Weekly K-pop Music Chart 2010 – February Week 1

 

1. (–) CNBlue – 외톨이야 (Loner) *** 2 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Score: 988
Genre: Rock


Music: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Sang Ho / Lyrics: Han Sung Ho, Amen
Album: CNBlue 1st mini-album “Bluetory” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: CNBlue strengthens their hold onto No. 1 this week with their debut song “Loner”. After their album sales score kicks in this week, they are just 12 points below perfect score of 1000. Having debuted in Japan as an indie artist, and also having front man Jung Yong Hwa starred in the popular SBS drama “You Are Beautiful” last year, CNBlue is returning home to Korea to release their first mini-album. “Loner” was composed by Kim Do Hoon and Lee Sang Ho. It has addictive beats and a strong melody. One can say that this is a song only CNBLUE can express. Despite plagiarism accusation swirling around this song, it doesn’t affect its popularity.

2. (+1) Hyun Ah (feat. Yong Joon Hyung of Beast) – Change
Score: 778
Genre: Hip-hop / Dance

Album: Hyun Ah digital single “Change” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Being the most well known member of 4minute largely due to her days with Wonder Girls, Hyun Ah is the first 4minute member to release her own solo song “Change”, a trendy number composed by Shin Sa Dong Tiger. It has 80s glam hip-hop sounds. Featured in the song is BEAST member, Yong Jun Hyung. The song has powerful beats and one can see an upgrade of 4Minute’s songs. Hyun Ah is to show her charismatic performance and style through this track. She proves that she is more than a rapper, she can also sing. This week it moves up another spot to No. 2, a really good accomplishment for a digital single.

3. (+15) 2AM – 죽어도 못 보내 (Can’t Send You Even If I Die)
Score: 722
Genre: Pop Ballad


Music + Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk
Album: 2AM mini-album “Can’t Send You Even If I Die” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Despite being overshadowed by their “brother” group 2PM, 2AM is actually having a very solid career so far. They are coming back with their 3rd mini-album “Can’t Send You Even If I Die” produced by hitmaker “Hitman” Bang Shi Hyuk. Through this new album, 2AM will be able to show hybrid genres with trendy sounds and danceable beats, a 200% upgrade from their last. To fit the global trends in music, electronica sounds can also be heard. We are able to see that 2AM are also capable of dance numbers. The title track which is the same as the mini-album title, is still the vintage power ballad we are known of 2PM. This week it moves up 15 spots to the top 3, becoming 2AM’s biggest hit so far. 2AM just won their first Inky Gayo Mutizen Award with this song as well. Congratulations.

4. (+2) See Ya, Davichi, T-Ara – 원더우먼 (Wonder Woman)
Score: 705
Genre: Pop / Dance


Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: K. Smith
Album: See Ya, Davichi, T-Ara digital single “Wonder Woman” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: The success of “Women’s Generation” last year prompted a sequel now. The difference this time is that Eun Jung and Hyo Min represent T-Ara instead of Ji Yeon, and also See Ya’ s new member Soo Mi also participates, making it a total of seven members. Together the girls are to showcase powerful harmony. “Wonder Woman,” like “Women Generation,” is a bokgo dance number with a catchy and slight trot melody. The song is about girls’ friendship and loyalty. This week it is moving up another two spots to No. 4.

5. (–) Ga In & Jo Kwon – 우리 사랑하게 됐어요 (We Fell In Love)
Score: 567
Genre: Pop Ballad


Music: Lee Min Soo, Je-A / Lyrics: Kim Ina, Ga In, Jo Kwon
Album: Ga In & Jo Kwon digital single “We Fell In Love” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: The first top 5 hit coming from the reality TV Show “We Got Married”. The song features Brown Eyed Girl’s Ga In and 2AM’s Jo Kwon. It’s composed by Brown Eyed Girl’s leader Je-A. It is a nice duet song that has an (8 beat) new wave sound that was popular during the 1980s. Composer Lee Min Soo (Love; Abracadabra) and lyricist Kim In Na have contributed in creating the song as well. Ga In and Jo Kwon also contributed to the lyrics by telling honest stories of their make-believe marriage life. Through this couple/duet song, we will be able to listen to their wonderful harmony and outstanding vocal skills. This song already topped many internet charts in Korea, one big reason for its success here.

