Top August 2022 K-pop Acts: Ateez, aespa, Itzy, Enhypen rule with million seller albums
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: With K-pop going global, Gaon Music Chart rebranded as Circle Chart and is honoring the best of the best each month. The Korean music chart awards album sales certificates like platinum and million-seller badges to the top K-pop acts. We have seen the likes of BTS, NCT Dream, and TWICE rule the chart in the past.
In July, we saw the third generation of K-pop making a comeback with BTS, NCT Dream and TWICE's Nayeon taking over Circle Chart with their multi-platinum and million sales certificates for their best-selling albums. Circle Chart teams up with KMCA to honor K-pop albums that cross a minimum of 250k sales and are older than six weeks. This is why fans knew that fourth-gen groups like Ateez, aespa, Itzy, and Enhypen would be making the list in August 2022.
Circle Chart honors fourth-gen acts Ateez, aespa, Itzy
On September 9, Circle Chart released the list for August that included K-pop acts that have been awarded album sales certificates. Ateez became the first fourth-gen boy group that is not from a Big 4 K-pop Label (JYPE, HYBE, SM, YG) to make a million sales with their latest album 'The World Ep.1: Movement'. aespa became the second girl group in history to get a million-seller album with 'Girls'. Itzy became the next girl group to get a million sales for their new album 'Checkmate'. Youngest and fastest million seller Enhypen bagged another million sales with its latest album 'Manifesto: Day 1'.
Stray Kids' 'I Am NOT' is a platinum album. (G)I-DLE's new-found fame continues as their latest album 'I Never Die' also received a platinum badge. Circle Chart continued to be dominated by more rising fourth-gen stars like STAYC whose album 'We Need Love' is platinum now. IVE topped the Monthly Album Chart, Weekly Digital Chart, and Streaming Chart for 'After Like'. NewJeans continue with their streak by topping the Monthly Digital Chart and Streaming Chart with 'Attention'.
Third-gen acts BTS' J-hope and EXO's Baekhyun are best sellers as well
Third-gen acts continued to hold their own as we had Seventeen's 'Sector 17' becoming the first repackaged album in history to make a million sales. EXO's Baekhyun also became a million-seller with his second solo album 'Delight'. BTS' J-hope also had a successful solo debut as 'Jack in the Box' became a platinum seller. NCT's second group album 'Resonance Pt.1' became a platinum seller as well. Blackpink's 'Pink Venom' secured the top spot on the Monthly and Weekly Global K-pop charts. SHINee's Key topped the Weekly Album Chart, Download Chart, and Digital Chart with 'Gasoline'.
Lim Youngwoong continues his reign by occupying the first three spots on the Monthly Download Chart. Soloist Youngtak received double platinum for 'MMM' along with Kim Hojung for 'Panorama'. Loco's 'It Takes Time' featuring Colde became a platinum seller for crossing 2.5 million downloads. BTS and Halsey's 'Boy With Luv' became triple platinum for garnering 300 million streams. Baek Yerin's 2017 platinum single 'Square' has 100 million streams along with Jeon Mido's 'I Knew I Love'.