Circle Album Chart

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The Circle Album Chart, previously known as the Gaon Album Chart, is a record chart ranking the 100 most popular albums, extended plays and single albums in South Korea based on their pure sales. It is a part of the Circle Chart, previously known as the Gaon Chart. It compiles shipments in weekly, monthly and year-end format with detailed album sales.[1]

History[edit]

The Gaon Album Chart was launched as a part of the Gaon Chart in February 2010 by Korea Music Content Association and South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.[2]

In February 2011, Gaon Chart published information on both online and offline albums sales of 2010, including a detailed breakdown of online chart data and was the first time that offline album sales was released since 2008 when the Music Industry Association of Korea stopped compiling data.[3]

In July 2022, Gaon Chart was rebranded as Circle Chart with reformation in the album chart that would also provide weekly physical album sales data in addition to monthly and yearly sales data.[1]

Number-one albums[edit]

Best-selling albums[edit]

2010
2010 Yearly Top 10 Best-Selling Albums[4]
# Album Artist Label Total sales Format
1 Bonamana Super Junior SM Entertainment 200,193 Full album
2 Oh! Girls' Generation SM Entertainment 197,934 Full album
3 Hoot Girls' Generation SM Entertainment 163,066 EP
4 Run Devil Run Girls' Generation SM Entertainment 136,851 Repackage
5 GD & TOP GD & TOP YG Entertainment 130,000 Full album
6 Lucifer Shinee SM Entertainment 124,961 Full album
7 To Anyone 2NE1 YG Entertainment 122,845 Full album
8 The Beginning JYJ C-JeS Entertainment 99,903 Full album
9 Bonamana (Version C) Super Junior SM Entertainment 99,355 Repackage
10 The Beginning (New Limited Edition) JYJ C-JeS Entertainment 98,311 Full album
2011
2011 Yearly Top 10 Best-Selling Albums[5]
# Album Artist Label Total sales Format
1 The Boys Girls' Generation SM Entertainment 385,348 Full album
2 Mr. Simple Super Junior SM Entertainment 343,348 Full album
3 Keep Your Head Down TVXQ SM Entertainment 263,412 Full album
4 In Heaven JYJ C-JeS Entertainment 220,442 Full album
5 Fiction and Fact Beast Cube Entertainment 142,272 Full album
6 Tonight Big Bang YG Entertainment 136,594 EP
7 A-Cha Super Junior SM Entertainment 129,894 Repackage
8 First Step CNBLUE FNC Music 115,467 Full album
9 Break Down Kim Hyun-joong KeyEast 114,642 EP
10 Lucky Kim Hyun Joong KeyEast 101,705 EP
2012
2012 Yearly Top 10 Best-Selling Albums[6]
# Album Artist Label Total sales Format
1 Sexy, Free & Single Super Junior SM Entertainment 356,431 Full album
2 Alive Big Bang YG Entertainment 266,848 EP
3 Catch Me TVXQ SM Entertainment 256,447 Full album
4 One of a Kind G-Dragon YG Entertainment 204,326 EP
5 Sherlock Shinee SM Entertainment 181,415 EP
6 Still Alive (Special Edition) Big Bang YG Entertainment 148,030 EP
7 Mama Exo-K SM Entertainment 145,925 EP
8 Twinkle Girls' Generation-TTS SM Entertainment 144,222 EP
9 Midnight Sun Beast Cube Entertainment 144,175 EP
10 Infinitize Infinite Woollim Entertainment 140,277 EP
2013
2013 Yearly Top 10 Best-Selling Albums[7]
# Album Artist Label Total sales Format
1 Growl (Kiss Version) Exo SM Entertainment 335,823 Repackage
2 I Got a Boy Girls' Generation SM Entertainment 293,302 Full album
3 XOXO (Kiss Version) Exo SM Entertainment 269,597 Full album
4 Miracles in December (Korean Version) Exo SM Entertainment 262,825 EP
5 Hello Cho Yong-pil Pil Records 250,046 Full album
6 XOXO (Hug Version - Chinese Version) Exo SM Entertainment 200,870 Full album
7 Growl (Hug Version) Exo SM Entertainment 200,183 Repackage
8 Coup d'etat G-Dragon YG Entertainment 195,603 Full album
9 Dream Girl – The Misconceptions of You Shinee SM Entertainment 185,357 Full album
10 Miracles in December (Chinese Version) Exo SM Entertainment 171,546 EP
2014
2014 Yearly Top 10 Best-Selling Albums[8]
# Album Artist Label Total sales Format
1 Overdose (Korean Version) Exo-K SM Entertainment 385,047 EP
2 Overdose (Chinese Version) Exo-M SM Entertainment 272,718 EP
3 Mamacita Super Junior SM Entertainment 265,781 Full album
4 Tense TVXQ SM Entertainment 196,971 Full album
5 Mr.Mr. Girls' Generation SM Entertainment 163,209 EP
6 Just Us JYJ C-JeS Entertainment 154,804 Full album
7 Season 2 Infinite Woollim Entertainment 152,479 Full album
8 This Is Love (Special Edition) Super Junior SM Entertainment 143,515 Repackage
9 Good Luck Beast Cube Entertainment 134,449 EP
10 Who Am I B1A4 WM Entertainment 126,561 Full album
2015
2015 Yearly Top 10 Best-Selling Albums[9]
# Album Artist Label Total sales Format
1 Exodus (Korean Version) Exo SM Entertainment 478,856 Full album
2 Sing For You (Korean Version) Exo SM Entertainment 318,698 EP
3 Love Me Right (Korean Version) Exo SM Entertainment 299,623 Repackage
4 Exodus (Chinese Version) Exo SM Entertainment 281,320 Full album
5 The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 2 BTS Big Hit Entertainment 274,135 EP
6 The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 1 BTS Big Hit Entertainment 203,664 EP
