Top February K-pop Acts: Girl groups Kep1er, TWICE and Itzy rule Gaon
We are into the third month of 2022 and the K-pop acts making it their year are standing out already. Gaon Music Chart, one of South Korea's most reputable music charts, listed the top K-pop acts of February 2022 and handed out album sales certificates to the best-selling albums and singles of the month. Gaon goes through their charts for all the K-pop releases each month and awards them badges like platinum and million-seller certificates. In the last few months, we saw best-sellers by Stray Kids, Itzy and IVE.
Back in January, we had BTS and NCT becoming a triple-million and million-seller with their latest releases ‘Butter’ and ‘Universe,’ respectively. It was also a good month for JYPE as Stray Kids and Itzy received double-platinum badges. Gaon has teamed up with KMCA (Korean Music Content Industry Association) to award the best-selling acts of each month, looking at releases that cross 250k sales and are older than six weeks. This is why fans knew Enhypen and Kep1er would be making Gaon's February list.
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Rookies Enhypen and Kep1er do well
On March 10, Gaon released the list for February that includes K-pop acts that have been honored with album sales certificates. Enhypen’s first repackaged album, ‘Dimension: Answer’ has received double platinum and is #14 in the Monthly Retail Album Chart. The boy group has crossed a total of 3.4 million album sales. Having debuted only in January from the ambitious survival show ‘Girls Planet 999’, Kep1er got their first badge with their debut album ‘First Impact’ becoming a platinum-seller. It is also #12 on the Monthly Album Chart.
JYPE girl groups have a big month
Itzy on the other hand got their third platinum certificate for their third mini-album ‘Not Shy’ which was released in 2020 and have crossed a total of million pure sales. Their seniors, TWICE, have become the female act with the most double-platinum albums with their hit album ‘Feel Special’ crossing 500k sales. It is also #6 on the Weekly Album Chart while ‘Yes or Yes’ is at #8 and ‘Page Two’ is ranked at #10. TWICE is also the girl group with the most physical sales of 3.5 million copies.
Singles that topped Gaon
Soloist Jang Beom-june’s OST ‘Your Shampoo Scent In The Flowers’ for the K-drama ‘Be Melodramatic’ was certified platinum for 2.5 million downloads. BTS’ ‘Butter’ got a platinum badge for 100 million streams. Meanwhile, Jungkook and Suga’s ‘Stay Alive’ OST is #7 on Monthly Download Chart and ‘Love Yourself: Tear’ is #11 on the Monthly Album Chart. The viral track ‘VVS’ from the survival show ‘Show Me The Money 9’ by Mirani, Mushvenom, Khundi Panda, Munchman, JUSTHIS and GroovyRoom also became platinum with 100 million streams.
Along with them, Girls’ Generation Taeyeon’s ‘INVU’ topped the Weekly Digital Chart, Monthly Download Chart and Weekly Streaming Chart. Her labelmates, Super Junior’s ‘The Road: Winter for Spring’ also topped the Weekly Album Chart and Weekly Retail Album Chart.