best selling album of all time

NEW RECORD: BTS’ LOVE YOURSELF 承 Her is currently the World’s best-selling Album (1st week) with 826,000 equivalent sales!

Sold 455,893 copies on its first day at retail, and 748,279 after one week (according to Hanteo). Both figures are new all-time records in South Korea! On the Global Rank, ‘Love Yourself 承 Her’ debuts at N°1 with 826,000 equivalent sales, the second highest week of the year, after Ed Sheeran’s 'Divide’ entered the chart with 1,789,000 sales in week 11.


K-POP Legends (1/???) DONG BANG SHIN KI (동방신기, Rising Gods Of The East)

Formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2003, TVXQ began as a five-member boy band that  rose to international prominence in the late 2000s, after the group achieved critical acclaim in the Korean music industry for their best-selling albums “O”-Jung.Ban.Hap. (2006) and Mirotic (2008).  Selling over 10 million records in the first 10 years of their career, TVXQ have become one of Asia’s most successful music acts of their generation. They are often referred to as “Asia’s Stars” and the “Kings of K-pop" for their immense success and contributions to the Hallyu. According to the Oricon, TVXQ have the most number-one singles for a foreign artist, and is Japan’s best-selling foreign music act in CD singles of all time. Their Time Tour, one of the highest-grossing concert tours of 2013, is the highest-attended concert tour held by a foreign music act in Japan. With the tour, the duo became the first non-Japanese Asian artists to headline a nationwide five-Dome tour, and were the first foreign artists to perform in the Nissan Stadium. Billboard has described the group as "K-pop royalty”.


On this day in music history: June 25, 1984 - “Purple Rain”, the sixth album by Prince is released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at First Avenue (w/ mobile recording truck) in Minneapolis, MN, The Warehouse in St. Louis Park, MN, The Record Plant in New York, NY, and Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA from August 1983 - March 1984. Serving as the soundtrack to Prince’s motion picture debut, it is the first album officially credited to Prince & The Revolution. Recording of the music for the film begins on August 3, 1983 when the band perform a live benefit show at First Avenue in Minneapolis. The performance marks the debut of new guitarist Wendy Melvoin, with the master versions of “I Would Die 4 U” (#8 Pop, #11 R&B), “Baby I’m A Star” and the title track being recorded at this show. These performances appear on the finished album with only minimal post production. The film and albums rousing opener “Let’s Go Crazy” (#1 Pop and R&B) is recorded at Prince’s rehearsal space “The Warehouse”, after he asks recording engineer Susan Rogers to pull the equipment out of his home studio. The basic track is cut live in spite of having no isolation between the musicians, and electrical interference from various appliances in the building. The track “Take Me With U” (#25 Pop, #40 R&B), the artists duet with Apollonia Kotero is originally slated to appear on Apollonia 6’s album, but Prince changes his mind and includes it on “Purple Rain”. Original LP copies are packaged with a poster of the band (taken during the video shoot for “When Doves Cry”), with a limited number of US promo copies (some stock copies in foreign territories) pressed on purple vinyl. Released four weeks ahead of the film, the soundtrack is an instant critical and commercial smash, launching Prince into worldwide super stardom. It spins off five singles including “When Doves Cry” (#1 Pop and R&B), and the title track (#2 Pop and #4 R&B), becoming the sixth best selling soundtrack of all time. It also wins two Grammy Awards in 1985. “Purple Rain” is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2011, and in 2012 is added to the National Recording Registry by The Library Of Congress. On June 23, 2017, remastered editions of the album are reissued on CD, including a Deluxe Edition 3 CD + DVD set. The deluxe version includes the original album on disc one, with disc two featuring eleven bonus tracks of previously unreleased material. Disc three contains the 7" edits and 12" extended versions. The DVD features the “Prince & The Revolution Live!” concert video originally released in 1985. It is also issued with the new remaster on standard black vinyl, and as a picture disc. “Purple Rain” spends twenty four consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, nineteen consecutive weeks at number one on the R&B album chart, and is certified 13x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification.


Happy 20th Anniversary, Ayumi Hamasaki!

In 1998 Ayumi Hamasaki’s debut single poker face was released on April 8th, as the lead single of the album A Song for ×× (1999), which debuted at the top of Oricon charts, selling over a million copies. Throughout her career, she has sold over 50 million records in Japan, making her the best selling Japanese solo artist of all time.


The Velvet Underground and Nico, released 50 years ago tomorrow (there is actually some disagreement on the exact date), is the definitive way-ahead-of-its-time album. With a near-peerless collection of songs — nearly all written by frontman Lou Reed — and an iconic, banana-sticker cover designed by band benefactor Andy Warhol, this jarring and innovative collection was initially a cult success at best, with no hit singles and a “peak” of No. 171 on Billboard’s albums chart in December 1967. But the world eventually caught up with it, and for the past 30 years it’s had perennial placement on best-ever lists, including No. 13 on Rolling Stone’s 2012 “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” tally.

It’s the first album to truly combine a novelist’s gritty realism with equally confrontational rock music, yet it’s also a fount of soft, vulnerable songs like “Femme Fatale” and “I’ll Be Your Mirror” — songs that are all the more poignant because you can sense, somehow, that the sensitive soul who wrote them is also kind of an asshole.

Still, it was initially considered a commercial failure, selling approximately 60,000 copies in its first two years — not bad, but no More of The Monkees. This was due partially to a legally induced (more on that shortly) factory recall that removed the album from shelves just as its Warhol-driven publicity was peaking. But that certainly wasn’t the only challenge to its commercial prospects; the group’s ensuing albums met an even more dismal commercial fate, and a disillusioned Reed left the band in August, 1970. Despite his solo success, The Velvets’ catalog gradually slipped out of print over the next few years.

