Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2011 - April Week 2

On just its second week on the chart, CN Blue’s “Intuition” rises six spots to get No. 1, winning easily by a wide margin. The band is now three for three, with all their charted songs getting to No. 1. Last year, CN Blue had their debut song “Loner” went to No. 1, then followed up with “Love” which topped the chart for six weeks and became our “Song Of The Year” in 2010.  Now “Intuition” adds to their young but already impressive resume.

Two groups have their first top 5 hit this week. Girl’s Day is enjoying surprising success with their latest single “Twinkle Twinkle” at No. 4 while boy band Infinite also has their biggest hit so far with “Nothing’s Over”. Both are sophomore groups who in large part were overlooked last year, but they are increasing in popularity now.

As we begin the second quarter this year, our chart is heating up with comeback songs by big name singers. Kim Tae Woo, whose “Love Rain” was one of the most popular songs two years ago, came back with his second album “T-School”. The title song “Echo” immediately debuted into the top 10 this week.  Just below him is Yangpa’s “It Hurts”. Yangpa is coming back after a four-year absence. Despite releasing only three albums in the last ten years, she has always received solid support on all her releases.

Finally, a surprisingly high debut this week at No. 13 by the male duo UV. Their latest hit “Itaewon Freedom” is also their first top 20 hit. UV has a unique music style, mixing R&B, hip-hop, and funk in their songs. The song features the famous JYP and perhaps it is one of the reasons this has become their breakthrough hit.


SOOMPI CHART for 2011, Month 4, Week 2

1. (+6) CNBlue – 직감 (Intuition) ***1st Week @ No. 1***
Score: 973
Genre: Pop/Rock

Music: SEI, KOZI / Lyrics: Han Sung Ho
Album: CNBlue Vol. 1 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


2. (–) Wheesung – 가슴 시린 이야기 (Story of a Cold Heart)
Score: 890
Genre: R&B

Music: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Sang Ho / Lyrics: Wheesung
Album: Wheesung single album “Story Of A Cold Heart” | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


3. (-2) K.Will – 가슴이 뛴다 (Heart Is Beating)
Score: 881
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Kim Ina
Album: K.Will 2nd mini-album | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


4. (+6) Girl’s Day – 반짝반짝 (Twinkle Twinkle)
Score: 800
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Nam Ki Sung / Lyrics: Nam Ki Sung, Park Gun Ho, Jang Joon Myung
Album: Girl’s Day single – Girl’s Day Party #3
Watch: MV


5. (+4) Infinite – Nothing’s Over
Score: 686
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Han Jae Ho, Kim Seung Soo / Lyrics: Song Soo Yoon
Album: Infinite Single Album “Inspirit” | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


6. (-1) Song Ji Eun (Secret) – 미친거니 (Are You Crazy?)
Score: 635
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: Kang Ji Won, Kim Ki Bum / Lyrics: Kang Ji Won, Kim Ki Bum
Album: Song Ji Eun digital single “Are You Crazy?”
Watch: MV


7. (-1) DBSG – 이것만은 알고 가 (Before U Go)
Score: 621
Genre: Pop

Music: Yoo Joung Jin, Yoo Han Jin / Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin
Album: DBSG: Keep Your Head Down (repackaged) | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


8. (-4) Big Bang – Tonight
Score: 603
Genre: R&B/Hip-hop

Music: e.knock, G-Dragon / Lyrics: G-Dragon
Album: Big Bang mini-album Vol. 4 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


9. (-6) Lee Hyun – 내꺼 중에 최고 (You Are The Best Of My Life)
Score: 507
Genre: R&B Ballad

Music: Hitman Bang / Lyrics: Hitman Bang
Album: Lee Hyun mini-album Vol. 2 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


10. (new) Kim Tae Woo – 메아리 (Echo)
Score: 485
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: Lee Hyun Seung / Lyrics: Kim Tae Woo
Album: Kim Tae Woo Vol. 2 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


