1. (+5) FT Island –  사랑 사랑 사랑 (Love Love Love)  *** 2 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Score: 916
Genre: Pop Rock
External from soompi image  Music: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Seung Ho / Lyrics: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Seung Ho, Mario
Album: FT Island mini-album “Beautiful Journey” Track 1 Purchase this album    
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: FT Island remains No. 1 for the second week in a row with “Love Love Love”.  This is the title song from their second mini album “Beautiful Journey.” The band had been quite busy the past months with their Japanese activities. The new album includes five new tracks, with “Love Love Love” being the title track. The album follows the concept of going on vacation as shown through the album jacket and 24-page photo booklet.  “Love Love Love” is a mid-tempo pop rock song that fans will fall in love with immediately.  The song already tops many charts and scored wins on music shows.  It is not surprising that “Love Love Love” captures the top spot on our chart again.



2. (–) Wheesung –  결혼까지 생각했어  (Even Thought Of Marriage) 
Score: 820
Genre: R&B/Dance
External from soompi image  Music: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Wheesung
Album: Wheesung mini-album “Realslow Is Back” Track 1 Purchase this album    
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Multi-talented artist Wheesung, who’s capable of working with all sorts of genres – ballad, R&B, dance, rock, and so forth, returns after ten months with a new single album, “Real Slow is Back.” It includes title track “Even Thought of Marriage” and newly arranged versions of “Rose” and “Love, That Bad Disease” – songs that were included in his sixth album. “Even Thought of Marriage” is a powerful R&B dance number composed by renowned composed Kim Do Hoon and penned by Wheesung himself. It has strong sounds backed up with the artist’s solid vocals. The song is about a man who feels sad and pathetic when a lover he even decide to marry, leaves him.  This week it remains at No. 2.



3. (New) 2NE1 –  박수쳐  (Clap Your Hands)  *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Score: 755
Genre: R&B/Hip-hop
External from soompi image  Music+Lyrics: e.knock
Album: 2NE1 Vol. 1 Track 3 Purchase this album    
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Last year’s top rookie 2NE1 is finally back with their first full studio album “To Anyone”. The girls did well last year with their powerful charisma on stage and their showy fashion sense. 2NE1 will have three title tracks – “Can’t Nobody,” “Go Away,” and “Clap Your Hands” – that will be performed simultaneously for promotions, probably a first in Korean music that an album have three different title songs. Top producers, Teddy, e.knock, choice37, and PK among others have participated in the album to bring out strong hip-hop beats, R&B, as well as reggae.  “Clap Your Hands” is the song that enters our chart and it makes an impressive debut at No. 3.  Look for this song to become No. 1 very soon. 



4. (-1) Secret – Madonna   
Score: 704
Genre: Pop/Dance
External from soompi imageMusic+Lyrics: Kang Ji Won, Kim Ki Bum
Album: Secret mini-album Vol. 2 Track 1 Purchase this album   
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: After scoring their first No. 1 song “Madonna” two weeks ago, Secret drops to No. 4 this week.  This song is from Secret’s second mini album titled “Madonna.”  The title track of the same album was composed by hit maker Kang Ji Won and Kim Ki Bum. The song is about living strongly and with much confidence in the current time period like Madonna did. Unlike the popular electronic pop dance songs popular in the Korean music scene at the moment, this song is livened with the feeling of a performance. Korea’s top brass band TST took part in the song to complete it.



5. (+1) Sistar –  가식걸  (Shady Girl)
Score: 696
Genre: Pop/Dance
External from soompi imageMusic+Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album: Sistar mini-album “Shady” Girl Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Rookie group, Sistar, makes its comeback with its second single album. The title track is “Shady Girl,” a dance number with strong hip-hop beats and lyrics. It was composed by the Brave Brothers and produced by world renowned producer Eliot Kennedy, upgrading the song a notch. The song holds lyrics about how a girl may seem a bit “shady” in front of a lover, but it’s because they want to look nice for him. This week it moves up ten more spots to No. 6.  Despite not getting as much attention as other rookie artists, Sistar has been doing very well on the chart and both of their songs made the top 5.



