Kara’s “Step” remains No. 1 for the second straight week, edging out Davichi’s “Don’t Say Goodbye” again with both songs still over 900 points. As we mentioned last week, Kara has been one of the most successful charting artists in our ranking over the last two years. They show no sign of giving up this title as they continue to rack up No. 1 songs.

If not because of the strength of “Step”, Davichi’s “Don’t Say Goodbye” would have stayed in No. 1 for a bit longer. It’s not often that two songs score more than 900 points in consecutive weeks.

Sung Shi Kyung’s “I Like” temporary breaks the female dominance on the chart, rising five spots and occupying No. 3 this week. With the top two songs starting to reduce in points and “I Like” is moving up, Sung Shi Kyung is eyeing the top spot for next week. Male soloist has been very weak on the chart this year with only K.Will spending one single week on top of the chart earlier this year. Sung Shi Kyung looks to change that.

After a relatively quiet September, the top 10 this week features four new songs. Leading off at No. 6 is Superstar K Season 2 winner Huh Gak’s “Hello”, coming from his first mini-album “First Story”. “Hello” is a ballad number with beautiful string and piano arrangements. Huh’s emotional and strong vocals skills are expected to awe listeners. This song has been surprisingly doing well on many rankings with a win on the latest KBS Music Bank. It will likely move up to the top three next week.

At No. 8, it is the long awaited comeback by Brown Eyed Girls. The latest hit “Hot Shot” moves up 11 spots this week. Last year, BEG members are busy with their solo activities including Narsha and Ga In’s mini-albums. Now the group is finally back together better than ever. “Hot Shot” is the lead single and released first as a digital single prior to the release of their 4th album “Sixth Sense”. It is a funky number written by Lee Min Soo and Kim Ina. BEG has received rave reviews on their comeback and is only a matter of time before they land another chart topping hit. Whether it is “Hot Shot” or “Sixth Sense” remains to be seen, as “Sixth Sense” is the real album title song and may replace “Hot Shot” next week.

Another singer who releases her new album next week is Zi-A. She appears at No. 9 this week with her second preview single “Wish It Was You”, a duet with K.Will. This song is composed by Minuki. The duet number featuring K.Will is about a broken up couple and the hardships and pain the woman feels through this ordeal.

A surprise new entry at No. 10 is duo UV’s latest hit “Who Am I”. UV had a hit earlier this year with “Itaewon Freedom” featuring the famous JYP. This time another two well known musicians, Yoo Hee Yeol and Jung Jae Hyung, lend a hand to this song. It is a very refreshing 60s/70s style Beatles like ballad, a strong deviation from the pop songs we are hearing today.

SOOMPI CHART for 2011, Month 10, Week 1

1. (–) Kara – Step ***2nd Week @ No. 1***
Score: 926
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Kim Seung Soo, Han Jae Ho / Lyrics: Song Soo Yoon
Album: Kara Vol. 3 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV
2. (–) Davichi – 안녕이라고 말하지 마 (Don’t Say Goodbye)
Score: 903
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: Jun Hae Sung / Lyrics: Jun Hae Sung
Album: Davichi Mini Album – Love Delight | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV
3. (+5) Sung Shi Kyung – 난 좋아 (I Like)
Score: 825
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: Hwang Se Joon, Sung Shi Kyung / Lyrics: Lee Mina
Album: Sung Shi Kyung Vol. 7 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV
4. (-1) Sistar – So Cool
Score: 746
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Brave Brothers / Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album: Sistar Vol. 1 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV
5. (-1) G.na – Top Girl
Score: 676
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Sang Ho / Lyrics: Wheesung
Album: G.na mini-album Vol. 2 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV
6. (+9) Huh Gak – Hello
Score: 557
Genre: R&B Ballad

