Gaon Digital Chart

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The Gaon Digital Chart is the music industry standard record chart in South Korea for singles, provided by the Korea Music Content Industry Association and published weekly by the Gaon Music Chart. [1] The chart provides rankings on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis, which are based on an aggregate of downloads, streaming and background music. [2] In addition to rank ranking all songs, it also supplies separate rankings for domestic and international releases. It started tracking sales in 2009, which were published the following February. [3] [4] It is compiled from online data provided by web-based music providers Bugs, Genie, KakaoMusic, Melon, Mnet, Naver Music, Olleh Music, and Soribada. [5]

Music industry companies and individuals that create and sell music

The music industry consists of the companies and individuals that earn money by creating new songs and pieces and selling live concerts and shows, audio and video recordings, compositions and sheet music, and the organizations and associations that aid and represent music creators. Among the many individuals and organizations that operate in the industry are: the songwriters and composers who create new songs and musical pieces; the singers, musicians, conductors and bandleaders who perform the music; the companies and professionals who create and sell recorded music and/or sheet music ; and those that help organize and present live music performances.

A record chart, also called a music chart, is a ranking of recorded music according to certain criteria during a given period of time. Although in the UK, the official chart has only included physical sales and paid-for streaming, many different criteria are used in worldwide charts, including record sales, the amount of radio airplay, and since the popularity of online consumption of music, the number of downloads and the amount of streaming activity.

Single (music) type of music release usually containing one or two tracks

In the music industry, a single is a type of release, typically a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record or an album. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, a single is a song that is released separately from an album, although it usually also appears on an album. Typically, these are the songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as digital download or commercial radio airplay and are expected to be the most popular. In other cases a recording released as a single may not appear on an album.



The Gaon Music Chart was launched on February 23, 2010, by the domestic Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Music Content Industry Association. It was originally planned to be a bi-annual chart when the Gaon Charts launched in early 2010. [4] Eventually, the chart covered this and was released weekly and monthly like all the other charts.[ citation needed ]

Gaon Music Chart Music chart

The Gaon Music Chart tabulates the relative weekly popularity of songs or albums in South Korea. It is produced by the Korea Music Content Association and sponsored by South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, with an aim to create a national chart for South Korea similar to the Billboard charts of the United States and the Oricon charts of Japan. It started tracking sales since the beginning of 2010. It was officially launched in February 2010 with a launching ceremony held on 23 February 2010 at the Westin Chosun hotel in Seoul. The launch also included a small awarding ceremony, which awarded girl group Girls' Generation with top artist of January and boy band Super Junior with best album of 2009. Meanwhile, Hit single "We Fell In Love", performed by Jo Kwon of 2AM and Ga-in of Brown Eyed Girls, took the title of best weekly mobile ringtone.

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism South Korean ministry

South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) is a central government agency responsible for the areas of tourism, culture, art, religion, and sports. It has two vice ministers, three assistant ministers, one commission, and over 60 divisions. The first Minister of Culture was novelist Lee O-young.

Lists of number ones

International chart

Songs with the most weeks at number one

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Miss A Chinese-Korean girl group

Miss A was a South Korean girl group, formed by JYP Entertainment in 2010, consisting of Fei, Jia, Min, and Suzy. Jia and Min left the group in May 2016 and November 2017, respectively, before the group officially disbanded on December 27, 2017.

"Bad Girl Good Girl" is a song recorded by K-pop girl group Miss A for their debut EP Bad But Good. The song served as the group's debut single in July 2010. "Bad Girl Good Girl" became an instant commercial success in South Korea, topping the Gaon Digital Chart.

"TT" is a song recorded by South Korean girl group Twice. The song was released by JYP Entertainment on October 24, 2016, as the lead single from their third extended play Twicecoaster: Lane 1. It was written and composed by Sam Lewis and Black Eyed Pilseung respectively. The title "TT" refers to the emoticon used to express crying or sadness.

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Gain (singer) South Korean singer

Son Ga-in, better known mononymously as Gain, is a South Korean singer, actress and entertainer. She is best known as a member of the South Korean girl group Brown Eyed Girls and for her appearances alongside Jo Kwon from 2AM for TV shows We Got Married and All My Love. As a solo artist she has released six EPs.

Jo Kwon South Korean singer and actor

Jo Kwon is a South Korean singer, MC, actor, entertainer and the leader of South Korean boy band 2AM.

Wonder Girls South Korean girl group

Wonder Girls (Hangul: 원더걸스) was a South Korean girl group formed by JYP Entertainment. The group debuted in February 2007 with the single "Irony" and five members: Sunye, Yeeun, Sunmi, Hyuna and Sohee. After Hyuna's departure in July, Yubin was added into the group prior to the release of their debut studio album, The Wonder Years (2007). The album spawned the hit single "Tell Me", which topped various South Korea's on and offline music charts.

