Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2010 – November Week 1

1. (+1) Ga In – 돌이킬 수 없는 (Irreversible) ***1 WEEK NO. 1 ***

Score: 896

Genre: Pop / Dance

External from soompi imageMusic: Yoon Sang, Lee Min Soo /Lyrics: Kim Ina

Album: Ga In mini-album “Step 2/4” Track 2 Purchase this album

Watch: MV Live Performance

Comment: Ga In’s “Irreversible” moves up to No. 1 this week. Having scored many chart topping songs with Brown Eyed Girls, this is Ga In’s first No. 1 solo hit. Narsha came close earlier this year with “Bbi Ri Bba Ra” at No. 2, but Ga In was able to break through this week against some pretty strong competitions. “Irreversible” is co-composed by hit makers Yoon Sang and Lee Min Soo. The polished chord work, great melody, and rhythm making mesh well with the synth sounds, producing an electronica fused tango number.



2. (+2) 2PM – I’ll Be Back

Score: 835

Genre: Pop / Dance

External from soompi imageMusic + Lyrics: Park Jin Young

Album: 2PM mini-album “Still 02:00pm” Track 2 Purchase this album

Watch: MV Live Performance

Comment: 2PM’s new mini album titled, “Still 2PM” is expected to show an even more mature and refined image of them through seven tracks. The title song is “I’ll Be Back,” an R&B number with hip-hop and house rhythms. The song showcases 2PM’s very own style in music. One of the dance moves involved in the song is the “shuffle dance” popular in the 90’s. The boys will relive this “rabbit dance.” This week it moves up two more spots to No. 2 and is looking to become the new No. 1 song next week.




3. (-2) Beast – 숨 (Breath)   
Score: 800
Genre: Pop/Dance
External from soompi image Music+Lyrics: Choi Gyu Sung, Rado, Shin Sa Dong Tiger 
Album: Beast mini-album “Mastermind” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: After two weeks on top, Beast drops back to No. 3 with “Breath”.  Beast has already excited fans with “Clenching Fists Tightly” released prior to its upcoming third mini album, “Mastermind.” They need to wait no longer as the boy group returns this month. The title track is “Breath” a new song that is expected to upgrade Beast one notch higher. The song was composed by Sinsadong Tiger and Choi Gyu Sung and Beast member, Yong Jun Hyung took part in penning it. The strong synth riffs and drums flow well with the group’s vocals and adlibs. Beast is also our Soompi artist of the month for November. Check them out.



4. (-1) Miss A – Breathe  
Score: 765
Genre: Pop/Dance
External from soompi imageMusic+Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: Miss A 2nd single Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Dropping one spot to No. 4 this week is top rookie female group Miss A’s second single title song “Breathe”. The girls who debuted this past July with much confidence and skill returns with a funkier and cuter image fans are expected to enjoy. Their debut song “Bad Girl Good Girl” already topped the chart and now they have their second big hit. Miss A will likely battle top male group CN Blue for this year’s top new artist honor.



5. (+1) Supreme Team & Young Joon – 그땐 그땐 그땐 (Then Then Then)
Score: 722
Genre: R&B/Hip-hop
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Album: Supreme Team & Young Joon (Brown Eyed Soul) mini-album “Ames Room” Purchase this album 
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the official title song “Then Then Then” from Supreme Team & Young Joon’s (Brown Eyed Soul) “Ames Room” project album. This song is mainstream enough yet doesn’t lose the uniqueness from both artists. This week it moves up one more spot to No. 5.



6. (New) 2NE1 – Go Away *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 670
Genre: R&B/Hip-hop
External from soompi image  Music+Lyrics: Teddy
Album: 2NE1 Vol. 1 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of 2NE1’s first studio album, ‘To Anyone.’ It is about telling a cheating boyfriend that they should break up. It is an upbeat, pop style song with rock sounds and a melody that’s easy to listen to. In the music video, the members’ revenge on the ‘bad guy’ is quite something. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



7. (+33) Psy – Right Now *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 649
Genre: Hip-hop
External from soompi imageMusic: Psy, Yoon Gun Hyung / Lyrics: Psy
Album: Psy Vol. 5 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Hip-hop artist PSY returns with his first album in four years. Known for his unique rap and dance songs, PSY has brought together an impressive team for his comeback album Psyfive. Cool’s Lee Jae Hoon features in the advance track “In My Eye”, while Seo In Young pitches in on Thank You. Brown Eyed Soul’s Jung Yup and YDG also participated in the album. The title track is “Right Now”. This song combines electronic arrangement along with Psy’s singing and rapping. This week it is our biggest mover, up 33 spots all the way to No. 7.



