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Circle Chart
Circle Chart logo.png
Type of site
Record chart
Available inKorean
Predecessor(s)Gaon Chart
OwnerKorea Music Content Association
LaunchedFebruary 23, 2010; 12 years ago (2010-02-23)
Current statusActive

The Circle Chart (Korean써클차트; RRSseokeul-chateu), previously known as the Gaon Music Chart or the Gaon Chart (Korean가온차트; RRGaon-chateu), tabulates the relative weekly popularity of songs and albums in South Korea. It is produced by the Korea Music Content Association and sponsored by South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Founded in 2010, it serves as the only music industry recognised record chart in South Korea.


Gaon logo
Gaon logo

Gaon Chart was launched in February 2010 by the Korea Music Content Association, under the sponsorship of the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, with the aim to create a domestic national chart similar to the Billboard charts of the United States and the Oricon charts of Japan. The word gaon, which means "middle" or "center" in Korean, was chosen to represent fairness and reliability. The chart started tracking sales from the beginning of that year.[1] A small awards ceremony was held in conjunction with the launch ceremony on February 23, at the Westin Chosun hotel in Seoul. Girl group Girls' Generation was awarded the Top Artist of January, boy band Super Junior won Best Album of 2009, and Jo Kwon and Ga-in's "We Fell In Love" won Best Weekly Mobile Ringtone.[2]

In February 2011, Gaon published online and offline album sales information for 2010, including a detailed breakdown of online chart data. This was the first time that offline album sales had been released since 2008 when the Music Industry Association of Korea stopped compiling data.[3]

On July 7, 2022, the Gaon Chart was rebranded as Circle Chart. A new Global K-pop Chart was introduced alongside the retention of existing charts. The Gaon Chart Music Awards were also rebranded to the Circle Chart Awards.[4]

Music charts

Song charts

Chart title Chart type Number of positions Ranking methodology
Global K-pop Chart streaming 200
  • Worldwide K-pop streaming usage
Digital Chart streaming +
download +
background music
  • South Korea standard song popularity chart
Streaming Chart streaming 200
  • Streaming usage volume in South Korea
  • One of three component charts of the Digital Chart
Download Chart download 200
  • Download sales volume in South Korea
  • One of three component charts of the Digital Chart
BGM Chart background music 200
  • Background music sales volume in South Korea
  • One of three component charts of the Digital Chart

Album charts

Chart title Number of positions Ranking methodology
Album Chart 100
  • Album distribution volume (tape, LP, CD, USB, KiT, platform album, etc.)
Retail Album Chart 50
  • Total sales of offline albums at retail stores (tape, LP, CD, USB, KiT, platform album, etc.)

Other music charts

Chart title Number of positions Ranking methodology
Singing Room Chart 200
Bell Chart 100
  • Ranking of ringtones of South Korea mobile carriers
Ring Chart

Social charts

The Gaon Social Chart is a weekly chart that ranks the top 50 most popular K-pop artists using data from YouTube, TikTok, Mubeat, and Mycelebs.[5]

The Gaon Weibo Chart was a weekly chart that ranked the top 10 most popular K-pop groups and the top 30 most popular individual K-pop artists in China using data from Weibo.


In April 2018, Korea Music Content Association introduced music recording certifications for albums, downloads and streaming. Album certifications are awarded based on shipment figures provided by record labels and distributors. Download and streaming certifications are awarded to songs based on online data provided by web-based music providers. Albums and songs released on or after January 1, 2018, are eligible for certification.


Thresholds per award[6][7]
Platinum 2× Platinum 3× Platinum Million 2× Million[a]
250,000 500,000 750,000 1,000,000 2,000,000


Thresholds per award[6][7]
Platinum 2× Platinum 3× Platinum Diamond
2,500,000 5,000,000 7,500,000 10,000,000


Thresholds per award[6][7]
Platinum 2× Platinum  Platinum[b] Billion
100,000,000 200,000,000 300,000,000 1,000,000,000


See also


  1. ^ Han, Sang-hee (February 23, 2010). "Korea Launches First Official Music Charts Gaon". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on August 4, 2010. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  2. ^ Seung-hun, Kang (February 23, 2010). "Korea launches integrated K-pop music chart 'Gaon'". 10 Asia. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
  3. ^ "Super Junior's 4th Album Ranked Top-Seller of 2010". Chosun Ilbo. February 8, 2011. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  4. ^ Lee, Tae-soo (July 7, 2022). 가온차트, 써클차트로 개편…국내·해외 판매량 구분해 공개 [Gaon chart reorganized into Circle Chart...Domestic and overseas sales disclosed separately] (in Korean). Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved July 7, 2022.
  5. ^ [ 2022년 1월 3일 공지사항 ] [[ Notice on January 3, 2022 ]]. Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). January 3, 2022. Archived from the original on January 27, 2022. Retrieved January 26, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c "Gaon Certification". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Association. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Notice: GAON Certification". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Association. April 20, 2018. Retrieved May 10, 2018.


  1. ^ Higher certifications (such as 3× Million) will also be awarded.[7]
  2. ^ Higher certifications (up to 9× Platinum) will also be awarded.[7]

External links

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