The Velvets gradually assumed their proper, lofty place in rock history, their oeuvre was reissued in the U.S. in 1984 (although The Velvet Underground and Nico’s cover was a single-sleeve reduction of the original gatefold with a printed banana instead of a sticker). Thus another generation of obsessives was spawned. And on and on.

Yet the most atypical obsession of those five decades may be that of veteran music publicist and longtime Velvets fan Mark Satlof, who collects original pressings of the album. He owns more than 800 of them – he’s actually not sure exactly how many – which are neatly filed on shelves in his study. They account for an estimated 1 percent of all copies manufactured in the U.S. before March 1969.

800 Copies: Meet The World’s Most Obsessive Fan Of ‘The Velvet Underground and Nico’

Photos: Christopher Gregory for NPR

Michael Jackson Dangerous Fun Facts:

  1. It’s among one of the best selling albums of all time.
  2. ‘Remember The Time’ was said to be written about Diana Ross by his brother Jermaine. Someone who helped him write it thought it was about Debbie Rowe.
  3. It was his first album he mostly produced, he got help from 2 other people. With his other albums before ‘Dangerous’, he never produced them.
  4. The beat in ‘Who Is It’ is Michael’s beat boxing, however they altered the noise to make it sound like instruments.
  5. The ‘Give In To Me’ music video was an actual concert that took place in Germany. He only let people who lived in a specific area go and told only the fans it was going to be his music video. It was a surprise for the public.
  6. He never finished the ‘Dangerous Tour’ because of his addiction to prescription pills.
  7. His iconic Oprah interview was during this era.
  8. He started writing songs for this album during the ‘Bad’ era.
  9. During the beginning of the era, he was happy and less depressed. However, things changed once the child allegations began.
  10. The themes of the lyrics on the album include social justice, lust, romance, and religion.

November 14, 1997 - Let’s Talk About Love

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Celine’s fifth English album. The album included collaborations with Barbra Streisand, the Bee Gees, Luciano Pavarotti, Carole King, George Martin, and more. Let’s Talk About Love became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 31 million copies worldwide and topping the charts around the world. It became certified Diamond, Multi-Platinum, Platinum, and Gold around the world. 


Happy 20th Anniversary to Come on Over’ by Shania Twain. This was the best-selling album of the 1990s. It has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and remains the biggest-selling studio album by a female artist of all time, the best-selling country music album ever, the biggest-selling album by a Canadian country artist and one of the best-selling albums in music history. | November 4th, 1997

Beyoncé Knowles: 20 times Grammy Award winner, the second most honored female artist by the Grammys and the most nominated woman in Grammy Award history with 52 nominations. She has sold over 100 million records as a solo artist, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. RIAA recognized her as the Top Certified Artist of the 2000s decade. As of December 2015, Beyoncé has sold 16 million albums and over 47 million digital songs in the United States as a solo artist. Critics hail her as one of the best entertainers in contemporary popular music. Forbes magazine listed her as the most powerful female musician of 2015.

Taylor Swift: 10 time Grammy Award winner, at 20 she became the youngest person ever to win Album of the Year at the Grammys with Fearless, a country album and at 26 she became the only female solo act in history to receive that award twice with 1989, a pop album. She has sold 27.67 million albums (March 2015) in the United States, making her the seventh-largest-selling female artist. She has written every single song of every album she has ever released. She’s the only artist in history to have three consecutive albums sold more than 1 million copies in its first week. Swift owns the most awarded country album in music history (Fearless) and the most awarded pop album in music history (1989). This year, BMI will present Taylor Swift with an award bearing her name in recognition of her incomparable creative and artistic talent and influence on music lovers throughout the world. (This is only the second time in BMI’s 76-year history that the company has presented an award in someone’s name. The first was to Michael Jackson in 1990).

Adele: Academy Award Winner for best original song in a motion picture with Skyfall (2013) and 10 time Grammy Award Winner. She and Beyoncé hold the record of most Grammys won by a female artist in one night with six each. With 21 non-consecutive weeks at number 1 in the US, Adele broke the record for the longest number-1 album by a woman in Billboard history, beating the record formerly held by Whitney Houston’s soundtrack The Bodyguard.21 spent its 23rd week at number one in March 2012, making it the longest-running album at number one since 1985 and it became the fourth best-selling album of the past 10 years in the United States. 25 is the first album to sell more than 3 million copies in a week in Nielsen history, and only the second to surpass 2 million sold in a single frame. Adele is easily the best voice in music industry nowadays.

Beyoncé, Taylor, Adele, Gaga, Rihanna… You know one thing they all have in common? They make art maintaining true to themselves, they are unique in what they do, and that’s the key to their success. All these women can be successful at the same time in the same universe, crazy huh? Stop pitting women against each other.


