Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2010: May Week 1
  1. (+1) Rain – 널 붙잡을 노래 (Love Song) *** 1 WEEK NO. 1 ***
Score: 953
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Rain special album “Back To The Basic” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: As expected, Rain moves up to No. 1 this week with “Love Song”. Rain is returning to the k-pop scene and releasing a new special album “Back To The Basic”. The meaning behind the title is that despite being in the music business for eight years, his heart and effort in it is like that of a rookie artist. Many anticipate his new work which includes a photo shoot that equally captured attention from fans and non-fans alike. The title song “Love Song” already tops many charts upon its release. Popular actress Han Ye Sul stars with Rain in this song’s MV.

2. (+5) Lee Hyori – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Score: 854
Genre:  Pop / Dance

Album: Lee Hyori Vol. 4 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: The queen of k-pop, Lee Hyori has returned this year with her fourth studio album, “H-Logic”. Known for setting trends as well as being a pop icon, Hyori has returned after two years with a “well-made” album consisting of 14 new tracks. H-Logic is supposed to consist of “real sound” as it was produced by composer Ryan Jhun of Marcan Entertainment, known for working in New York, and Bahnus who has made his name known in Europe as well as the United States. The two have worked in composition as well as making their own sounds with instruments. The title track “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is written by none other than the singer herself, as Hyori reveals her songwriting talent for the first time. This week it moves up five spots to No. 2. When the album sales score takes into account next week, this song will be challenging Rain for the top spot. This song also just won the Inky Gayo Mutizen award.

3. (+2) Secret – Magic
Score: 820
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: Secret 1st mini-album “Secret Time” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV  Live Performance
Comment: Undaunted by all the superstar competitors surrounding them, Secret moves up another two spots to No. 3 with “Magic”. Perhaps overlooked last year with so many strong girl groups debuting, Secret (consisting of Jeon Hyo Seong, Han Seon Hwa, Song Ji Eun, and Jing Geo) still impressed many fans with their debut song “I Want You Back”. Since then member Song Ji Eun has released a solo digital single duet with Hwan Hee, and also performed with Untouchable on their recent hit “Living In The Heart”. Now Secret releases their first mini album, “Secret Time”. The title track is “Magic” which has lively beats and was composed by Sinsadong Tiger, Kang Ji Won, and Kim Ki Bum. This will definitely be their breakthrough hit and puts Secret on the map with already an amazing core of girl groups.

4. (-3) SNSD – Run Devil Run
Score: 806
Genre: Pop / Dance

Busbee, James, Engstorm / Lyrics:  Hong Ji Yoo
Album: SNSD Vol. 2 repackaged version Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Girls’ Generation’s 2nd repackaged studio album. It features intense and rough synth-pop sounds and charismatic vocals, and represents the powerful charm of the group members. The lyrics are about a warning to a naughty boyfriend. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

5. (-1) 2AM – 잘못했어 (I Did Wrong)
Score: 788
Genre: Pop / Dance

Music + Lyrics:
Bang Shi Hyuk
Album:  2AM mini-album (repackaged version) Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV MV Part 2 Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of 2AM’s first repackaged studio album. It is a dance song about a man who refuses to give up on the woman he loves. The music video shows the 2AM members as a club DJ, ice hockey player, tough biker and basketball player. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

6. (-3) After School – 뱅 (Bang!)
Score: 744
Genre: Pop / Dance

Music: Kim Tae Hyun / Lyrics:  Kim Hee Sun
Album: After School 3rd single Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: After School’s “Bang!” fell three spots to No. 6. “Bang!” was composed and penned by Kim Tae Hyeon and Kim Hee Seon respectively. This song was originally going to be a follow up single on their previous mini album, but was saved up for later to upgrade it. The song uses drum sounds as its backbone with powerful vocals to accompany it.

7. (+3) Brown Eyed Soul – 비켜줄께 (I Will Move Aside)
Score: 531
Genre: R&B Ballad

Album: Brown Eyed Soul double single “I Will Move Aside/Blowin My Mind” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: Steadily moving up another three spots is Brown Eyed Soul’s “I Will Move Aside”. Brown Eyed Soul returns after two years and 5 months with a double single. The songs included in it are the title track, “I Will Move Aside” and follow up number “Blowin’ My Mind.” “I Will Move Aside” is a R&B ballad number with lyrics about telling another person about leaving a loved one’s side coolly. The song starts off with Jung Yeop, Young Jun, and Sang Hoon’s emotional vocals and ends with Naul’s passionate voice.