Artist with most number one songs

The current holder who has the most number one songs since 2010 is IU with 20. She is followed by Big Bang (10 songs), 2NE1, Sistar and Twice (9 songs), Huh Gak, Girls' Generation and Davichi (8 songs), Zion.T (7 songs).

Artist IU Big Bang 2NE1, Sistar, Twice Huh Gak, Girls' Generation, Davichi Zion.T
Total songs2010987

Artist with most weeks at number one

The current holder who has spent the most weeks at number one is IU with 36 weeks. She is followed by, Big Bang (18 weeks), Twice (14 weeks), 2NE1 and Sistar (11 weeks), Girls' Generation, Davichi (10 weeks).

Artist IU Big Bang Twice 2NE1, Sistar Girls' Generation, Davichi
Total weeks3619141110

Artist with most months at number one

The current top 5 holders who have spent the most months at number one are Big Bang and IU with 8 months, Davichi, 2NE1 and PSY (4 months), Girls' Generation, Wonder Girls and G-Dragon (3 months).

Artist Big Bang, IU Davichi, 2NE1, PSY Girls' Generation, Wonder Girls, G-Dragon
Total months843

Year-end chart

Yearly Top 10 Best-Charting Songs
#SongArtistLabelAggregate scoreYearly Sales
1"Bad Girl Good Girl" Miss A JYP Entertainment 805,177,9643,119,784
2"Nagging" IU & Seulong LOEN Entertainment 760,005,0403,008,795
3"Sick Enough to Die" MC Mong IS Entermedia Group667,681,0122,698,185
4"Go Away" 2NE1 YG Entertainment 620,931,0262,444,933
5"Oh!" Girls' Generation SM Entertainment 615,916,3303,316,889
6"2 Different Tears" Wonder Girls JYP Entertainment 612,819,1602,790,298
7"Still Eating Well"Homme JYP Entertainment 608,648,2072,533,104
8"Then Then Then" Supreme Team Amoeba Culture 583,746,8901,973,089
9"Confession"Hot PotatoDaeum Entertainment578,141,6182,331,998
10"Hoot" Girls' Generation SM Entertainment 563,799,2142,138,179
Yearly Top 10 Best-Charting Songs
#SongArtistLabelAggregate scoreYearly Sales
1"Roly Poly" T-ara Core Contents Media 364,153,5334,826,000
2"Having An Affair"GG MBC 351,036,3523,625,939
3"Please" Kim Bum-soo MBC 336,397,4202,848,317
4"Lonely" 2NE1 YG Entertainment 320,954,3512,935,930
5"Don't Cry" Park Bom YG Entertainment 320,214,9052,512,950
6"Pinocchio (Danger)" F(x) SM Entertainment 316,835,2232,603,271
7"I Am the Best" 2NE1 YG Entertainment 316,657,2333,467,674
8"Tonight" Big Bang YG Entertainment 315,062,4212,314,355
9"On Rainy Days" Beast Cube Entertainment 309,357,6512,588,038
10"A Story Only I Didn't Know" IU LOEN Entertainment 300,332,7662,118,880
Yearly Top 10 Best-Charting Songs
#SongArtistLabelAggregate scoreYearly Sales
1"Gangnam Style" PSY YG Entertainment 422,421,6663,842,109
2"Cherry Blossom Ending" Busker Busker CJ E&M345,286,3183,399,202
3"Alone" Sistar Starship Entertainment 328,241,1513,203,685
4"Loving U" Sistar Starship Entertainment 319,781,0953,017,035
5"Fantastic Baby" Big Bang YG Entertainment 289,919,2093,339,871
6"I Love You" 2NE1 YG Entertainment 286,364,5202,777,520
7"Lovey-Dovey" T-ara Core Contents Media 273,723,4973,758,864
8"All For You" Jung Eun-ji & Seo In-guk Jellyfish & A Cube Entertainment269,049,9172,499,273
9"Heaven" Ailee YMC Entertainment265,436,4393,227,917
10"Blue" Big Bang YG Entertainment 262,850,2903,365,275
Yearly Top 10 Best-Charting Songs
#SongArtistLabelAggregate scoreYearly Sales
1"Gentleman" PSY YG Entertainment 241,561,8651,604,778
2"Shower of Tears"Beachigi ft Ailee YMC Entertainment214,989,4541,880,676
3"Gone Not Around Any Longer" Sistar19 Starship Entertainment 210,610,0641,723,704
4"Bom Bom Bom" Roy Kim CJ E&M 209,513,7071,490,031
