Gaon Chart Reveals the Songs, Album, and Artist that Stood Out in the First Half of 2021

Gaon Chart has unveiled the songs, the album, and the artist that performed well in each category in the first half of 2021.

Want to know which releases and the singer performed well on the chart in the past six months? Then, continue reading!

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IU Celebrity is the Most Popular Song in Korea in the First Half of 2021

IU Celebrity, released on Jan. 27, was the most-well-received song in South Korea in the past months

"Celebrity" grabbed the No. 1 spot on Gaon's Digital Chart in the first half of 2021. This chart ranks the most popular, most-consumed tracks based on the combined downloads, streaming, and background music (typically used in different forms of media).

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For the fifth week of 2021 (ending on Jan. 30), IU's "Celebrity" debuted in the first place not only on the digital chart but also on the download and streaming charts, achieving a triple crown on Gaon Chart.

"Celebrity" topped Gaon's digital and streaming charts for six weeks in a row, showing the steady love the song received from Korean music fans.

In addition to "Celebrity," IU's 2011 song "Hold My Hand" (which is an OST for MBC's "The Greatest Love") also performed well on the Gaon Chart in the first half of 2021.

"Hold My Hand" climbed to No. 8 on Gaon's Digital Chart for the fifteenth week of 2021 (ending on April 10). The song impressively gained 18,967,385 total points.

NCT Dream Hot Sauce is the Best-Selling Album in Korea in the First Half of 2021

On Gaon's Album Chart for the first half of 2021, NCT Dream's first full-length album "Hot Sauce" claimed the No. 1 spot.

According to Gaon Chart, "Hot Sauce" has sold a total of 2,049,042 copies in the past months, particularly from May to June. NCT Dream's sales this 2021 are three times higher than their sales in the same period last year.

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NCT Dream Hot Sauce
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On July 8, NCT Dream's "Hot Sauce" has been certified double million by Gaon. So far, it is the only K-pop album to receive a double-million certification this year.

Lim Young Woong My Starry Love is the Most Downloaded Song in Korea in the First Half of 2021

"My Starry Love" by trot singer Lim Young Woong attained the most downloads in the previous months since it was released on March 9.

This track took first place on the digital, download, BGM, and ring charts for the 11th week of 2021 (ending on March 13), earning a quadruple crown on the Gaon Chart.

BTS is the Most Popular K-pop Artist in Korea in the First Half of 2021

BTS, who consistently ranked first on the weekly and monthly social charts of Gaon, dominated the Social Chart 2.0 for the first half of 2021.

The boy group continuously communicates with fans on the V Live channel. In addition, views on YouTube, TikTok, and V Live are significantly high compared to other artists.

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BTS maintained its No. 1 position on the weekly Social Chart 2.0 for 16 consecutive weeks, and on the monthly issue for four months in a row.

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Written by Mhaliya Scott

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