Gaon Charts March 2016

Korea’s national music chart Gaon published the charts for March a week ago. Here’s a look at how the local indie music managed during the month.


Gaon Korean Album Chart

March appears to have been an overall very good month for album sales in Korea. Tearliner‘s soundtrack for tvN drama Cheese In The Trap (치즈 인 더 트랩), The Black Skirts‘ third single, Rose Motel‘s second album both sold well during the respective weeks that they were released. Aside from that, March was all about Jang Beom June and his Busker Busker–not just because of how Busker Busker’s music has become Korea’s favorite soundtrack for spring, but also because Jang Beom June released his second solo album on March 25th.

Monthly RankAlbumMonthly SalesWeekly Ranks
11 [new] Jang Beom June - 장범준 2집10,000x-x-x-4-33
28 [new] The Black Skirts - 내 고향 서울엔3,000x-x-x-5-x
42 [new] Cheese In The Trap OST1,871x-12-x-36-x
44 [+91] Busker Busker -
버스커 버스커 1집
65 [new] Guckkasten - Frame99023-x-x-x-x
87 [hot] Jang Beom June - 장범준 1집649x-x-49-63-47
92 [new] Rose Motel - 오빠는 잘 있단다623x-x-20-x-x

The albums that did appear on the album chart during the month, but didn’t sell enough to qualify for the monthly chart of March (i.e. less than 581 copies) were the following:

959Hello Gayoung - 좋아하는 마음
981Mot - 재의 기술 (Ashcraft)
1027Mot - 재의 기술 (Ashcraft)
1070W - Desire
1060Busker Busker - 버스커 버스커 1집 마무리
1079Mot - 재의 기술 (Ashcraft)
1086Busker Busker - 버스커 버스커 2집
1137Annyeongbada - 밤새, 안녕히
1145Coffee Boy - 정규 4집 `꽃`
1166Busker Busker - 버스커 버스커 1집 마무리
1194Joa Band - 내가 첫 번째였음 좋겠어!
1196Joa Band - 저기 우리가 있을까
1245Busker Busker - 버스커 버스커 2집
1253Busker Busker - 버스커 버스커 1집 마무리

After pulling the feat of being the only Korean indie artist on Gaon’s album chart during February, Mot remained on the weekly album chart for 3 consecutive weeks. The new album from W, aka Where The Story Ends, also managed to place on the weekly chart after the release on March 10th. Annyeongbada and Coffee Boy both presented their 4th full-length albums during the second half of March, CD releases on March 23rd and March 28th respectively, and managed to sell enough to get recognized on the weekly chart.


Gaon Korean Digital Chart

Gaon’s digital chart combines the results of Gaon’s download, streaming and background music charts. Few indie songs make the joint chart, but all new songs to enter any of the related charts are added to Indieful ROK’s Gaon Digital 2016 YouTube playlist.

Jang Beom June’s second album did great on the album chart, but even better on the various digital charts. A couple 4 years old songs from his Busker Busker days also re-appeared on the chart, almost drowning Standing Egg‘s contribution to The Artist Diary Project released on April 14th.

Monthly RankSongWeekly Ranks
15 [new]Jang Beom June - "그녀가 곁에 없다면"x-x-19-5-10
17 [hot]Busker Busker - "벚꽃 엔딩"64-18-17-16-16
18 [new]Jang Beom June - "사랑에 빠졌죠"x-x-x-6-1
26 [new]Jang Beom June - "빗속으로"x-x-x-11-7
36 [-23]Oh Hyuk - "소녀"25-34-42-59-62
39 [-27]Jang Beom June - "회상"27-36-38-58-68
41 [new]Jang Beom June - "봄비"x-x-x-15-18
54 [new]Jang Beom June - "사랑에 빠져요"x-x-x-22-19
61 [+26] Kim Yuna - "길"39-45-41-92-x
70 [new]Standing Egg feat. Yundak - "무지개" x-x-21-60-75
71 [new]Jang Beom June - "그녀가 웃었죠"x-x-x-27-28
72 [new]Jang Beom June - "떠나야만해"x-x-x-28-29
75 [new]Jang Beom June - "홍대와 건대 사이"x-x-x-32-26
87 [new]Busker Busker - "꽃송이가"x-x-99-67-54
92 [new]Jang Beom June - "애태우는 여자"x-x-x-35-35

Girls GenerationsYoona released her first proper solo single on March 11. The song, “덕수궁 돌담길의 봄 (Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway>” featured 10cm and entered Gaon’s Korean digital chart at #50.

