Top K-pop Acts in November: TWICE, Enhypen and aespa make Gaon history
South Korea’s Gaon Music Chart has released their list of those acts to whom they have given album sales certification awards for the best-selling album till the month of November. Gaon takes it upon themselves to comb through their charts for new and old popular releases and awards them certificates like platinum and million-seller badges. In the last couple of months, we saw huge releases from the likes of NCT 127, Seventeen, Enhypen, and aespa.
Back in October, we saw acts like BTS getting a triple-million and NCT 127 getting a double-million badge for their albums ‘Love Yourself: Answer!’ and ‘Sticker’, respectively. It should be noted that Gaon Music Chart has teamed up with KMCA (Korean Music Content Industry Association) to recognize best-selling albums and the top K-pop acts of each month. They start awarding songs and albums that cross 250k sales. But releases that are only older than six weeks are considered which is why fans knew Seventeen would be awarded since ‘Attacca’ crossed 1.4 million pre-orders in a day.
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Gaon awards NCT 127, Seventeen, and more
On December 9, Gaon released the list of acts for November that have been given album sales certificates. We first have NCT 127’s reissue, ‘Favorite’ becoming a triple-platinum album. They were also on last month’s list as ‘Sticker’ became a double-million seller in October. Additionally, ‘Favorite’ is #5 on the Weekly Album Chart while ‘Sticker’ is at #9. ‘Favorite’ is also #5 and #6 for its Kit version on the Monthly Album Chart. The repackaged album is #8 on the Monthly Retail Album Chart.
Seventeen’s latest release ‘Attacca’ had reached 1.4 million pre-orders in a day and instantly topped iTunes, Japan’s charts, and even Billboard. It crossed 2 million sales three weeks after its release with Gaon finally awarding it a double million badge. The album is also #7 on the Weekly Retail Album Chart and #3 on the Monthly Retail Album Chart.
Enhypen youngest and fastest K-pop group to get million sales
Enhypen is the latest rookie group to be awarded by Gaon Chart. In November, it was reported that their latest release ‘Dimension: Dilemma’ had a total of 910k pre-orders and on the first day itself they crossed 500k sales. In a week, they reached 800k sales with fans guessing that they would reach the 1 million mark soon. Well, on November 11, they crossed 1.1 million sales and have now been awarded the million badge. They are the fastest and youngest K-pop group to have a million-seller album and the second fourth-gen act to achieve this milestone.
Aespa is the first girl group to get double-platinum with their debut album
Monster rookies aespa are breaking all kinds of records with their first mini-album ‘Savage’. They received all-kills (topping all major South Korean charts) into the second week of the release and got back-to-back Daesangs (grand prizes) at Asia Artist Awards and MelOn Music Awards. Well, with over 500k sales, ‘Savage’ is now a double-platinum album. They became the first and only girl group to get a double-platinum with their debut album. The album is also #9 on Weekly Digital Chart, #4 on the Monthly Digital Chart while ‘Next Level’ is at #10. ‘Savage’ is also at #9 on the Weekly Streaming Chart, #4 on the Monthly Streaming Chart with ‘Next Level’ at #9.
Digital singles are also awarded
We also have AKMU’s ‘How can I love the heartbreak, you're the one I love’ becoming a platinum seller for over 2.5 million downloads. Lim Young Woong’s ‘Trust in me’ is a platinum streaming track while ‘Love always runs away’ also topped the Monthly BGM Chart.
Then we have IU’s ‘Lilac’ which also got a platinum streaming badge for over 100 million streams. Additionally, her recent release ‘strawberry moon' is #7 on Weekly Digital Chart, #1 on Monthly Digital Chart, #6 on Monthly Download Chart, #6 on Weekly Streaming Chart, and #1 on Monthly Streaming Chart.
TWICE makes history on Gaon Chart
And while TWICE is yet to receive a certificate since their release is not six weeks old, they still made history on Gaon Chart. According to Gaon and Billboard Japan, they are the first K-pop female act to sell over 11 million album copies total. They also are the first female act to make over 7 million album sales on Gaon alone. TWICE also follow S.E.S and BoA as the only K-pop female act to have sold over 500k physical copies worldwide. TWICE’s recent release, ‘Formula of Love’ is also #4 on the Weekly Album Chart, #2 on Monthly Album Chart, #4 on Weekly Retail Album Chart, and #2 on the Monthly Retail Album Chart.
EXO Kai’s first comeback with ‘Peaches' also topped the Weekly Download Chart, came in #2 on the Weekly Album Chart, #9 on the Monthly Album Chart, #2 on the Weekly Retail Album Chart, and #7 on the Monthly Retail Album Chart.
The Boyz’s single album ‘Maverick' is #1 on the Monthly Download Chart, #6 on the Weekly Album Chart, #3 on the Monthly Album Chart, and #4 on the Monthly Retail Album Chart. Stray Kids’ festive album ‘Christmas EveL' topped the Weekly BGM Chart, Weekly Album Chart, Monthly Album Chart, Weekly Retail Album Chart, and the Monthly Retail Album Chart.