K-pop group Brave Girls, EXO’s Baekhyun rule digital music, album charts in March

Published April 8, 2021, 11:10 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

(Clockwise from top left) EXO’s Baekhyun, Brave Girls, TXT, TWICE and SHINee (Twitter)

Trending K-pop group Brave Girls and EXO’s Baekhyun ruled the monthly music charts in Korea for March.

Gaon Music Chart, operated by the Korea Music Content Association (KMCA), announced the top albums and songs in March, and the latest round of certifications for albums, downloads and streaming.

Brave Girls, which made a dramatic comeback in March after nearly disbanding, is No. 1 on Gaon’s digital chart with a total score of 162.69 million courtesy of their four-year-old song “Rollin.’” The digital chart is based on overall streaming, download and BGM sales.

“Rollin’” is also No. 1 on streaming, No. 4 on download chart, No. 5 on bell chart, No. 6 on ring chart and karaoke and No. 9 on BGM.

The song rose to the top of the charts after a video was uploaded on YouTube on Feb. 24 showing the different performances of Brave Girls before Korean soldiers.

Trot singer Lim Young-woong’s “My Starry Love” topped the download, BGM, ring and bell charts for the month.

K-pop boy band EXO’s Baekhyun is No. 1 on the album chart with his latest release “Bambi” selling 591,944 copies in March.

KMCA released the new certifications for albums, downloads and streaming. In the album category, TXT’s “Minisode 1: Blue Hour” and TWICE’s “Eyes Wide Open” have been certified double platinum for reaching 500,000 copies in sales. K-pop boy band SHINee’s “Don’t Call Me” album has been certified platinum for selling 250,000 copies.

Certified platinum in the download category for reaching 2.5 million downloads are BTS’ “Boy With Luv” featuring Halsey, Girls’ Generation member Taeyeon’s “Four Seasons” and Chungha’s “Gotta Go.”

In the streaming category, certified double platinum for reaching 200 million streams are Akdong Musician’s “How Can I Love The Heartbreak, You’re The One I Love” and Maktub’s “To My Light.”

Certified platinum for garnering 100 million streams are BLACKPINK’s “How You Like That,” IU’s “Give You My Heart” (original soundtrack in the drama “Crash Landing on You”), Oh My Girl’s “Dolphin,” Maroon 5’s “Memories” and Sandeul’s “Slightly Tipsy.”