Gaon Music Chart reveals best-selling albums in Korea in 2020, issues new certifications

Published January 9, 2021, 8:17 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

(Clockwise from top left) BTS, BLACKPINK, Seventeen, NCT 127, NCT and EXO’s Baekhyun (Twitter)

Gaon Music Chart has released the final figures for the top-selling albums in South Korea in 2020 and has also published new certifications.

The Album Chart refers to the total number of albums shipped minus returns while the Retail Album Chart is the cumulative total by retail sales volume. 

On the Album Chart for 2020, BTS took the first two spots. Their “Map of the Soul: 7” album is in first place with 4.37 million copies followed by “BE” with 2.69 million. 

Seventeen’s “Heng:garae” placed third with 1.37 million followed by NCT’s “NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1” with 1.28 million and BLACKPINK’s “The Album” with 1.24 million. 

The Korea Music Content Association (KMCA), meanwhile, issued new certifications on Jan. 7. Under albums, BTS’ “BE” is certified double million while SuperM’s “Super One” is now double platinum and Monsta X’s “Fatal Love” is platinum. 

Ben’s “180˚” is certified platinum under downloads and Gaho’s “Start,” an original soundtrack (OST) for the drama “Itaewon Class,” is certified platinum under streaming. 

The top 20 in 2020 based on Gaon’s Album Chart are: 

1. BTS – “Map of the Soul: 7” – 4,376,975

2. BTS – “BE (Deluxe Edition)” – 2,692,022

3. Seventeen – “Heng:garae”  – 1,377,813

4. NCT – “NCT Resonance Pt. 1” – 1,289,594

5. BLACKPINK – “The Album” – 1,244,802

6. Seventeen – “Semicolon” – 1,122,850

7. EXO’s Baekhyun – “Delight” – 971,554

8. NCT 127 – “NCT #127 Neo Zone” – 836,779

9. NCT –  “NCT Resonance Pt. 2” – 791,590

10. BTS – “Skool Luv Affair Special Addition” – 670,500

11. NCT Dream – “Reload” – 633,593

12. TWICE – “More & More” – 573,431

13. Kim Ho-joong – “We Are Family”  – 539,350

14. NCT 127 – “NCT #127 Neo Zone: The Final Round”  – 524,224

15. IZ*ONE – “Oneiric Diary” – 515,492

16. EXO-SC  – “1 Billion Views”  – 510,297

17. SuperM  – “Super One”  – 504,232

18. TWICE – “Eyes Wide Open” – 479,885

19. TXT – “Minisode1: Blue Hour” – 476,596

20. IZ*ONE – “BLOOM*IZ”  – 465,308

The top 20 in 2020 on the Retail Album Chart are: 

1. BTS – “Map of the Soul: 7” – 3,444,391

2. BTS – “BE (Deluxe Edition)” – 2,207,980

3. Seventeen – “Semicolon”  – 924,762

4.  EXO’s Baekhyun – “Delight” – 835,267

5. NCT – “NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1” – 715,350

6. Seventeen – “Heng:garae” – 678,460

7. BLACKPINK – “The Album” – 662,073

8. NCT – “NCT Resonance Pt. 2” – 544,878

9. Kim Hojoong – “Our Family” – 527,900

10. NCT 127 – “NCT #127 Neo Zone” – 352,976

11. EXO-SC  – “1 Billion Views”  – 316,659

12. TXT – “Minisode1: Blue Hour” – 312,645

13. Kang Daniel – “Magenta” – 311,938

14. IZ*ONE – “Oneiric Diary” – 273,046

15. NCT 127 – “NCT #127 Neo Zone The Final Round” – 263,321

16. NCT Dream – “Reload’ – 259,749

17. Kang Daniel – “Cyan” – 259,396

18. Kim Ho-joong – “The Classic Album I” – 258,940

19. Kim Ho-joong – “The Classic Album II” – 258,752

20. IZ*ONE – “BLOOM*IZ” – 250,848

 
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