Music: Choi Gyu Sung, Rado / Lyrics: Choi Gyu Sung, Rado
Album: Huh Gak mini-album Vol. 1 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV
7. (-2) U-Kiss – Neverland
Score: 464
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Ryan Jhun / Lyrics: Misfit
Album: U-Kiss Vol. 2 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV
8. (+11) Brown Eyed Girls – Hot Shot
Score: 444
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Lee Min Soo / Lyrics: Kim Ina
Album: Brown Eyed Girls Vol. 4 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV
9. (+5) Zi-A – 그대이길 바래요 (Wish It Was You (feat. K.Will))
Score: 426
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: Minuki / Lyrics: Minuki
Album: Zi-A digital single “Wish It Was You”
Watch: MV
10. (new) UV – Who Am I (feat. Yoo Hee Yeol, Jung Jae Hyung)
Score: 422
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: / Lyrics:
Album: UV digital single “Who Am I”
Watch: MV
Rank Artist Song Score
11 Infinite (-5) 내꺼 하자 (Be Mine) 417
12 SG Wannabe (+8) 사랑법 (Way To Love) 400
13 Super Junior (new) A-Cha 330
14 Lee Ssang (new) TV를 껐네 (Turn Off The TV) 327
15 Verbal Jint (-2) 좋아보여 (You Look Happy (feat. Black Skirts)) 326
16 2NE1 (-5) Ugly 312
17 JYJ (–) In Heaven 307
18 CS Numbers (-8) 가슴으로 운다 (Cry With the Heart) 294
19 T-Ara (-1) 롤리 폴리 (Roly Poly) 280
20 Miss A (-4) Goodbye Baby 264
21 Dal★shabet (-12) 블링 블링 (Bling Bling) 262
22 Kim Bo Kyung (new) 아파 (Hurts) 261
23 Nine Muses (+1) 휘가로 (Figaro) 224
24 Koyote (-2) Good Good Time 214
25 Haha (+4) Rosa 208
26 Ok Ju Hyun, SG Wannabe, T-Ara (new) 페이지원 (Page One) 207
27 Seo In Kook (-2) Shake It Up 200
28 Simon D (new) Stay Cool 199
29 Yim Jae Bum (new) 날이 갈수록 (As Day Goes By) 185
30 B1A4 (+5) Beautiful Target 182
31 Maybee (new) Goodbye Valentine 147
32 Lyn & Na Yoon Kwon (new) CHU! POP! CHU! 140
33 Monday Kiz (-10) 너를 처음 만난 그때 (The Time When I First Met You) 124
34 Chocolat (-8) 신드롬 (Syndrome) 121
35 Kim Jae Joong (-1) 지켜줄께 (Will Protect You) 115
36 Jung Yup (new) 이별의 여름 (Summer Of Breakup) 108
37 4men (+2) Love Tonight 81
38 Jewelry S (new) 됐지 뭐 (Forget It) 80
39 Girl’s Day (-18) 너, 한눈 팔지마! (Don’t Let Your Eyes Wander!) 79
40 Secret (-3) 별빛 달빛 (Starlight Moonlight) 77
41 Crispy Crunch (+2) Thumbs Up 75
42 Jaurim (+2) Idol 70
43 Brave Girls (-7) 툭하면 (Easily) 70
44 45RPM (+3) This Is Love 68
45 Kim Tae Woo (-3) 사랑에 빠지다 (Falling In Love) 68
46 Humming Urban Stereo (new) D.D.D (feat. Instant Romantic Floor) 67
47 SpinEL X (new) Action 67
48 Park Wan Gyu (-16) 하루애 (One Day Of Love) 66
49 Sung Hoon (Brown Eyed Soul) (new) Marry Me 65
50 Teen Top (-23) 향수 뿌리지마 (Don’t Spray Perfume) 59


In this segment we go back in time to re-visit charts of the same week in past years. The Soompi music chart began in January 2005. At first we had only 20 songs and was later expanded to 50 songs.

Kim Tae Woo was a member of G.O.D, one of the most successful k-pop boy groups ever. Known as the best vocalist in the group with his rich voice, Kim made his solo debut in 2006 with “The Word I Wish To Say”. Kim’s contemporary music style often attracts to more mature listeners. In 2009, right before he was enlisted in the military, Kim released a mini-album T-Virus. The title song “Love Rain” became a big hit that captured listeners of all ages. It spent four weeks on top of our chart starting in October week 1 of 2009. At our year end soompi gayo award in 2009, “Love Rain” was a run away winner of the song with the highest chart scores in all of 2009 and was crowned “Song Of The Year”.

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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 (Olleh, 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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