EXO have officially met their pre-order number in just SIX weeks. They are the best selling album on Hanteo of ALL TIME and the FIRST group to ever reach this number! (x)

  1. 15.09.2015 - YG releases iKON’s Warm-up single “My type”
  2. iKON stays number #1 on national and international charts for more than 10 days (takes place of songs that stayed on #1 for weeks)
  3. 15.09.2015 - iKON hits melon roof for the 18th time leaving bands like exo with 15 hits and beast with 16 hits behind (first ever rookie band to hit melon chart on their debut)
  4. 26.09.2015 - iKON wins on MBC “Music Core” with their warm-up single “My type” (first rookie band to win without promoting)
  5. 27.09.2015 “My type” hits 6 Million views on youtube after only 12 days 
  6. 27.09.2015 - iKON’s first win with “My type” on Inkigayo
  7. 01.10.2015 - YG releases iKON half album + 2 title track MV’s (rythm ta & Airplane)
  8. 01.10.2015 - iKON’s half-album clinches the #1 spot on the iTunes chart of 11 countries
  9. 03.10.2015 - iKON holds debut concert “Showtime” in front of over 13,000 people (tickets were sold out in seconds)
  10. 04.10.2015 - iKON performs their officially debut stage on Inkigayo
  11. 04.10.2015 - iKON’s second win with “My type” on Inkigayo (just 3 days after their official debut)
  12. 05.10.2015 - iKON takes #1 spot on “Melon popularity award” for the first week of october
  13. 8.10.2015 - iKONs #4 win in total after debut. This time on M! Countdown for “Rhythm ta”
  14. 5-10.10.2015 - iKON Half Album is #1 on “Tower Records” Japan’s Top 10 KPOP Albums for 2nd week of October!
  15. 12.10.2015 - iKON wins “Melon weekly choice awards” for the 3rd time
  16. 27.10.2015 - iKON achives a Trophy all-kill for “Melon weekly popularity Award”! 5 weeks = 5 trophies
  17. 28.10.2015 - iKONs half album (with 26.000 copies) on #16 of “Worlds Top 20 most selling albums” (even before artists like Sam Smith)
  18. 30.10.2015 - iKON is nominated for “Best new male artist” for MAMA 2015
  19. 07.11.2015 - iKON wins Melon Music Award for “Best new male artist”
  20. 11.11.2015 - iKON gets #4 on “Top 15 total downloads for male idol groups 2015” with 1,537,095 downloads in total & gets #9 on “Top 15 downloaded songs by male idol groups in 2015” for “my type” with 720,225 downloads right after EXOs “Call me baby” with 728,526 downloads
  21. 16.11.2015 - YG releases “Anthem”“Apology” MV’s at 00:00 KST
  22. 16.11.2015 - “Apology” hits Melon roof for the first time at 00:00 KST
  23. 16.11.2015 - “Apology” & “Anthem” Nr. 1 & Nr. 2 on Naver Music Top 100 (just hours after the release)
  24. 16.11.2015“Apology” ranked #1 in all (8) major music charts & “Anthem#2
  25. 16.11.2015 - IKON creates sensation upon comeback. Third time to sweep Nr. 1 on all major music charts in Korea in a row
  26. 17.11.2015“Apology” MV reaches 1M views on Youtube (just one day after its release)
  27. 18.11.2015 - “Anthem” MV reaches 1M views on Youtube (just two days after its release)
  28. 21.11.2015 - iKON holds fanmeet at „National indoor stadium“ in Bejing (with 18,000 seats)
  29. 23.11.2015 - iKON wins Melon’s “Popular Artist of the week” for the 6th time!
  30. 26.11.2015 - iKON’s new song “APOLOGY” takes No.1 on two of Gaon’s weekly charts
  31. 27.11.2015 - “My Type” MV reaches 15M views on Youtube
  32. 29.11.2015 - IKON’s “Apology” takes Nr. 1 spot on Inkigayo Charts, (5th win) IKON has three Number 1 singles now!
  33. 02.12.2015 - iKON wins the “Rookie of the Year” Award at 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)
  34. 24.12.2015 - iKON releases their debut album 100 days after the release of their first song “My Type”
  35. 24.12. 2015 - iKON releases 2 new MV’s What’s wrong & Dumb & Dumber
  36. 24.12.2015 - iKON takes No.1 on seven music charts with new songs of their debut full album
  37. 24.12. 2015 - “DUMB&DUMBER” takes No.1 on Melon, Korea’s biggest music-streaming website, as well as Soribada and NAVER Music“I MISS YOU SO BAD” is in the top on Bugs, Genie, and Mnet, and “WHAT’S WRONG?“ on Olleh Music
  38. 24.12.2015 - iKON is stays No.1 on iTunes chart of Asian countries including Macao, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam
  39. 28.12.2015 - iKON banner is open on iTunes main page of USA, Japan, and Pan Asia countries Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macao, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
  40. 30.12.2015 - IKON receives the “Best Group Award” at Netease Attitude Awards
  41. 6+7.01.2016 - All tickets for iKONCERT (10,000 seats) sold out in exactly 10 minutes (for both days)
  42. 07.01.2016 - iKON’s first full-length album debuts at Nr. 2 on Billboard’s “World albums chart”
  43. 08.01.2016 - „My type’ ranked #3 place on Music Bank (even 5 month after release)
  44. 13.01.2016 - iKON releases their debut Japanese album, “Welcome Back” (japan debut)
  45. 14.01.2016 - iKON wins #1 on M!Countdown (dumb & dumber)
