Type of site
|Owner||Korea Music Content Association|
|Launched||February 23, 2010|
The Gaon Music Chart (Korean: 가온 차트) 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 February 23, 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, the song "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.
In February 2011, it published information on both online and offline album sales of 2010, including a detailed breakdown of online chart data and was the first time since 2008 that offline album sales were released, since the Music Industry Association of Korea had stopped compiling data.
There are two primary charts: Gaon Album Chart and Gaon Digital Chart. The charts lists domestic artists' sales, international (non-Korean) artists' sales and a combined overall sales in weekly, monthly and year-end format.
The Gaon Album Chart ranks physical album shipments, including mini and single albums. It is compiled from offline data provided by record labels and distributors such as Kakao Entertainment, Stone Music Entertainment, Genie Music, Sony Music Korea, Pony Canyon Korea, Universal Music Korea, and Warner Music Korea.
The Gaon Digital Chart ranks best-selling non-physical, digital music sales, and is an aggregate of downloads, streaming and background music. It excludes radio airplay, and different versions of a song are listed as separate entries. It is compiled from online data provided by web-based music providers such as Genie, Melon, FLO, Soribada, Naver Music, KakaoMusic and Bugs. There is no digital album chart because each song is a separate digital download.
All charts rank the top 100. Before mid-2014 and 2018 until now, the digital, streaming, download, and noraebang charts ranked the top 200.
|Chart title||Chart type||Methodology||Description|
|Album Chart||all music||physical shipments|
|Digital Chart||all music||downloads +|
|Download Chart||all music||downloads|
|Streaming Chart||all music||streaming|
|BGM Chart||all music||background music |
|Mobile Chart||Bell||ringtones and|
|Singing Room Chart||all music||karaoke|
|Retail Album Chart||all music||physical shipments|
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|Thresholds per award|
|Platinum||2× Platinum||3× Platinum||Million||2× Million|
|Thresholds per award|
|Platinum||2× Platinum||3× Platinum||Diamond|
|Thresholds per award|
|Platinum||2× Platinum||3× Platinum||Billion|
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