Wednesday, February 09, 2011

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Korean band Super Junior's 'Miinah' tops Gaon Chart in 2010

Seoul (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Korean boy band Super Junior's latest album 'Miinah (Bonamana)' ranked No. 1 among Korean pop albums sold last year, the Korea Music Content Association said Wednesday.

Girl group miss A's 'Bad Girl Good Girl' topped the online chart and veteran singer Lee Seung-chul's 'Geu Saram (That Person)', the mobile chart, of the Gaon Chart, the Korean national record chart similar to U.S. Billboard charts.

Culture Minister Choung Byoung-gug awarded the three No.1 acts at the Press Center in Seoul.

Under the sponsorship by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Korea Music Content Association collects album sales data from eight major music service providers ? LOEN Entertainment, SM Entertainment, Sony Music Korea, Warner Music Korea, Universal Music, Mnet Media, Pony Canyon Korea and KT Music ? for the offline album chart.

For the online chart, the number of downloads, background music (BGM) sales and streaming services from Melon, Soribada, Bugs, Dosirak, Cyworld and Mnet are collected.

For the mobile chart, it calculates the number of ringtones people downloaded onto their mobile phones.

The association said it plans to publish a magazine, based on the Gaon Chart, to provide a variety of K-pop content including news, columns and industry reports to a global audience.

The Gaon Chart was launched in 2010 based on the music industry and the government's shared view that Korea needed a fair and accurate music chart to promote K-pop. Gaon means "center" in Korean.

Source: Yahoo

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