Iris” drama OST has 3 songs on our chart this week.

16. (-4) Seo In Kook – 부른다 (Calling You)
Score: 422
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music: Bang Shi Hyuk / Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk, Baek Chan
Album: Seo In Kook digital single “Calling You” Track 2
Watch: MV  Live Performance
Singing his way to the top of the popular talent show program Mnet
Superstar K, Seo In Kook now takes the next step in his music career
with his debut album. You may see a bit of resemblance to 8Eight in his
debut song “Calling You”, as the song is written by Hitman Bang who
wrote all of 8Eight’s hits. 8Eight’s Baek Chan also help penned the
lyrics. This song is ranked high in many internet and airplay charts in
Korea. Even though he debuted late this year, Seo In Kook is still
considered one of the top rookie male soloist of 2009. This week
“Calling You” dropped 4 spots to No. 16.

17. (+5) Rainbow – Gossip Girl
Score: 398
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: Rainbow mini-album “Gossip Girl” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Yet another high-profiled girl group debuted! This one is from DSP
Entertainment, who launched FINKL and Kara. Rainbow is their latest
secret weapon. The 7-girls group has been training for four years.
Rainbow members are leader Jae Kyung, Ji Suk, Seung A, No Eul, Woo Ri,
Yoon Hye, and Hyun Young – one member each representing a color of the
rainbow. Their debut song “Gossip Girl” made it to our top 20 this
week. It is a fresh and stylish synth-pop dance tune.

18. (-9) SHINee – Ring Ding Dong
Score: 392
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin
Album: SHINee mini-album Vol. 3 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the representative track for SHINee’s third mini-album, “2009,
Year Of Us.” The Afro-electro song was produced by hitmaker Yoo
Young-jin and combines African Congo drums with contemporary electro
synthesizer sounds. Its cartoon-like lyrics are about feeling like you
have bells in your head when in love. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In

19. (-6) MBLAQ – Oh Yeah
Score: 360
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Kim Tae Wan, Jang Jae Min / Lyrics: Rain
Album: MBLAQ 1st mini-album Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the title track of MBLAQ’s debut single album “Just Blaq.” It
has a heavy hip-hop beat combined with intense synthesizer and guitar
sounds, and it represents MBLAQ’s good start as a new band. The speedy
drumwork, the fun rhythm of the rapping and the addictive chorus, “Oh
Yeah,” add charm to the song. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

20. (–) Lee Seung Hwan – 좋은 날 II (One Fine Day II)
Score: 344
Genre: Alternative Rock

Album: Lee Seung Hwan 20th Anniversary Album “Hwantastic Friends” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Celebrating his 20th anniversary in the music business, Lee Seung Hwan
releases a special album “Hwantastic Friends”. Two songs have already
been released previously as singles: “Heart Attack” and “Dunk Shoot”.
The title song “One Fine Day II” is the only song on the album in which
Lee Seung Hwan sings solo. This alternative, easy listening rock song
is the sequel of Lee Seung Hwan’s first album hit “Good Day”. This week
it remains at No. 20.

