Thursday, February 10, 2011

[NEWS]: Super Junior declared Korea's bestselling artist in 2010

News from the Manila Bulletin newspaper:

By JONATHAN M. HICAP

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Gaon Chart, South Korea’s version of the Billboard charts, has named K-pop boy band Super Junior the bestselling artist in South Korea for 2010.

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Super Junior received the Bestselling Album award for “Bonamana”, the group’s fourth album, at the awards ceremony held Feb. 9. "Bonamana" ranked first for selling 200,193 copies in 2010.

Minister Choung Byoung-gug of Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism handed the award to Super Junior.

In his speech, Super Junior leader Leeteuk said they’re very happy with the award especially that it came from Gaon.

The Gaon Chart is South Korea’s official music chart and is managed by the Korean Music Content Industry Association (KMCIA).

Following Super Junior is fellow SM Entertainment group Girls Generation, which copped the second to fourth places.

Girls Generation’s second album “Oh” sold 197,934 to place second. The group’s third mini-album “Hoot” sold 163,066 copies to place third while the girl group’s “Run Devil Run” album sold 136,851 to place fourth.

Big Bang members G-Dragon and T.O.P’s album sold 130,000 copies to place fifth while SHINee’s “Lucifer” album was at sixth for selling 124,961 copies.

2NE1’s “To Anyone” album ranked seventh with 122,845 copies sold. JYJ’s “The Beginning” was eight, selling 99,903 copies and Super Junior’s “Bonamana” repackage album placed at ninth with 99,355 copies sold.

JYJ’s “The Beginning” (New Limited Edition) and “The Beginning” (Luxury Package) ranked 10th and 11th by selling 98,311 and 92,649 copies, respectively.

Artists which ranked from 12th to 20th are: CNBlue’s “Bluetory” (77,183 copies sold), “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” official soundtrack (76,951), 2PM’s “Still 2:00 PM” (72,966), CNBlue’s “Blue Love” (71,468), KARA’s “Lupin” (64,782), SHINee’s “Hello” (63,118), SS501’s “Destination” (61,918), BEAST’s “Shock of the New Era” (59,868), and 2PM’s “Don’t Stop Can’t Stop” (57,873).

On the other hand, Miss A’s “Bad Girl Good Girl” was No. 1 on Gaon’s online chart while Lee Sungchul topped the mobile chart.

Singers G.Na and Kang Seung Yoon were awarded the best female and male rookies for 2010.

To view my original article, click here.

The Manila Bulletin, a leading English newspaper in the Philippines, has been publishing articles about Korean pop and entertainment everyday.

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