  46. 14.01.2015 - iKON wins the “Best New Male Artist” Award at the 2016 Seoul Music Awards (4th Music Award win in total)
  47. 14.01.2016 - iKON’s japanese debut album “WELCOME BACK” sales 53,207 units on its first day
  48. 15.01.2016 - iKON takes No. 1 on the Oricon Charts in Japan (at the same time as their japanese debut)
  49. 20.01.2016 - iKON wins “Rookie of the year” at Golden Disk Awards 2016 (5th Music Award win in total // 4th time to win “Rookie of the year”)
  50. 21.01.2016 - iKON wins #1 on M!Countdown (dumb & dumber)
  51. 27.01.2016“My Type” hits 20 M views on Youtube
  52. 28.01.2016 - iKON wins #1 on M!Countdown with “Dumb & Dumber” (3 weeks in a row/triple crown)
  53. 17.02.2016 - iKON wins “Best New Male Artist” at Gaon Chart Awards 2016
  54. 17.02.2016 - iKON wins “Artist of the Year” for September 2015 (digital) at Gaon Chart Awards 2016
  55. 17.02.2016 - iKON reportedly 1st ever group to have a “Rookie Award Grand Slam” since SHINee 8 years ago!
  56. 29.02.2016“Rhythm-Ta” hits 20M views on youtube
  57. 02.03.2016“Airplane” hits 10M views on youtube
  58. 10.03.2016 - “Apology” hits 10M views on youtube
  59. 23.03.2016 - iKON wins “Album of the year by media” at the QQ Music Award
  60. 23.03.2016 - iKON wins “Best new force group” at QQ Music Award
  61. 28.03.2016 - YG releases ‘Welcome Back - Complete Edition’ Album in Japan
  62. 30.03.2016 - iKON Welcome Back - Complete Edition’ #1 on iTUNES Japan Album Chart (KPOP) even before Bigbang
  63. 01.04.2016 - iKON sets a record (among rookie groups) by surpassing 120,000 sales of their albums
  64. 01.04.2016“Dumb & Dumber” hits 10M views on youtube (#200DaysWithiKON)
  65. 15.04.2016 - iKON wins “Asian most popular korean group” at China Music Awards 2016 exactly 7 month after their debut!#7MonthWithiKON
  66. 30.05.2016 - YG releases #WYD MV (no promotion only for fans)
  67. 30.05.2016 - #WYD first genie roof hit 2 hours after it’s release!
  68. 30.05.2016 - #WYD ranked #1 on Melon only 2 hours after it’s release
  69. 30.05.2016 - #WYD is ranked #1 on 7 Music sites only 3 hours after it’s release
  70. 30.05.2016 - iKON ranked #5  “2016 RELEASES WITH THE MOST 1ST HOUR LISTENERS” and #1 in male groups
  71. 01.06.2016 - #WYD hits 1 M views on youtube, only a day after it’s release
  72. 06.06.2016 - iKON wins “Melon popularity award” for the1st week of june
  73. 11.06.2016 - iKON with #WYD at #2 on inkigayo (without any promotions during their asia showtime tour)
  74. 13.06.2016 - iKON wins “Melon popularity award” for the 2nd week of june
  75. 23.06.2016 - iKON ranked #9 (with dumb&dumber) “Top 10 Artists with Highest Scores on MCountdown (All Time)”
  76. 29.06.2016 - iKON wins 1st episode of “Heroes of Remix” with cover of “beijing beijing”
  77. 12.07.2016 - iKON wins 3rd episode of “Heroes of Remix” with “Master chou” x “Rhythm Ta” remix
  78. 24.07.2016 - iKON wins 5th episode of “Heroes of Remix”
  79. 28.09.2016 - iKON releases “Dumb&Dumber” mini Album in Japan / over 38k copies sold on the first day
  80. 28.09.2016 - iKON tops the ‘Oricon daily CD single rankings’ with “Dumb&Dumber” JPN mini album ( placed first on oricon chart twice in less than a year) + tops  ‘Billboard Japan single sales chart’
  81. 18.11.2016 - iKON wins “Best new artist award” at Japan record awards (JPN grammys) second Kpop group to win that award since Bigbang 7 years ago
  82. 21.11.2016 - iKON wins ‘Tencent QQ Music Star Award’ at MMA 2016
  83. 26.12.2016 - iKON ‘Welcome Back’ album wins in rookie category of “Best selling album” at ‘49th ORION annual ranking 2016′
  84. 26.12.2016 - iKON made over 640M Yen ($5.6M USD) from DVD’s, single album & full album. Concerts NOT included (they held 30 concerts alone in Japan for 2016)
  85. 29.12.2016 - iKON’s ‘Welcome Back’ Album on #3 of Orion Best selling K-pop Albums in 2016 with over 90k sold copies
  86. 05.01.2017 - iKON at #2 in Top 10 M!Countdown highest scores for 2016 (boy groups)
  87. 29.01.2017 - iKON at #5 with ‘My Type’ (1,613,177) in Top 40 most downloaded kpop boy group songs 2013-2017 (Right after exo and bigbang)
  88. 10.02.2017 - iKON confirmed to have a Japan Dome Tour in the middle of 2017. Break EXO’s record as the fastest non-Japanese group to make a dome tour after debut (exo = 3 years after debut // iKON = 1 year after debut)
  89. 24.02.2017 - iKON ‘My Type’ at #5 ‘Most downloaded boy group songs(2013-2017)’ with over 1.6M downloads. The only rookie group in top 10 (bigbang on 1/¾ & exo on 2)
  90. 26.02.2017 - iKON receives 2 awards from ‘Japan Gold Disc Awards 2017. ‘New Artist of the year’ & 'Best 3 New Artists’
  91. 22.05.17 - iKON releases two MV’s ‘BLING BLING’ & ‘B-DAY’ 
  92. 22.05.17‘BLING BLING’ hits 3M views only 24h after its release! ‘B-DAY’ hits 2M views
  93. 22.05.17 - iKON single album at #1 on iTunes World wide charts in 10 Countries
  94. 23.05.17 - iKON ‘BLING BLING’‘B-DAY’ go straight to #1 & #2 spot at Chinese QQ MV charts