8. (New) SG Wannabe – 해바라기 (Sunflower)
Score: 578
Genre: R&B Ballad
External from soompi imageMusic: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min 
Album: SG Wannabe Vol. 7 Part 1 Track 3 Purchase this album 
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Korea’s top male vocal group, SG Wannabe makes their comeback after 1.5 years with part one of their seventh album. Teaming up once again with Cho Young Soo and Ahn Young Min on their title song “Sunflower”, the group presents us an easy listening ballad with smooth flow. This week it is our second highest debut at No. 8.



9. (-2) Lim Jung Hee – 진짜일 리 없어 (It Can’t Be Real)   
Score: 570
Genre: Pop Ballad
External from soompi imageMusic+Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk   
Album: Lim Jung Hee mini-album “It Can’t Be Real” Track 2 Purchase this album 
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Lim Jung Hee’s “It can’t Be Real” drops two spots to No. 9 this week. “It Can’t be Real” was composed and penned by Hitman Bang. The producer came up with the title and lyrics of the song after watching the film, “Inception.” The song is about can’t believing breakup actually happened. The song has neo-soul sounds and uses trendy electronic synths.



10. (-2) Lee Juck – 그대랑 (With You)
Score: 529
Genre: Rock Ballad 
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Album: Lee Juck Vol. 4 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: Lee Juck’s “With You” from his 4th album “Love” jumps dropped two spots to No. 10 this week. One of the most well respected artists in Korean Music, lee Juck’s new album immediately becomes top seller upon its release. ‘With You” also ranked very high in both airplay and internet charts. It is a rock ballad with lively lyrics, a light band sound, and free-wheeling energy to spare. 



11. (-2) SHINee – Hello
Score: 465
Genre: Pop/Dance
External from soompi image  Music: Cates, McEwen, Jensen / Lyrics: Kim Ina
Album: SHINee Vol. 2 repackaged version Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: SHInee has done exceptionally well this year with “Lucifer” and is back with its repackaged second album titled, “Hello.” The title track is of the same title and in contrast with their past song which showed off the boys’ powerful charms, the new song will show a sweeter side. This trendy R&B pop number is expected to be refreshing in vocals and rhythms. This week “Hello” drops two spots to No. 11.



12. (New) Zi-A & 4men – 울고 불고 (Crying)    
Score: 380
Genre: R&B Ballad
External from soompi imageMusic: Han Sang Won / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Album: Zi-A & 4men digital single “Crying”
Watch: MV
Comment: There are many collaborations between artists this year, and the latest one we have two very talented artists, Zi-A and 4men, dueting on this powerful ballad “Crying”. Thoughout the song, we hear great vocals from both artists. It is the kind of songs only artists with their talents can pull it off. This week it debuts at No. 12.



13. (-2) U-Kiss – 시끄러!! (Shut Up!!!)  
Score: 352
Genre: Pop/Dance
External from soompi image  Music + Lyrics: Kim Tae Hyun
Album: U-Kiss mini-album Vol. 4 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: U-Kiss did quite well with its past mini album, “At I That Easy” causing the entire country to follow the “strong man dance.” The boys are back with their fourth mini album, “Break Time” with includes seven new tracks of new style. The title track is “Shut Up!!” composed by Kim Tae Hyun who also wrote Ivy’s “Sonata of Temptation,” After School’s “Bang,” and T-ara’s “Crazy Because of You.” The song is arranged with hardcore electronic techniques, focusing even more on the group’s vocals and tough styles. This week it drops three spots to No. 13.



14. (+4) Mighty Mouth (feat. Kim Hee Sun) – 사랑이란 (Love Is)    
Score: 338
Genre: Hip-hop Ballad
External from soompi imageMusic: Kim Ki Won, Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Kim Do Hoon, Rhymer
Album: Mighty Mouth digital single “Love Is”
Watch: MV
Comment: Mighty Mouth releases a new single titled, “Love Is.” The group is known for collaborating with singers and actors alike, always surprising music listeners with catchy and easy-going music. The duo’s new song, “Love Is” features Korea’s top actresses, Kim Hee Sun who has actually taken a hiatus for a bit. This will be her first work since the break. The actress has some singing experience from her 2005 drama series, “Sad Sonata” in which she sang Natalie Cole’s “Love.” “Love Is” is a song with a simple, yet smooth melody line that flows well with the piano arrangements and medium-tempo hip-hop beats. This love song is expected to receive much love and attention. This week it moves up four spots to No. 14.



