So who's really creating hit albums digitally in South Korea?

  • Decided to f**k around and make a list of the top 100 most successful albums in South Korea, 2018-now, ranked by cumulative digital points. Pre-releases and album-exclusive versions of songs are included in the cumulative total.


    Position Album Name Digital Points
    1 Map of the Soul: 7* 3,320,580,433
    2 Map of the Soul: PERSONA* 3,113,290,443
    3 Love Poem* 3,055,886,789
    4 Love Yourself: TEAR 2,581,014,689
    5 Love Yourself: ANSWER 2,438,580,654
    6 Square Up 2,208,055,017
    7 Speak Your Mind (Deluxe)* 2,032,360,822
    8 항해 (AKMU)* 1,973,896,847
    9 Circular 엠씨더맥스 1,869,912,795
    10 장범준 3집* 1,700,371,432
    11 Palette* 1,675,702,560
    12 Take 1,619,608,787
    13 THE ALBUM* - 1,619,079,580
    14 You Never Walk Alone* 1,589,927,731
    15 Red Diary Page.2 (볼빨간사춘기) 1,538,628,722
    16 Return 1,512,413,790
    17 사춘기집Ⅰ 꽃기운 (Bol4 볼빨간사춘기)* 1,497,822,575
    18 BE* 1,481,550,749
    19 Boyhood* 1,459,738,191
    20 NONSTOP* 1,367,976,567
    21 Moonlight* 1,303,047,701
    22 Aladdin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 1,277,568,688
    23 WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?* 1,245,906,429
    24 Love Yourself: HER 1,232,678,108
    25 Four Seasons* 1,230,261,518
    26 전설 (Jannabi 잔나비)* 1,207,919,236
    27 Evolve 1,169,897,313
    28 thank u, next - 1,140,702,863
    29 I met you when I was 18.* 1,134,259,209
    30 GREAT! 1,131,578,004
    31 ÷ (Deluxe)* 1,103,771,026
    32 Summer Nights 1,091,274,379
    33 Camila 1,089,125,935
    34 Don't Mess Up My Tempo 1,080,692,283
    35 Recipe (Ben) 1,047,164,980
    36 Red Diary Page.1 1,009,132,210
    37 Fitz and The Tantrums (Deluxe) 994,938,562
    38 Offset 994,640,911
    39 Yellow Flower 983,032,987
    40 0+1=1 (I PROMISE YOU) 954,986,652
    41 IT'z Different 920,145,585
    42 쇼미더머니 777 Episode 1 909,279,104
    43 YES OR YES 867,056,042
    44 바람 Wind (Heize) 862,776,965
    45 CHANNEL 8 (MC몽) 859,219,131
    46 고등래퍼2 Final 854,226,422
    47 FLY HIGH PROJECT #2 `옥탑방` 846,578,432
    48 /// (너 먹구름 비) [You, Clouds, Rain - Heize] 839,890,844
    49 Brother Act. 814,225,593
    50 `The ReVe Festival` Finale* 802,720,548
    51 Every letter I sent you.* 801,349,458
    52 THIS IS US - 797,679,953
    53 Dingo X Indigo Music 796,337,365
    54 Red Moon 780,488,790
    55 Frozen 2 (겨울왕국 2 OST) 773,636,716
    56 reality in BLACK 762,657,836
    57 Our love is great 747,959,124
    58 What Is Love? 742,992,556
    59 Kill This Love 723,463,066
    60 1÷X=1 (UNDIVIDED) 717,820,573
    61 Two Fine 710,693,895
    62 FANCY YOU 707,330,428
    63 XX 698,288,378
    64 사월, 그리고 꽃 - The 1st Mini Album 696,015,923
    65 Warning 671,058,022
    66 Time for the Moon Night 668,766,592
    67 쇼미더머니 9 Episode 1* 651,199,729
    68 Maria* 648,585,907
    69 The Perfect Red Velvet - 640,285,314
    70 CEREMONIA* 637,825,365
    71 LOVE SHOT - The 5th Album Repackage 632,707,253
    72 LIFE IS BEAUTY FULL 631,159,449
    73 Summer Magic 610,466,232
    74 Purpose 606,874,476
    75 Merry & Happy 598,385,369
    76 1X1=1(TO BE ONE) 596,209,475
    77 ONE & SIX 595,238,245
    78 Universe - 겨울 스페셜 앨범, 2017 592,268,676
    79 Illuminate (New Deluxe Ver.) 589,517,286
    80 초록빛 582,026,034
    81 Collage 579,628,047
    82 Obsession 579,502,729
    83 쇼미더머니 9 Episode 3* 566,139,381
    84 Hour Moment 565,961,366
    85 EVERYD4Y 565,941,025
    86 1-1=0 (NOTHING WITHOUT YOU) 561,242,135
    87 summer, (jeremy zucker)* 554,592,282
    88 Future Nostalgia* 554,311,335
    89 힘든 건 사랑이 아니다* 554,309,060
    90 The Red Summer - 552,825,036
    91 0M 551,214,205
    92 1¹¹=1 (POWER OF DESTINY) 547,713,761
    93 sleepless in __________ 544,306,880
    94 The Fairy Tale - 530,278,718
    95 사춘기집Ⅱ 꽃 본 나비 505,478,626
    96 Nine Track Mind (Deluxe) 480,453,703
    97 Flourishing 464,539,306
    98 NUNA* 455,447,282
    99 Bloom*IZ 453,117,088
    100 Lilac* 449,560,571