7 Sing For You (Chinese Version) Exo SM Entertainment 176,239 EP
8 Odd Shinee SM Entertainment 172,999 Full album
9 Devil Super Junior SM Entertainment 167,742 Compilation album
10 Rise as God TVXQ SM Entertainment 151,625 Full album
2016
2016 Yearly Top 10 Best-Selling Albums[10]
# Album Artist Label Total sales Format
1 Wings BTS Big Hit Entertainment 751,301 Full album
2 Ex'Act Exo SM Entertainment 549,378 Full album
3 For Life Exo SM Entertainment 438,481 EP
4 The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever BTS Big Hit Entertainment 368,369 Compilation album
5 Twicecoaster: Lane 1 Twice JYP Entertainment 350,852 EP
6 Hey Mama! Exo-CBX SM Entertainment 275,191 EP
7 Lose Control Lay SM Entertainment 274,238 EP
8 Ex'Act (Chinese Version) Exo SM Entertainment 247,899 Full album
9 Lotto (Korean Version) Exo SM Entertainment 232,564 Repackage
10 Flight Log: Turbulence Got7 JYP Entertainment 225,617 Full album
2017
2017 Yearly Top 10 Best-Selling Albums[11]
# Album Artist Label Total sales Format
1 Love Yourself: Her BTS Big Hit Entertainment 1,493,443 EP
2 The War (Korean Version) EXO SM Entertainment 949,827 Full album
3 You Never Walk Alone BTS Big Hit Entertainment 768,402 Repackage
4 1X1=1 (To Be One) Wanna One YMC Entertainment 741,546 EP
5 1-1=0 (Nothing Without You) Wanna One YMC Entertainment 614,072 Repackage
6 Universe EXO SM Entertainment 516,062 EP
7 The Power of Music (Korean Version) EXO SM Entertainment 455,269 Repackage
8 7 for 7 Got7 JYP Entertainment 368,589 EP
9 Teen, Age Seventeen Pledis Entertainment 357,296 Full album
10 Flight Log: Arrival Got7 JYP Entertainment 334,316 EP
2018
2018 Yearly Top 10 Best-Selling Albums[12]
# Album Artist Label Total sales Format
1 Love Yourself: Answer BTS Big Hit Entertainment 2,197,808 Compilation album
2 Love Yourself: Tear BTS Big Hit Entertainment 1,849,537 Full album
3 Don't Mess Up My Tempo Exo SM Entertainment 1,452,030 Full album
4 0+1=1 (I Promise You) Wanna One Swing Entertainment 782,562 EP
5 1÷x=1 (Undivided) Wanna One Swing Entertainment 641,131 EP
6 1¹¹=1 (Power of Destiny) Wanna One Swing Entertainment 605,128 Full album
7 Love Shot Exo SM Entertainment 499,849 Repackage
8 You Make My Day Seventeen Pledis Entertainment 389,937 EP
9 Blooming Days Exo-CBX SM Entertainment 363,567 EP
10 What Is Love? Twice JYP Entertainment 348,797 EP
2019
2019 Yearly Top 10 Best-Selling Albums[13]
# Album Artist Label Total sales Format
1 Map of the Soul: Persona BTS Big Hit Entertainment 3,718,230 EP
2 An Ode Seventeen Pledis Entertainment 858,872 Full album
3 Obsession Exo SM Entertainment 766,294 Full album
4 Emergency: Quantum Leap X1 Swing Entertainment 580,573 EP
5 BTS World: Original Soundtrack BTS Big Hit Entertainment 553,364 Soundtrack album
6 City Lights Baekhyun SM Entertainment 525,935 EP
7 Color on Me Kang Daniel Konnect Entertainment 500,134 EP
8 You Made My Dawn Seventeen Pledis Entertainment 475,998 EP
9 Time Slip Super Junior SM Entertainment 427,647 Full album
10 Feel Special Twice JYP Entertainment 413,459 EP
2020
2020 Yearly Top 10 Best-Selling Albums[14]
# Album Artist Label Total sales Format
1 Map of the Soul: 7 BTS Big Hit Entertainment 4,376,975 Full album
2 Be BTS Big Hit Entertainment 2,692,022 Full album
3 Heng:garæ Seventeen Pledis Entertainment 1,377,813 EP
4 NCT Resonance Pt. 1 NCT SM Entertainment 1,289,594 Full album
5 The Album Blackpink YG Entertainment 1,244,802 Full album
6 Semicolon Seventeen Pledis Entertainment 1,122,850 EP
7 Delight Baekhyun SM Entertainment 971,554 EP
8 Neo Zone NCT 127 SM Entertainment 836,779 Full album
9 NCT Resonance Pt. 2 NCT SM Entertainment 791,590 Full album
10 Skool Luv Affair Special Addition BTS Big Hit Entertainment 670,500 Repackage
2021
2021 Yearly Top 10 Best-Selling Albums[15]
# Album Artist Label Total sales Format
1 Butter BTS Big Hit Music 2,999,407 Single album
2 Sticker NCT 127 SM Entertainment 2,427,559 Full album
3 Hot Sauce NCT Dream SM Entertainment 2,097,185 Full album
4 Attacca Seventeen Pledis Entertainment 2,059,073 EP
5 Universe NCT SM Entertainment 1,630,715 Full album
6 Your Choice Seventeen Pledis Entertainment 1,462,405 EP
7 Don't Fight the Feeling Exo SM Entertainment 1,326,189 EP
8 Noeasy Stray Kids JYP Entertainment 1,303,106 Full album
9 Dimension: Dilemma Enhypen Belift Lab 1,205,949 Full album
10 Be BTS Big Hit Entertainment 1,049,496 Full album
2022 (October)
2022 Yearly Top 10 Best-Selling Albums (as of October)[16]
# Album Artist Label Total sales Format
1 Proof BTS Big Hit Music 3,387,483 Anthology
2 Maxident Stray Kids JYP Entertainment 2,748,722 EP
3 Face the Sun Seventeen Pledis Entertainment 2,591,932 Full album
4 Born Pink Blackpink YG Entertainment 2,481,625 Full album
5 Glitch Mode NCT Dream SM Entertainment 2,108,183 Full album
6 2 Baddies NCT 127 SM Entertainment 1,821,783 Full album
7 Girls Aespa SM Entertainment 1,799,123 EP
8 Minisode 2: Thursday's Child TXT Big Hit Music 1,770,743 EP
9 Oddinary Stray Kids JYP Entertainment 1,738,784 EP
10 After Like Ive Starship Entertainment 1,593,881 Single album

