Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2012 – July Week 1

No change in the top two spots as we start the second half of 2012. f(x) continues to occupy the top spot for the second straight week with “Electric Shock.” This song has swept all music show rankings and various music charts in Korea, and has opened up a bigger gap after its narrow one point win over Wonder Girls’ “Like This” last week. Despite both songs dropping in points this week, f(x) is wins by a score of 949 to 914. Both songs are still well ahead of the competitions, so they may still be 1-2 next week.

There are four new songs in the top 10 this week. Ever changing girl group (in terms of membership) After School jumps a big 19-spot all the way to No. 3 with their maxi single “Flashback” to make it an all female top three this week. Many fans were sad to see long time leader Kahi graduate from the group, but their popularity remains strong. “Flashback” adds to After School’s collection of top three hits on our chart. They previously had “Shampoo”, “Because Of You”, and “Bang” in addition to their sub-unit Orange Caramel also generating many hit songs.

Up 12 spots to No. 7 is Busker Busker’s new song “If You Really Love Me.” The Superstar K3 runner-up had just wrapped up a very successful debut on their first album. Their previous hit “Cherry Blossom Ending” reached No. 1 and was named the No. 5 song on our half year top 10 countdown. Just like “Cherry Blossom Ending”, “If You Really Love Me” is a relaxing mid-tempo indie rock song.

Our highest debut this week is at No. 8 and it is a surprisingly high entry. Well respected rapper Verbal Jint recently released his new album “10 Years Of Misreading Part 1” to sum up his decade in the music industry. A preview single “Good Morning” was on our chart for the past three weeks. The real title song “You Deserve Better (feat. Phantom’s Sanchez)” debuts at No. 8 this week. It is Verbal Jint’s first top 10 hit on our chart. This song has received very good reviews from Korean listeners, and it is one of the best songs I’ve heard so far this year. Sanchez’s perfect R&B voice plus Verbal Jint’s smooth rap makes it very refreshing to listen to. With all the idol singers occupying most of the top spots on the chart, it is good to see that songs like this one and Busker Busker one spot above was not ignored by listeners.

The last new song in the top 10 is at No. 9. 8Eight’s Lee Hyun is back in the top 10 with “My Heart Ache,” coming from the OST of popular SBS Drama “A Gentleman’s Dignity,” which stars Jang Dong Gun and Kim Haneul. This is the first time in one and a half years that a drama OST song made it into our top 10. The last drama OST song to hit our top 10 was Baek Ji Young’s “That Woman” from “Secret Garden” last January. Both dramas are coming from the same screenwriter and producer. Besides “My Heart Ache,” this drama has another two songs on our chart this week: Yangpa’s “Love…What To Do” at No. 22, and Kim Tae Woo’s “High High” at No. 26.

1. (–) f(x) – Electric Shock ***2nd Week @ No. 1***
Score: 949
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Joachim Vermeulen Windsant, Maarten Ten Hove, Willem Laseroms / Lyrics: Seo Ji Eum
Album: F(x) Mini Album Vol. 2 | Purchase this Album
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2. (–) Wonder Girls – Like This
Score: 914
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Park Jin Young / Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: Wonder Girls Mini Album – Wonder Party | Purchase this Album
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3. (+19) After School – Flashback
Score: 710
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Saint Binary / Lyrics: Saint Binary
Album: After School Maxi Single Album – Flashback | Purchase this Album
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4. (-1) Big Bang – Monster
Score: 636
Genre: R&B

Music: G Dragon, Choi Pil Kang / Lyrics: G Dragon, T.O.P
Album: Big Bang Special Edition – Still Alive | Purchase this Album
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5. (-1) Hyungdon & Daejun – 안좋을때 들으면 더 안좋은 노래 (The Gloomy Song)
Score: 615
Genre: Hip-Hop

Music: / Lyrics:
Album: Gangster Rap Vol. 1 | Purchase this Album
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6. (–) Teen Top – To You
Score: 560
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Brave Brothers / Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album: Teen Top Mini Album Vol. 3 | Purchase this Album
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7. (+12) Busker Busker – 정말로 사랑한다면 (If You Really Love Me)
Score: 542
Genre: Rock

Music: Jang Bum Joon / Lyrics: Jang Bum Joon
Album: Busker Busker Vol. 1 – Completion | Purchase this Album
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8. (new) Verbal Jint – 충분히 예뻐 (You Deserve Better (feat. Phantom’s Sanchez))
Score: 504
Genre: Hip-Hop

