Gaon Charts April 2016

Korea’s national music chart Gaon published the charts for April last Thursday. Here’s a look at how the local indie music managed during the month.


Gaon Korean Album Chart

While March was a good month for album sales, April didn’t deliver to the same extent. On the indie front, Busker Busker‘s 2012 album continued to sell as spring progressed. Similarly, with the Korean public convinced that Guckkasten vocalist Ha Hyun Woo is the popular “Music General” on King of Mask Singer (복면가왕), Guckkasten’s second album has seen an upswing in sales.

Monthly RankAlbumMonthly SalesWeekly Ranks
58 [-14]Busker Busker -
버스커 버스커 1집
59 [+6] Guckkasten - Frame783x-29-49-58

The albums that did appear on the album chart during the month, but didn’t sell enough to qualify for the monthly chart of April (i.e. less than 392 copies) were the following:

1357Lucite Tokki - L+
1360Annyeongbada - 밤새, 안녕히
1388Busker Busker - 버스커 버스커 2집
1474Raw By Peppers - Spaceship Out Of Bones
1477Busker Busker - 버스커 버스커 2집
1642No Brain - Brainless
1684Sinchon Tigers - 주님곁으로

Whereas Busker Busker’s first album, home to Korea’s spring anthems, has managed to place on the overall album chart for April, Busker Busker’s second album sold enough only to appear in the top 100 of the weekly Korean album chart for the first few weeks of April. There it was accompanied by Lucite Tokki‘s 4th album, Annyeongbada‘s 4th album, No Brain‘s 7th album, and the debut EPs from Raw By Peppers and Sinchon Tigers.


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.

Aside from a successful attempt from 10cm with single “봄이 좋냐?? (What The Spring??)”, released April 1st, few artists could face the challenge of Busker Busker and Jang Beom June on the digital charts at the height of spring.

Monthly RankSongWeekly Ranks
1 [new]10cm - "봄이 좋냐??"4-3-3-1-9
12 [+6]Jang Beom June - "사랑에 빠졌죠"1-6-13-18-25
26 [-9]Busker Busker - "벚꽃 엔딩"16-18-29-38-49
27 [-12]Jang Beom June - "그녀가 곁에 없다면"10-20-31-40-52
31 [-5]Jang Beom June - "빗속으로"7-22-35-48-62
44 [-3]Jang Beom June - "봄비"15-30-50-74-86
55 [-1]Jang Beom June - "사랑에 빠져요"19-33-59-85-x
58 [+66]10cm - "스토커"88-66-60-68-65
62 [-26]Oh Hyuk - "소녀"62-62-66-76-76
66 [+9]Jang Beom June - "홍대와 건대 사이"26-47-65-100-x
84 [+3]Busker Busker - "꽃송이가"54-55-78-x-x
85 [+28]Busker Busker - "여수 밤바다"48-54-79-x-x
87 [-16]Jang Beom June - "그녀가 웃었죠"28-52-84-x-x
95 [-23]Jang Beom June - "떠나야만해"29-57-95-x-x
99 [-60]Jang Beom June - "회상"68-76-96-x-x

Additionally, a few more songs off Jang Beom June’s new album, Standing Egg’s “무지개”, and Acoustic Collabo’s “제발” appeared on the weekly digital chart during the month of April.

Gaon Korean Download Chart

After dominating the Korean download chart during March, Jang Beom June managed to keep a strong presence on the Korean download chart also during April even though a few songs fell out of the top 100.

Monthly RankSongMonthly DownloadsWeekly Ranks
1 [new]10cm - "봄이 좋냐??"655,8883-1-3-8-9
16 [-4]Jang Beom June - "사랑에 빠졌죠"223,7402-11-25-39-41
36 [-21]Busker Busker - "벚꽃 엔딩"151,71718-23-41-65-74
40 [-29]Jang Beom June - "그녀가 곁에 없다면"144,96011-25-45-67-78
42 [-24]Jang Beom June - "빗속으로"142,5397-24-46-76-96
49 [-26]Jang Beom June - "봄비"122,8679-30-62-86-x
56 [+57] 10cm - "스토커"116,77575-49-54-64-69
65 [-38]Jang Beom June - "사랑에 빠져요"105,84914-37-66-97-x
69 [-12]Oh Hyuk - "소녀"95,71772-62-68-82-91
75 [-30]Jang Beom June - "홍대와 건대 사이"89,42219-43-71-x-x
76 [+11] Busker Busker - "여수 밤바다"87,60033-42-69-x-x
91 [-12]Busker Busker - "꽃송이가"78,43748-54-80-x-x

In addition to the songs above, also most other songs from Jang Beom June’s second album, Standing Egg’s “무지개”, Acoustic Collabo’s “고백해요” and “제발”, and Vanilla Acoustic’s “Blind Date” appeared on Gaon’s weekly Korean download chart during the month of April.