6. (-1) Rainbow – A
Score: 675
Genre: Pop/Dance
External from soompi imageMusic: Kim Seung Soo, Han Jae Ho / Lyrics: Song Soo Yoon
Album: Rainbow digital single A Track 1 
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Title song of Rainbow’s digital single album.  The powerful modern dance pop song is a combination of hip hop and rock. The lyrics are about rejecting superficial love. The Rainbow members show off their upgraded vocals and talented rap skills. (credits to Ariarng TV – Pops In Seoul)



7. (–) Homme – 밥만 잘 먹더라 (Eat Well)
Score: 639
Genre: Pop Ballad 
External from soompi imageMusic + Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk
Album: Homme digital single “Homme By Hitman Bang” Track 1 
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:  Title song of Chang-min & Lee Hyun’s digital single album ‘Homme By “Hitman” Bang.’ A hybrid summer rock song with a refreshing guitar sound and drum accompaniment that will make you want to forget everything and leave. 2AM’s Chang-min and 8eight’s Lee Hyun create powerful harmony. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



8. (-4) DJ DOC – 나 이런 사람이야 (I’m This Kind Of Person)  
Score: 614
Genre: Pop/Hip-hop/Dance
External from soompi image  Music: Yoon Gun Hyung / Lyrics: Psy, Lee Ha Neul
Album: DJ DOC Vol. 7 Track 2 Purchase this album    
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: This is the title track of DJ D.O.C’s 7th studio album, ‘Satire.’ It is a fun and upbeat song with Psy and Lee Ha-neul’s straightforward and rebellious yet funny lyrics with electronic beats. The chorus, where they shout ‘that’s just me’ like the rebellious group they are famous as, is highly addictive. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)



9. (+1) Narsha – 맘마미아 (Mamma Mia)
Score: 480
Genre: Pop/Dance
External from soompi imageMusic: Lee Min Soo / Lyrics: Kim Ina
Album: Narsha digital single “Mamma Mia” Track 1 
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Narsha, who spent the past month promoting her solo activities with “Bbi Ri Bba Bba”,  has returned with a digital repackaged version of her mini album. Her follow-up track, “Mama Mia” is a dance number produced by Cho Young Chul, composed by Lee Min Soo, and penned by Kim Ina. They were also responsible for the Brown Eyed Girls’ songs“Abracadabra,” “LOVE,” and “My Style,” making this new single a hot issue. The song uses strong drum beats and lively synthesizer sounds which seem to flow well with Narsha’s vocals. Junior group, Sunny Hill is also makes a feature in this number. This week “Mamma Mia” moves up another spot to No. 9.



10. (-1) ERU –  하얀 눈물 (White Tears) 
Score: 464
Genre: Pop Ballad
External from soompi image  Music: Yoon Myung Sun / Lyrics: ERU, Yoon Myung Sun
Album: ERU Vol. 4 Track 2 Purchase this album    
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Eru, who is loved by the Korean public for his captivating and distinct voice, has returned with a new album after serving two years in the military. During those two years, he worked on the concept of his album and has expressed his strong attachment and confidence for his album to the public even after being discharged from the military. The title song of this album is “White Tears”, which is a sequel to his previous hit song “Black Glasses”. It is yet another breakup story about someone shedding white tears after taking off the black glasses. It is a traditional ballad song that only Eru can sing. This song was again composed by Yoon Myung Sun, who wrote “Black Glasses”.  This week it drops one spot to No. 10.



11. (-3) Tae Yang – I’ll Be There  
Score: 457
Genre: R&B / Dance
External from soompi image  Music +Lyrics: Teddy
Album: Tae Yang Vol. 1 International Edition Track 3 Purchase this album    
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:  Title song from the newly released International Edition of Big Bang member Tae Yang’s first full studio album.  Tae Yang’s previous hit “I Need A Girl” reached No. 2 on our chart.  This song is written and produced by YG’s main producer Teddy.  It combines R&B, dance, and electronica elements.  This week it drops three spots to No. 11.



12. (-1) 4Men – U  
Score: 454
Genre: R&B Ballad
External from soompi imageMusic +Lyrics: E-Tribe
Album: 4Men + E-Tribe mini-album “You” Track 1 Purchase this album    
Watch: MV Teaser Live Performance
Comment: R&B group 4Men has teamed up with E-Tribe – the formidable composer-producer duo behind hits like Girls’ Generation’s “Gee”, Lee Hyo Ri’s “U-Go-Girl”, and Super Junior’s “It’s You” – for the special mini-album You. This project album came about because of E-Tribe’s admiration for 4Men lead vocal Shin Young Jae’s voice.  4Men had a breakthrough hit earlier this year with “Can’t Do”.  “U” is another pure R&B song that we don’t see often in K-Pop these days.  “U” drops one spot to No. 12 this week.



13. (+25) Gavy NJ –   그만하자 (Let’s End It) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 429
Genre: Pop Ballad 
External from soompi imageMusic:   Min Myung Ki / Lyrics: Min Myung Ki, Do Hee Sun
Album: Gavy NJ digital single “Let’s End It” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:  Gavy NJ, who debuted in 2005, releases a digital single titled, “Let’s End It,” composed and penned by Min Myung Ki who wrote all of the group’s top hits. The song initially starts off with sad violin arrangements followed by guitar and piano playing. The electronic sounds soon come forth along with the girls’ unique vocals. The song holds sad lyrics about reminiscing one’s past love life, only to realize that all that’s left is breakup.



