Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2011 – January Week 5

Hi everyone,

We are back to our normal weekly chart posting schedule. Due to a family situation, I wasn’t able to update the chart every week earlier this month. I have now caught up and you will see the latest chart updated weekly again. I want to thank soomp! and her team for covering for me during my absence.

At the beginning of each year, I reviewed the sources of this chart and make necessary changes in order to better reflect the popularity of each song closer to where they stand in Korea. The following changes are made this year:

GAON music chart – added as a 15% source.

Gasoo appearances on music shows – increased from 5% to 10%, but only 4 major music programs are accounted for now (MBC Music Core, SBS Inkigayo, KBS Music Bank, and MNet M!Countdown).

Chart Korea – lowered from 10% to 5% source

MNet M!Countdown Chart – lowered from 15% to 5% source

Album Sales – lowered from 10% to 5% source (now only 1 week lag instead of 2 weeks)

Starting last year, Korean record companies began to list more than one song as the album’s title songs and singers performed different songs on different TV stations. To cope with this, we have to change our long standing policy of one singer having only one song on the chart. Beginning this year, all their title songs will be listed simultaneously on the chart. You will see that this week with Seung Ri having two songs debuting on the chart. However, at year end, a singer will still only have one song on the summary chart. We’ll choose the song with the highest charted scores. Note that this change only applies to full albums have multiple title songs. When a singer switch to promote a second song from the same album, the old method applies namely until the new song scores higher than the old song, the old song will remain on the chart.

By now, you are probably familiar with the new chart posting. Thanks to soomp! who has created a mechanism to enable me to import the chart from a spreadsheet to the current posting format. We’ll highlight the top 10 songs one by one and from 11 to 50 it will be presented in a table format. I’ll make comments on the top regarding the chart as a whole rather than on each song.

Our special segments “Bonus Track” and “Yesterday Once More” will return but they will be on a rotation basis together with a new segment “This Week In (year)” looking at past year’s charted songs on a particular week.


For this week, Secret’s “Shy Boy” continues to surprise DBSG’s “Keep Your Head Down”, even widening the victory margin. Both songs are gaining points. While “Keep Your Head Down” continues to dominate the TV music programs and album sales, “Shy Boy” is doing much better on the rest of the chart sources. Looks like these two songs are headed for round 3 next week, unless MBLAQ’s “Stay” gain enough points to challenge them.

Popular SBS Drama “Secret Garden” has released three OSTs and placed four songs in the top 20. Male lead Hyun Bin‘s gasoo debut is a blast as he scored his first top 10 hit with “That Man”, which is the male version of Baek Ji Young’s “That Woman”. The two songs have the same melody.

CN Blue’s Jung Yong Hwa also scores his first top 10 solo hit on this digital single “For First Time Lovers”. This acoustic song is very different from what we hear from him in CN Blue.

We are again expecting many new singers, especially groups to debut in 2011. Dal★shabet is the first group that stands out. Their debut hit “Supa Dupa Diva” is rising to No. 6 this week. Definitely a group to watch out for.

Many new songs debuting this week on the chart. The song(s) that is expected to make a big jump next week is Big Bang member Seung Ri‘s double title song “What Can I Do” (at No. 20) and “V.V.I.P” (at No. 27). We may see both songs in the top 10 next week.

1. (–) Secret – 샤이보이 (Shy Boy) ***2nd Week @ No. 1***
Score: 889

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2. (–) DBSK – 왜 (Keep Your Head Down)
Score: 841

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3. (+1) Joo – 나쁜 남자 (Bad Guy)
Score: 704

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4. (+10) MBLAQ – Stay
Score: 693

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5. (-2) GD&TOP – High High
Score: 646

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6. (+4) Dal★shabet – Supa Dupa Diva
Score: 611

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7. (+4) Hyun Bin – 그남자 (That Man)
Score: 532

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8. (-3) IU – 좋은 날 (Good Day)
Score: 460

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9. (+8) Jung Yong Hwa – 처음 사랑하는 연인들을 위해 (반말송) (For First Time Lovers)
Score: 400

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10. (-2) Sung Shi Kyung – 너는 나의 봄이다 (You Are My Spring)
Score: 394

