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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Gaon Monthly Chart for January


The Gaon Chart is the national chart of South Korea and is intended to be the equivalent of Oricon in Japan and Billboard in the United States.

Check out the chart rankings for the month of January 2014 (January 1 - January 31) below!


Gaon Chart National Digital Singles Ranking

RankArtist & TitleGAON CountAgency & Distributor
1Girl's Day - Something58,954,242DreamT / Loen
2MC The Max - Wind That Blows57,766,142Music&New / Loen
3Ailee - Singing Got Better51,178,039YMC / Neowiz Internet
4LYn - My Destiny42,588,075SBS Contents Hub / Loen
5Gary ft. Crush - Shower Later42,231,514Leessang Company / Loen
6Hyorin - Hello Goodbye39,661,060SBS Contents Hub / Loen
7TVXQ - Something38,693,382SM / Kt music
8K.Will - Like A Star38,374,350SBS Contents Hub / Loen
9Rain - LA SONG37,251,553Cube DC / Loen
10IU ft. Jang Yi Jeong - Friday35,375,274Loen Tree / Loen


Gaon Chart National Physical Albums Ranking

RankArtist & AlbumAlbum SalesLabel & Distributor
1TVXQ - Tense194,198SM / Kt music
2B1A4 - Who Am I99,675Pony Canyon
3Jaejoong - WWW Cleaning the Makeup (Repackage)50,000C-JeS / A&G Modes
4Rain - Rain Effect35,685Loen
5VIXX - Voodoo21,675 (Total Sales: 84,635)CJ E&M
6EXO - XOXO Repackaged (Kiss Ver.)17,096 (Total Sales: 352,919)SM / Kt music
7EXO - Miracles in December (Korean Ver.)15,085 (Total Sales: 277,910)SM / Kt music
8Gary - Mr. Gae10,791Loen
9EXO - Miracles in December (Chinese Ver.)10,601 (Total Sales: 182,145)SM / Kt music
10Kim Kwang Seok - Kim Kwang Seok Best9,968CJ E&M

Online Downloads For The Month

RankArtist & TitleDownload CountLabel & Distributor
1MC The Max - Wind That Blows668,927Music&New / Loen
2Girl's Day - Something661,811DreamT / Loen
3Ailee - Singing Got Better607,741YMC / Neowiz Internet
4Gary ft. Crush - Shower Later526,428Leessang Company / Loen
5Hyorin - Hello Goodbye452,661SBS Contents Hub / Loen
6K.Will - Like A Star451,509SBS Contents Hub / Loen
7Rain - LA SONG450,749Cube DC / Loen
8LYn - My Destiny439,463SBS Contents Hub / Loen
9TVXQ - Something383,960SM / Kt Music
10MC The Max - We In The Past380,967Music&New / Loen

Online Streams For The Month

RankArtist & TitleStreaming CountLabel & Distributor
1MC The Max - Wind That Blows17,091,151Music&New / Loen
2Girl's Day - Something16,483,368DreamT / Loen
3IU ft. Jang Yi Jeong - Friday14,809,097Loen Tree / Loen
4LYn - My Destiny14,481,856SBS Contents Hub / Loen
5Ailee - Singing Got Better13,470,564YMC / Neowiz Internet
6K.Will - Like A Star10,015,349SBS Contents Hub / Loen
7Rain - LA SONG9,895,876Cube DC / Loen
8Gary ft. Crush - Shower Later9,554,649Leesang Company / Loen
9MC The Max - We In The Past9,092,242Music&New / Loen
10Wheesung ft. Junhyung - Heartsore Story8,747,999Nominate / CJ E&M


Read more: http://www.allkpop.com/article/2014/02/gaon-chart-releases-chart-rankings-for-the-month-of-january-2014#ixzz2sabW2zmM 




I never realized how much popularity Girl's Day has gained. They have exploded! I wonder if their next comeback will be just as popular and well-received. With numbers like these I believe Girl's Day has finally established themselves as a top act. There are also a lot more articles published about them recently verses their time before "Expectation". I like "Something". TVXQ's song and Girl's Day's. (Still can't believe they had the same title for a title track). Girl's Day didn't have to be too sexy because the song practically did it for them. It's a fun song to sing to and the production on it overall is fantastic.

I'm proud of TVXQ! I've been a Cassiopeia for a looonnnnnggg time now. It's nice to see that they are still doing well. I also liked the Jazz concept way better than their Catch Me concept. I also like Something better than Catch Me because it is more unique to TVXQ than Catch Me was. Although dubstep has been trending lately, TVXQ doesn't necessarily go with the trends. It was a surprise for me to see that they tackled the dubstep genre. Even though they were one of the first K-pop acts to do it, they still followed the trend without bringing anything new to it. TENSE is an album that is more them. Like how they owned MIROTIC, "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap, Rising Sun, and Keep Your Head Down. Even though 3 of the albums previously mentioned was when TVXQ was a 5 member group, the TVXQ that returned as a duo kept the unique sound and TVXQness with Keep Your Head Down. I felt they kind of lost that during Catch Me and its repackage Humanoids. It's normal for groups to follow trends and try new things, but TVXQ always put their own unique spin on things. I feel that Catch Me lacked that but TENSE delivered. It's nice to see that they had a proper return to form. 

I like how Jaejoong doesn't get one ounce of music show promotion, but he can still do so well on the album charts. Even after the split with TVXQ his individual popularity is so strong. "WWW" and its repackage are really good albums. Keep up the good work Jaejoong!

Other notable mentions go to B1A4, EXO, IU, and VIXX. B1A4 has soared in popularity. It's nice to see that they are finally one of the top boy groups. They've always had such high potential and now they are succeeding. They've had the top song for 3 weeks on Inkigayo! Congratulations to B1A4! EXO is a music giant right now and an unstoppable force. I think that they will be the next wall that future boy groups will have to try to climb. Have they ever been out of the top 10 on the albums chart since they first released XOXO last year? IU didn't promote "Friday" on music shows at all. Friday is such a smooth and grooving song. I'm glad that it made the charts for January. Speaking of another album that is popular, VIXX's "Voodoo" is also a hot seller. I'm thinking that by the end of this year it will have sold over 100,000 copies! Congratulations to VIXX!

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