6. (-4) Younha – 오늘 헤어졌어요 (We Broke Up Today)
Score: 538
Genre: Pop Ballad


Music: Lee Kwan / Lyrics: Hwa Yobi
Album: Younha Vol. 3 Part B Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Title song of singer Younha’s third studio album, Part.B ‘Growing Season.’ The sad sound of the piano comes together with Hwayobi’s heart-breaking lyrics in this wintery ballad. Younha sings of the pains of breaking up in a sincere and honest way with her rich and appealing voice. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

7. (+9) 4men (feat. 美) – 못해 (Can’t Do)
Score: 525
Genre: R&B Ballad


Music: Yoon Min Soo / Lyrics: Min Yeon Jae
Album: 4men Special Album “The 3rd Generation” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: R&B group 4men continues to surprise us this week by scoring their first top 10 hit. They have been flying under the radar for a few years and now with the release of a special album, the title song “Can’t Do” finally introduces this group to mainstream audiences. “Can’t Do” is ranked very high on most internet charts in Korea now. A pure R&B ballad that we haven’t seen for a while. It was written by Vibe’s Yoon Min Soo, no wonder it does remind us of Vibe’s songs.

8. (-4) After School – 너 때문에 (Because Of You)
Score: 523
Genre: Pop / Dance


Music + Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album: After School 2nd single Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Title song of After School’s third digital single album. The music is a Shibuya-Kei style electro pop song with a sentimental twist. The song is a combination of a beautiful piano and violin melody, an addictive chorus and the powerful rap of After School. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

9. (New) T-Ara – 처음처럼 (Like The First Time) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 506
Genre: Pop / Dance


Music + Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk
Album: T-Ara Vol. 1 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: After scoring their first No. 1 hit with “Bo Beep Bo Beep”, T-Ara is back with their follow up song “Like The First Time” from their first full album. This song written by Hitman Bang was originally chosen as the album title song by fans, but record company opted to go with “Bo Beep Bo Beep” instead. Now T-Ara is finally promoting this song to satisfy fans’ request. It is our highest debut this week at No. 9.

10. (+36) Gavy NJ (feat. Sunnyside MJ) – 해바라기 (Sunflower) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 421
Genre: R&B Ballad


Music: Min Myung Ki / Lyrics: Jang Hee Young
Album: Gavy NJ Vol. 4 Side B Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Gavy NJ returns with Side B of their fourth album, Sunflower this year. It was produced by Min Myung Ki and the members all took part in penning the lyrics to the songs. There are a total of six new songs and two instrumentals, the title track being “Sunflower” which features Sunny Side MJ. The song was composed by Min Myung Ki and penned by Gavy NJ lead vocalist, Jang Hee Young, is about looking at the person one breaks up with and is not saddened about it; instead he or she is waiting confidently. This week “Sunflower” is our biggest mover, up 36 big spots to the top 10.

11. (+4) ZE:A – Mazeltov
Score: 394
Genre: Pop / Dance


Music + Lyrics: Han Sang Won
Album: ZE:A 1st single “Nativity” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Last year it was many debutant girl groups grabbing the headlines. In 2010, the trend looks to have shifted to boy bands. We already saw CNBlue with their first No. 1 song, another new 9-member boy group ZE:A rises to No. 11 this week with their first song “Mazeltov”. The members are Moon Jun Young, Lim Si Wan, Hwang Kwang Hee, Kevin, Kim Tae Hyun, Jung Hee Chul, Ha Minwoo, Park Hyung Shik, and Kim Dong Joon and they each show their respective charms. The members have gone through various auditions and have also took part in the 50th episode of Winka Concert and various commercials already, gaining fans already from the start. Leader, Moon Jun Young in particular has gained much interest through the internet due to his good looks. Others have taken part in music videos as have modeled for various advertisements. The title track “Mazeltov” is defined as “good fortune” in Hebrew. The song will catch listeners ears with the repetitive line, “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday” as well as its melody.

12. (+5) Yim Jae Bum – 낙인 (Stigma: KBS Drama “Chuno” OST)
Score: 391
Genre: Pop Ballad


Music: Choi Chul Ho, Kim Jong Chan / Lyrics: Kim Jong Chan
Album: KBS Drama “Chuno’ OST Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: We are seeing a continuous revival of drama OST songs on the chart. The latest one on the top 20 is from the highly rated KBS historical drama “Chuno” starring Jang Hyuk, Oh Ji Ho, and Lee Da Hae. The OST comes with the huskiest male voice in Korea in the name of Yim Jae Bum whose theme song “Stigma” is his first top 20 hit in many many years. This week it moves up 5 spots to No. 12.

