Apink is almost 10 years old, but they keep getting stronger and stronger. Not many girl groups survive the 7-year curse and even less manage to break records in their 10th year. However, Apink is proving that K-poppies shouldn’t scream “Decline!” prematurely. Their latest comeback – in addition to being one fo their best title tracks – is also their first to reach #1 in five years. They have taken over Korean charts, which has then translated to total dominance on our monthly OH! CHart.
As we celebrate Apink’s incredible win, let’s see how the others did:
OH! CHART TOP 15: APRIL 2020 / MONTH 08
|Album Chart: 0
Digital Chart: 76,965,429
Jo Jung Suk
|Album Chart: 0
Digital Chart: 147,060,378
|Album Chart: 0
Digital Chart: 130,678,261
|4 (NEW)||Not By The Moon
M.C THE MAX
|7 (↓)||Any Song
|9 (-)||Your Shampoo Scent in the Flowers
Jang Beom June
|10 (NEW)||Oh My God
|11 (↓)||Someday, The Boy
|12 (-)||Stone Block
Ha Hyun Woo
We have not had many K-pop comebacks and so the current trend on the digital charts is similar to what we saw in 2019. Of the top 10, only two of the entries are K-pop groups (Apink with over 76 million digital points and ITZY with just a bit under 78 million). The first place goes to Jo Jung Suk’s “Aloha” with a score of 147,060,378 digital points. Second place is Gaho with “Start”, a song that has been steadily rising up the charts since February. He pulled in 130,678,261 points. Popular Korean rock band M.C the Max was right behind Gaho, and their hit song “BLOOM” rounded up the top three with 129,621,973 points.
Unsurprisingly, boy groups reigned supreme on the physical front. GOT7 came in first place and sold 339,737 albums with Not By the Moon. NCT Dream proved that they are not to be scoffed at, and sold a respectable 259,422 which put them in second place. (G)I-DLE made their debut on the physical chart with Oh My God, after pulling in a record-breaking 147,630. Even with a sausage fest, there is hope that girl groups are pulling in more fans seeing that (G)I-DLE managed to come in third. WINNER came in fourth place with 113,346 sales for Remember and Max Changmin rounded up the top 5 and sold 109,711 albums for Chocolate.
Sadly, the voters did not show up for April’s OH! Chart. This is especially concerning, considering how well Kand Daniel’s fans showed out last month. In any case, Apink had the most votes for “Dumhdurum” with 9 votes. Changmo’s “Meteor” and (G)I-DLE’s “Oh My God” tied for second place; each got 4 votes. Rounding up the top 3 are ZICO’s “Any Song” and NCT Dream’s “Ridin”. Nothing else to add here, but Dream deserved better!
It seems that the competition was more spread out this time around. Despite the somewhat lower scores on all counts, it was a tight competition. There is no artist with a clear lead over the others. With that said, Apink still pulled off an incredible win. With a great digital score and the most fan votes, they got 10.77 total points. Second place went to Jo Jung Suk who scored 8.67 total points. Gaho was not too far behind and got 8.52 total points, rounding up the top 3. Despite soloist domination on the digital charts, the past four winners have been idols. Here’s to hoping that Apink continues the trend. Congratulations girls!
Wait, Not Sure What You Just Read?
OH! Chart is a monthly music charting system that is unique to the OneHallyu community and OH! Press readers. It tracks top 10 songs on Gaon Monthly Digital Chart and the top five best-selling albums on Gaon Monthly Album Chart. Thus, only data from exceptional performers will be collected for both categories. We will then aggregate the data and rank the songs based on three voting categories: Streaming and Downloads (55% of votes), Physical Sales (20%) and OH! Press Reader Votes (25%). After each full month, OH! Chart will be updated to reflect the best-selling and most-loved songs.
How the Results are Calculated
The top 10 songs from Gaon Monthly Digital Chart and title songs of the top five albums from Gaon Monthly Album Chart are selected. Only data for exceptional performers from these two charts will be counted towards their scores. Those who perform exceptionally across the board will have the advantage of scoring in all of them. For the final scores, each song’s individual data for one category is divided by the sum of that category, then multiplied by our chosen percentage (i.e. 0.20 for physical sales). The grand totals from all three categories are added together and multiplied by 100, forming the final score.
OH! CHART #1: LET GIRL GROUPS BE GREAT AGAIN!
Look, I don’t know what’s up with the recent trend of unpronounceable words in K-Pop. I can barely say ‘dumhdurum’ much less type it out. Despite this, I can’t deny that Apink has served yet another top tier title track. Their evolution starting from “I’m So Sick” to “Eung Eung” to this has been an incredible sight to behold. Sure the girl crush trend is just as confusing as it is tired, but at least Apink is giving us good songs. “Dumhdurum” is so well made and catchy. It’s a great addition to the group’s now evolving discography so I’m glad that they’re breaking records with this. I hope 2020 proves to be a good year for girl groups. For goodness sake, let’s make girl groups great again!
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