Here are the top-selling songs, albums in Korea in first half of 2021

Published July 11, 2021, 9:27 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

(Clockwise from top left) NCT Dream, Seventeen, IU, Brave Girls, BTS and BLACKPINK (Twitter, Instagram) 

Gaon Music Chart has issued the list of the top-selling songs and albums in Korea, and the most popular artists for the first half of 2021. 

Album Chart

In the first half of 2021, the album sales of the top 400 totaled 26 million copies, an increase by 7.6 million compared to the same period last year and equivalent to 62 percent of the total sales in 2020. 

In the album category, NCT Dream’s “Hot Sauce,” released in May, placed first followed by Seventeen’s “Your Choice,” EXO’s “Don’t Fight the Feeling,” EXO member Baekhyun’s “Bambi” and BTS’ “BE.” 

The 20 top-selling albums in Korea for the first half of 2021 are:

1. NCT Dream – “Hot Sauce” – 2,049,042

2. Seventeen – “Your Choice” – 1,391,964

3. EXO – “Don’t Fight the Feeling” – 1,216,175

4. EXO’s Baekhyun – “Bambi” – 1,007,625

5. BTS – “BE” – 970,197

6. NCT Dream – “Hello Future” – 869,086

7. TXT – “The Chaos Chapter: Freeze” – 784,394

8. ENHYPEN – “Border: Carnival” – 636,222

9. TWICE – “Taste of Love” – 522,876

10. ATEEZ – “Zero: Fever, Pt. 2” – 502,150

11. BLACKPINK’s Rosé – “R” – 477,859

12. Super Junior – “The Renaissance” – 467,556

13. IU – “Lilac” – 382,008

14. NCT – “NCT Resonance Pt. 2” – 377,856

15. ASTRO – “All Yours” – 360,304

16. ITZY – “Guess Who” – 331,709

17. Kang Daniel – “Yellow” – 320,129

18. Monsta X – “One Of A Kind” – 305,808

19. Treasure – “The First Step: Treasure Effect” – 302,502

20. SHINee – “Don’t Call Me” – 301,348

Digital Chart 

Gaon’s digital chart for the first half of the year is based on streaming, downloads and BGM sales. IU came first (and fourth) followed by Brave Girls, BTS and KyoungSeo. 

The top 20 songs on Gaon’s digital chart for the first half of 2021 are: 

1. IU – “Celebrity” – 612,091,106

2. Brave Girls – “Rollin’” – 531,891,270

3. BTS – “Dynamite” – 438,420,726

4. IU – “Lilac” – 407,573,975

5. KyoungSeo – “Shiny Star” – 401,355,030

6. Justin Bieber – “Peaches” feat. Daniel Caesar and Giveon – 337,607,147

7. Jang Beom-june – “Can’t Sleep” – 336,504,468

8. Mirani, Munchman, Khundi Panda & Mushvenom – “VVS” feat. JUSTHIS – 329,553,655

9. BLACKPINK – “Lovesick Girls” – 315,955,106

10. IU – “Hold My Hand” – 310,572,447

11. Sandeul – “Slightly Tipsy” – 309,989,785

12. Brave Girls – “We Ride” – 296,453,897

13. Song I Han – “I will be your shining star” – 282,946,261

14. IU – “eight” (Prod. & Feat. Suga of BTS – 278,507,280

15. IU – “Blueming” – 273,525,303

16. Jukjae – “Do you want to walk with me?” – 270,594,313

17. Yang Yoseob and Jung Eun-ji – “Love Day (2021)” – 259,156,949

18. 10cm – “Borrow your night” – 258,415,162

19.  Akmu – “How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love” – 253,785,622

20. BLACKPINK’s Rosé – “On The Ground” – 252,601,355

Social Chart 

Gaon’s Social Chart is based on popularity on YouTube, TikTok, V LIVE, Mubeat and My Celebs. The top 10 most popular artists in the first half of 2021 are: 

1. BTS 

2. BLACKPINK 

3. Lim Young-woong 

4. IU 

5. TWICE 

6. Lee Chan-won 

7. Young Tak 

8. EXO 

9. Block B 

10. Stray Kids 

 
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