1. (–) 2PM – Without You *** 3 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Score: 831
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: 2PM single Vol. 3 “Don’t Stop, Can’t Stop” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: 2PM holds on to No. 1 for the third straight week with “Without You” despite a rather low score. Now officially a 6-membered group, 2PM is back with their 3rd single album titled “Don’t Stop, Can’t Stop”. Once again, Park Jin Young produced their latest single that shows the more deeper and mature musical side. The title track, “Without U” is about how a man is hurt by a woman’s lies and betrayal. To express the emotion of hurt in a break up, a piano melody is repeated in the song. You will be able to see how the members have changed into a more mature, modern and chic without forgetting to show their ‘2PM style’ in music.

2. (+1) Hot Potato – 고백 (Confession)
Score: 821
Genre: Rock Ballad
Music: Hot Potato / Lyrics: Kim C
Album: Hot Potato “Seesaw OST” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: The title track of Hot Potato’s 5th full length album, ‘Seesaw.’ This song has a great combination of upbeat shuffle rhythm and string instructions. The lyrics are about feeling happy and nervous before making a confession of love. Completely different from Hot Potato’s usual progressive music, you will find ‘Confession’ quite lovely. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

3. (+4) Gummy – 남자라서 (Because I’m A Man)
Score: 752
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Teddy
Album: Gummy mini-album “Loveless” Track 4 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title song of Gummy’s mini-album “Loveless”. “Because I’m A Man.” is not Gummy’s usual r&b song, it’s a hiphop r&b song that has strong beats. The song show’s womens’ perspectives when men slowly show their selfishness as time passes. The MV of this song stars SS501’s Kim Hyun Joong and Jung Ryu Won. This week it moves up four spots into the top three.

4. (+1) Seo In Kook – 사랑해U (Love U)
Score: 715
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Hwang Se Joon, Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Wheesung
Album: Seo In Kook mini-album “Just Beginning” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Many Superstar K contestents have debuted in the music industry now. Seo In Kook being the winner was the first one debuting last year with the R&B single “Calling You”. Now he officially releases his first mini-album “Just Beginning”. The title track is “Love U” which music lovers were able to see teasers of prior to the album’s release. The music video stars actress Kim Min Jung. “Love U” is different from his debut song “Calling You” as it is a medium tempo dance track that is well suited for the summer season. This week it moves up another spot to No. 4.

5. (+6) Davichi – 시간아 멈춰라 (Time, Stop)
Score: 714
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Kim Do Hoon, Bang Shi Hyuk / Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk
Album: Davichi mini-album “Innocence” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Davichi is back with their latest mini-album “Innocence”. The title track “Time, Stop” is written by Hitman Bang Shi Hyuk, who has written many hit songs recently. Like their last hit song “8282”, “Time, Stop” also starts with a ballad like melody and then make a 180 degree turn on the chrous part to become an up-tempo song. This week it moves up six spots to No. 5.

6. (+4) F(x) – NU 예삐오 (Nu Abo)
Score: 700
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Thomas Troelsen, Cutfather / Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin
Album: F(x) mini-album “Nu Abo” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Pop dance group, f(x) returns this month with their first mini album. Last September, the girls had debuted with their first digital single, “Lachata” and were able to show off their individual charms and skills. This new album has a total of six tracks of top notch where the girls are able to show off a strong performance and color. The title song “Nu Abo” is a fresh dance number that injects “new blood” into K-pop. This week it moves up another four spots to No. 6.

7. (-5) Lee Hyori – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Score: 694
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: Lee Hyori Vol. 4 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Title song of Lee Hyo-ri’s 4th album “H-Logic.” Based on the powerful sound of Southern hip hop, the song signals the brilliant comeback of K-Pop queen Lee Hyo-ri. The powerful accompaniment sounds as if the music is being played live. Lee Hyo-ri participated in writing the lyrics. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

8. (+12) 8Eight – 이별이 온다 (Breakup Is Coming)
Score: 648
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk
Album: 8Eight mini-album Vol. 1 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: It is fitting that 8Eight is at No. 8 this week with “Breakup Is Coming”. 8eight, the top mixed group in Korea, has returned with their first mini album, The Bridge. They have collaborated with Bang Shi Hyuk once again with title track, “Breakup is Coming,” a sad ballad about a couple who has just separated. 2PM member, Nickkhun is to star in the music video for this song.