15. (-2) Gummy – 죽어도 사랑해 (Love You Even If I Die)  
Score: 312
Genre: Pop Ballad
External from soompi imageMusic: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Hyun Seung / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Album: SBS Drama “Dae Mool” OST Part 1
Watch: MV
Comment: This song is coming from SBS Drama “Dae Mool” featuring top stars Cha In Pyo, Kwon Sang Woo, and Go Hyun Jung. The sad ballad by Gummy written by hitmakers Kim Do Hoon, Lee Hyun Seung, and Choi Kap Won captures the emotions of the drama as well. This week it drops two spots to No. 15.  



16. (+16) HAM – So Sexy  
Score: 310
Genre: Pop/Dance
External from soompi image  Music: Jun Ho Jin / Lyrics: HAM
Album: HAM digital single “So Sexy” 
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Female trio HAM (Heart And Mind) scores their first top 20 hit this week with “So Sexy”. This song surprisingly has a very high airplay and that moves it into the top 20. HAM debuted with “TT Dance” last year. Like Secret, they do not get a lot of attentions last year, but now they have their first top 20 hit and gaining popularity.



17. (+28) Rainbow – 마하 (Mach)  
Score: 296
Genre: Pop/Dance
External from soompi image  Music: Kim Seung Soo, Han Jae Ho / Lyrics: Song Soo Yoon
Album: Rainbow digital single “Mach” 
Watch: Live Performance
Comment: Rainbow scores another top 20 hit with their latest digital single “Mach”. Just not long ago their song “A” was also in our top 20. DSP Entertainment has high hope on this group which have a different image and different music style than Kara. But just like Kara, they keep improving and rank higher with each song. “Mach” is our third biggest mover, up 28 spots to No. 17.



18. (+31) Outsider (feat. LMNOP) – 주인공 (Hero)  
Score: 293
Genre: Hip-hop
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Album: Outsider Vol. 3 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Outsider returns this year with his third album titled, “Hero.” The rapper gained much interest in 2009 for having the skill to spit out words with great speed, reaching number one on various music charts. This third album is about the hero in everyone as each and every single person dreams and goes through many obstacles to reach his or her goal. This week “Hero” is our second biggest mover, up 31 spots to No. 18.



19. (+15) Transfixion – Never Say Goodbye
Score: 278
Genre: Rock Ballad
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Album: Transfixion Vol. 3.5 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: Best known for the World Cup support songs “For Victory” and The Shouts of Reds, Transfixion is celebrating their tenth anniversary soon. Their new mini-album Never Say Goodbye exemplifies the great talent and appeal that has kept the band going for so long. The title song Never Say Goodbye is a powerful, wistful rock ballad that leaves a deep impression, particularly with its Hammond organ intro. This song has been released for more than 2 months but only in recent weeks did it pick up a lot of airplay points.



20. (+9) MBLAQ – Running Running
Score: 265
Genre: Pop/Dance
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Album: KBS Drama “The Fugitive Plan B” OST Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: This song is coming from Asian Superstar Rain’s latest drama “The Fugitive Plan B”, his first TV series in five years. Even though Rain himself did not participate in the soundtrack for Fugitive Plan B, but his proteges MBLAQ did. The popular boy band’s energetic theme song “RUNNING RUNNING” matches the drama’s action-packed pace. This week it moves up nine spots to No. 20.