Additionally, Tearliner’s “이끌림”, Vanilla Acoustic‘s “너와 나의 시간은”, 10cm’s “스토커“, Busker Busker’s “여수 밤바다”, and another few songs off Jang Beom June’s new album appeared on the weekly digital chart during the month of March.

Gaon Korean Download Chart

All of Jang Beom June’s songs from his new album made the Korean download chart for March. Other newcomers were all the same as for the overall digital chart, including an extra Busker Busker song.

Monthly RankSongMonthly DownloadsWeekly Ranks
11 [new]Jang Beom June - "그녀가 곁에 없다면"325,530x-x-9-3-11
12 [new]Jang Beom June - "사랑에 빠졌죠"314,641x-x-x-2-2
15 [hot]Busker Busker - "벚꽃 엔딩"262,04939-18-17-32-18
18 [new]Jang Beom June - "빗속으로"241,081x-x-x-4-7
23 [new]Jang Beom June - "봄비"197,318x-x-x-7-9
27 [new]Jang Beom June - "사랑에 빠져요"178,979x-x-x-11-14
40 [new]Jang Beom June - "그녀가 웃었죠"146,463x-x-x-13-21
45 [new]Jang Beom June - "홍대와 건대 사이"144,663x-x-x-15-19
46 [new]Jang Beom June - "떠나야만해"143,391x-x-x-14-22
55 [new]Standing feat. Yundak - "무지개"127,583x-x-14-50-74
56 [-44]Jang Beom June - "회상"127,46529-42-51-64-81
57 [-35]Oh Hyuk - "소녀"123,70031-44-56-66-72
59 [new]Jang Beom June - "애태우는 여자"121,508x-x-x-19-27
62 [new]Jang Beom June - "밤을 지워가네"117,102x-x-x-21-31
64 [new]Jang Beom June - "귀여운 여자"115,882x-x-x-22-28
66 [new]Jang Beom June - "자장가를 활용한 신곡"114,739x-x-x-23-32
68 [new]Jang Beom June - "키스"112,298x-x-x-25-35
70 [new]Jang Beom June - "담배"110,253x-x-x-26-36
73 [+4] Kim Yuna - "길"105,11234-46-47-x-x
76 [new]Jang Beom June - "울랄라"103,466x-x-x-30-44
79 [new]Busker Busker - "꽃송이가"101,235x-x-81-48-48
87 [hot]Busker Busker - "여수 밤바다"89,029x-x-x-73-33

In addition to the songs above, also Hyukoh’s “위잉위잉”, Tearliner’s “이끌림”, The Black Skirts’ “내 고향 서울엔”, 10cm’s “스토커”, and leeSA‘s Signal OST contribution “꽃잎” appeared on Gaon’s weekly Korean download chart during the month of March.

Gaon Korean Streaming Chart

As is commonly the case, there is a slight delay between when songs first show up on Gaon’s download chart and when the same appear on the streaming chart. That became extra apparent during March with only a few of Jang Beom June’s new songs and a couple of Busker Busker songs entering as newcomers. Additionally Kim Yuna’s “길” for tvN drama Signal managed to climb into the top 100 after starting slow end of February.

Monthly RankSongMonthly StreamsWeekly Ranks
17 [hot]Busker Busker - "벚꽃 엔딩"10,163,03892-25-16-13-13
26 [new]Jang Beom June - "그녀가 곁에 없다면"8,220,955x-x-56-7-8
29 [-19]Oh Hyuk - "소녀"7,684,04120-24-27-34-45
31 [new]Jang Beom June - "사랑에 빠졌죠"6,961,663x-x-x-16-1
37 [-15]Jang Beom June - "회상"6,237,57732-37-36-46-59
55 [new]Jang Beom June - "빗속으로"4,693,323x-x-x-25-10
82 [new]Jang Beom June - "봄비"3,414,523x-x-x-45-18
83 [+55] Kim Yuna - "길"3,377,14475-78-65-x-x
85 [new]Standing Egg feat. Yundak - "무지개"3,301,002x-x-37-63-78
91 [new]Jang Beom June - "사랑에 빠져요"3,021,732x-x-x-53-21
95 [new]Busker Busker - "꽃송이가"2,924,884x-x-x-74-54

In addition to the songs above, also a full bunch more of Jang Beom June’s new songs, Hyukoh’s “위잉위잉”, Soyou and Kwon Jeong Yeol‘s “어깨“, Vanilla Acoustic’s “너와 나의 시간은”, and 10cm’s “스토커” appeared on Gaon’s weekly streaming chart during March.