8. (+3) Jung In – 미워요 (Hate You)
Score: 456
Genre: R&B Ballad

Music + Lyrics:
Lee Juck
Album:  Jung In mini-album “Jung In From Andromeda” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Jung In’s first solo hit “Hate You” is returning to the top 10 for a second stint. Fans might have heard of Jung In featured in many Lee Ssang’s songs in the past. The former lead singer of R&B group G.Fla finally have the stage all by herself this time with her first mini-album “Jung In From Andromeda”. Her talent is highly praised by industry insiders and her unique voice is perfect for R&B songs. “Hate You” is written by Panic’s Lee Juck.

9. (+4) MC Mong (feat. Seo In Young) – Bubble Love
Score: 416
Genre:  Hip-hop Ballad

Album: Cho Young Soo All Star Vol. 2.5 Track 1
Watch: MV
Comment: Also returning to the top 10 is MC Mong’s “Bubble Love”. MC Mong, who is largely responsible for bringing hip-hop style ballads to k-pop with many great past hits like “A Letter Written To You”, “I Love U Oh Thank You” etc., is teaming up with top songwriter Cho Young Soo and the vocal of Seo In Young for his latest hit “Bubble Love”. This song is part of Cho Young Soo’s last “All Star” series (Vol. 2.5).

10. (+9) Supreme Team – Step Up
Score: 389
Genre: Hip-hop

Album: Supreme Team Vol. 1 Track 6 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: After beating out the idols to win Best New Male Artist at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards, up-and-coming hip-hop duo Supreme Team drop their anticipated first full-length album Supremier. Produced by Primary, the album brings out the group’s tough but stylish appeal through old-school tunes like the main track Step Up. This week “Step Up” became the duo’s first top 10 hit, moving up nine spots to No. 10. (credits to ~S2~)

11. (+4) Epik High – Run
Score: 378
Genre: Hip-hop

Album: Epik High Special Album “Epilouge” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV  Live Performance
Comment: Title song of Epik High’s 11th studio album, “Epilogue.” The music and rhythm that resemble a race come together with the group’s literary lyrics, creating much emotion. The song encourages everyone who feels left out to race towards their dreams. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

12. (-6) Kara – 루팡 (Lupin)
Score: 370
Genre: Pop / Dance

Han Jae Ho, Kim Seung Soo / Lyrics: Song Soo Yoon
Album: Kara mini-album Vol. 3 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Kara’s 3rd mini-album. It is a dance pop number with an extravagant hip-hop beat and stimulating synth sounds. It has intense and refreshing sounds and is performed with the members’ impressive voices. The dynamic style of the song created through tension and relaxation fits the image of Lupin, who is known as the master of transformation. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

13. (-4) Beast – Shock
Score: 368
Genre: Pop / Dance

Music + Lyrics:
Shin Sa Dong Tiger, Lee Sang Ho
Album: Beast mini-album Vol. 2 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV  Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Beast’s second mini-album, “Shock of the New Era.” A synth segment reminiscent of a heavy metal guitar riff mixes well with a brief but heavy and fun rhythm. Instead of being a dynamic song with a strong beat, the sad lyrics give the song a lyrical vibe. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

14. (-6) T-Ara – 너 때문에 미쳐 (Crazy Because Of You)
Score: 363
Genre: Pop / Dance

Cho Young Soo, Kim Tae Hyun / Lyrics: Wheesung
Album: T-Ara Vol. 1 Repackaged Version Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Tiara’s repackage album, “Breaking Heart.” Having drawn attention with lyrics written by Whee Sung, this dance track mixes a pop feel and electronic sound. Tiara’s sexy transformation into witches and their intense sound are attention-grabbing. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

15. (+3) Gil Hak Mi – Super Soul
Score: 349
Genre: R&B / Dance

Album: Gil Hak Mi 1st mini-album Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Yet another graduate from Super Star K, the Korean version of American Idol, making her debut. Gil Hak Mi is being labeled as Korea’s Lady Gaga. Her debut song is “Super Soul”. As the song title impliee, it is of R&B, hip hop sounds and electronica pop. Top preoducer Park Geun Taek and Rollercoaster’s Jinu are the masterminds behind this song. It moves up another three spots to No. 15 this week.