Gaon Korean Streaming Chart

While Jang Beom June’s new songs did very well on the Korean download chart during March, the same wasn’t yet reflected on the Korean streaming chart. In April, however, the streaming chart caughtup.

Monthly RankSongMonthly StreamsWeekly Ranks
1 [new]10cm - "봄이 좋냐??"25,823,29624-1-1-1-3
7 [+24] Jang Beom June - "사랑에 빠졌죠"14,376,5151-5-8-15-19
18 [-1]Busker Busker - "벚꽃 엔딩"10,112,53513-12-20-29-39
23 [+3] Jang Beom June - "그녀가 곁에 없다면"9,605,3858-14-23-31-40
27 [+28] Jang Beom June - "빗속으로"8,611,47410-19-27-36-47
42 [+40] Jang Beom June - "봄비"6,384,32718-26-46-56-75
48 [+43] Jang Beom June - "사랑에 빠져요"5,505,22321-33-51-69-95
50 [-21]Oh Hyuk - "소녀"5,414,80445-49-54-55-58
55 [+65] 10cm - "스토커"4,895,61991-69-58-54-55
66 [+49] Jang Beom June - "홍대와 건대 사이"4,477,50734-47-66-87
74 [+21] Busker Busker - "꽃송이가"3,891,57054-55-70-98-x
81 [+25] Jang Beom June - "그녀가 웃었죠"3,776,71528-52-79-x-x
86 [+45] Busker Busker - "여수 밤바다"3,535,53467-63-82-x-x
87 [-50]Jang Beom June - "회상"3,502,80459-68-89-x-x
90 [+19] Jang Beom June - "떠나야만해"3,406,68435-57-90-x-x
98 [-13]Standing Egg feat. Yundak - "무지개"2,984,10578-85-93-x-x

In addition to the songs above, the remaining few songs off Jang Beom June’s latest album and Acoustic Collabo’s “제발” appeared on Gaon’s weekly streaming chart during April.

Gaon BGM Chart

While Jang Beom June’s music appears very suitable for listening, Gaon’s BGM chart for April show that it doesn’t do quite as well as background music.

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

Monthly RankSongWeekly Ranks
9 [new]10cm - "봄이 좋냐??"x-4-11-15-21
19 [-11]Busker Busker - "벚꽃 엔딩"8-10-17-83-x
20 [-14]Kim Yuna - "길"14-18-16-27-36
57 [+8] Jang Beom June - "사랑에 빠졌죠"15-26-73-x-x
89 [-66]Jang Beom June - "회상"53-71-x-x-x
91 [-75]Yi Sung Yol - "꽃이 피면"45-85-89-x-x

Additionally, another few Jang Beom June songs, Busker Busker’s “꽃송이가” and “여수 밤바다”, Acoustic Collabo’s “제발”, and Vanilla Acoustic’s “Blind Date” appeared on the weekly BGM chart during the month of April.


Gaon Mobile Chart

While Gaon’s mobile charts can often be a good place to spot new Korean indie songs that go well over with the public, the April charts didn’t offer any newcomers besides the same 10cm song that can be found everywhere else.

Monthly Ringtone
Monthly Ringback
Tone Rank
13 [new]9 [new]10cm - "봄이 좋냐??"
18 [-11]14 [-8]Busker Busker - "벚꽃 엔딩"
37 [-27]34 [-23]Kim Yuna - "길"
39 [+75] 45 [+10] Jang Beom June - "사랑에 빠졌죠"
69 [+10] -Rose Motel - "퇴근하겠습니다"
87 [+38] -Jang Beom June - "빗속으로"
89 [-14]27 [-7]Standing Egg feat. Yundak - "무지개"
-18 [+3] Acoustic Collabo - "응원가"
-53 [-9]One More Chance - "널 생각해"
-67 [+14] 10cm - "스토커"
-69 [-32]Jang Beom June - "그녀가 곁에 없다면"

Additionally several other songs off Jang Beom June’s second album, J Rabbit‘s “바람이 불어오는 곳”, Okdal‘s “수고했어, 오늘도”, and Bolbbalgan Sachungi‘s “심술” and “싸운날” appeared on the weekly mobile charts during March.


Gaon Korean Noraebang Chart

Often the Korean noraebang chart appears relatively static, but April this year was very different. Not only did Busker Busker get the usual spring boost, but 10cm’s new spring track managed to chart as well.

Monthly RankSongWeekly Ranks
6 [new]10cm - "봄이 좋냐??"x-x-4-2-2
8 [+12] 10cm - "스토커"11-8-9-8-7
12 [+4] Busker Busker - "벚꽃 엔딩"3-3-10-43-88
25 [-16]Oh Hyuk - "소녀"16-20-26-26-17
39 [hot]Busker Busker - "여수 밤바다"37-22-31-56-x
49 [+12] Busker Busker - "정류장"38-40-47-61-70

Additionally, Nell‘s “기억을 걷는 시간“, and Jang Beom June’s “그녀가 곁에 없다면” both appeared on the weekly Gaon noraebang chart during the month of April.

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