5"Tears" Leessang Jungle Entertainment 204,199,4181,806,317
6"What's Your Name?" 4Minute Cube Entertainment 199,657,3461,477,832
7"Monodrama" Huh Gak Cube Entertainment 196,088,5111,645,880
8"Turtle" Davichi Core Contents Media 190,020,5761,439,190
9"Give It to Me" Sistar Starship Entertainment 169,597,3161,486,661
10"Be Warmed" Davichi Core Contents Media 162,985,3251,316,544
Yearly Top 10 Best-Charting Songs
#SongArtistLabelYearly Sales
1"Some" Soyou & Junggigo Starship Entertainment 2,212,895
2"Eyes, Nose, Lips" Taeyang YG Entertainment1,613,109
3"Wild Flower" Park Hyo-shin Jellyfish Entertainment 1,736,507
4"A Midsummer Night's Sweetness" San E & Raina Pledis Entertainment 1,537,798
5"The Meaning of You" IU feat Kim Chang-wan LOEN Entertainment 1,570,757
6"Your Scent" Gary feat Jung-in Jungle Entertainment 1,346,118
7"Not Spring, Love or Cherry Blossoms" IU & High4 LOEN Entertainment 1,403,026
8"Mr. Chu (On Stage)" A Pink Cube Entertainment 1,290,794
9"200%" Akdong Musician YG Entertainment 1,436,302
10"Friday" IU feat Yijeong LOEN Entertainment 1,460,219
Yearly Top 10 Best-Charting Songs
#SongArtistLabelYearly Sales
1"Bang Bang Bang" Big Bang YG Entertainment 1,581,284
2"Loser"Big BangYG Entertainment1,505,163
3"Living in the Same Time" Naul CJ E&M Music 1,510,162
4"Bae Bae"Big BangYG Entertainment1,421,715
5"Eat" Zion.T Amoeba Culture 1,461,722
6"Shouldn't Have" Baek A-yeon feat Young K of DAY6 JYP Entertainment 1,454,361
7"Call Me Baby" Exo SM Entertainment 951,930
8"Wi Ing Wi Ing" Hyukoh Cashmier Record1,493,141
9"Sugar" Maroon 5 Interscope Records 1,346,468
10"Leon" IU & Park Myung Soo MBC Entertainment 1,381,196
Yearly Top 10 Best-Charting Songs
#SongArtistLabelYearly Sales
1"Cheer Up" Twice JYP Entertainment 1,839,566
2"Anywhere" MC the Max 325 E&C1,702,444
3"Rough" GFriend Source Music 1,903,126
4"This Love" Davichi Music&NEW 1,671,196
5"I Don't Love You" Urban Zakapa MakeUs Entertainment1,613,745
6"You Are My Everything" Gummy Music&NEW1,600,720
7"I Am You, You Are Me" Zico Seven Seasons1,573,331
8"Making a New Ending for this Story" Han Dong Geun Pledis Entertainment 1,321,706
9"The Love I Committed" Im Chang-jung NH Media 1,261,063
10"Always" Yoon Mi-rae Music&NEW1,454,125
Yearly Top 10 Best-Charting Songs
#SongArtistLabelYearly Sales
1"I Will Go to You Like the First Snow" Ailee YMC Entertainment 2,488,341
2"Through the Night" IU LOEN Entertainment 2,181,372
3"Like It" Jong Shin Yoon CJ E&M 1,780,037
4"Shape of You" Ed Sheeran Atlantic 1,936,653
5"You, Clouds, Rain" Heize feat Shin Yong Jae CJ E&M 1,725,668
6"Tell Me You Love Me" Bolbbalgan4 Shofar Music1,777,488
7"Palette" IU feat G-Dragon LOEN Entertainment 1,817,177
8"Knock Knock" Twice JYP Entertainment 1,627,915
9"Last Goodbye" AKMU YG Entertainment 1,806,453
10"Really Really" Winner YG Entertainment 1,632,127
Yearly Top 10 Best-Charting Songs
#SongArtistLabelAggregate points
1"Love Scenario" iKon YG Entertainment 1,232,928,610
2"Good Old Days" Jang Deok Cheol Limez Entertainment1,140,111,375
3"Every day, Every Moment" Paul Kim MMO Entertainment 1,006,784,017
4"Bboom Bboom" Momoland MLD Entertainment968,768,861
5"Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" Blackpink YG Entertainment 940,214,913
6"Pass By"NiloPurplePine Entertainment939,050,840
7"Gift" MeloMance Heaven Company915,842,576
8"Way Back Home" Shaun DCTOM Entertainment877,004,722
9"Only Then" Roy Kim MMO Entertainment 870,444,304
10"Travel" Bolbbalgan4 Shofar Music861,213,547

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