  95. 15.08.17 - iKON releases New kids: Begin Japan Mini Album
  96. 15.08.17 - NEW KIDS : BEGIN mini album got #1 on Oricon daily chart with total of 31,251 album sales on its first day of release
  97. 15.08.17 - NEW KIDS : BEGIN mini album tops #1 on iTunes Japan
  98. 15.08.17 - Tower Records Album Chart: #1 iKON NEW KIDS: BEGIN
  99. 22.08.17 - iKON #1 on Oricon’s weekly Album charts with EP NEW KIDS: BEGIN (oricon is considered one of the big top 3 music charts together with billboard and uk charts
  100. 14.09.17 - Bobby drops first solo Album ‘LOVE AND FALL’
  101. 14.09.17 - ‘LOVE AND FALL’ on #1 iTunes Charts in 22 countries
  102. 14.09.17 - I Love you #1 on genie and rising on other charts
  103. 15.09.17 - ‘LOVE AND FALL’ on #5 iTunes Album Charts worldwide with names like imagine dragons, ed Sheran & jack Johnson
  104. 16.09.17 - Bobby ‘LOVE AND FALL’ on #1 of biggest digital male kpop artist world wide
  105. 17.09.17 - Bobby ‘LOVE AND FALL’ enters TOP 10 top charting Kpop albums on iTunes at #9, as one of only 3 solo artists (GD, Taeyang, Bobby)
  106. 19.09.17 - Bobby ‘LOVE AND FALL’ on #2 billboard world album charts
  107. 25.01.18 - iKON releases 2nd studio Album ‘RETURN’ + title song ‘LOVE SCENARIO’ MV
  108. 26.01.18 - iKON tops iTunes Charts of 17 countries
  109. 26.01.18 - All 12 Songs (including the 4 Special Tracks) enter Top 50 
  110. 26.01.18‘LOVE SCENARIO’ tops #1 of four major charts
  111. 26.01.18 - iKON tops Real Time Charts with ‘LOVE SCENARIO’
  112. 26.01.18 ‘LOVE SCENARIO’ hits 3M views on youtube, only a day after its release
  113. 28.01.18’LOVE SCENARIO’ MV hits over 5M views on youtube only 3 days after its release
  114. 29.01.18 - ‘RETURN’ Album passes a sale of over 20,000 copies only 4 days after its release
  115. 01.02.18 - iKON’s 'LOVE SCENARIO’  #1 on music charts for the 8th consecutive day since its release, surpassing the record they had set with 'MY TYPE’ previously (#1 on music charts for 6 consecutive days, which gained them the nickname 'monster rookies’ back then)
  116. 01.02.18 - #LoveScenario1stWin on M!Countdown after only 8 days of its release 
  117. 01.02.18 - iKON’s ‘LOVE SCENARIO’ & ‘BEAUTIFUL enter QQ Weekly Chart at spot Nr. 10 & 109. The group made their second entry on top 10 on the chart with ‘LOVE SCENARIO’ only BIGBANG to achieve that before. iKON as one of the only two korean groups to have multiple entries on top 10
  118. 01.02.18 - iKON’s 'LOVE SCENARIO’ now becomes iKON’s 2nd track to be included in MelOn’s Highest Unique Listeners Hall of Fame! 1st - My Type: 1,871,064 2nd - Love Scenario: 1,597,802
  119. 04.02.18 - iKON achieves ALL KILL with ‘LOVE SCENARIO’ 
  120. 04.02.18 - iKON achieves 25TH REALTIME ALL KILL with ‘LOVE SCENARIO’ 10 days after its release 
  121. 05.02.18 - iKON achieves an PERFECT ALL KILL with ‘LOVE SCENARIO’ and maintains it for over 16 hours. As the only boy group after BIGBANG to ever achieve it, as the only group (male and female) to achieve it after the chart system changed & as the first korean artist in 2018 to achieve it
  122. 05.02.18 - iKON wins Melon’s Weekly Popularity Award for the first week of February with ‘LOVE SCENARIO’
  123. 09.02.18 - iKON scores 42 hourly PAK’s with ‘LOVE SCENARIO’ as the ONLY male kpop group to ever achieve that after the rule reform and they surpasse BIGBANG’s 35 PAK’s with ‘FUXX IT’
  124. 09.02.18 - The number of unique listeners on Melon for ‘LOVE SCENARIO’ hits a new peak (a total of 790,000+) which makes iKON the first boy group ever who has more than 770,00 listeners after chart reorganization (only male singers who achieved it alongside iKON were G-Dragon and Zico)
  125. 09.02.18 - iKON stays #1 for 16 days on all charts
  126. 11.02.18 - iKON ranks #3 in Boy Group Brand Reputation Ranking (even before huge groups like EXO on #4 and BIGBANG on #5)
  127. 11.02.18 - ‘LOVE SCENARIO’ breaks GFRIEND’s ‘Rough’ PAK record with 66+ hourly PAK’s (and still counting) 
  128. 12.02.18‘LOVE SCENARIO’ breaks Twice’s ‘TT’ PAK record (91) with 96+ houry PAK’s (and still counting) and becomes the Idol Group with the most hourly PAK’s and the 2nd overall korean Artist with the most hourly PAK’s.
  129. 13.02:18 -  iKON achieves best record among boy-groups within past 3 years with ‘LOVE SCENARIO’. This is the first since Big Bang’s ‘Loser’ that was released in May 2015.
  130. 15.02.18 - iKON achieves a Gaon Triple Crown (for 2018 week 6, February 4th to 10th) with ‘LOVE SCENARIO’.
  131. 18.01.18 - #LoveScenario2ndWin on Inkigayo!
  132. 21.02.18 - 'LOVE SCENARIO’ stays #1 for 28 days & becomes the first idol group’s song that ranks #1 on music charts for this long in 10 years. BIGBANG 'Last Farewell’ was the no.1 spot for 8 weeks on music charts back in 2008.
  133. 24.02.18‘LOVE SCENARIO’ MV hits 30M views a month after its release
  134. 24.02.18 - #LoveScenario3rdWin on Music Core!
