She may only be 27 years old, but IU has now been one of the most popular singers in South Korea for at least a decade. This week, she demonstrates yet again just how powerful she is by conquering one of the most important rankings in her home country in dramatic fashion.
On the latest edition of the Gaon Download Chart, which lists the most downloaded songs in South Korea every week and is compiled and published by the Korea Music Content Industry Association, IU doesn’t just collect some new top 10s, she nearly claims the entire region for herself. The talented musician sees her name appear in eight of the spots inside the top 10 tier, which is a relatively rare showing in the nation.
While she does occupy 80% of the entire top 10, IU doesn’t sit at No. 1, oddly enough. Her highest-charting cut comes in second place, as “Lilac,” the title track from her just-released album (which all of her new smashes are featured on), opens at No. 2.
The only non-IU songs inside the top 10 this week on the Gaon Download Chart are Im Young Woong’s “My Starry Love,” which is steady at No. 1 for another turn, and SHINee’s “Don’t Call Me,” which is also a non-mover at No. 3.
IU rules from No. 4 on, with a slew of tunes from Lilac, which itself debuts at No. 1 on the Gaon Albums Chart.
Just below the highest tier, two more Lilac cuts appear on the Gaon Download Chart this week, with closing tune “Epilogue” narrowly missing out on the top 10, as it debuts at No. 11. Previous hit single “Celebrity,” which is featured on the full-length but which was released long before, is up to No. 14. Those placements give IU control over half of the top 20 this frame.
Looking at the entire 200-space chart, IU fills six more spots, giving her 16 spaces this time around.
Here is a look at where all of IU’s eight top 10 hits rank on this week’s Gaon Download Chart.
No. 2 – “Lilac”
No. 4 – “Coin”
No. 5 – “Flu”
No. 6 – “Hi Spring Bye”
No. 7 – “My Sea”
No. 8 – “Troll (ft. Dean)”
No. 9 – “Ah Puh”
No. 10 – “Empty Cup”