Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2012 – December Week 2

Big changes are taking place in the top 10 this week. The new No. 1 and 2 songs were not even in the top 10 last week. Juniel becomes the third consecutive female rookie soloist to score her first No. 1 song as “Bad Person” moves up from No. 13 to No. 1 this week. Together with Ailee and Lee Ha Yi, the trio seems to be front runners for this year’s best new artist awards, and they are the only three rookies to score a chart topping hit in 2012. Juniel had a long running hit “Illa Illa” this summer. “Bad Person” is from Juniel’s second mini album titled “1&1”. It is a nice pop rock ballad with additive melody.

Moving up 13 spots to No. 2 is singer-actor Lee Seung Ki’s latest hit “Return.” This song is actually No. 1 in most Korean charts but lack scores in networks as Lee Seung Ki has not performed this song on stage yet. Still, it came very close and was only 8.5 points behind the No. 1 song. It has a great chance to become the new No. 1 next week. Lee Seung Ki is yet another male soloist who has a strong showing on the chart this year. On his latest mini-album “Fores,” Lee Seung Ki has joined hands with indie singer songwriter, Epitone Project. “Return” is Lee Seung Ki’s signature style ballad and listeners will be able to hear the addictive melody and beautiful lyrics on first listen. Anyone can relate to this song which is about reminiscing about one’s happiest days and past.

There are three other new songs in the top 10, two of those are brand new entries to the chart. At No. 6, rookie Lee Ha Yi is coming back for her latest hit “Scarecrow.” This song replaced her former No. 1 song “1,2,3,4”. This JYP written R&B ballad is his latest collaboration with YG Entertainment artists. Lee Ha Yi does a great job bringing out the lyrics with her deep and mature vocals well beyond her young age.

The last two new songs in the top 10 this week belongs to two popular boy band members who has successfully ventured into solo artist for the first time with a different image. Moving up 12 spots to No. 7, Infinite’s leader Kim Sung Gyu has his first solo top 10 hit “60 Seconds.” Unlike the group’s dance hits, Kim Sung Gyu brings a pop rock style for his solo debut to the delight of his fans. This is the title song of Kim Sung Gyu’s first min-album appropriately titled “Another Me” to emphasize his change of style from Infinite. It is composed by the same songwriting team who has written many hits for Kara and Infinite. The song is about falling in love and breaking up with a lover both within sixty seconds time.

Debuting at No. 10 is BEAST’s main vocalist Yang Yoseob’s “Caffeine.” He is also showing a different image as he goes for a ballad style that will showcase more of his vocal. “Caffeine” is the title song of Yoseob’s first mini-album “The First Collage.” BEAST teammate Yong Jun Hyung lends a helping hand on this song where he is involved in the production and also in charge of the rapping part. “Caffeine” holds lyrics about a man who misses his lover who has left him. The guitar melody and the singer’s vocals harmonize well in this song.

1. (+12) Juniel – 나쁜 사람 (Bad Person) ***1st Week @ No. 1***
Score: 844
Genre: Pop Rock

Music: Two Face, Lee Sang Ho / Lyrics: Han Sung Ho
Album: Juniel mini-album Vol. 2 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV

2. (+13) Lee Seung Ki – 되돌리다 (Return)
Score: 836
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: Epitone Project / Lyrics: Epitone Project
Album: Lee Seung Ki mini-album Vol. 5.5
Watch: MV

3. (–) Son Dam Bi – 눈물이 주르륵 (Dripping Tears)
Score: 776
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Brave Brothers / Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album: Son Dam Bi 4th mini-album | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV

4. (-2) Noel – 하지 못한 말 (Things That I Couldn’t Say)
Score: 717
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: / Lyrics:
Album: Noel Vol. 4
Watch: MV

5. (-4) Ailee – 보여줄게 (I Will Show You)
Score: 714
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Hyun Seung / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
Album: Ailee 1st mini-album | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV

6. (new) Lee Ha Yi – 허수아비 (Scarecrow)
Score: 644
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: Park Jin Young / Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: Lee Ha Yi digital single “Scarecrow”
Watch: MV

7. (+12) Kim Sung Gyu (Infinite) – 60초 (60 Second)
Score: 618
Genre: Pop Rock

Music: Han Jae Ho, Kim Seung Soo, Yue / Lyrics: Song Soo Yoon
Album: Kim Sung Gyu mini-album Vol. 1 | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV

