Gaon Music Chart, one of the top Korean charts to track overall digital and physical sales in South Korea, updated their weekly Retail Album Chart numbers for the dates May 10 to May 16! The “Retail Album Chart” tracks the total number of albums sold at retail stores.
Last week began with a bang with the comebacks of two big boy groups in K-pop: NU’EST and DAY6! Both groups have made better results this comeback than any one before, with DAY6 even reaching their highest ever realtime rank on Melon. It is time to see which group came out on top in sales!
1. NU’EST – The Nocturne
NU’EST came back with their eighth mini album, “The Nocturne“, on Monday last week. Following the album release, they managed to sell 144,015 copies of the album before the end of the week on May 9! Every track on the album was in part written or composed by the members, with Baekho having helped write and compose five of the six tracks.
2. DAY6 – The Book of Us: The Demon
Even without active album promotion on television shows, DAY6 managed to sell 38,258 copies of their latest album “The Book of Us: The Demon“! The album, along with the title track “Zombie“, are doing amazingly well even compared to the group’s past songs. “Zombie” entered the Melon realtime chart at number 8, by far the highest ranking the group has ever entered the charts with.
3. NCT DREAM – Reload
NCT DREAM stays high in sales for the third week in a row with “Reload“! In the third week after their release the group still sold 7,839 copies of the physical album in retail stores. NCT DREAM finished promotions for their album to make way for NCT 127’s repackaged comeback, so it will be interesting to see what happens to the group’s sales in the next week!
4. NU’EST – The Nocturne (KIT)
NU’EST actually managed to get two entries in the top five this week with the kit version of their mini album, “The Nocturne“! The kit album sold a total number of 3,438 copies during the past week.
5. CRAVITY – HIDEOUT: REMEMBER WHO WE ARE
CRAVITY is holding steady in the weekly sales rankings even as other more senior groups keep starting and finishing their promotions. Last week, this Starship rookie group sold 3,241 copies of their debut album “HIDEOUT: REMEMBER WHO WE ARE“.
This week brings K-pop fans comebacks from TXT and NCT 127, solo debuts from Lovelyz‘s Ryu Sujeong and VIXX‘s Ken, and many comebacks and debuts from smaller groups! Who do you think will top the Gaon Retail Album Sales charts next week?