Top December K-pop Acts: TXT, TWICE, Monsta X rule Gaon with multi platinum albums
Gaon also awarded K-pop acts like The Boyz, N.Flying, BTS and aespa
With 2021 finally coming to an end, it’s that time of the month. South Korea’s reputable music chart, Gaon Music Chart has released its list of top K-pop acts of December 2021. They give album sales certification awards to the best-selling albums and singles for the month of December. The music chart goes through their data of all the releases till the month in question and awards them badges like platinum and million-seller certificates. In the last couple of months, we saw successful comebacks from TXT, Twice, Monsta X and more.
Back in November, we saw K-pop acts like NCT 127’s ‘Favorite’ become a triple-platinum while Seventeen’s ‘Attacca’ became a double-million seller album. The Gaon Chart teams up with South Korea’s KMCA (Korean Music Content Industry Association) to acknowledge the best-selling acts of each month. They start awarding releases that cross 250k sales and are older than six weeks. This is why fans knew TXT and TWICE would be awarded for their record-breaking releases.
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Gaon awards TXT, TWICE and more
On January 6, Gaon released the list for December that includes K-pop acts that have been awarded album sales certificates. TXT’s first repackage ‘The Chaos Chapter: Fight Or Escape’ has been awarded a triple-platinum badge for more than 750k sales. This is their second album to reach this milestone. The Boyz’s single album ‘Maverick’ is double-platinum for more than 500k sales. This is now their best-selling album with over 642k sales. It is also their second release to cross this milestone following 'Thrill-ing'.
TWICE’s ‘Formula of Love’ is a double-platinum seller. They are the first female act to have four multi-platinum albums in Gaon history. Monsta X’s 10th mini-album ‘No Limit’ received a platinum badge for more than 250k sales. This is their seventh album to cross this milestone.
N.Flying received a platinum download badge for ‘Rooftop’ which exceeded 2.5 million downloads. BTS’ remix of Jason Derulo and Jawsh 685’s ‘Savage Love’ received a platinum streaming badge for 100 million streams. Similarly, aespa’s ‘Next Level’ has also gotten a platinum streaming badge. On the other hand, their debut album 'Savage' is the second-best-selling debut album by a fourth-gen group with over 574k sales.
Top 15 K-pop acts of 2021
In the last week of December, Gaon also released its top 15 best-selling acts of 2021. We have BTS leading with 7.20 million sales. Enhypen is the only rookie group on the list with 2.16 million sales while TWICE and Itzy are the only girl groups with 1.59 million and 920k sales, respectively. EXO’s Baekhyun is the only soloist on the list with 1.04M sales. Meanwhile, Ateez, The Boyz and Monsta X with 1.85 million, 1.44 million and 831k sales respectively are the only groups on the list that are not from the Big 4 labels (Hybe, JYPE, SM, YG).
#2 NCT 127
#3 NCT Dream
#5 Stray Kids
#11 The Boyz
#12 EXO’s Baekhyun
#14 Monsta X