Korean music site monkey3 collected the data of streaming and downloaded music from January 1 to June 20 and released the artist ranking from 1st place of TaeTiSeo to Big Bang, T-ARA, SISTAR, and includes Busker Busker in the top.
Single "Twinkle" that swept various music charts grabbed the top spot of monkey3 for four consecutive weeks, recording an explosive number of streams in a short amount of time. Trio unit of Girls' Generation consisting of Taeyeon, Tiffany and Seohyun revealed their powerful vocals, stylish fashion and performance showed off the changes of Girls' Generation member.
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T-ARA took second place with a small difference with "Lovey Dovey." T-ARA last year drew a retro wave with "Roly Poly" once again released another hit sensation proving their strong popularity with "Lovey Dovey."
Big Bang left a strong foothold with an explosive comeback with fifth mini-album "Alive" grabbed third and eighth place with "Fantastic Baby" and "Blue" respectively flaunting the group's overwhelming popularity.
SISTAR stood strong in fourth place in the first half of the year with their title song "Alone."
Busker Busker fighting the fierce idol competition stood out with song "Cherry Blossom Ending" ranking at fifth place. Other songs from their 1st studio album like "First Love" and "Yeosu Night Sea" ranked high on music charts becoming the biggest issue maker in the first half of the year.
Taeyeon of Girls' Generation ranked tenth place with "Missing You Like Crazy" for "The King 2 Hearts" starring Lee Seung Gi and Ha Ji Won.
monkey3 Top 50 chart of the first half of 2012 can be viewed through their website.