21. (–) Younha – 원샷 (One Shot) : 264

22. (New) SNSD – 훗 (Hoot) : 258

23. (-11) Sung Shi Kyung & IU – 그대네요 (It Is You) : 242

24. (-9) Kang Seung Yoon – 본능적으로 (Instinctive) : 235

25. (-11) Yoo Chun, Jae Joong, Jun Su – 찾았다 (Found It) : 224

26. (-4) Park Ki Young – 빛 (Light) : 218

27. (-1) Hwa Yobi – 나 같은 여자 (Woman Like Me) : 202

28. (-12) Davichi – 두 번 헤어지는 일 (Event That Causes Two Breakups) : 194

29. (-12) Co-Ed School – Too Late : 176

30. (–) See Ya & Davichi – 다 컸잖아 (All Grown Up) : 171

31. (New) Sun Woo – 눈 코 입 (Eyes Nose Lips) : 169

32. (New) FT Island – 슬픈 언약식 (Sad Promise) : 151

33. (New) 2AM – 미친 듯이 (Like Being Crazy) : 150

34. (New) Bae Da Hae – My All : 140

35. (New) Miss $ (feat. Jung Sul Gi) – Promise U : 139

36. (-5) Jung Yup – Without You : 133

37. (-26) BoA – Copy & Paste : 129

38. (-11) Suh Young Eun – 너는 날 녹여 (You Melt Me) : 128

39. (New) Tei – 사랑은…엉터리다 (Love Is… Nonsense) : 127

40. (New) Haha – 너는 내 운명 2 (You Are My Destiny 2) : 119

41. (-17) Kim Bum Soo – 지나간다 (Passing By) : 109

42. (New) Woo Eun Mi – 잡아줘요 (Let Me Catch) : 108

43. (+4) Homme – 밥만 잘 먹더라 (Eat Well) : 92

44. (-19) Se7en – I’m Going Crazy : 88

45. (New) Yoon Jong Shin – 그대 없이는 못살아 (Can’t Live Without You) : 77

46. (-18) Wheesung – 결혼까지 생각했어 (Even Thought of Marriage) : 74

47. (-11) Lee Seung Chul – 그 사람 (That Person) : 73

48. (New) Autumn Vacation – 취미는 사랑 (Hobby is Love) : 65

49. (-30) Kim Jong Kook – 다시 내게로 돌아와 (Come Back to Me Again) : 61

50. (New) NS Yoon Ji – 춤을 춰 (Dance) : 58





Blue: Songs to watch out under top 20

Green: Editor’s recommendations under top 20




Sanchez (feat. Kaeri) – 헤어진 다음 날 (Day After Breakup)

Genre: Pop Ballad

External from soompi image

Album: Happy Train New Artist Project Vol. 2 Track 1

Listen To: Full Song (thanks to Mardi09 for uplodaing)

Comment: Happyface Entertainment, which includes singer OneTwo, Nassun, and composer E-Tribe, releases its second album for “Happy Train New Artist Project” titled “Sanchez – San toi.” The project creates music that anyone can enjoy without any burden. The featured artist is Sanchez who penned the lyrics and performed as a guest vocalist for Hybrefine’s first album. The title track, “Day After Break Up” is a ballad with easy melody and lyrics anyone can relate to. The song is about the different feelings of a man and a woman after breakup. The lyrical guitar and piano melodies flow well with Sanchez and Kaeri’s vocals. (credits to motoway065 for translations)




Park Jung Hyun – 꿈에 (In Dream)

Genre: R&B Ballad

External from soompi image

Album: Park Jung Hyun Vol. 4 (2002) Track 2

Watch: Live Performance

Comment: Park Jung Hyun (Lena Park) is a Korean American singer. She is one of the first generation of overseas born singers who subsequently brought their music back to Korea. Debuted in 1998, Park’s music combines western style R&B and k-pop style melodies. At that time where k-pop was in its evolution stage where many young idol groups emphasized on dancing, Park is a pure singer. Fans were amazed with her having a petite body yet such a powerful singing voice. “In Dream” was the title song from her 4th album. When this album was released in June 2002, many singers had avoided putting out new songs in that month due to the World Cup taking place at home in Korea. Park was among the few singers who released her new album, and the World Cup fever did not affect the popularity of this song at all as it became a chart topping hit. This ballad began with a beautiful string instrument intro and has a very difficult chorus part only vocalist of Park’s skills can pull it off. It is the kind of song where you have goosebumps every time you listen to it.



About the soompi music chart:

Soompi Music Chart is unlike any other music charts or television rankings. It takes into account not only sales and rankings by various other charts in Korea, but also airplays of each song, the number of live performances and appearances, making it an unbiased and objective tally of what’s going on in the world of K-pop. When we compare our chart to the GAON Music Chart which is now the official music chart in Korea, we are very closely matched. Our chart is composed of the following sources:


Air Monitor Chart – 15%
Cable Sources (MNet, 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, Pops In Seoul) – 5%


Thanks to Mardi09 for helping on this week’s internet chart research.

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