Gaon Music Chart reveals their 2019 Yearly Album Chart

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Gaon Music Chart, known for being one of the biggest charts compiling digital results and album sales in Korea, has just updated their yearly Album Chart for 2019!

Gaon’s Album Chart is based on domestic offline album sales, which is counted through subtracting the amount of returns from distributed albums. An “album” counts as any tape, LP, CD, USB, Kit, or other physical form of music release.

The chart is not limited to albums released in 2019, so you will see some older albums on the list!

Which artists outsold everyone else this year?


Source: Gaon Music Chart (gaonchart.co.kr)

BTS blew away all the competition with “MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA”, selling an amazing total of 3,718,230 albums in 2019! It was with this album and the songs within that they completely swept all the daesang awards at both MAMA and the MMAs.

SEVENTEEN grabbed the number 2 spot with “3RD ALBUM ‘An Ode'”! Just released in September 2019, they quickly racked up 858,872 sales and took this high spot on the yearly chart. SEVENTEEN is currently holding a world tour of the same name.

EXO took the number 3 place with 766,294 sales of “OBSESSION – The 6th Album”! They managed to sell this amount in just one month, since the album was released on November 27!

X1 at number 4 had a strong shot at being rookies of the year with their album “Flight : QUANTUM LEAP“, which sold 580,573 copies. Over 500,000 of these were sold within the first week of sales! X1 is the only group to sell that many copies within their first week of debut. Sadly, the group has disbanded as of January 6.

The number 5 spot is taken by the “BTS WORLD OST” for BTS‘s mobile game! The game soundtrack sold 553,364 copies. BTS World is a game that lets fans take the role of BTS’s manager and follow them on their journey from debut to stardom.

Number 6 is Baekhyun and his first solo album “City Lights – The 1st Mini Album”! He sold a total of 525,935 copies. Over 400,000 of these were within the first week of sales in July! Baekhyun has been busy this year, also participating in SM’s super group SuperM.

Kang Daniel is the only solo artist to have beat Baekhyun’s first week sales, selling 440,000 copies of his debut album “color on me” in just one week! His total sales for 2019 topped off at 500,134. He began promotions for his second release “TOUCHIN'” in November, but immediately went on hiatus due to severe anxiety.

SEVENTEEN gets a second album into the top ten, with “6TH MINI ALBUM ‘YOU MADE MY DAY'” selling 475,998 albums since its release in January. This makes SEVENTEEN the only group other than BTS to have two group albums make the top 10!

Super Junior‘s popularity is still going strong, with “Time_Slip – The 9th Album” taking the number 9 spot on the list! They sold a total of 427,647 albums. Super Junior is releasing the repackaged album “TIMELESS” on January 28.

TWICE is the only girl group to reach the top 10! Their latest album “Feel Special” sold a total of 427,647 copies according to Gaon. Sadly Mina was unable to join the group in their promotions, but she will be attending an upcoming Japanese album release event!


All of the top 50 albums this year sold over 100,000 copies! Considering it was uncommon for even popular groups to sell much over 100,000 copies before 2013, this is an amazing feat!

11. TWICE – FANCY YOU : 394,405

12. EXO-SC – What a life – The 1st Mini Album : 391, 121

13. BTS – LOVE YOURSELF ‘Her’ : 369,601

14. BTS – LOVE YOURSELF ‘Answer’ : 363,570

15. BTS – LOVE YOURSELF ‘Tear’ : 332,372

16. NCT DREAM – We Boom – The 3rd Mini Album : 327,805

17. BLACKPINK – KILL THIS LOVE : 324,577

18. GOT7 – SPINNING TOP : BETWEEN SECURITY & INSECURITY : 314,948

19. GOT7 – Call My Name : 298,361

20. NCT 127 – NCT #127 WE ARE SUPERHUMAN – The 4th Mini Album : 265,762

21. IZ*ONE – HEART*IZ : 255,536
22. MONSTA X – WE ARE HERE – The 2nd Mini Album Take.2 : 253,456
23. NU’EST – The 6th Mini Album ‘Happily Ever After’ : 251,083
24. MONSTA X – ‘FOLLOW’ : FIND YOU : 226,357
25. NU’EST – The 7th Mini Album ‘The Table’ : 212,499
26. TOMORROW X TOGETHER – The Dream Chapter : STAR : 203,795
27. TOMORROW X TOGETHER – The Dream Chapter : MAGIC : 202,302
28. IU – Love poem : 191,051
29. CHEN – April and a Flower – The 1st Mini Album : 187,575
30. Stray Kids – Clé : LEVANTER : 182,300

31. Stray Kids – Clé 1 : MIROH
32. AB6IX – B:COMPLETE
33. SuperM – SuperM – The 1st Mini Album
34. Taeyeon – Purpose – The 2nd Album
35. ATEEZ – TREASURE EP.FIN : All To Action
36. CHEN – Dear my dear
37. Red Velvet – ‘The ReVe Festival’ Day 1
38. Stray Kids – Clé 2 : Yellow Wood
39. ATEEZ – TREASURE EP.3 : One To All
40. U-KNOW – True Colors – The 1st Mini Album

41. AB6IX – 6IXENSE
42. BTS – WINGS
43. BTS – The Most Beautiful Moment in Life ‘Young Forever’
44. THE BOYZ – 2nd Single Album “Bloom Bloom”
45. WINNER – WE
46. ASTRO – All Light
47. ITZY – IT’z ICY
48. BTS – YOU NEVER WALK ALONE
49. ASTRO – BLUE FLAME
50. THE BOYZ – 4th Mini Album “DreamLike”

Which groups do you think will have big sales in 2020?

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