Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2011 - July Week 1

Secret continues their strong run this year with”Starlight Moonlight” remaining No. 1 for the second consecutive week.  Secret just won the top song for the first half of 2011 on our chart with “Shy Boy” which spent five weeks on top of our chart earlier this year.  The quartet has spent a total of seven weeks No. 1 on our chart, definitely the leading artist so far this year.

Giving Secret a run for the top girl group so far in 2011, f(x) is closing the gap quickly with “Hot Summer”, moving up nine spots to No. 2 and just 13 points behind “Starlight Moonlight”.  “Hot Summer” is coming from the group’s repackaged album.  The original version produced the No. 1 song “Pinocchio (Danger)”.  Let see if “Hot Summer” can take over next week, not only it has to leapfrog “Starlight Moonlight”, but it has also to prevent a new hot song from overtaking everyone.

The new song I am talking about is 2PM’s “Hands Up”. One of the most successful male groups in Korea over the last two years, 2PM has focused on expanding their careers overseas in the past year, particularly in Japan.  Now they are finally returning to Korea and releasing their long anticipated second full length album “Hands Up”.  The album has just been released and the title song of the same name already debuted at No. 8 on our chart.  This song is expected to sweep all music charts soon.

Another new entry at No. 9 is veteran ballad singer Kim Bum Soo’s latest hit “End Love”.  This song is from the recently released Part 2 of his 7th album Solista.  Kim Bum Soo recently participated in MBC’s show “I Am A Singer” and caught attention to younger fans.  “End Love” is written by Yoon Il Sang and penned by Yoon Sa Ra, who also created Kim’s biggest hit “보고싶다 (Missing You)”, one of the classic ballad hits from the last decade.

A surprise entry to the bottom of the top 10 is indie rock band Jang Ki Ha & Faces’ “Be In Such A Relationship”.  Fans outside of Korea may not have heard of this group, but they are actually very famous in Korea.  Some fans even said they are the top indie group in Korea now.  The second album has rock solid sales and the title song “Be In Such A Relationship” even crossed over to mainstream K-pop, doing very well on many chart rankings.  If you are tired of pop songs, be sure to check out this refreshing indie band.


SOOMPI CHART for 2011, Month 7, Week 1

1. (–) Secret – 별빛 달빛 (Starlight Moonlight) ***2nd Week @ No. 1***
Score: 872
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Kang Ji Won, Kim Ki Bum / Lyrics: Kang Ji Won, Kim Ki Bum
Album: Secret single album Vol. 2 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


2. (+10) f(x) – Hot Summer
Score: 859
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: / Lyrics: Kenzie
Album: F(x) Vol. 1 repackaged version | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


3. (-1) Kim Hyun Joong (SS501) – Break Down
Score: 802
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Steven Lee / Lyrics: Steven Lee, Joy Factory
Album: Kim Hyun Joong mini-album Vol. 1 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


4. (–) 4men – 살다가 한번쯤 (One Time In Your Life)
Score: 775
Genre: R&B Ballad

Music: Kim Bo Min, Yoon Min Soo / Lyrics: Min Yeon Jae, Yoon Min Soo
Album: 4men Vol. 4 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


5. (+1) Sunny Hill – 미드나잇 서커스 (Midnight Circus)
Score: 680
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Lee Min Soo / Lyrics: Kim Ina
Album: Sunny Hill mini-album Vol. 1 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


6. (-1) FT Island – Hello Hello
Score: 630
Genre: Pop/Rock

Music: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Sang Ho / Lyrics: Kim Do Hoon, Mario, Lee Sang Ho, Han Sung Ho
Album: FTIsland mini album Vol. 3 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


7. (-4) Beast – Fiction
Score: 619
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Choi Gyu Sung, Shinsadong Tiger / Lyrics: Yong Joon Hyung, Choi Gyu Sung, Shinsadong Tiger
Album: Beast Vol. 1 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


8. (new) 2PM – Hands Up
Score: 614
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Park Jin Young / Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: 2PM Vol. 2 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


9. (+7) Kim Bum Soo – 끝사랑 (End Love)
Score: 587
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: Yoon Il Sang / Lyrics: Yoon Sa Ra
Album: Kim Bum Soo Vol. 7 Part 2 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


