Gaon Music Chart

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Gaon Music Chart
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Gaon logo
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The homepage of the website in October 2014
Web address
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Record chart
Registration Optional
Available in Korean
Owner Korea Music Content Industry Association
Launched February 23, 2010; 5 years ago (2010-02-23)
Alexa rank
Increase 244,592 (October 2014)[1]
Current status Active

The Gaon Music Chart tabulates the relative weekly popularity of songs or albums in South Korea. It is compiled by the Korea Music Content Industry Association and sponsored by South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, with an aim to create a national chart for South Korea similar to the Billboard charts of the United States and the Oricon charts of Japan. It started tracking sales since the beginning of 2010.[2] It was officially launched in February 2010 with a launching ceremony held on 23 February 2010 at the Westin Chosun hotel in Seoul. The launch also included a small awarding ceremony, which awarded girl group Girls' Generation with top artist of January and boy band Super Junior with best album of 2009. Meanwhile, Hit single "We Fell In Love", performed by Jo Kwon of 2AM and Ga-in of Brown Eyed Girls, took the title of best weekly mobile ringtone.[3]

It originally started in 2009 for monthly top single sales, and has expanded to contain weekly single and album sales.[4] The charts are released each Thursday.

In February 2011, it published information on both online and offline album sales of 2010, including a detailed breakdown of online chart data and was the first time that off-line album sales was released since 2008 when the Music Industry Association of Korea stopped compiling data.[5]

Music charts[edit]

There are two primary charts: Gaon Album Chart and Gaon Digital Chart. The charts lists domestic artists' sales, international artists' sales and a combined overall sales in weekly, monthly and year-end format.

The Gaon Album Chart ranks physical album sales, including mini and single albums. It is compiled from offline data provided by record labels and distributors such as LOEN Entertainment, CJ E&M Music, KT Music, Sony Music Korea, Pony Canyon Korea, Universal Music Korea, and Warner Music Korea.

The Gaon Digital Chart ranks best-selling non-physical, digital music sales, and is an aggregate of downloads, streaming and background music. It excludes radio airplay, and different versions of a song are listed as separate entries. It is compiled from online data provided by web-based music providers such as Olleh Music, genie, Melon, Mnet, Soribada, Cyworld, Naver Music, Daum Music and Bugs. There is no digital album chart because each song is a separate digital download.

All charts rank the top 100. Before mid-2014, the digital, streaming, download, and noraebang charts ranked the top 200.

Chart title Chart type Methodology Description
Album Chart all music physical sales
  • Ranks the best selling albums
  • Ranks the best selling domestic albums
  • Ranks the best selling international albums
Digital Chart all music downloads +
streaming +
background music
  • Ranks the best selling songs
  • Ranks the best selling domestic songs
  • Ranks the best selling international songs
Download Chart all music downloads
  • Ranks digital download sales
  • One of three component charts of the Digital Chart
  • Ranks digital download sales (domestic songs)
  • Ranks digital download sales (international songs)
Streaming Chart all music streaming
  • Ranks streaming sales from digital music stores
  • One of three component charts of the Digital Chart
  • Ranks streaming sales (domestic songs) from digital music stores
  • Ranks streaming sales (international songs) from digital music stores
BGM Chart all music background music
  • Ranks background music sales
  • One of three component charts of the Digital Chart
Mobile Chart ringtones ringtones and
ringback tones
  • Ranks ringtone sales for mobile phones
ringback tones
  • Ranks ringback tone sales for mobile phones
Noraebang Chart all music karaoke
  • Ranks most played noraebang domestic songs
  • Ranks most played noraebang international songs

Social charts[edit]

The Gaon Social Chart is a weekly chart that ranks the top 100 songs according to their popularity on YouTube, Twitter and Weibo. From June 15, 2013–June 22, 2014, data was taken from YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Me2day. After Me2day closed, data was taken from YouTube, Twitter and Facebook (June 23–July 5, 2014) until Facebook was replaced by Weibo on July 6.

The Gaon Weibo Chart is a weekly chart that ranks the top 10 most popular K-pop groups and the top 30 most popular individual K-pop artists in China using data from Weibo. This chart started the week of June 29, 2014.



  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ Han, Sang-hee (23 February 2010). "Korea Launches First Official Music Charts Gaon". The Korea Times. The Korea Times. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  3. ^ Seung-hun, Kang (23 February 2010). "Korea launches integrated K-pop music chart 'Gaon'". 10 Asia. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Seo, Jung-min (February 23, 2010). 대중 음악 공인 ‘가온 차트’ 출범 [Popular music chart 'Gaon Chart' launched]. The Hankyoreh (in Korean). The Hankyoreh. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Super Junior's 4th Album Ranked Top-Seller of 2010" Chosun Ilbo. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-17

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