Gaon BGM Chart

The Signal OST songs continued to do the well on Gaon’s background music chart during March: Kim Yuna, Jeong Cha Sik and Jang Beom June joined by Yi Sung Yol and leeSA. Of course a few new Jang Beom June songs entered also the BGM chart.

Unlike the other digital charts, the BGM chart does not separate foreign and Korean entries.

Monthly RankSongWeekly Ranks
6 [+2] Kim Yuna - "길"5-4-6-9-14
8 [+95] Busker Busker - "벚꽃 엔딩"13-8-9-8-8
16 [new]Yi Sung Yol - "꽃이 피면"x-11-10-29-45
19 [-5]Jeong Cha Sik - "나는 너를"14-10-18-71-83
23 [-18]Jang Beom June - "회상"20-17-28-52-53
30 [new]Jang Beom June - "그녀가 곁에 없다면"x-x-19-11-22
65 [new]Jang Beom June - "사랑에 빠졌죠"x-x-x-22-15
76 [new]Jang Beom June - "빗속으로"x-x-x-18-31
80 [+39] Kim Yuna - "봄이 오면 (Piano ver.)"59-73-84-x-x
81 [new]leeSA - "꽃잎"64-28-x-x-x

Additionally, another few Jang Beom June songs, Busker Busker’s “꽃송이가” and “여수 밤바다”, Nell‘s “기억을 걷는 시간“, Tearliner’s “이끌림”, Vanilla Acoustic’s “너와 나의 시간은”, Rose Motel’s “퇴근하겠습니다”, Standing Egg’s “무지개”, and J Rabbit‘s Kim Kwang Seok cover “바람이 불어오는 곳” from 2011 appeared on the weekly BGM chart during the month of March.


Gaon Mobile Chart

Just like how songs are usually a bit slower to turn up on the streaming chart than the download chart, there’s often a slight delay between when songs first turn up on any of the digital charts and when the same register on Gaon’s mobile charts. That has been the case this march, explaining why there is not as much Jang Beom June to be found here as elsewhere.

Monthly Ringtone
Monthly Ringback
Tone Rank
7 [+82] 6 [+62] Busker Busker - "벚꽃 엔딩"
10 [+39] 11 [+39] Kim Yuna - "길"
59 [-33]42 [-27]Jang Beom June - "회상"
74 [-45]93 [-60]Vanilla Acoustic - "너와 나의 시간은"
75 [new]20 [new]Standing Egg feat. Yundak - "무지개"
79 [new]-Rose Motel - "퇴근하겠습니다"
85 [+25] 91 [+25] Jeong Cha Sik - "나는 너를"
90 [new]37 [new]Jang Beom June - "그녀가 곁에 없다면"
96 [new]55 [new]Jang Beom June - "사랑에 빠졌죠"
-21 [+44] Acoustic Collabo - "응원가"
-44 [+4] One More Chance - "널 생각해"
-81 [+26] 10cm - "스토커"
-99 [-64]Oh Hyuk - "소녀"

Additionally Jang Beom June’s first album track “사랑이란 말이 어울리는 사람” and another few songs off his second album, Nell’s “기억을 걷는 시간”, and Okdal’s “수고했어, 오늘도”, appeared on the weekly mobile charts during March.


Gaon Korean Noraebang Chart

While the Korean noraebang chart is usually relatively stable with regards to which indie songs make the top 100, March offered a few changes with the annual return of Busker Busker’s “벚꽃 엔딩”.

Monthly RankSongWeekly Ranks
9 [-6]Oh Hyuk - "소녀"9-9-9-14-16
16 [hot]Busker Busker - "벚꽃 엔딩"x-59-16-7-3
20 [+9] 10cm - "스토커"28-22-23-17-11
61 [+34] Busker Busker - "정류장"82-71-70-51-38

Additionally, Cherry Filter‘s “낭만 고양이“, Nell’s “기억을 걷는 시간”, and Busker Busker’s “여수 밤바다” all appeared on the weekly Gaon noraebang chart during the month of March.

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