Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2012 – January Week 4

With Korea celebrating Lunar New Year holidays this past week, movement on the music chart have slowed down a bit. Our top two songs remained the same as last week, with T-Ara’s “Lovey Dovey” repeating as No. 1 for the second consecutive week, and Dynamic Duo’s “Without You” holding on to the second spot. Both songs have a slight increase in points. “Lovey Dovey” has another impressive showing with 985 points, just 15 shy of a perfect score. The only source to prevent “Lovey Dovey” from being perfect was in Airplay, where this song was third behind MBLAQ’s “This Is War” and Teen Top’s “Crazy”. The latter rises a spot to No. 3 and becomes Teen Top’s first ever top three hit. “Lovey Dovey” is still way in front of other songs in scores and barring a major collapse, it is expected to three-peat as No. 1 next week.

Only two new songs in the top 10 this week and they are both sung by rising groups. As mentioned, MBLAQ’s “This Is War” topped the Air Monitor chart and overall it moves up nine spots to No. 4 this week.The rising boy band just got the silver award on the male group category in our 2011 Soompi Gayo Award. “This Is War” is coming from MBLAQ’s recently released fourth mini-album. The boys are showing a stronger image and it has a good chance “This Is War” will become their first ever chart topping hit.

The other new song is at No. 9. Mixed group Sunny Hill is back with a maxi single “The Grasshoppers”. The title track is “The Grasshopper Song” which is based off one of Aesop’s Fables, “The Ant and the Grasshopper”. As the story suggests, this exciting dance number is about wanting to live like the carefree grasshopper without minding what other people think. It was composed by hit maker, Lee Min Soo and penned by Kim Ina, who also wrote IU’s “You And I” and Sunny Hill’s own “Midnight Circus” last year. This week “The Grasshopper Song” moves up 14 spots to No. 9.


SOOMPI CHART for 2012, Month 1, Week 4

1. (–) T-Ara – Lovey Dovey ***2nd Week @ No. 1***
Score: 985
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Gyu Sung / Lyrics: Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Gyu Sung
Album: T-Ara mini-album Vol. 5 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


2. (–) Dynamic Duo – 거기서거기 (Without You)
Score: 873
Genre: Hip-Hop

Music: Dynamic Duo / Lyrics: Dynamic Duo
Album: Dynamic Duo Vol. 6 – Digilog 2/2 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


3. (+1) Teen Top – 미치겠어 (Crazy)
Score: 826
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Brave Brothers / Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album: Teen Top Mini Album Vol. 2 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


4. (+9) MBLAQ – 전쟁이야 (This Is War)
Score: 825
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: / Lyrics:
Album: MBLAQ Mini Album Vol. 4 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


5. (-2) IU – 너랑 나 (You And I)
Score: 698
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: Lee Min Soo / Lyrics: Kim Ina
Album: IU Vol. 2 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


6. (-1) Lee Hyun – 너니까 (Because You Are You)
Score: 679
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: Hitman Bang / Lyrics: Hitman Bang
Album: Lee Hyun Vol. 1 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


7. (-1) Trouble Maker – Trouble Maker
Score: 666
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Shinsadong Tiger, Rado / Lyrics: Shinsadong Tiger, Rado
Album: Trouble Maker mini-album | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


8. (+2) 10cm – 애상 (Sorrow)
Score: 641
Genre: Folk

Music: Yoon Il Sang / Lyrics: Lee Seung Ho
Album: Yoon Il Sang 21st (digital single) Part 1
Watch: MV


9. (+14) Sunny Hill – 베짱이 찬가 (The Grasshopper Song)
Score: 620
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Lee Min Soo / Lyrics: Kim Ina
Album: Sunny Hill Maxi Single Album | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


10. (-3) Davichi & T-Ara – 우리 사랑했잖아 (We Were In Love)
Score: 619
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: K Smith
Album: T-Ara mini-album Vol. 5 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV


Rank Artist Song Score
11 Koyote (-2) 했던 말 또 하고 (Repeat The Same Words) 575
12 Wanted (+2) Like You (feat. IU) 472
13 A Pink (-5) My My 469
14 J-Cera (+16) 사랑시 고백구 행복동 (Love City Confession District Happiness Town) 437
15 Rainbow Pixie (+13) 호이 호이 (Hoi Hoi) 428
16 NS Yoon G (+2) 미녀가 된 이유 (The Reason I Became A Witch) 320
17 Fat Cat (-6) 예쁜게 다니 (Is Being Pretty Everything) 317
18 Zi-A (-6) 속상해서 (술 한잔 해요 Part 2) (Depressed (Have A Drink Part 2)) 311
19 Huh Gak & LE (-2) 그 노래를 틀때마다 (Every Time That Song Is Turned On) 309
20 Lyn (new) 시간을 거슬러 (Back In Time)
21 Noel (–) 살기 위해서 (Just To Live) 288
22 Nine Muses (+9) 뉴스 (News) 287
23 Wonder Girls (-8) Be My Baby 258
24 Heora (new) 달빛이 지고 (Under The Moonlight)
25 Hyo Rin (Sistar) (new) 널 사랑하겠어 (I Choose To Love You)
26 Boy Friend (-4) 내가 갈게 (I’ll Be There) 229
27 As One (new) Only U (feat. Super Junior’s Dong Hae) 228
28 Electroboys (-9) Ma Boy 2 (feat. Sistar Hyo Rin) 212
29 Ali (-13) 촌스럽게 굴지 마 (Don’t Act Countrified) 208
30 Hwan Hee (new) 가지마 (Don’t Go) 187
31 Young Joon (Brown Eyed Soul) (-11) 꽃보다 그대가 (You Are Prettier Than The Flowers (feat. Simon D)) 180
32 Jessica & Kim Jin Pyo (new) 어쩜 (What To Do) 175
33 Monday Kiz (-9) 미행 (Follow) 144
34 Bobby Kim (-8) 너만이 (Only You) 131
35 Spica (+5) 독하게 (Potently) 125
36 SNSD (-7) The Boys 109
37 Baby Soul + Yoo Jia (new) 그녀는 바람둥이야 (Feat. 동우 of 인피니트) (She Is A Flirt) 105
38 Kim Jin Yup (new) 이별없는 사랑 (Love Without Separation) 86
39 Park Jae Bum (-12) 별 (Star) 85
40 Kim Yeon Woo (-8) 더 가까이 (Little Bit Closer) 83
41 M Signal (new) 둘이서 (Two Of Us) 78
42 Song Ji Eun (Secret) (new) 추워요 (It’s Cold) 77
43 Super Junior KRY (new) 회상 (Reminiscence) 75
44 Chaos (–) 그녀가 온다 (She Is Coming) 71
45 Esther (new) 너 따위가 (Like You) 66
46 Dong Hae & Eun Hyuk (Super Junior) (-21) 떴다 오빠 (Oppa Oppa) 65
47 Ran (new) 세상의 오직 단 한사람 (The Only One Of The World) 62
48 F.I.X (-12) 말하지마 (Don’t Say) 62
49 Big Mama Soul (new) 이 사랑이 마지막이다 (This Is The Last Love) 55
50 J-Symphony (new) 까짓 사랑을 (Love Greeting) 48




Cool – 애상 (Sorrow)
Genre: Pop/Dance
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Album: Cool Vol. 4 (1998) Track 2
Watch: MV
Comment: Veteran songwriter Yoon Il Sang is celebrating his 20th anniversary of being in the Korean music industry. He is inviting many of the current K-pop singers to remake his famous compositions in his upcoming album. Many singles will be pre-released before the actual album comes out. The first hit song is already in our top 10 for two weeks – 10cm’s “Sorrow”. For the next few “Yesterday Once More” segments, we are going to feature the original versions of these Yoon Il Sang written songs. “Sorrow” was originally sung by mixed trio Cool in 1998. It was the title song of their 4th album. 

Newer generations of K-pop listeners may not be too familiar with Cool but they were very popular for a long time. Cool’s music is always fun and colorful with a summer theme. The trio of Lee Jae Hoon, Kim Sung Soo, and Yuri debuted in 1994 and they released a new album each summer. Because of their fun and cheerful style, Cool was accepted by fans of all ages and they always recorded very high album sales. Their comebacks were always very brief and they did not promote a song for too long. Still, that did not prevent them from topping the music charts on almost all their album title songs. After releasing their 10th album in 2005, Cool broke up and members went solo. They re-united again in 2008 and the following year Cool released their 11th album. Cool’s version of “Sorrow” has their trademark fun summer style, which is totally different from the acoustic folk version you hear from 10cm recently. Compare these two versions by clicking on their respective MV links to see which one you like more.



About the Soompi Music Chart:

Soompi Music Chart is unlike any other music charts or television rankings. It takes into account rankings by various major music charts in Korea and airplays of each song, 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, Soribada, Naver, Daum) – 15%
Billboard Korea – 15%   
SBS (Inky Gayo Take 7 + voting list) – 10%
MBC Inky Top 100 Chart – 10%
KBS Music Bank K-Chart – 10%
MNet Chart – 10%

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