9. (New) Vibe – 다시 와주라 (Come To Me Again) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 556
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music: Ryu Jae Hyun / Lyrics: Ryu Jae Hyun, Park Kyung Jin
Album: Vibe Vol. 4 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: One of the top R&B groups in Korea is back! Vibe has finally made a comeback after four years with their fourth studio album, titled In Praha. Members Ryu Jae Hyun and Yoon Min Soo are active writing songs for other artists but it’s been a while since the duo had their own release. Fans and non-fans alike will enjoy the group’s emotional vocals that had been missed. The album jacket was taken in Praha, the city of love. The title song “Come To Me Again” is written by Ryu Jae Hyun, and it is our highest debut at No. 9 this week. The MV of this song stars popular actress Lee Ji Ah.

10. (-6) Secret – Magic
Score: 540
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Kim Ki Bum, Kang Ji Won, Shin Sa Dong Tiger / Lyrics: Kim Ki Bum, Kang Ji Won
Album: Secret 1st mini-album “Secret Time” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of Secret’s 1st mini-album “Secret Time.” It is an electronic pop dance number that was written by the hit-makers Kang Ji-won, Kim Ki-beom and Sinsadong Horangi. The extravagant beat and the repetitive chorus make this song very addictive. It represents Secret’s new music style and features enrapturing choreography. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

11. (+19) Super Junior – 미인아 (Bonamana)
Score: 532
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin
Album: Super Junior Vol. 4 Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Moving up 19 big spots to No. 11 this week but perhaps still undervalued on its chart position is Super Junior’s latest hit “Bonamana”, the title song from their 4th album. The boys hope to show off their strong music and performance skills through this album. The concept is SJ Funky” (Super Junior Funky) which can be heard most strikingly in “Bonamana.” With airplay and album sales score picking up next week, this song should move past many competitions in the top 10 or even top 5.

12. (-4) Suh Young Eun (with Jung Yup) – 이 거지같은말 (Those “Good-For-Nothing” Words)
Score: 508
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Kim Se Jin / Lyrics: Suh Young Eun
Album: Suh Young Eun digital single “With” Track 1
Watch: MV Teaser Live Performance
Comment: A surprised hot shot debut this week but not that surprising considered that this song is ranked very high on every internet charts in Korea. One of the great female vocalists in Korea, Suh Young Eun, teams up with Brown Eyed Soul’s Jung Yup to produce a wonderful duet ballad “Those Good-For-Nothing Words”. Suh Young Eun says that this song was made but without a title. Finally, she came up with the title after inspiration from current ongoing hit drama “Cinderella Sister.” This week, Suh Young Eun made rare appearances on gayo shows to promote this song due to its popularity. (credits to ~S2~)

13. (New) Brown Eyed Soul – Love Ballad
Score: 503
Genre: R&B Ballad

Album: Brown Eyed Soul 2nd double single Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: Brown Eyed Soul, who had released a double single, “Will Move Aside”/”Blowin’ My Mind” in March has returned once again with their second double single, “Love Ballad”/”Never Forget” to showcase their clear colors and make a big impact to the public. “Love Ballad” will garner the interests of music listeners who had continuously loved the group’s music. The four members’ vocals harmonize well and Naul’s adlibs are worth hearing. This week “Love Ballad” debuts at No. 13.

14. (New) Wonder Girls – 2 Different Tears
Score: 466
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: Wonder Girls single “2 Different Tears” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Korea’s younger sisters, Wonder Girls, have returned this month with a new album, 2 Different Tears, once again with a retro theme. The group has had much success since their debut with hits including, “Tell Me,” “So Hot,” and “Nobody” and have even debuted in the United States while performing as the opening act for the Jonas Brothers Tour last year. Their new album includes three versions of the title track, “2 Different Tears” as well as the English versions of their past hit songs. The title track is about the sad and happy feelings one has for their lover after breakup. The exciting 80s retro sounds and rhythm will capture listeners’ ears right away. This week it debuts at No. 14. Wonder Girls have just finished their very brief promotion of “2 Different Tears”. Coming June, they will be doing their American concert tour. We wish them all the success.