13. (New) SNSD – Oh!
Score: 374
Genre: Pop / Dance


Music: Kenzie / Lyrics: Kim Jung Bae, Kim Young Hoo
Album: SNSD Vol. 2 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: After a very successful 2009 seeing them become one of K-pop’s premier girl groups, SNSD is back with their 2nd full length album “Oh!”. The title track which is the same as the album title is composed by Kenzie. It is of the electronic pop genre and is about confessing to a crush in a cute and honest way. This song immediately becomes a mega hit as soon as it is released. It debuts at No. 13 this week on our chart and is expected to rise to the top very soon.

14. (–) Beast – Mystery
Score: 362
Genre: Pop / Dance


Music + Lyrics: Lee Sang Ho, Kang Ji Won
Album: Beast mini-album “Beast Is The B2st” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: Live Performance
Comment: Beast’s “Mystery” remains at No. 14 this week. However, “Mystery” have surpassed their debut hit “Bad Girl” which went to No. 10. This is the follow up song from their debut mini-album “Beast Is The B2st”. “Mystery” is a trendy pop/dance song, is the biggest hit of Beast’s young career so far.

15. (-5) Jewelry – Love Story
Score: 344
Genre: Pop Ballad


Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Album: Jewelry Vol. 6 Repackaged Version Track 2
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Jewelry’s repackaged album “End And.” It is a ballad with delicate lyrics and melody. It depicts love as an exciting, yearning, painful and warm feeling. The unique voices of Park Jung-ah and Seo In-young add charm to the song. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

16. (-5) Kim Jin Pyo (feat. SG Wannabe Kim Jin Ho) – 로맨틱 겨울 (Romantic Winter)
Score: 340
Genre: Hip-hop

Album: Kim Jin Pyo mini-album “Romantic Winter” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: This is the title track of Kim Jin-pyo’s mini-album “Romantic Winter.” The accompaniment of a 25-member orchestra and the sweet voice of Kim Jin-ho of SG Wannabe depict winter in the most charming way. Kim Jin-pyo’s gentle rapping is especially impressive. Psy and Yoo Keon, who wrote the song, willingly presented it to Kim Jin-pyo at his request. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

17. (-4) 2PM (feat. Yoon Eun Hye) – Tik Tok
Score: 307
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: 2PM digital single “Tik Tok” Track 1
Watch: MV
Comment: 2PM’s new song “Tik Tok” is at No. 17 this week. “Tik Tok.” It was composed by Tommy Park and penned by Kim Eun Soo. The single starts with the ticking of a clock, furthering bringing in the mood for the song. The song is about a secret love story that others should not know. It’s also about wanting to reveal the relationship to the public. Actress and former Baby Vox Yoon Eun Hye is featured in this song as well. This song is for Cass beer commercial, with 2PM members Nickhun and Taecyeon and also Yoon Eun Hye.

18. (-9) Zi-A – 그녀처럼 (Like Her)
Score: 301
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Zi-A mini-album Atelier Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: Zi-A’s latest hit, the title track “Like Her” from her recently released mini-album “Atelier”, drops nine spots to No. 18 this week. Her previous hit “Let’s Have A Drink” also hit this spot two weeks ago. “Like Her” is composed by Lee Joo Ho who also wrote “Let’s Have a Drink” and penned by Ecobridge (Lee Jong Myung), making this song more anticipating. One can hear Zi-A go three octaves in this song. A 14 member orchestra also took part in the song, bringing out more sadness and feelings to the melody.

19. (+7) Rumble Fish – 남잔 다 그래 (Men Are All Like That)
Score: 273
Genre: Rock Ballad

Album: Rumble Fish digital single “Men Are All Like That” Track 1
Watch: MV
Comment: Modern Rock group Rumble Fish has shifted their focus to mostly rock ballads the last two years, and this trend continues with their latest hit “Men Are All Like That”, an emotional love song which lead singer Choi Jini sings to perfection. It talks about the typical love one experiences and gets hurt again. This week it becomes their latest top 20 hit, moving up seven spots to No. 19. (credits to ~S2~)

20. (-8) Lee Seung Ki (feat. Davichi Kang Min Kyung) – 처음처럼 그때처럼 (Like The First Time, Like that One Time)
Score: 373
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: Lee Seung Ki digital single “Like The First Time, Like that One Time” Track 1
Watch: MV
Comment: As a Christmas present to fans, Lee Seung Ki has released one of the his singles earlier on his soon to be released repackaged 4th album. “Like The First Time, Like that One Time” was composed by Kim Do Hun, one of Korea’s top composers. The song is about a man who learns about the preciousness of his past lover. It is a bright medium tempo track which features Davichi member, Kang Min Kyung. This week it dropped eight spots to No. 20.

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