The Gaon Download chart ranks the bestselling individual songs in South Korea every week, and this time around, the highest tier on the list is largely dominated by one name. Musician Kim Ho-joong stands out as the most successful music makers this frame, as he claims three spaces inside the top 10, an impressive showing for any artist. He launches his new cut “I’m Alive Because of You” at No. 1, while previous smashes “In Full Bloom” and “I Love You More Than Me” come in at No.s. 5 and 6, respectively.
Behind (and in between) the powerhouse, who rose to superstardom in South Korea after appearing on the TV program Mr. Trot, four new tracks debut inside the top 10 on the Gaon Download chart, quickly establishing themselves as big hits.
The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber see their international earworm “Stay” rise one spot to No. 2, and it could soon conquer this sales-only ranking.
New at No. 3 is STAYC’s “Stereotype,” which fronts the girl group’s debut EP of the same name. The cut serves as the lead single and title track, and it also arrives as a top 40 hit on the all-encompassing Gaon Digital chart.
Just behind that new smash comes another, as Lisa’s semi-self-titled debut solo single “Lalisa” starts off as the fourth-bestselling song in the country. The Blackpink member might have climbed higher, but it appears many fans chose to purchase the single album of the same name instead of just the one tune. That short project launches at No. 1 on the Gaon Albums chart.
Behind Kim Ho-joong’s next two wins, Lee Hi scores another sales monster as “Red Lipstick,” a collaboration with fellow musician Yoon Mi-rae, kicks off its time on the Gaon Download ranking at No. 7. The tune was released at the same time as her new album 4 Only, which may appear on the Gaon Albums list in the coming frames.
K.Will’s “Back in Time” descends three spots to No. 8, while Lee Moo-jin’s “Traffic Light” returns to the top 10, placing at No. 9 this period.
The final rung inside the loftiest tier on the 200-rung tally is occupied this week by singer Car, the Garden, whose single “Romantic Sunday” manages to sneak into the top 10 by appearing at No. 10.
Here are the 10 bestselling songs in South Korea this week.
No. 1 – Kim Ho-joong – “I’m Alive Because of You”
No. 2 – The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber – “Stay”
No. 3 – STAYC – “Stereotype”
No. 4 – Lisa – “Lalisa”
No. 5 – Kim Ho-joong – “In Full Bloom”
No. 6 – Kim Ho-joong – “I Love You More Than Me”
No. 7 – Lee Hi – “Red Lipstick (ft. Yoon Mi-rae)”
No. 8 – K.Will – “Back in Time”
No. 9 – Lee Moo-jin – “Traffic Light”
No. 10 – Car, the Garden – “Romantic Sunday”