16. (-4) K.Will (feat. Eun Ji Won) – 선물 (Present)
Score: 331
Genre:  Pop Ballad

Music + Lyrics:
Eun Ji Won, Choi Kap Won
Album: K.Will digital single “Present” Track 1
Watch:  MV Live Performance
Comment: Title song of K.Will’s 4th digital single. The song features Eun Ji-won as a guest rapper. The beautiful medium tempo song is about how people in different places live their lives in love. A great harmony of strings, K.Will’s magnificent voice and overflowing emotions that depict spring showers. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

17. (-3) Baek Ji Young and Mighty Mouth – 사랑이 올까요 (Will Love Come?)
Score: 320
Genre: Pop

Album: Baek Ji Young and Mighty Mouth digital single “Will Love Come?” Track 1
Watch: MV
Comment: This is the title track of the digital single album from Mighty Mouth and Baek Ji-young. It is an electronica hip-hop song featuring Baek Ji-young’s unique and ample vocals and Mighty Mouth’s intense yet restrained rapping. The sad and frank lyrics are about coping with a breakup. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

18. (New) 2PM – Without You *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 302
Genre:  Pop / Dance

Music + Lyrics:
Park Jin Young
Album:  2PM single Vol. 3 “Don’t Stop, Can’t Stop” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV  Live Performance
Comment: Despite going through a roller coaster year in 2009 with many ups and downs, 2PM was clearly the most popular k-pop artist in 2009 by a landslide according to our chart calculations. The first few months of 2010 still hasn’t been kind to the group as they have to deal with the departure of former leader Jaebum. Now officially a 6-membered group, 2PM is back with their 3rd single album titled “Don’t Stop, Can’t Stop”. Once again, Park Jin Young produced their latest single that shows the more deeper and mature musical side. The title track, “Without U” is about how a man is hurt by a woman’s lies and betrayal. To express the emotion of hurt in a break up, a piano melody is repeated in the song. You will be able to see how the members have changed into a more mature, modern and chic without forgetting to show their ‘2PM style’ in music. It is our highest debut this week at No. 18.

19. (-2) Ye Sung (Super Junior) – 너 아니면 안돼 (Can’t Be But You: KBS Drama “Cinderella’s Sister” OST)
Score: 267
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: KBS Drama “Cinderella’s Sister” OST Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment:  Drama OST songs into the top 20. Recently, KBS Drama “Cinderella’s Sister” and MBC Drama “Personal Taste” both produced star-studded OSTs. “Cinderella’s Sister” looks to have won round 1 of the OST battle as the drama’s title song “Can’t Be But You”, a heartfelt love song with melancholic lyrics sung by Super Junior’s Ye Sung, is at No. 19 this week. This drama stars Moon Geun Young delivers a compelling performance as the older “evil” stepsister. Chun Jeong Myung, making his post-army comeback, and 2PM’s Ok Taec Yeon, making his acting debut.

20. (–) See Ya – 가슴이 뭉클 (Heavy Heart: MBC Drama “Personal Taste” OST)
Score: 266
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: MBC Drama “Personal Taste” OST Track 3 Purchase this album
Listen To: Full Song
Comment: This is one of the two songs from MBC Drama “Personal Taste” ranked on our chart this week. See Ya’s “Heavy Heart” stays at No. 20 this week. It is a very mainstream pop ballad that suits the drama well and also great to listen to. “Personal Taste” stars Lee Min Ho, his first drama since “Boys Over Flowers”, and Son Ye Jin who is making a return to dramas after filming many successful movies in recent years. Besides this song, Personal Taste OST has Youn Ha’s “Doesn’t Make Sense” ranked at No. 26 this week.

