After years of releasing hit albums and EPs and racking up numerous bestsellers, the Pentagon has finally landed its first No. 1 album in South Korea. The group of boys In: fast U launches atop the Gaon Albums chart, which ranks the top-selling albums, EPs and albums in the Asian nation every week, looking at how many copies have been shipped to stores. Two other popular efforts launch into the top 10 of the tally this time around, with the Pentagon in the driver’s seat.
SM Town’s SMTOWN Winter 2021: SMCU Express compilation led the charge last week, and this time around it’s back in second place. The set includes contributions from musicians signed to SM Entertainment, including Aespa, Super Junior, and TVXQ, to name a few.
The second biggest debut in this framework comes from Def., the alter ego used by singer-songwriter Jay B. Throughout his career, he has shared music as Def., Jay B and with the groups Got7, JJ Project, Jus2 and Offshore. Just looking at his solo release, Def. has now reached the top 10 of the Gaon Albums chart twice, with his new EP To like taking him to a new high of No. 3. Groups he’s been in have now amassed at least 20 top 10 efforts nationwide.
The latest top 10 debut on this week’s Gaon Albums chart comes from Kyuhyun, who is also known for releasing music under his own name as well as with several different groups. The solo star and member of Super Junior, Super Junior-KRY, Super Junior-M and SM the Ballad is back in the top ranking arena with his new EP Love story (4 seasons project). The effort kicks off at No. 4, giving him his sixth level trip as a soloist.
The following four tracks all gain ground from their rankings last week, despite the handful of debuts in the top half of the top 10 on the latest Gaon Albums chart. BamBam’s BEnhypen’s Variable: ResponseJinjin and Rocky’s Rocky and Kep1er First impact improve to numbers 5, 6, 7 and 8, respectively.
UP10TION New returns to the top 10 of this week’s Gaon Albums chart, although the track has already found space in the zone. This time around, it’s back to No. 9, down from its original No. 3 peak, which it hit earlier this year. Right behind this returning bestseller comes Fromis 9’s midnight guestwhich drops eight places to No. 10.
Here are the 10 best-selling albums in South Korea this week.
No. 1 – Pentagon – In: fast U
No. 2 – SM City – SMTOWN Winter 2021: SMCU Express
No. 3 – Def. – To like
No. 4 – Kyuhyun – Love story (4 seasons project)
No. 5 – BamBam – B
No. 6 – Enhypen – Variable: Response
No. 7 – Jinjin & Rocky – Rocky
No. 8 – Kep1er – First impact
No. 9 – UP10TION – New
No. 10 – Fromis 9 – midnight guest