Music: Verbal Jint, Kiggen / Lyrics: Verbal Jint
Album: Ten Years Of Misreading 1 | Purchase this Album
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9. (+3) Lee Hyun – 가슴이 시린 게 (My Heart Ache)
Score: 484
Genre: OST

Music: Han Seung Hoon / Lyrics: Han Sung Ho
Album: SBS Drama “A Gentleman’s Dignity” OST Part 1 | Purchase this Album
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10. (–) Dal★shabet – Mr. Bang Bang
Score: 471
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: E Tribe, Ahn Myung Won, E.D / Lyrics: E Tribe, Min Yeon Jae, Ahn Myung Won, E.D
Album: Dal★shabet Vol. 1 | Purchase this Album
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Rank Artist Song Score
11 G.na (-6) 2HOT 454
12 Infinite (-5) 추격자 (The Chaser) 452
13 B1A4 (-4) 잘자요 굿나잇 (Sleep Well Good Night) 446
14 Juniel (+10) Illa Illa 417
15 Huh Gak (new) 한사람 (One Person) 397
16 Sistar (new) Loving U 358
17 Noel (+6) 사랑이란면 (If It’s Love) 347
18 Baek Ji Young (-10) Good Boy (feat. Yong Jun Hyung of Beast) 338
19 Boy Friend (+6) Love Style 324
20 Shin Bora (-6) 그리워 운다 (Crying Of Longing) 323
21 Jo Kwon (new) Im Da One 320
22 Yangpa (new) 사랑…어떡하나요 (Love…What To Do) 318
23 2BiC (+25) Love Again (feat. Ailee) 293
24 Ulala Session (-8) 굿바이데이 (Goodbye Day) 282
25 TaeTiSeo (-14) Twinkle 258
26 Kim Tae Woo (+1) High High 257
27 IU (-14) 하루 끝 (Every End Of The Day) 254
28 Park Jung Hyun (–) 미안해 (I’m Sorry) 231
29 4men (new) 안되겠더라 (No Way) 224
30 Younha (-13) 우린 달라졌을까 (with John Park) (Would We Have Changed) 191
31 Baek Chung Kang (new) All Night 176
32 Kim Jin Pyo (new) 아저씨 (A Man (feat. J Rabbit)) 167
33 A-JAX (-1) One 4 U 165
34 A Pink (-13) Hush 160
35 JJ Project (+12) Bounce 157
36 Davichi (-6) 너라서 (Because It’s You) 150
37 My Name (-2) Hello & Goodbye 150
38 Cross Gene (-1) La Di Da Di 146
39 M.I.B (+5) 나만 힘들게 (It’s Only Hard For Me) 140
40 Beast (-20) 미운사람 (Hateful Person) 113
41 U-Kiss (-15) Believe 107
42 Mighty Mouth (-8) 나쁜놈 (Bad Guy (feat. Soya)) 97
43 Brave Guys (-10) I 돈 Care (I Dun (Money) Care (feat. Seo Soo Min)) 96
44 Electroboys (new) 데려다 줄게 (I’ll Take You Home) 91
45 Lee Ssang (-2) 너에게 배운다 (My Love) 90
46 Kim So Jung (-1) 땀인지 눈물인지 (Sweat Or Tears) 85
47 Gangkiz (new) MAMA 81
48 K.Will (-12) 지금처럼 (We Never Go Alone) 75
49 Lee Suk Hoon (-20) 연애의 시작 (Beginning Of Love) 72
50 Primary (-1) 입장정리 (Entry Clearance (feat. Choiza, Simon D)) 71


Mr. Boomba – Love Cafe (with Litta)

Genre: Hip-hop

Album: Mr. Boomba digital single “Love Cafe”

Comment: Mr. Boomba finally makes a comeback after two years with their first single, “Love Cafe.” The song is a hip-hop number about reminiscing about past love and welcoming the inevitable breakup. The lyrics are expressed through rap by Mr. Boomba’s very own rapper, Tox and Cosmopolitan’s female rapper Litta. This song is the first single pre-released in midst of their second album release. (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 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+ Show Champion Chart M – 10%
KBS Music Bank K-Chart – 10% 
MNet M!Countdown Chart – 10%

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