Five of the 10 bestselling albums in South Korea this week are debuts. This is a major change from last frame, when nothing new entered the highest tier, and certainly no just-dropped titles opened inside the region.
Leading the way is Wonpil with his debut solo effort Pilmography. The Day6 and Even of Day member has become the latest musician to launch his first release on his own at No. 1, proving that he’s a star both with the bands that made him famous in South Korean and when working apart from them.
New in the runner-up rung on this week’s Gaon Albums chart is Beam of Prism, the first release from brand new girl group Viviz. The trio just began their time in the spotlight, and they’ve started it right with a No. 2-charting EP. The set is led by the single “Bop Bop!,” which also launches inside the top 10 on the Gaon Download ranking.
After making a name for himself in the South Korean boy bands Wanna One and Hotshot, which are both now defunct, Ha Sung-woon began doling out music under his own name several years ago. He’s back inside the top 10 on the Gaon Albums chart with his latest EP You, which gives him his seventh appearance inside the competitive area as a solo star. Lead You single “Can’t Live Without You,” which nearly starts inside the top 20 on the download ranking.
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The streak of brand new releases on the Gaon Albums chart is wrapped up by the soundtrack that accompanies the popular TV show That Year We (which is also known as Our Beloved Summer). The compilation features songs by beloved acts like Ha Sung-woon (who appears just one rung above), Sam Kim and V of the band BTS. That Year We starts at No. 4.
Speaking of BTS, the septet fills two spaces inside the top 10 on the Gaon Albums chart this time around, with a pair of their most popular releases swapping spots with one another. As Love Yourself: Tear jumps from No. 7 to No. 5, Love Yourself: Her declines from No. 5 to No. 7.
Fellow South Korean boy band Tomorrow X Together also occupies a pair of rungs inside just the top 10 on the list of the bestselling albums in the territory this frame. The group’s The Chaos Chapter: Fight or Escape sits at No. 6 while Minisode1: Blue Hour dips slightly to No. 9.
In between TXT’s bestsellers, rapper Ravi finds his way back to the Gaon Albums chart for the fourth time as a soloist. His sophomore full-length Love&Fight opens at No. 8. Ravi is very busy, as he’s also a member of both VIXX and its sub-unit VIXX-LR, which together have pushed at least 17 projects into the top 10 on the sales ranking.
Closing out the top 10 on the latest edition of the Gaon Albums chart is Enhypen’s Dimension: Dilemma, which improves by three spaces and settles at No. 10.
Here are the 10 bestselling albums in South Korea this week.
No. 1 – Wonpil – Pilmography
No. 2 – Viviz – Beam of Prism
No. 3 – Ha Sung-woon – You
No. 4 – Various Artists – That Year We soundtrack
No. 5 – BTS – Love Yourself: Tear
No. 6 – Tomorrow X Together – The Chaos Chapter: Fight or Escape
No. 7 – BTS – Love Yourself: Her
No. 8 – Ravi – Love&Fight
No. 9 – Tomorrow X Together – Minisode1: Blue Hour
No. 10 – Enhypen – Dimension: Dilemma