Achievement by artists[edit]

Artist with most albums in the Yearly Top 10 Best Selling Album List
Artist with most weeks at number one
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Artist Exo BTS Seventeen Girls' Generation
Super Junior
Shinee
Total weeks 36 31 22 21 19
Artist with most months at number one
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Artist Exo BTS Seventeen Girls' Generation Super Junior
Total months 17 14 11 10 9
Albums with most consecutive weeks at number one
Albums with most consecutive months at number one
Artist Album Total Months Year
Girls' Generation The Boys 3 2011
Oh! 2 2010
Exo Exodus 2015
Obsession 2019

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Park, Jun-hee (July 7, 2022). "Gaon Chart aims to become global K-pop chart with new name". The Korea Herald. Retrieved July 7, 2022.
  2. ^ Han, Sang-hee (February 23, 2010). "Korea Launches First Official Music Charts Gaon". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on August 4, 2010. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  3. ^ "Super Junior's 4th Album Ranked Top-Seller of 2010". Chosun Ilbo. February 8, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2022.
  4. ^ 2010년 음반판매 Top 100 [Top 100 Albums Sold in 2010]. Archived from the original on February 13, 2011. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  5. ^ 2011년 Album Chart [2011 Album Chart]. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  6. ^ 2012년 Album Chart [2012 Album Chart]. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  7. ^ 2013년 Album Chart [2013 Album Chart]. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  8. ^ 2014년 Album Chart [2014 Album Chart]. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  9. ^ 2015년 Album Chart [2015 Album Chart]. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  10. ^ 2016년 Album Chart [2016 Album Chart]. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  11. ^ 2017년 Album Chart [2017 Album Chart]. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  12. ^ 2018년 Album Chart [2018 Album Chart]. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  13. ^ 2019년 Album Chart [2019 Album Chart]. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  14. ^ 2020년 Album Chart [2020 Album Chart]. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  15. ^ 2021년 Album Chart [2021 Album Chart]. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  16. ^ "2022.10 Album Chart". Circle Chart. Retrieved November 9, 2022.

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