The homepage of the website in October 2014
Type of site
|Owner||Korea Music Content Association|
|Launched||February 23, 2010|
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 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, 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.
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 LOEN Entertainment, CJ E&M Music, 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, Mnet, 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, 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||ringtones||ringtones and|
|Noraebang Chart||all music||karaoke|
The Gaon Social Chart is a weekly chart that ranks the top 50 most popular K-pop artists using data from V Live, Mubeat, SMR, and Mycelebs.
The Gaon Weibo Chart was a weekly chart that ranked the top 10 most popular K-pop groups and the top 30 most popular individual K-pop artists in China using data from Weibo.
In April 2018, Gaon introduced music recording certifications for albums, downloads and streamings. Album certifications are awarded based on shipment figures provided by record labels and distributors. Download and streaming certifications are awarded to songs based on online data provided by web-based music providers. Albums and songs released on or after January 1, 2018 are eligible for certification.
|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|
The Billboard charts tabulate the relative weekly popularity of songs and albums in the United States and elsewhere. The results are published in Billboard magazine. Billboard biz, the online extension of the Billboard charts, provides additional weekly charts, as well as year-end charts. The charts may be dedicated to a specific genre such as R&B, country, or rock, or they may cover all genres. The charts can be ranked according to sales, streams, or airplay, and for main song charts such as the Hot 100 song chart, all three data are used to compile the charts. For the Billboard 200 album chart, streams and track sales are included in addition to album sales.
This is the discography of South Korean boy band Super Junior, produced and managed by SM Entertainment. Super Junior has formed five sub-groups, which target different markets. Super Junior-T, for example, brought influence to the younger generation on trot-styled music, and Super Junior-M is credited as an influential group in the Chinese music industry.
"Gee" is a song recorded by South Korean girl group Girls' Generation. The original Korean-language version was released as a single from the extended play of the same name on January 5, 2009. "Gee" is a bubblegum pop and electropop song with elements of hip hop and techno that lyrically talks about the girls' affections when they are in love. The single was a success in the group's native country, claiming the top spot on Music Bank for a record-breaking nine consecutive weeks and on Inkigayo for three weeks. It became the best-selling single of 2009 in South Korea was named most popular song of the 2000s decade by Melon.
South Korean boy band 2PM has released eleven studio albums, three compilation albums, one EP and thirty-nine singles.
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. The chart provides rankings on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis, which are based on an aggregate of downloads, streaming and background music. 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. It is compiled from online data provided by web-based music providers Bugs, Genie, KakaoMusic, Melon, Mnet, Naver Music, Olleh Music, and Soribada.
Gaon Album Chart, part of Gaon Music Chart, is a national chart that ranks the best-selling albums, including mini and single albums, in South Korea, provided by the Korea Music Content Industry Association. It has been tracking sales since the beginning of 2010 and launched in February the same year as part of the Gaon Music Chart. The chart compiles domestic shipments in weekly, monthly and year-end format.
South Korean singer-songwriter IU has released four studio albums, nine extended plays (EPs), 46 singles and five single albums. In addition, the singer has collaborative and soundtracks for television series, films, and online games.
Jung San, more commonly known by his stage name San E (Korean: 산이), is a South Korean rapper. He debuted in 2010 under JYP Entertainment, where he was the label's first solo rapper. He left the company in 2013 to sign with hip hop label Brand New Music. In late 2018, Brand New Music terminated San E's contract after the rapper made a series of controversial remarks about feminism.
Gaon Social Chart, part of Gaon Music Chart, is a weekly chart which ranks the top 50 South Korean musical artists according to their popularity from data based on the digital platforms V Live, Mubeat, SMR, and Mycelebs.
Blackpink is a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment, consisting of members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. The group debuted on August 8, 2016, with their single album Square One, which spawned "Whistle", their first number-one song in South Korea, as well as "Boombayah", their first number-one hit on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart. With the group's early commercial success, they were hailed as the New Artist of the Year at the 31st Golden Disc Awards and the 26th Seoul Music Awards.
"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.
Min Yoon-gi, better known by his stage names Suga and Agust D, is a South Korean rapper, songwriter, and record producer. Managed by Big Hit Entertainment, he debuted as a member of the South Korean pop idol group BTS in 2013. In 2016, he released his first solo mixtape, Agust D. The Korea Music Copyright Association attributes over 100 songs to Suga as a songwriter and producer, including Suran's "Wine", which peaked at number two on the Gaon Music Chart and won best Soul/R&B track of the year at the 2017 Melon Music Awards. In 2020, he released his second solo mixtape, D-2. Commercially, the mixtape peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard 200, number 7 on the UK Albums Chart and number 2 on Australia's ARIA Album Chart.
South Korean girl group Blackpink have released two Korean language extended plays and seven Korean language singles. The group has also released a Japanese language studio album and three extended plays.
"Love Scenario" is a song recorded by South Korean boy group iKon. It was released as the lead single of their second studio album, Return. The song holds the record for the most weeks at number one on the Gaon Digital Chart, spending six weeks at the top in early 2018. The song won "Song of the Year" at the 2018 Melon Music Awards and 33rd Golden Disc Awards. It is recognized as one of iKon's signature songs.
"Flower Road" is a song by South Korean boy band Big Bang. It was released digitally on March 13, 2018, by YG Entertainment, as a gift and a final farewell from the group to its fans ahead of a lengthy hiatus, as the band members serve in South Korea's mandatory military service. It was written by G-Dragon and T.O.P and produced by the former along with The Fliptones, who also participated in creating GD X Taeyang's "Good Boy" and Taeyang's "Stay with Me". "Flower Road" became the quintet's tenth song to peak atop the Gaon Digital Chart,a record among idol groups. It also became their fourth single to reach the number one on Billboard World Digital Songs. The single also debuted at the top three on Oricon's digital chart. It would eventually become their final single with the original five-member lineup, as member Seungri would retire from the entertainment industry a year later due to his involvement in the Burning Sun scandal.
Kim Jennie, better known by the mononym Jennie, is a South Korean singer and rapper.
Itzy (Korean: 있지) is a South Korean girl group formed by JYP Entertainment, consisting of members Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, and Yuna. The group debuted on February 11, 2019, with the release of their single album, It'z Different.
"Dalla Dalla" is the debut single by South Korean girl group Itzy, released by JYP Entertainment on February 12, 2019. It was released alongside its music video, and was made available as a digital single titled It'z Different, which features "Want It?" as the B-side. Written by Galactika, the song is a "fusion" track including elements of house and hip hop in which the group emphasizes themes of individuality and self confidence.