EXO-SC, BLACKPINK, ATEEZ top monthly music chart for July

(Clockwise from top left) EXO-SC, ATEEZ, Red Velvet’s Irene and Seulgi, SF9, GFriend, BLACKPINK, Stray Kids, Lee Jin-hyuk, AB6IX and Woodz (Twitter)

South Korea’s Hanteo Chart released the list of artists who topped its monthly music chart for July.

EXO-SC, composed of Sehun and Chanyeol, took first place with their debut studio album “1 Billion Views” selling 476,838 copies for July. The album sold 269,001 on the first day of release on July 13, and went on to garner 412,588 copies in sales in the first week. That’s 177,647 copies more than their debut mini-album “What a Life,” which had 234,941 copies in the first week when it was released in July 2019.

K-pop girl group BLACKPINK’s “How You Like That” Special Edition placed second with 210,620 copies sold. It sold 155,844 copies on the first day of release on July 17 and had 204,334 copies in the first week, compared to 146,094 copies for “Kill This Love,” or a difference of 58,240.

Boy band ATEEZ, which debuted in October 2018, grabbed third place when their new album “Zero: Fever Part.1” sold 208,321 copies in just three days from July 29 to 31. Their last Korean album “Treasure Epilogue: Action to Answer,” released last Jan. 6, sold 62,833 copies in the first week and became the sixth top-selling album for the first quarter of 2020 with 125,605 copies. 

Red Velvet members Irene and Seulgi’s first mini-album “Monster” copped fourth place with 158,076 copies sold. It garnered 117,423 copies in sales in the first week since its release on July 6.

Boy band SF9’s “9LORYUS” placed fifth with 97,198 copies in sales. The album was released on July 6 and recorded 72,272 copies in sales in the first week of release, higher than their “First Collection” album, which dropped on Jan. 7 and had 68,707 copies sold in the first week.

GFriend’s “Song of the Sirens” album, released on July 13, is sixth with 72,111 copies sold. It posted sales of 67,244 copies in the first week of release, higher than “Labyrinth” which had 53,162.

Stray Kids’ “Go Live” album, released on June 17, placed seventh in July with 62,899 copies. The album sold 149,694 in June for a total of 212,593 copies in two months.

UP10TION member Lee Jin-hyuk grabbed eighth place with his “Splash!” Released on June 30, the album sold 60,866 copies in July. 

Boy band AB6IX’s “Vivid” album was ninth with 53,595 copies sold. Released on June 29, the album sold 63,615 in the first two days of release for a total of 117,210 until July. 

Woodz, aka Cho Seung-youn, of boy band UNIQ placed 10th when his album “Equal” sold 41,839 copies. It was released on June 29 and posted 101,963 copies in sales in the first week.