14. (New) Supreme Team & Young Joon –  (Why) 
Score: 425
Genre: R&B/Hip-hop
External from soompi image  
Album: Supreme Team & Young Joon (Brown Eyed Soul) mini-album “Ames Room” Purchase this album 
Listen To: Full Song
Comment: Fast rising hip-hop group Supreme Team collaborates with Brown Eyed Soul’s Young Joon to release a project mini-album “Ames Room”.  The first single “Why” debuts this week at No. 14.  Supreme Team’s rap plus Young Joon’s soulful vocal makes this a wonderful song to listen to.  It is already ranked very high on various internet charts in Korea.



15. (-3) Seo In Kook – 애기야 (My Baby U)    
Score: 391
Genre: Pop
External from soompi image    Music: PJ, Kim Do Hoon, Hwang Se Joon / Lyrics: Wheesung
Album: Seo In Kook Special Album “MY Baby U” Track 3 Purchase this album    
Watch: MV Teaser Live Performance 
Comment: Seo In Kook returns this summer with a special album and another love confession. The artist had received much popularity with “Love U” and has returned with a lovely version of the song along with a new song, “My Baby U.” The latter song was composed by Kim Do Hoon, Hwang Se Jung, and PJ and penned by Wheesung. Rhymer’s featured rap making further completes the song. The phrase “My Baby” came from the drama “Lovers in Paris” where actor Park Shin Yang used it to call his lover Kim Jung Eun.  Despite gaining in points, this week “My Baby U” drops three spots to No. 15.



16. (+3) KCM – 3년이 지났어  (3 Years Passed) 
Score: 361
Genre: Pop Ballad
External from soompi image Music + Lyrics: KCM
Album: KCM Digital Single “3 Years Passed” Track 1    
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Ballad artist KCM, who has a distinctive husky voice, comes back with a digital single “3 Years Passed”.  This time KCM writes both the song and the lyrics.  It is a listener friendly ballad that fits the singer’s voice perfectly.  This week “3 Years Passed” moves up three spots to No. 16.



17. (-1) Park Hyo Shin – 널 사랑한다 (I Love You)
Score: 350
Genre: Pop Ballad 
External from soompi imageMusic:  Kim Do Hoon, Hwang Se Joon / Lyrics: Kan Eun Kyung
Album: SBS Drama “Athena” OST Part 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment:  Veteran artist, Park Hyo Shin releases “I Love You,” the first song for the long awaited drama series, “Athena.” Park has already participated in the soundtrack for hit dramas including “I’m Sorry I Love You” and “Iljimae,” gaining much love and recognition for them – thus it is no surprise that this song was also anticipated by many. The singer does a great job showcasing his vocals and is expected to capture listeners’ ears.  This song drops one spot to No. 17.



18. (+23) Miss $ (feat. Jung Sul Ki) – 이 나이 먹고 뭐했길래  (What Did You Do At This Age)   
Score: 341
Genre: Hip-hop Ballad
External from soompi imageMusic: Rhymer, Masterkey / Lyrics: Rhymer   
Album: Miss $ digital single “Miss Independent” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
Comment: Miss $ returns more mature both music and artist-wise with a new digital single titled, “Miss Independent.” Korea’s hip-hop “big daddy, Rhymer produced the entire album, helping bring out Miss $’s colors. The title track is “What Did You Do At This Age,” a medium tempo hip-hop number with lyrics about not knowing love even at an older age. Jung Seul Gi’s vocal featuring helps bring out the sad mood of the song.  This week it moves up 23 big spots to No. 18.



19. (+2) Lee Seung Chul – 그 사람 (That Person)   
Score: 290
Genre: Pop Ballad
External from soompi imageMusic: Hong Jin Young / Lyrics: Kim Sang Ik   
Album: KBS Drama “Baker King Kim Tak Goo” OST Part 3 digital single 
Watch: MV
Comment: Popular KBS Drama “Baker King Kim Tak Goo” just ended on a high note with nearly 50% rating.  This prompts its theme song Lee Seung Chul’s “That Person” to return to the top 20 this week at No. 19.  The OST Part 1 and 2 features V.O.S and KCM, but the most popular song in this drama is this tender ballad.