15. (-9) Rain – 널 붙잡을 노래 (Song That Will Get You)
Score: 417
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Rain, Kim Tae Wan / Lyrics: Rain
Album: Rain special album “Back To The Basic” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Title song of Rain’s 6th album, “Back To The Basic.” A beautiful song with piano accompaniment with music and lyrics written by Rain himself. The sad ballad has touching lyrics about a man who is trying to convince his lover not to leave. Actress Han Ye-seul has perfect chemistry with Rain in the music video. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

16. (+29) December – 별이 될게 (Tears In Heaven) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 364
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Oh Sung Hoon
Album: December digital single “Tears In Heaven” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance

Comment: Fast rising male ballad duo December scores their third straight top 20 hit with “Tears In Heaven”. This listener friendly ballad showcases the duo’s great harmonizing skills and it may be their best song to date. With so many established artists having new songs on the chart, this song is our surprised biggest mover of the week, up 29 spots to No. 16.

17. (-5) Monday Kiz – 흩어져 (Scattered)
Score: 304
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music: Han Sang Won / Lyrics: Han Sang Won, Lee Jin Sung
Album: Monday Kiz digital single “New Sentimental” Track 1
Listen To: Full Song
Comment: Monday Kiz returns after the tragic loss of their member, Kim Min Soo in 2008. The group returns with Lee Jin Sung plus two new members and the song, “Scattered.” From the beginning, the three member’s vocals are reminiscent of the late Kim Min Soo’s. “Scattered” is written by Han Sang Won who also wrote the group’s previous hits like “Footstep” and ‘”Destiny. “Scattered” dropped three spots to No. 17 this week but it may rise again with the release of Monday Kiz’s 4th album.

18. (-9) After School – 뱅 (Bang!)
Score: 283
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Kim Tae Hyun / Lyrics: Kim Hee Sun
Album: After School 3rd single Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Title song of After School’s third digital single album. After School’s powerful vocals, a dynamic drum beat and rhythm come together to create a catchy and passionate pop song. After School’s impressive, upgraded performance creates a new image for the group. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

19. (-3) Kim Yoon Ah – Going Home
Score: 269
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Kim Yoon Ah
Album: Kim Yoon Ah Vol. 3 Track 4 Purchase this album
Watch: MV
Comment: Jaurim’s lead singer Kim Yoon Ah releases her third album 315360, six years after her last solo album. With marriage and the birth of a child, Kim Yoon Ah took this album to express her life as a woman. As an established singer songwriter she has took herself to another level. Through this album you will able to meet a Kim Yoon Ah you’ve never met before. Unlike Jaurim’s rock music, Kim Yoon Ah’s solo work is focusing on jazz style easy listening ballads. The title song “Going Home” has a very beautiful melody accompanied by Kim Yoon Ah’s smooth vocals. The song discovers the importance of family. True music lovers should appreciate this song.

20. (+11) Jung Sul Gi – 결국 제자리 (In The End, In The Same Place)
Score: 262
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Masterkey / Lyrics: Rhymer
Album: Jung Sul Gi digital single “In The End, In The Same Place” Track 1
Watch: MV
Comment: The third ex-Superstar K contestant to hit the top 20, Jung Sul Gi debuted two months ago when she was featured on Cho PD’s song “Act Proudly”. Now she releases her first solo digital single. The talented singer not only have a good voice but she also plays piano, definitely a new artist to look out for.