  135. 25.02.18 - #LoveScenario4thWin on Inkigayo!
  136. 25.02.18 - ‘LOVE SCENARIO’ becomes the song with the most hourly PAKs with 140 PAKs +still counting and beats IU and Park Myung Soo’s “Leon” that held the record with 136 hourly perfect all-kills
  137. 25.02.18‘LOVE SCENARIO’ still tops all major charts 31 days after its release and achieves 150 PAKS
  138. 01.03.18 - #LoveScenario5thWin on M!Countdown!
  139. 02.03.18 - #LoveScenario6thWin on Music Bank!
  140. 02.03.18‘LOVE SCENARIO’ is back to getting hourly PAKs 36 days after its release! (170+counting)
  141. 03.03.18 - #LoveScenario7thWin on Music Core!
  142. 04.03.18 - #LoveScenario8thWin on Inkigayo! Plus a #LoveScenario1stTripleCrown for winning three weeks in a row at Inkigayo!
  143. 07.03.18 - #LoveScenario9thWIn on Show Champion! 
  144. 08.03.18 - #LoveScenario10thWin on M!Countdown! Plus #LoveScenario2ndTripleCrown for winning three weeks in a row on M!Countdown
  145. 08.03.18 - iKON‘s ‚LOVE SCENARIO‘ gets a Gaon Triple crown for the whole month of February as well as for the 9th week of 2018 (digital,download & streaming).
  146. 08.03.18 - iKON‘s ‚LOVE SCENARIO‘ is now tied with IU‘s ‚Good Day‘ and PSY‘s ‚Gangnam Style‘ as the song with 5 weeks on #1 on Gaon Digital Chart. Which makes iKON the longest running Idol Group on Gaon.
  147. 10.03.18 - #LoveScenario11thWin on Music Core & #LoveScenario3rdTripleCrown for winning three weeks in a row on Music Core
  148. 15.03.18‘LOVE SCENARIO’ becomes the longest running number 1 on Gaon History with 6 weeks at staying #1 on Gaon’s Digital Chart, surpassing PSY’s ‘GANGNAM STYLE’ & IU’s ‘Good Day’ (5 weeks)
  149. 01.04.18‘LOVE SCENARIO’ MV achieves 1 Million likes on youtube and becomes iKON’s first MV to reach that 
  150. 12.04.18 - iKON surpasses 100k album sales on GAON as the first YGE new generation group 
  151. 17.04.18 - With 12 weeks, ‘LOVE SCENARIO’ by iKON is the song by a K-pop boygroup that has spent the most number of weeks at the MelOn’s Top 10 in this decade
  152. 10.05.18 - ‘LOVE SCENARIO’ becomes the overall song with the highest digital points on GAON in 2018 (surpassing solo singers and groups like Twice & BIGBANG)
  153. 17.05.18 - ‘LOVE SCENARIO’ tops the digital chart in week 19, two weeks in a row
  154. 28.05.18 - ‘LOVE SCENARIO’ stays 18 weeks in Melon’ TOP 10 and makes iKON the very first new generation KPOP group to achieve that. The only KPOP group who stayed longer is BIGBANG with ‘Lies’
  155. 31.05.18 - ‘LOVE SCENARIO’ Japanese version gets released and rises on #1 in the Kpop chart section of iTunes Japan just an hour after its releases
  156. 01.06.18 - ‘LOVE SCENARIO’ MV reaches 100M views on youtube only 4 month after its release. Which makes iKON the fastest Kpop boy group to achieve the 100M milestone after debut (only 2,8 years).
  157. 07.06.2018 - LOVE SCENARIO’ is officially the fastest all time song to reach 100M Streams on GAON. GAON has issued it’s 1st Platinum Streaming Certificate for iKON  ‘Love Scenario’ only 19 Weeks after release as the only artist to ever receive a GAON Platinum Certification for streaming! (surpassing artists like IU, Heize, BB4, Ailee; Twice & more)
  158. 18.06.2018 - Billboard Korea announce the Chart Topper for the 1st half of 2018 and it’s no other than iKON ‘Love Scenario’! The song topped the chart 5 consecutive weeks (last week of Jan - 3rd week of Mar) based on streaming, album sales, broadcast frequency & chart
  159. 13.07.2018 - iKON achieves another TRIPLE CROWN with ‘LOVE SCENARIO’ (#1 Digital, Streaming, Download Chart) on GAON’s mid year chart! 
  160. 13.07.2018 - iKON & 'LOVE SCENARIO’ officially enter Genie’s Top 10 Most Streamed Songs Of All Time at a current rank of No. 10 with over 51. 2M streams on its belt! iKON as the youngest group in the TOP 10 & ‘LOVE SCENARIO’ as the most recent release to make it.
  161. 02.08:2018 - iKON releases ‘NEW KIDS: CONTINUE’ mini album + MV for title track ‘KILLING ME’
  162. 02.08.2018 - ‘KILLING ME’ tops 3 real time charts and debuts #18 iChart daily & #3 iChart Realtime
  163. 03.08.2018 - ‘KILLING ME’ MV reaches 5M Views on youtube in only 24 hours
  164. 03.03.2018 - iKON tops the iTunes Chart of 24 countries with ‘KILLING ME’ (most they’ve reached so far!)
  165. 03.03.2018 - iKON debuts #2 on World Album Charts
  166. 03.03.2018 - iKON reach almost 600k streams on genie & over 300k unique melon listeners
  167. 05.08.2018 - ‘KILLING ME’ MV hits 1 Million likes & 10 Million views on youtube (just 3 days after its release (It took Love Scenario 3 month to hit 1M likes)
  168. 09.08.2018 - #KILLINGME1stWin on M! Countdown
  169. 10.08.2018 - ‘KILLING ME’ debuts #2 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales Chart and sets a new record for iKON’s highest position on said chart so far 
  170. 30.08.2018 - ‘LOVE SCENARIO’ surpasses 1 billion index points on Gaon and becomes the first song in 2018 to do reach that