21 . (+6) Yoo Seung Chan – Chemistry : 238
22 . (-1) Brown Eyed Girls – Magic (FOI 2010 Theme Song) : 236
23 . (-7) Big Mama – 기다리다 미쳐 ( Go Crazy Waiting ) : 235
24 . (+2) Boo Hwal – 사랑이란건 ( Love Is ) : 229
25 . (+14) Hot Patato – 고백 ( Confession ): 209 *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
26 . (-4) Younha – 말도 안돼 ( Doesn’t Make Sense: MBC Drama “Personal Taste” OST ) : 208
27 . (+8) Jo Sung Mo – 사랑받던 날들 ( The Days When Love Was Received ) : 200
28 . (New) Hyun Ah and Nassun – 황야의 무법자 ( Outlaw of the Wilderness ) : 180
29 . (+1) Kim Jang Hoon, Psy – 울려줘 다시 한 번 ( Make Me Cry Just Once More ) : 177
30 . (-1) M4 – 널 위한 멜로디 ( Melody for You ) : 166
31 . (-3) December – 배운 게 사랑이라 ( Learned My Lesson In Love ) : 159
32 . (-9) Eun Ji Won – 술김에 ( While Drunk ) : 143
33 . (+1) Sung Eun (feat. Namolla Family Kim Jae Woo) – 너 하나만 ( You Only ) : 137
34 . (New) Free Style – Outta Control : 135
35 . (-10) Joo – 뒤돌아봐 ( Looking Back: KBS Drama “Cinderella’s Sister” OST ) : 132
36 . (+9) ZE:A – 하루종일 ( All Day Long ) : 130
37 . (+11) Evan – 너 울리게 ( Make You Cry ): 126
38 . (New) UV – 쿨하지 못해 미안해 ( No Cool I’m Sorry ): 125
39 . (-8) Zi-A – 나쁜 버릇 ( Bad Habit ) : 120
40 . (New) Cho PD and Verbal Jint (feat. Park Mi Kyung) – Man Up : 108
41 . (-5) Outsider – 주변인 ( Outsider ) : 107
42 . (-2) Lee Seung Ki (feat. Baek Chan) – 사랑이 술을 가르쳐 ( Love Teaches You How to Drink ) : 99
43 . (New) Flower Go Yoo Jin – 운동화 ( Sneakers ) : 89
44 . (New) Kim Dong Hee – 내일 다시 말해요 ( Tell Me Again Tomorrow ) : 86
45 . (-12) Defconn (feat. Goo Ji Sung) – 래퍼들이 헤어지는 방법 ( Way Rappers Breakup ) : 80
46 . (-14) Park Myung Soo (feat. Gil) – Fyah : 62
47 . (-4) 2NE1 – 날 따라 해봐요 ( Try to Follow Me ) : 61
48 . (-7) EZ Hyoung – 봄의 기적 ( The Miracle Of Spring ) : 50
49 . (-11) Brave Brothers – 슬픈 음악 ( Sad Music ) : 48
50 . (-3) Lucid Fall – 고등어 ( Mackerel ) : 45

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

B.cruz – Giants Love Song
Genre:  Rock

Album: B.cruz digital single “Giants Love Song” Track 1
Listen To: Full Song (thanks to Mardi09 for uploading)
Comment: “Giants Love Song,” which was composed and penned by singer-songwriter B.Cruz (who was featured in singer LEN’s song “Baby Love”), is about how the Giants baseball team reminds one about their childhood as well as his deceased father who had introduced him to the sport. It is a mainstream style rock song. (credits to motoway065 for translations)

Wax – 화장을 고치고 (Fixing My Makeup)
Genre:  Pop Ballad

Album: Wax Vol. 2 (2001) Track 4
Watch: MV Vol. 1 MV Vol. 2 Live Performance
Comment: Wax (Real Name: Cho Hye Ri) is a female solo singer known for both her ballads and her up-tempo songs. During the era when she debuted, many singers focus on one genre of music, but Wax was able to show her multi-talent doing both dance and slow tempo songs. Originally the lead singer of rock group DOG, Wax made her solo debut in 2000 with a remake of Cyndi Lauper’s “She Bop” titled “Oppa”. She got her big break in 2001 when the title song “Fixing My Makeup” of her 2nd album became a huge hit thanks to a movie-like MV starring actress Shin Eun Kyung. “Fixing My Makeup” went to No. 1 on many music charts and was one of the most popular songs in 2001. Today Wax is still very active and her songs frequently appears on the top 20.

Sources of the chart

Air Monitor Chart – 15%
Cable Sources (MNet, KMTV, Cable Airplays) – 15%
Various Internet charts (Dosirak, Bugs, Melon, Naver, Monkey3, Daum, Cyworld, Soribada) – 15%
ChartKorea  – 10%
Hottracks Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 10%
SBS Inky Gayo Take 7 + Internet Chart + MP3 Download Chart – 10%
MBC Inky Top 100 Chart – 10%
KBS Music Bank K-Chart – 10%
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, MTV The M, MTV Non-stop, Pops In Seoul) – 5%

thanks to Mardi09 and ~S2~ for helping on this week’s internet chart researches.  

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