8. (-2) B1A4 – 걸어 본다 (Tried To Walk)
Score: 606
Genre: Pop/Dance

Music: / Lyrics:
Album: B1A4 3rd mini-album | Purchase this Album
Watch: MV

9. (-2) Primary – ? (feat. Choija, Zion.T)
Score: 514
Genre: Hip-Hop

Music: Primary, Zion.T / Lyrics: Choija, Zion.T
Album: Primary And The Messengers LP
Watch: MV

10. (new) Yang Yoseob (Beast) – 카페인 (Caffeine (feat. Yong Jun Hyung))
Score: 497
Genre: Pop Ballad

Music: Kim Tae Joo, Yong Jun Hyung / Lyrics: Kim Tae Joo, Yong Jun Hyung
Album: Yang Yosub mini-album Vol. 1
Watch: MV

Rank Artist Song Score
11 Geeks (-2) Officially Missing You, Too (feat. Sistar Soyu) 494
12 K.Will (-8) 이러지마 제발 (Please Don’t…) 487
13 Lee Jung (+11) 사랑해 봤니 (Have You Fallen In Love) 415
14 Kim Jong Kook (-6) 남자가 다 그렇지 뭐 (Men Are All Like That) 410
15 Dal★shabet (-3) 있기 없기 (Have Don’t Have) 409
16 Roy Kim (new) 스쳐간다 (Passing By) 359
17 Urban Zakapa (-1) 똑같은 사랑 똑같은 이별 (All The Same) 358
18 Miss A (-8) 남자 없이 잘 살아 (I Don’t Need A Man) 350
19 Byul (-2) 귀여워 (So Cute (with 10cm Kwon Jung Yeol)) 338
20 Zi-A (-6) 눈물이 툭 (Tears Falling Down (feat. Park Kyung of Block B)) 294
21 Hyuna (-10) Ice Cream (feat. Maboos) 231
22 Ga In (new) 노스텔지아 (Nostalgia) 230
23 Girl’s Day (-3) 나를 잊지마요 (Don’t Forget Me) 200
24 Park Bo Young (-2) 나의 왕자님 (My Prince) 200
25 Boy Friend (-2) 야누스 (Janus) 198
26 DBSK (+22) Humanoids 193
27 2BiC (-2) 24시간후 (24 Hours Later) 184
28 A-JAX (+17) 2MYX 181
29 C Clown (-8) 멀어질까봐 (Far Away Young Love) 174
30 The Seeya (-12) 내 맘은 죽어가요 (Be With You (feat. SPEED)) 169
31 NS Yoon G (-2) If You Love Me (feat. Jay Park) 167
32 DK (December) (new) 깊은 밤 슬픈 노래 (Deep Night Sad Song) 163
33 Spica (-1) Lonely 160
34 Hwa Yobi (+6) 나는 위험해 (I’m Dangerous) 159
35 Psy (-7) 강남스타일 (Gangnam Style) 143
36 Park Jung Min (-5) Beautiful 140
37 Epik High (-7) Don’t Hate Me 132
38 Block. B (-12) 닐리리맘보 (Nillili Mambo) 113
39 Shin Bora (new) 사랑합니다 (I Love You) 109
40 Gavy NJ (new) 이쁘네요 (It’s Pretty) 106
41 Wax (new) 떨어진다 눈물이 (Tears Are Falling) 105
42 Humming Urban Stereo (new) Love Jam with Bebop 101
43 LEDApple (-2) 바람아 불어라 (Let The Wind Blow) 90
44 NaUl (-10) 바람기억 (Memory Of The Wind) 88
45 Kan Jong Wook (-6) 39.5 65
46 Orange Caramel (-13) 립스틱 (Lipstick) 58
47 Seo In Kook, Jung Eun Ji (-12) All For You 57
48 Fiestar (+2) We Don’t Stop 56
49 Natthew (-6) Shes Bad 55
50 Epik High (-14) UP 51


Younha – Audition (Time2Rock)

Genre: Pop Rock

Album: Younha digital single “Time2Rock” (2006)

Watch: Live Performance

Comments: Younha (full name: Go Youn Ha) is a female soloist first debuted in Japan and back in Korea late 2006. Due to her ability to play piano, Younha brings a very unique piano rock genre that is rarely seen in K-Pop songs at the time, and she quickly gained popularity. Her boyish image is also likeable by many fans. In the early years of her career, she has No. 1 songs like “Password 486” and “Telepathy”. She was quieter the last two years. “Audition” was her Korean debut song six years ago. This song quickly became a hit and lays the foundation of her subsequent chart topping hits.

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 – 10%
MBC Gayo Chart – 10%
KBS Music Bank K-Chart – 10% 
MNet M!Countdown Chart – 10%

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