 And the “monster rookies” continue to take over the music world.

Celebrate Taylor Swift's Birthday With 28 of Her Impressive Milestones

Taylor Swift may only be 28 years old, but judging by this list of milestones, many of her wildest dreams have already come true.

In honor of the megastar’s birthday today, Swifties all over the world are celebrating in her honor. As some fans highlighted online, the songstress accurately predicted early on that she would be a great success by this point in her life.

“I will be, hopefully, headlining and I would love to, you know, just be doing great touring and still be putting out successful albums and having the albums’ material grow with me and never, ever alienate my fans, ever,” Swift said in a 2007 interview with the Great American Country cable network in response to a question about what she would be up to at 28. “It’s always going to be all about the fans and I hope that that never changes.”

Now, as she officially toasts to 28 years, we wonder if she truly expected just how much she would achieve in the scope of a decade. Setting multiple Guinness World Records? Four Vogue covers? Making the best-selling album of the year…three times?

As fans celebrate the star’s special day, here’s 28 of the impressive milestones she’s reached in the last 28 years:

1. In 2010, Swift became the youngest main artist to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2010 for her second studio album, Fearless. She was 20 years old at the time.

2. Swift’s Fearless became the best-selling album of 2009, making her the youngest artist to have a best-selling album of the year.

3. At 14 years old, Swift became the youngest songwriter ever signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

4. Five of her six studio albums have peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 and all six have peaked in the top ten.

5. In 2016, she became the first woman to win the Grammy’s Album of the Year more than once after she won for 1989.

6. Swift currently holds the record for most Billboard Music Awards with 21 awards.

7. In 2008, she received her first Grammy Award nomination—for Best New Artist. In 2010, she won for the first time. She has collected 10 Grammy Awards in total and 31 nominations.

8. Her 1989 tour became 2015’s highest grossing concert tour with roughly $250 million in sales worldwide.

9. In 2006, her debut album, Taylor Swift, became 7-times multi-platinum certified, the first of all six studio albums to go platinum.

10. Her lyric video for “Look What You Made Me Do” became the most-watched lyric video of all time in August 2017.

11. The music video for “Look What You Made Me Do” gave Swift her best YouTube debut, but also became the most viewed music video in its first 24 hours in history with more than 43 million views.

12. In just one week, Reputation sold 1.22 million copies, making it the top selling album of 2017—and her second time achieving the feat.

13. In 2009, Swift both hosted Saturday Night Live and performed as the musical guest. She’s appeared as a musical guest two other times.

14. Since 2012, she’s had five number one songs on Billboard’s Hot 100.

15. In 2017, she was included as one of Time’s People of the Year, the “Silence Breakers.”

16. “Look What You Made Me Do” set a new record for most plays generated by any song in one day since Spotify launched.

17. In 2010, Swift set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest-selling digital album in the USA by a female artist with Speak Now.

18. In 2010, she set a new Guinness World Record for most simultaneous U.S. hot 100 hits by a female with 11 tracks on the chart, 10 of which were making their chart debut.

19. In 2009, she won her first MTV Video Music Award for “You Belong With Me.” She’s gone on to win six more and 17 nominations.

20. In 2012, she appeared on the cover of Vogue for the first time. She’s appeared on the American cover two more times since.

21. In 2010, she made her movie debut in Valentine’s Day.

22. She was nominated for her first Golden Globe Award in 2013 for “Best Original Song,” She’s been nominated a second time since.

23. She won her first Emmy Award nomination, for Original Interactive Program, in 2015. In 2016, she set a Guinness World Record for highest annual earnings ever for a female pop star with estimated earning of $170 million.

24. In 2017, Fearless was certified diamond by the RIAA, meaning it had achieved sales and streams exceeding 10 million album units.

25. In 2010, Swift was listed as one of Time’s most influential people in the world in the annual 100 issue.

26. In 2008, she was included in People’s “World’s Most Beautiful People.”

27. She was nominated for her first American Music Award in 2007 and won her first awards in 2008, among them Artist of the Year. She has won 19 in total and has been nominated 25 times.

28. Her second studio album, Fearless, won the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music Award and Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

That’s certainly a list to be proud of. Happy Birthday, Taylor!


