Circle Chart (formerly known as Gaon Chart ):
- Purpose: The Circle Chart is an official music chart in South Korea, managed and operated by the Korea Music Content Association (KMCA). Its primary purpose is to monitor and report on the sales and popularity of music releases in South Korea.
- Data Sources: The Circle Chart compiles data from various sources, including physical album sales, digital downloads, and streaming numbers. This comprehensive approach provides a holistic view of an artist's or song's popularity.
- Album and Song Rankings: The Circle Chart provides separate rankings for both albums and songs. It tracks the sales and streaming figures for songs and albums on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. These rankings are used to determine the popularity of music releases in South Korea.
- Transparency: Similar to the Hanteo Chart, the Circle Chart values transparency in reporting sales figures. It verifies album sales by using unique codes or stickers inside physical albums to ensure accurate tracking of sales.
- Importance in the K-pop Industry: The Circle Chart is highly significant in the K-pop industry and serves as a critical reference point for measuring the success of K-pop artists and their music releases in the South Korean market. Achieving high positions on the Gaon Chart is a notable achievement for artists.
- Global Impact: While the Circle Chart primarily focuses on South Korean sales, it also has relevance beyond the country's borders. International fans often pay attention to Gaon Chart rankings to gauge the popularity of K-pop artists.
circle chart and hanteo chart do not always have the same verified retailers
one of the most important things to know about circle chart
Just because a site says they are a verified retailer does NOT mean your purchase will count! STAYs should always verify the retailers themselves, remember that some retailers purchase their albums FROM verified stores then resell them so when they purchased the album it counted but it will not count when YOU purchase it from them!
We have compiled the information from Circle Chart's Website to help but we strongly encourage STAYs to check for themselves if they believe our list is outdated or incorrect, YOU CAN CHECK ALL OF CIRCLE CHARTS VERIFIED DATA PROVIDERS HERE.
CIRCLE CHART DATA PROVIDERS AS OF SEPT 2023
Circle Chart has several different Charts, some are used for Music Shows Criteria and some used for End of Year Awards Nominations. The public can not see ALL of the data on these charts depending on the chart we can only see the TOP 50, 100 or 200 and the correlating data based on ONLY the TOP Artists, Songs, or Albums on that chart. So when you see a monthly or weekly update about Stray Kids Album Sales and it hasn't changed since the prior update it does NOT mean there were no sales on a specific album it just means there were not enough sales to place them in the list of Albums that we can access. We have to wait for the monthly recap and again in the sales were not enough to be in the top then we cant see them till the Yearly recap to get an exact accurate number.
GLOBAL K-POP CHART - Worldwide K-pop streaming usage - Shows the TOP 200
DIGITAL CHART - Sum of streaming, download, BGM, V Coloring sales (weighted). - Shows TOP 200
STREAMING CHART - Streaming usage volume in Korea. - Shows TOP 200
DOWNLOAD CHART - Download sales volume - Shows TOP 200
BGM CHART - BGM sales volume - Shows TOP 200
V COLORING CHART - V Coloring usage volume in Korea. - Shows TOP 100
ALBUM CHART - Album distribution volume (Shipments – Returns). (TAPE, LP, CD, USB, KiT, Platform Album, etc.) - Shows TOP 100
RETAIL ALBUM CHART - Total sales of offline albums at retail stores. (TAPE, LP, CD, USB, KiT, Platform Album, etc.) - Shows TOP 50
SINGING ROOM CHART - Number of times played in Singing Room - Shows TOP 200
BELL CHART - Ranking of ringtones of Korea mobile carriers - Shows TOP 100
Ring chart - Ranking of ringtones of Korea mobile carriers - Shows TOP 100
SOCIAL CHART 2.0 - Popularity of each social media. - Shows TOP 50 - Social Index of YouTube, TikTok, Mubeat, Mycelebs