Rank Artist Song Score
11 Yangpa (new) 아파 아이야 (It Hurts) 456
12 Kan Mi Yeon (-4) 파파라치 (Paparazzi) 422
13 UV (new) 이태원 프리덤 (Itaewon Freedom) 397
14 Orange Caramel (new) Bangkok City 368
15 Jung Yeop (+7) 아무일도 없었다 (Nothing Wrong) 312
16 ZE:A (-3) Here I Am 308
17 Seo In Kook (new) Broken 293
18 Boo Hwal (new) 그때가 지금이라면 (If Then Was Now) 277
19 IU (-8) 나만 모르는 이야기 (Story Only I Didn’t Know) 268
20 Hyun Bin (-8) 가질 수 없는 너 (You I Can’t Have) 259
21 Chi Chi (+4) 장난치지마 (Don’t Play Around) 236
22 G.na (-6) Black & White 228
23 U-Kiss (new) 0330 218
24 M4 (-1) 내 사랑 (My Love) 205
25 Kim Hyung Joon (SS501) (-5) oH! aH! 175
26 Mighty Mouth (-7) 톡톡 (Tok Tok) 160
27 2AM (-12) 최고의 사랑 (最愛 / Saiai) (The Greatest Love) 158
28 J-Cera (+3) 언제나 사랑해 (Love You Whenever) 147
29 Lim Jung Hee (new) 시간을 되돌린다면 (If I Can Turn Back Time) 146
30 Super Junior M (+3) 태완미 (Perfection) 144
31 Dalmatian (-1) 그 남자는 반대 (That Man Is The Opposite) 140
32 Monday Kiz & Gavy NJ (-15) 사랑은 똑같다 (Love is the Same) 137
33 Hwa Yobi (new) 이러다가 (At This Rate (feat. Panda) (Rap Ver.)) 133
34 SG Wannabe (-20) 고작 (Only) 125
35 Han Groo (+5) My Boy 121
36 Clover (new) La Vida Loca 120
37 M to M (-19) 이런 쓰레기 같은 (Trash Like This) 114
38 Heo Kong & Hoony Hoon (+4) 너만을 사랑해 (Love Only Me) 112
39 Davichi (-10) 한사람 (One Person) 109
40 Tony An (new) Thank U (feat. Simon D) 109
41 Navi (-20) 잘 된 일이야 (Well Done) 105
42 Monni (new) 망설이지 마요 (Don’t Hesitate) 104
43 Maya (new) 아프다 슬프다 (Hurt, Sad) 82
44 Zee Young Sun (new) Sad Goodbye 76
45 Younha (-21) It’s Beautiful 73
46 Lee Sun Jung Band (-3) Break The Wall 73
47 Kim Soo Hyun (-15) Dreaming 72
48 Suh Young Eun (-13) 잊을만도 한데 (Don’t Blame You For Forgetting) 71
49 Han Kyung Il (new) 너는 간단하고 나는 복잡한 얘기 (Talk That’s Simple For You But Complicated For Me) 67
50 Gummy (-14) 기다리고 싶어 (I Want To Wait) 63




Yangpa – 알고 싶어요 (I Want To Know)     
Genre: Pop Ballad
External from soompi image 
Album: Yangpa Vol. 2 (1998) Track 3 
Watch: MV
Comment: Yangpa (real name: Lee Eun Jin) is a veteran female ballad singer. She debuted back in 1996 at the tender age of 17. She released three albums from 1996 to 1999, with her most famous hit being “Addio” (later remade by Lee Seung Ki). In the middle of 1999, she went to Berkeley School Of Music in the US to further her education. During that time, she released her Vol. 3.5 album “A Letter From Berkeley”, which in my opinion is one of the all-time best ballad albums by a female artist. After she comes back to Korea, she released her fourth album “Perfume” in 2001. Due to contractual dispute with her previous company, she wasn’t performing and went on to a long hiatus until 2007 when she released her fifth album “The Window Of My Soul”. Despite her lengthy absence, the title song “What Is Love” went to No. 1 on nearly all music charts. After this album, fans have to wait another four years for her latest mini-album “Elegy Nouveau” which was released recently.  In this day and age where singers come back in three months with new releases, Yangpa has only released three albums in the last ten years. Yet her songs always hit the top of the chart. There are many female ballad singers now. Yangpa distinguishes herself from the rest with her emotions she puts on each song. There are many of her songs that can be chosen for this segment. I choose an older song “I Want To Know” from her second album in 1998.  This is one of my favorite songs by Yangpa.


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%  
Hottracks Weekly Album Sales (1 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%
MNet M!Countdown – 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 and motoway065 for song title translations.

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