On this day in music history: November 8, 1971 - “Led Zeppelin IV (aka Four Symbols, ZoSo, and Untitled)”, the fourth album by Led Zeppelin is released. Produced by Jimmy Page, it is recorded at Island Studios in London, Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA, and Headley Grange with The Rolling Stones Mobile Recording Studio in Headley, East Hampshire, UK from December 1970 - August 1971. Sessions begin at the newly opened Island Studios in London in late 1970. After a short period of time recording there, the band decides that a less pressured environment than a formal recording studio is needed. They move into a Victorian house called Headley Grange in the English countryside, using The Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. The bulk of the sessions are recorded at the house over the next few months, with much of the material being written on the spot while jamming. Bothered by the critical response to their previous album, Jimmy Page decides to release Led Zeppelin’s new album without a title or any information on the outer cover. The band’s label, Atlantic Records are not initially keen on the idea of releasing the album without a title or band’s name on it, believing that they are committing “professional suicide” by doing so. The only identifying marks in the cover artwork are four symbols that are to represent each member of the band. The cryptic symbols are added to the inner sleeve of the albums artwork featuring a painting (purchased by Robert Plant in an antique shop) of an elderly man with a bundle of kindling on his back on the front cover. The painting is photographed mounted to the wall of a partially demolished house. In spite of Atlantic’s misgivings, the album is a huge critical and commercial success, spinning off several classics including “Rock And Roll” (#47 Pop), “Black Dog” (#15 Pop), and the legendary “Stairway To Heaven”. It goes on to become the biggest selling album of Led Zeppelin’s career, and is currently the third best selling album of all time in the US. In October of 2014, the album is reissued on CD and vinyl, with both configurations available separately, and as a Super Deluxe box set with both included, along with an eighty eight page hardbound book, a numbered color lithograph of the cover artwork, and a download card with hi-rez files of the audio. “Led Zeppelin IV” spends four weeks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 23x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Double Diamond Certification.

On September 12th 2008, Taylor released her first single, Love Story for her sophomore album, Fearless.

Taylor wrote Love Story by herself in about 15 minutes. Here’s a few milestones this single has achieved in the past 10 years:

-Sold 8 millions copies worldwide;

-Got to #4 on Billboard Top 100;

-Was for a while the best selling country single by a female artist;

-Was also for a while the best selling country single of all time;

-It became Taylor’s first #1 single in Australia, it is also certified 7x platinum there;

-It was Taylor’s first top ten hit in Canada in November 2008;

-It won “Song of the year” at the 2009 BMI Awards;

EXO ‘The War’ [Korean Version] Becomes the Best-Selling Album in GAON Chart History

The Korean version of EXO’s 4th album ‘The War’ has sold 928,701 copies as of August 2017 on GAON; Becoming the 1st K-Pop album to surpass 900,000 copies in GAON chart history. The Korean version also becomes the Best-Selling K-Pop album of all-time in GAON and combined with the Chinese version, EXO’s ‘The War’ has surpassed 1.07 Million copies since its release date. Congratulations EXO!

“we hope you enjoy your stay”; Sam’s Town, Americana, and the power of connection

Sam’s Town, released in 2006, made quite a splash when it came out. In literally every sense of the word, it was a shocking departure from Hot Fuss. The Killers changed up their entire look for the album; gone was their semi-punk Vegas-style look, gone too was Flowers’ guyliner. (Pity, that.) All was replaced with cowboy outfits and mustaches. The band’s sound and lyrics undertook a similar change; Sam’s Town replaces Hot Fuss’s edgy autotuned pseudo-queerness with a sound that’s simultaneously bombastic and imperfect all at once, replacing cityscape with wide open spaces, androgyny with Americana, autotune with warbling authenticity. Before listening for the first time, I assumed I’d hate it.

Oh, how wrong I was. Sam’s Town is easily my favorite album of the five, if not one of my favorite albums of all time. There’s not a track on there I don’t like—which, for me, is incredibly rare. Brandon Flowers and co. were similarly adulatory about their album prior to release; Flowers even went so far as to tell Giant magazine it would be “one of the best albums in the past 20 years”. (The media raked him over the coals for that one.) However, Sam’s Town didn’t sell as well as its predecessor, seeming to prove Flowers wrong at first glance. Despite—or perhaps even because of—Flowers’ bombast, though, the album has aged remarkably well. Most die-hard Killers fans list it as their favorite. I’m no exception.

As an album, Sam’s Town is objectively the most cohesive of any the Killers have put out. The titular track, opening with Nobody ever had a dream ‘round here / but I don’t really mind that it’s starting to get to me sets up one of the album’s thematic ideas from the get-go: the timeless trope of a kid who’s sick of living in their small town. Instead of running with that, though, Sam’s Town turns the trope on its head with the gentle “Enterlude” and its album closer, “Exitlude”. Lines like We hope you enjoy your stay / it’s good to have you with us / even if it’s just for the day convey a sense of warmth, friendliness, belonging. Sam’s Town—the town itself, I meanfunctions because it’s made of people who’ll do anything for the others around them, and this theme’s emphasized to some degree in every single song. (“I know we can make it if we take it slow” “we’re gonna make it out of the fire” “would you help me get down”) The simple truth of it? Sam’s Town, under all the landscape imagery and Springsteen-esque machismo, is about the importance of friendship and human interdependence. In other words, this album’s connecting thread literally is connection.

Sam’s Town is phenomenal, and the Killers know it. They’ve been trying to remake it for as long as their career has lasted. Day and Age is “Sam’s Town in space”. Battle Born and Wonderful Wonderful were both hyped up as “the next Sam’s Town” before their actual release. They’ve tried, yeah, and succeeded to a degree, but—though I’m horribly biased—at this point I don’t think it’s possible to do better. Sam’s Town is special. It’s a weirdly uplifting album. It’s got big loud arena-rock songs just like its predecessor and all following albums, but at heart it’s shockingly introspective. In the end, Sam’s Town is welcoming, and that’s all it needs to be.

It’s good to have you with us, say the Killers, even if it’s just for the day. True to its word, Sam’s Town is open for everyone who needs it, even if it is just for the day.

-Katie // @katiejkirk