21 . (+14) Lyn – 자기야, 여보야, 사랑아 ( Daring, Honey, Love ) : 260
22 . (-5) 2AM – 바보처럼 ( Like A Fool: MBC Drama “Personal Taste” OST ) : 231
23 . (-10) Bobby Kim – 남자답게 ( Like a Man ) : 213
24 . (-10) Ye Sung (Super Junior) – 너 아니면 안돼 ( Can’t Be But You: KBS Drama “Cinderella’s Sister” OST ) : 189
25 . (+22) Rumble Fish – 어쩌지 ( What To Do ) : 183
26 . (+1) Lee Seung Chul – 너에게 물들어간다 ( Blending into You ) : 178
27 . (New) CNBlue – Love : 170
28 . (–) Soya N Sun – 웃으며 안녕 ( Say Goodbye While Smiling ) : 156
29 . (-14) SNSD – Run Devil Run : 155
30 . (-9) Choi Hyun Joon – 너 없으면 죽어 ( I’d Die Without You ) : 154
31 . (New) Seo In Young – 잘가요 로맨스 ( Goodbye Romance ) : 149
32 . (-13) Beast – Shock : 148
33 . (New) SG Wannabe & Ok Ju Hyun – 페이지원 ( Page One: SBS Drama “Coffee House” OST ) : 138
34 . (New) 4 minute – Huh : 135
35 . (New) Haha (with Tiger JK) – 술병 ( Alcohol Bottle ) : 129
36 . (New) K Will & Miryo – 버스가 떠난 뒤에 ( After the Bus Left ) : 128
37 . (New) MBLAQ – Y : 116
38 . (New) JeA and Miryo – Love Is… : 109
39 . (+3) Boo Hwal – 사랑이란건 ( Love Is ) : 107
40 . (-8) Epik High – Run : 71
41 . (-17) SG Wannabe Lee Suk Hoon – 그대를 사랑하는 10가지 이유 ( 10 Reasons for Loving You ) : 70
42 . (-16) Supreme Team – Step Up : 66
43 . (New) In Soon Yi – 아버지 ( Father ) : 65
44 . (New) Verandah – Bike Riding : 56
45 . (-4) Lee Jung Hyun – 수상한 남자 ( Shady Man ) : 53
46 . (+2) Baek Ji Young, Mighty Mouth – 사랑이 올까요 ( Will Love Come? ) : 48
47 . (New) Park Hye Kyung – 새 남자친구 ( A New Boyfriend ) : 47
48 . (-26) Jung In – 미워요 ( Hate You ) : 46
49 . (-26) T-Ara – 너 때문에 미쳐 ( Crazy Because of You ) : 43
50 . (New) M to M – 기념사진 ( Memorial Photos ) : 42

Blue: Songs to watch out under top 20
Green: Editor’s recommendations under top 20

Joe Brown (feat. Daybreak) – You Are My Dream
Genre: R&B/Hip-Hop Ballad

Album: Joe Brown Vol. 2 Track 3
Watch: MV
Comment: This is the title track of Joe Brown’s album “Me, Myself & I.” It is a hip-hop love song with a cheerful melody and the lyrics about a bold confession. It represents Joe Brown’s charm as a vocalist rather than a rapper. The minimal beat and the catchy melody line are enchanting. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

Jung Il Young – 기도 (Prayer)
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: KBS Drama “Autumn Tale” OST (2000) Track 7
Watch: MV
Comment: We haven’t introduced too many drama OST songs in this segment so this week I decided to do one. “Prayer” is the theme song from the classic tear jerking KBS Drama “Autumn Tale” starring fairly new actors at the time Song Seung Hun, Song Hye Kyo, Won Bin, Han Chae Young, and Moon Geun Young as a young Song Hye Kyo. All of them went on to superstardom after this mega hit drama. This drama is largely responsible for the first wave of “Hallyu” and many fans (including myself) got interested in Korean entertainment. We can hear this song at or near the end of each episode in the drama. “Prayer” is sung by Jung Il Young and we can probably classify him as a one-hit wonder. He released two albums subsequently but produced no other hit songs. The last we heard of Jung Il Young was in 2007.

Sources of the chart

Air Monitor Chart – 15%
Cable Sources (MNet, KMTV, Cable Airplays) – 15%
Various Internet charts (Dosirak, Bugs, Melon, Naver, Monkey3, Daum, Cyworld, Soribada) – 15%
ChartKorea – 10%
Hottracks Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 10%
SBS Inky Gayo Take 7 + Internet Chart + MP3 Download Chart – 10%
MBC Inky Top 100 Chart – 10%
KBS Music Bank K-Chart – 10%
Gasoo appearance on gayo shows (MBC Music Core, SBS Inky Gayo, KBS Music Bank, MNet M!Countdown, MBC Music Travel LaLaLa, SBS Kim Jung Eun Chocolate, KBS Yoo Hee Yeol Sketchbook, MTV Non-stop, Pops In Seoul) – 5%

thanks to Mardi09 for helping on this week’s internet chart researches.