90% of Kpop artists’ digital ranking in 2021 is revealed: IU is dominant, Knets surprised by aespa, LABOUM ranks higher than TWICE, ITZY, Red Velvet

Gaon’s cumulative digital points are the key factors to determine the winners at year-end music awards.

Korea’s year-end awards season is approaching with many famous awards scheduled to take place by the end of 2021 such as “MAMA” and “MMA”. The nominees for different categories have also been announced. In that context, the situation of Kpop artists’ performance on digital music charts has also attracted much attention from the public because Gaon’s cumulative digital points are always an important factor in determining the winners at year-end awards. 

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Since the beginning of the year until now, famous Kpop soloists and groups have released many hit songs that are well received by the public, creating fierce competition on popular music streaming platforms. Korean netizens recently shared the ranking of artists’ streaming points on the Gaon chart as of November 5. Given the fact that there is only about a month left until the year-end awards officially take place, and the digital performance must be measured from before, many netizens believe that this chart has accurately reflected 90% – 95% of the rankings for the whole year of 2021 and there will be almost no significant fluctuations to occur in the remaining time.

Top 20 songs with the highest digital points on Gaon as of November 5

1. IU – “Celebrity

2. Brave Girls – “Rollin‘”

3. BTS – “Dynamite

4. IU – “LILAC

5. Justin Bieber – “Peaches” (ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon)

6. aespa – “Next Level

7. Kyung Seo – “Shiny Star

8. BTS – “Butter

9. Lee Mujin – “Traffic Light

10. MSG Wannabe (M.O.M) – “I Can Only Watch

11. Jang Beom June – “Can’t Sleep

12. IU – “Hold My Hand

13. Brave Girls – “We Ride

14. Heize – “Happen

15. BLACKPINK – “Lovesick Girls

16. Oh My Girl – “Dun Dun Dance

17. Sandeul – “Slightly Tipsy (She is My Type♡ X SANDEUL)”

18. Song I Han – “I Will Be Your Shining Star

19. Mirani, Munch Man, Khundi Panda, MUSH VENOM – “VVS (ft. JUSTHIS) (Prod. GroovyRoom)”

20. IU – “eight (ft. SUGA)”

Other popular solo singers and idol groups whose songs have accumulated Gaon digital points in the Top 100 as of November 5:

  • 21. IU – “Blueming
  • 23. BTS – “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)”
  • 27. BTS – “Life Goes On
  • 28. Oh My Girl – “Dolphin” 
  • 30. STAYC – “ASAP
  • 33. BTS – “Permission to Dance
  • 34. Rosé – “On The Ground
  • 36. BTS – “Boy With Luv
  • 38. Taeyeon – “Weekend
  • 40. IU – “Coin
  • 46. BTS – “Spring Day
  • 49. IU – “Ah Puh
  • 52. LABOUM – “Journey to Atlantis
  • 55. Brave Girls – “Chi Mat Ba Ram
  • 60. BLACKPINK – “How You Like That
  • 62. TWICE – “Alcohol-Free
  • 65. IU – “Love Poem
  • 67. Oh My Girl – “Nonstop
  • 68. Kyuhyun – “The Moment My Heart (She is My Type♡ X KYUHYUN)”
  • 70. Joy – “Hello
  • 73. IU – “Give You My Heart
  • 77. Park Jin Young – “When We Disco (Duet with Sunmi)”
  • 82. ITZY – “Mafia In The Morning”
  • 89. IU – “My Sea
  • 92. Jeon Somi – “DUMB DUMB
  • 96. Red Velvet – “Queendom
  • 98. IU – “Through The Night
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Based on the above list, it can be seen that IU is indeed Korea’s ‘digital queen’ when she owns up to 12 new and old songs in the Top 100. BTS’s digital achievement is equally remarkable because although they are not at No.1, they still have 7 songs in Top 50, some of which were released years ago like “Spring Day”. Besides, rookie groups like aespa or STAYC also have amazing results that surprise Korean netizens, especially when aespa’s “Next Level” earns a place in the Top 10.

  • Dynamite is amazing
  • Wow BTS has 2 songs in the Top 10
  • It’s 98% sure that 1st place can’t slip away from IU’s hands…
  • It’s crazy, there are 12 IU’s songs in the Top 100… As expected of the digital monster
  • aespa is still a rookie but already set such an amazing record
  • Wow, BTS has 7 songs in the top 50…
  • IU is on another level… This year, IU will sweep all the digital music and daesang awards
  • “Next Level” is crazy ㅋ This year’s rookie award will definitely go to aespa
  • Oh My Girl did great this year. They have 3 songs in the top 100. STAYC is good too
  • “Spring Day” ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ It was released years ago yet is still in the top
  • Wow, aespa must be the artist with the best digital performance in SM right now, right?
  • But why do TWICE’s songs rank so low… They used to be a very strong group digitally


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