    Is he.....you know?

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  • * refers to what?

    still charting / counting

  • I think single albums should be included too.


    BBIBBI would have a bit more than 1,126,703,905

    and

    eight a bit more than 966,757,134


    And why did you take out the OSTs and left Aladdin? Did you miss it?

  • I don't think anybody else other than IU is making hit albums in South Korea. Having two songs that charted well (ala Oh my Girl) doesn't really qualify for a hit album imo. BTS is, of course, an exception because we don't really know if those B-sides are fan driven or not.

  • How come both persona & 7 have almost the same points?

    Persona has bwl that alone has 1.6B+ digital index. Mikrokosmos a bside has 500M digital points (if i am not mistaken) while ON which is the biggest song on mots7 has just above 600M points.

    Edit : bwl is included in mots7 too so is it not included in it?

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  • No one cared for hwasa's album outside of maria. Strange.

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  • without a doubt, bts and iu are hit song and album makers.


    square up did really well up there! :borahae:

  • The same can be said about IU. We don't really know if her album's b sides are fan driven or not?

    considering how high and how long IU's bsides chart on korean charts (her entire album is still charting high on ichart), is your implication that IU has a bigger fanbase in south korea than bts? tbh this depends on how someone defines fanbase bc IU's first 24hr unique listeners show that she does have a loyal listener base, just don't know if that's enough to qualify as "fan-driven".

  • I don't think anybody else other than IU is making hit albums in South Korea. Having two songs that charted well (ala Oh my Girl) doesn't really qualify for a hit album imo. BTS is, of course, an exception because we don't really know if those B-sides are fan driven or not.

    fyi everyone.... gaon filters fandom streaming. Thats why you have some songs over 400-500M on Melon streams but aren't even certified 100M on Gaon. Gaon digital numbers filter out a lot of fandom influence.

  • considering how high and how long IU's bsides chart on korean charts (her entire album is still charting high on ichart), is your implication that IU has a bigger fanbase in south korea than bts? tbh this depends on how someone defines fanbase bc IU's first 24hr unique listeners show that she does have a loyal listener base, just don't know if that's enough to qualify as "fan-driven".

    Loyal listeners are fans. Every digimon who has consistently high numbers is fandom based. Fans who stream instead of buying albums are still fans.

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