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Rank Artist Song Score
11 Baek Ji Young (-2) 그여자 (That Woman) 379
12 Gavy NJ (+3) 라떼 한잔 (Feat. 길미) (Cup of Latte (feat. Gilme)) 333
13 Navi (new) 잘 된 일이야 (Well Done) 327
14 Boo Hwal (new) 비밀 (Special Vocal 박완규) (Secret (Special Voval: Park Wan Gyu)) 326
15 Infinite (+5) BTD (Before The Dawn) 301
16 T-Ara (-9) yayaya 295
17 Oscar (new) 눈물자리 (Place for Tears) 281
18 G.na (new) Black & White 273
19 Seung Ri (new) 어쩌라고 (What Can I Do) 270
20 Brown Eyed Soul (-8) 똑같다면 (If It’s the Same) 256
21 Tae Yeon (SNSD) (-5) 사랑해요 (I Love You) 250
22 Sun Ye (–) Maybe 249
23 Suh Young Eun (+23) 우리 사랑이 뭐 이래요 (Why is Our Love Like This) 239
24 Sistar (-18) 니까짓 게 (How Dare You) 235
25 Mighty Mouth (new) 톡톡 (Tok Tok) 225
26 Suzy (new) 겨울아이 (Winter Child) 188
27 Seung Ri (new) V.V.I.P 181
28 Monday Kiz (-10) 사랑해 그리고 기억해 (I Love You and I Remember) 175
29 Sung Hoon (BES) & Yeon (-2) 라리라 (Lalila) 174
30 Shin Yong Jae (4men) (-9) 이유 (Reason) 163
31 As One (new) You Are My Baby 151
32 Park Hyo Shin (-19) 사랑이 고프다 (I Promise You) 149
33 SNSD (-8) 훗 (Hoot) 145
34 Untouchable (-8) 단 한사람 (feat. Mellow) (Different Person (feat. Mellow)) 144
35 Teen Top (+8) Supa Luv 144
36 Beige (-17) 술을 못해요 (Can’t Drink Alcohol) 143
37 Piggy Dolls (-2) Trend 135
38 Seo In Young (-7) 리듬 속으로 (Into the Rhythm) 126
39 John Park (-3) I’m Your Man 124
40 Tim (-10) 남자답지 못한 말 (Words Not Manly) 115
41 Park Jung Min (new) Not Alone 114
42 Kim Bum Soo (-8) 나타나 (Appear) 90
43 Han Groo (+1) Witch Girl 84
44 G.Story (+1) Pinky Pinky 80
45 Kara (-17) 점핑 (Jumping) 77
46 K.Will (new) 기가 차 (feat. 슈프림팀& 씨스타) (Amazed (feat. Supreme Team & Sistar)) 76
47 Jang Jae In (+2) Please 75
48 Hwan Hee & May Doni (-15) 남남 (Separated) 75
49 Lee Jung (-17) 사랑을 믿어요 (Trust Love) 65
50 LOA (new) 이별, 그 빌어먹을 (Sadness Breakup) 64


Park Hee Bon – Twenty Two  
Genre: Pop Ballad
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Album: Park Hee Bon digital single “Twenty Two” 
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Comment: Some of you guys may be familiar with Park Hee Bon, a former member of SM Entertainment’s girl group, MILK. The singer has now returned after a long hiatus with a single titled, “22.” Park Hee Bon penned the lyrics to this song and even helped direct the music video and album jacket cover. Through all this, Park has shown her own colors. (credits to motoway065 for translations)

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. Our chart is composed of the following sources:

Air Monitor Chart – 15%
GAON Music Chart – 15%
Various Internet charts (Dosirak, Bugs, Melon, Naver, Monkey3, Daum, Cyworld, Soribada) – 15%
ChartKorea – 5% MNet M!Countdown – 5%
Hottracks Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 10%
SBS (Inky Gayo Take 7 + SBS Mill weekly rankings) – 10%
MBC Inky Top 100 Chart – 10%
KBS Music Bank K-Chart – 10%
Hottracks Weekly Album Sales (1 week lag) – 5%

Gasoo appearance on gayo shows (MBC Music Core, SBS Inky Gayo, KBS Music Bank, M!Countdown) – 10%

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