21 . (-2) Lee Young Hyun (Big Mama) – 미안해 사랑해서 ( Sorry For Loving You ) : 322
22 . (-5) Tae Yang – 웨딩드레스 ( Wedding Dress ) : 315
23 . (-8) B2ST – Bad Girl : 270
24 . (New) Kim Tae Woo – 꿈을꾸다 ( To Dream a Wish: KBS Drama “Iris” OST ) : 261
25 . (-7) Lee Ssang (feat. Jung In) – 헤어지지 못하는 여자, 떠나가지 못하는 남자 ( Girl That Can’t Break Up, Guy that Can’t Leave ) : 243
26 . (-5) One Two (feat. Seo In Young) – 못된 여자2 ( Bad Woman 2 ) : 219
27 . (-4) Lyn – 실화 ( True Story ) : 205
28 . (+5) December – 사랑 참 ( Love Really: KBS Drama “Iris” OST ) : 204
29 . (-3) Tei & Kan Mi Youn – 너에게 약속하는 7가지 ( The 7 Things I Promise You ) : 201
30 . (–) Jang Hye Jin – 한 번만 울고 말자 ( Let’s Just Cry Once and Stop ) : 195
31 . (New) Park Jin Young – No Love No More : 186
32 . (New) Mighty Mouth (with Navi) – 홀로 크리스마스 ( Christmas Alone ) : 175
33 . (-4) Chae Dong Ha – 어떻게 잊겠습니까 ( How can I forget ) : 165
34 . (+3) H-Eugene (feat. 8Eight Joo Hee) – 사랑경보 ( Love Warning ) : 164
35 . (New) SG Wannabe Lee Suk Hoon – 그리운 얼굴 ( I Miss Your Face ) : 127
36 . (-1) Dynamic Duo – 죽일 놈 ( Guilty ) : 117
37 . (-10) FT Island – 러브레터 ( Love Letter ) : 116
38 . (–) Park Sang Woo – 바보를 위한 노래 ( Song for a Fool: SBS Drama “You Are Beautiful” OST2 ) : 110
39 . (+1) Hwan Hee – 심장을 놓쳐서 ( Dropped My Heart ) : 105
40 . (New) Clazziquai – 핑 ( Round ) : 103
41 . (-2) Free Style – Hot Christmas : 91
42 . (+3) Icon (feat. Eun Ji Won) – Beautiful Lady : 90
43 . (-9) Shin Seung Hoon – 사랑치 ( Fool for Love ) : 88
44 . (-13) M to M – 코끝이 짠하잖아요 ( The Tip of My Nose is Regretful ) : 87
45 . (-13) Lee Soo Young – 내 이름 부르지 마 ( Don’t Call My Name ) : 77
46 . (New) Kim Kook Hwan – 안보여 ( I Can’t See ) : 60
47 . (New) Maya – 서시 ( Seo Shi ) : 40
48 . (-5) KCM – 하루가 ( One Day ) : 34
49 . (-7) Wheesung – 눈물 쏟고 또 쏟고 ( Tears Flowing and Flowing ) : 33
50 . (New) Yurisangja – 나쁜 사람 ( Bad Person ) : 32

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

Tearis – 말도 못하고 (Not Believe)
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Tearis digital single “Not Believe” Track 2
Watch: MV
Tearis is a group made up of two members; composer, Jang Byung Du and
Kihoo. This 1st single album was progressed by composer and producer,
Jang Byung Du. He arranged, composed the title song “Not Believe”, with
help from Kihoo for the lyrics. They expressed the heart wrenching
pains from a break up through this song with a beautiful but sad
melody. (credits to suejinners for translations)

Chakra – 난 너에게 (To You)
Genre: Pop

Album: Chakra Vol. 4 (2003) Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Chakra is 4-member girl group with Hwang Bo, Jung Ryu Won, Eun, and
Bora. They were very popular in the early 2000s, probably just below
the Big Three girl groups at the time (FINKL, SES, Baby Vox). They had
a No. 1 song “End” in 2001. “To You” was the title song from their 4th
and final album “Tomato”, and was also their last hit song. It has an
easy listening melody and was one of my favorite songs at that time.
Chakra broke up after this album. Jung Ryu Won landed one of the lead
roles in the massively popular MBC Drama “My Name Is Kim Sam Soon”, and
has become a very popular actress now. Hwang Bo also made her comeback
as a solo artist and later starred in the variety show “We Got
Married”, becoming a multi-talented and popular entertainer these days.
When you watch the MV and their live performance on this song, it
brings back a lot of fond memories.

Sources of the chart

Air Monitor Chart – 15%
MNet Top 100 + Cable Airplay Charts – 15%
Various Internet charts (Dosirak, MNet, Melon, Bugs, Monkey3, MusicOn, Cyworld, Soribada) – 15%
ChartKorea – 10%
Hottracks Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 10%
SBS Inky Gayo Take 7 + Internet Chart + Music Video Chart – 10%
MBC Inky Top 100 Chart – 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, MBC
Music Travel LaLaLa, 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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