10. (+1) Jang Ki Ha & Faces – 그렇고 그런 사이 (Be In Such A Relationship)
Score: 506
Genre: Indie Rock

Music: / Lyrics:
Album: Jang Ki Ha & Faces Vol. 2 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


Rank Artist Song Score
11 8Eight (new) 그 입술을 막아본다 (Block Those Lips) 463
12 Rainbow (new) Sweet Dream 371
13 2NE1 (new) 내가 제일 잘 나가 (I’m The Best) 361
14 IU & Kim Yuna (new) 얼음꽃 (Snow Flower) 350
15 Jang Woo Hyuk (-6) 시간이 멈춘 날 (Time Is [L]Over) 338
16 Huh Gak (+3) 나를 잊지 말아요 (Don’t Forget Me) 305
17 Boy Friend (+4) Boy Friend 277
18 5Dolls (-8) 이러쿵 저러쿵 (Like This Or That) 266
19 Baek Ji Young (new) 아이캔`t 드링크 (I Can’t Drink) 242
20 Sistar 19 (-2) Ma Boy 218
21 Yim Jae Bum (+1) 사랑 (Love) 214
22 M to M (+17) 안 괜찮아 (Not Okay) 213
23 Park Yoo Chun (new) 너를 위한 빈자리 (Empty Space For You) 202
24 Cha Ji Yeon (+2) 그대는 어디에 (Where Are You) 202
25 Jang Jae In (-1) 장난감 병정들 (Toy Soldiers) 199
26 A Pink (new) It Girl 189
27 IU (-7) 내 손을 잡아 (Hold My Hand) 187
28 Lim Jung Hee (-14) Golden Lady 181
29 Min Kyung Hoon (new) 짧은 한마디 (Short Word) 171
30 Kim Bo Kyung (+5) Suddenly 167
31 4men (-18) 사랑해 (I Love You) 168
32 After School (-15) Shampoo 165
33 Ji Sun (-6) 바람아 불어라 (The Wind Blows) 164
34 December (-4) 안녕 (Goodbye) 151
35 Shin Hye Sung (new) 째각째각 (Tick Tock) 148
36 Gavy NJ (-3) Everyday 139
37 Heo Young Saeng (-22) Let It Go 120
38 Alex (-13) 미쳐보려 해도 (Even If I Go Crazy) 111
39 Park Bom (-7) Don’t Cry 109
40 015B (new) Silly Boy 105
41 Illinit (new) Lost (feat. Hwa Yobi) 94
42 Uee (new) 쏘쏙쏙 (Sok Sok Sok) 87
43 Jong Hyun (SHINee) (-7) So Goodbye 86
44 Kim Yeon Woo (-21) You Are My Love 85
45 Hwa Yobi (new) 2 The Sky 84
46 G.na (-15) 내 사람이라서 (Because You’re My Person) 79
47 Rania (+1) 가면 무도회 (Masquerade) 76
48 Jewelry (-6) Pass 73
49 Taru (-8) 여기서 끝내자 (Let’s End Here) 69
50 N-Train (-12) 울면서 울어 (One Last Cry) 65




Kim Bum Soo – 보고 싶다 (Missing You)
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Kim Bum Soo Vol. 3 (2002) Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Since Kim Bum Soo is in the top 10, we want to cover this classic hit once again even though it appeared on this segment before. Kim Bum Soo is an R&B singer famous for his smooth, well controlled and emotive vocals. He debuted in 1999 as a faceless singer and has had six albums thus far. His first hit song was “One Day” from his second album, getting major help from a movie like MV starring Song Seung Hun, Song Hye Kyo, both fresh off from “Autumn Tale”, and Ji Jin Hee. At that time, Kim Bum Soo still hadn’t made a public appearance. He started to promote his songs more from his third album on with the title song, “Missing You”.  The song was a hit but did not become a classic until later when it was featured as the theme song for the famous SBS drama, Stairway To Heaven (starring Kwon Sang Woo, Choi Ji Woo, Kim Tae Hee, Park Shin Hye, and Lee Wan). This is a very sad ballad song that has been remade and sung in TV and radio shows by many other artists to showcase their own vocal strengths. (credits to ~S2~)


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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