Your weekly round-up of the biggest hits on South Korea’s official music chart, the Gaon chart.
For a second consecutive week, TWICE’s “Signal” is sitting pretty at the top of the Gaon Digital Chart. It's a sweet victory for “Signal,” which was initially met with mixed-reception from listeners, and under-performed on the real-time digital charts. However, the quirky track has become a strong seller after overcoming its bumpy start.
SEVENTEEN returned last week, and their comeback has certainly made a splash on the charts. The group’s new single, “Don't Wanna Cry,” debuts at No. 12, making it their second highest-charting single ever. Their highest belongs to “Pretty Pretty,” which peaked at No. 11 last year.
The boys are also slaying the album chart, with their Al1 mini-album debuting at No. 1. It's the group’s fourth No. 1 overall, following Love & Letter, Love & Letter repackaged edition, and Going Seventeen. Physical sales have been through the roof, with Al1 selling 192,000 copies to log the tenth biggest first-week sales in Hanteo history.
Meanwhile, iKON made their long-awaited return to the charts this week with “Bling Bling,” which debuts at No. 24. The group's other new single, “B-Day,” comes in slightly lower at No. 36. As far as lead singles go, this is the worst chart performance from a YG Entertainment artist since the Gaon Chart was established in early 2010.
iKON fare a bit better on the album chart. Their latest release, New Kids: Begin, debuts at No. 2, just behind SEVENTEEN. WINNER’s last album, Fate Number Four, also peaked at No. 2.
Next week, look for new chart debuts from ASTRO, APRIL, SISTAR, ELRIS, HIGHLIGHT, Baek A-Yeon, and Suran!
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