20. (New) Brown Eyed Soul – 그대  (You)   
Score: 270
Genre: R&B Ballad
External from soompi image     
Album: Brown Eyed Soul digital single  “You”  
Listen To: Full Song
Comment: Brown Eyed Soul has recently been receiving much love with their single project. The group now releases “You,” which will be included in their upcoming third album. The song takes upon the Doo Wop genres of the 50’s and 60’s, each of the four members pulling their weight to master the harmonization in the number. Actress Han Hyo Joo also takes part in the CF version of the song, garnering more interest for “You.”  This week “You” debuts at No. 20.



21. (-3) Miss A – Bad Girl Good Girl : 235

22. (+7) Lee Seung Ki – 정신이 나갔었나봐 (I Must Have Been Out Of My Mind) : 233

23. (+2) Kara – 2Me : 229

24. (-9) BoA – 허리케인 비너스 (Hurricane Venus) : 215

25. (-11) SHINee – 루시퍼 (Lucifer) : 208

26. (-2) Davichi & Electroboyz – 너를 그린다 (Drawing You) : 203

27. (New) See Ya – 미첬 나봐 (I Must Be Crazy) : 202

28. (-15) Jo Sung Mo – 바람필래 (I Want To Cheat) : 190

29. (New) Lee Juck – 빨래 (Laundry) : 177

30. (-10) Zi-A – 웃음만 (Just A Smile) : 169

31. (-8) Cho Shin Sung – 그리운 날에 (On The Days I Miss You) : 165

32. (-4) Trax – 오 나의 여신 (Oh! My Goddess) : 164

33. (New) G.na – 키스해줄래 (Will You Kiss Me) : 163

34. (-12) G.O & Nassun – OIWIO : 154

35. (+7) Boo Hwal – 사랑해서 사랑해서 (I Love You I Love You) : 149

36. (-19) Davichi – 난 너에게 (From Me To You) : 148

37. (+3) Rumble Fish – 기분 좋은 말 (Feel Good Day) : 146

38. (-12) Hwan Hee – ..하다가 (…While Doing) : 130

39. (-5) Dalmatian – Round 1 : 129

40. (-9) Sunnyside (feat. 4minute Ga Yoon) – 나쁜 남자 착한 여자 (Bad Man, Nice Woman) : 115

41. (-11) Lee Sun Hee – 여우비 (Sun Shower) : 106

42. (-10) Gil Me (feat. K.Will) – 미안해 사랑해서 (Sorry for Loving You) : 102

43. (+2) Jae Joo Boys (feat. Yozoh) – 손잡고 허밍 (Humming While Holding Hands) : 88

44. (-17) Infinite – She’s Back : 84

45. (New) V.O.S – Full Story : 81

46. (-10) Bobby Kim – 외톨이 (Loner) : 79

47. (New) San E – 맛 좋은 산 (Tasty San) : 75

48. (New) Son Dam Bi – dB Rider : 59

49. (New) Vanilla Lucy (feat. Bbaek Ga) – French Love : 56

50. (-17) An Jin Kyung – 사랑이 딱해 (Love Is Pitiful) : 49



Blue: Songs to watch out under top 20

Green: Editor’s recommendations under top 20




B’Brown – 아무도 모르게 (So That Nobody Knows)

Genre: R&B Ballad

External from soompi image

Album: B’Brown digital single “Brown Colored Love” Track 1

Listen To: Full Song

Comment: B’Brown who has been training for quite a bit and composer/producer B’Wonder meet for this single album titled, “Brown Coloured Love.” The title track is “So That Nobody Knows” which is a sad R&B number with lyrics about a man who gets hurt from one-sided love. B’Brown’s strong and appealing vocals help bring out such lyrics well. (credits to motoway065 for translations)




ERU (feat. Daylight) – 까만안경 (Black Glasses)

Genre: Pop Ballad

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Album: ERU Vol. 2 (2006) Track 1

Watch: MV Live Performance

Comment: ERU (real name: Cho Sung Hyun) is the son of famous trot singer Tae Jin Ah.  After graduated from Berkerley School Of Music in the USA, ERU came back to Korea and started his singing career in 2005 with his first album “Begin To Breath”.  He was still relatively unknown until he released his second album “Level II” in 2006, in which the title song “Black Glasses” became a huge hit.  This ballad captured the heart of many listeners and people starts to get to know ERU.  He followed up with another big hit “White Snow” from the same album in early 2007.  Recently, ERU came back from his two years of military duties and released his 4th album.



About the soompi music chart:

Soompi Music Chart is unlike any other music charts or television rankings.  It takes into account not only sales and rankings by various other charts in Korea, but also airplays of each song, the number of live performances and appearances, making it an unbiased and objective tally of what’s going on in the world of K-pop.  When we compare our chart to the GAON Music Chart which is now the official music chart in Korea, we are very closely matched.  Our chart is composed of the following sources:


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 research.