SHINee US iTunes & Billboard Chart History

SHINee US iTunes & Billboard Chart History

(Please scroll to the bottom of the page for a list of Billboard Chart Peaks & #1’s)

A History of SHINee & K-Pop on US iTunes

Today we are accustomed to a digital world. When albums are released, you can buy them in an instant digitally and download them to your various devices. When SHINee debuted in 2008, K-Pop had not yet entered into the international digital music market. Some of the first K-Pop albums to land on iTunes were in 2009-2010. Excluding BoA, SM’s artists didn’t enter the US digital music market until 2010. SHINee’s first album to be released on US iTunes was Lucifer (in 2010 around the time of its release in Korea). However, there wasn’t a strong push at the time to purchase music digitally. Most fans were still buying their albums physically/in store. To the consternation of fans, it was also very difficult to search SHINee’s name on iTunes for many years since the search engine pulled up songs and artists related to the word “Shine” when typing “SHINee”. Fans had to search for SHINee’s group name in Hangul (the Korean alphabet) in order to find their music. SHINee’s older Korean albums (Replay, The SHINee World, Romeo, & 2009 Year of Us) was later added in 2011. 2011 was also the year SHINee entered the Japanese market with their first Japanese singles. This as well as the growth of the “Hallyu Wave” is why we don’t see SHINee charting on the US’s Billboard charts until 2012 with their release of “Sherlock” – SHINee’s first Korean album to be released internationally simultaneously with the Korean release.

iTunes Complications

In early 2014, there was a distribution change on iTunes for all of SM’s music. Prior to this, SM’s music was being released through Soribada on iTunes. In 2014, SM’s music was re-released through SM’s own distribution. This is important for fans to know because any SM music purchased on iTunes before 2014 cannot be downloaded again and will not show up as “purchased” on iTunes – it is as if you never purchased the album at all. All of the prior Soribada album releases were removed from iTunes and are no longer accessible. SM re-uploaded these albums under their label as if they were brand new albums. This change does not affect SHINee’s early Japanese releases that were available on iTunes (“Kimi wa Boku no Everything”) since they were released under their Japanese label. This change affected many other things including the thousands of iTunes album reviews which are no longer available.

An Appeal for iTunes

As an American fan, I will always ask fans to buy both on US iTunes and physically/Korean digital for Korean charts. If you can’t afford both, the breakdown is that physical purchases give SHINee Korean year end sales awards and US iTunes doesn’t give any awards other than contributing to Billboard’s charts (in hopes that you get a Billboard award or a US music award – which is hard to do without a physical US release). However, something important US iTunes tracks that a physical purchase can’t, is it tells SM how many fans in a given country are interested in SHINee. 4,000 US iTunes album sales = 4,000 fans that might be interested in attending a US local concert. Buying Korean digital & physical gives SHINee the ability to make more Korean music. Buying US digital (iTunes) gives US fans more events & concerts. Both are important so I always encourage supporting both types of release.

 

 

SHINee’s US Billboard Peaks

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World Albums Chart – This week’s top-selling world music albums

  • “Sherlock” #5 (3/31/12)
  • “Misconceptions of You” #2 (3/9/13)
  • “Misconceptions of Me” #1 (5/11/13)
  • “Everybody” #2 (11/12/13)
  • “Odd” #1 (6/6/15)
  • “Married to the Music” #5 (8/22/15)
  • “1 of 1” #2 (10/22/16)
  • “The Story of Light EP 1” #4 (6/9/18)
  • “The Story of Light EP 2” #4 (6/23/18)
  • “The Story of Light EP 3” #4 (7/7/18)
  • “The Story of Light Epilogue” #9 (9/22/18)

Heatseekers Albums – Up and coming artists who have not yet placed in the top 100 of the Top 200 Albums chart.

  • “Sherlock” #10
  • “Misconceptions of You” #5
  • “Misconceptions of Me” #5
  • “Everybody” #20
  • “Odd” #9
  • “1 of 1” #14
  • “The Story of Light EP 1” #2
  • “The Story of Light EP 2” #5
  • “The Story of Light EP 3” #11

Independent Albums – Highest selling albums not under a major US label

  • “Sherlock” #48
  • “Misconceptions of You” #34
  • “Misconceptions of Me” #47
  • “Odd” #27
  • “The Story of Light EP 1” #19
  • “The Story of Light EP 2” #29
  • “The Story of Light EP 3” #34

World Digital Song Sales – This week’s top-downloaded songs across all genres

  • “Lucifer” #3 (8/7/10) – 57 Weeks on the Chart
  • “Up & Down” #18 (8/7/10)
  • “Hello” #3 (10/23/10) – 17 Weeks on the Chart
  • “Ring Ding Dong” #16 (1/7/12) – 9 Weeks on the Chart
  • “Sherlock” #4 (4/7/12) – 10 Weeks on the Chart
  • “Dream Girl” #3 (3/9/13) – 6 Weeks on the Chart
  • “Spoiler” #17 (3/9/13)
  • “Dynamite” #21 (3/9/13)
  • “Beautiful” #22 (3/9/13)
  • “Why So Serious?” #6 (5/11/13) – 5 Weeks on the Chart
  • “Evil” #21 (5/11/13)
  • “Everybody” #3 (11/2/13) – 7 Weeks on the Chart
  • “Symptoms” #5 (11/2/13)
  • “View” #2 (6/6/15) – 5 Weeks on the Chart
  • “Married to the Music” #5 (8/22/15) – 4 Weeks on the Chart
  • “SAVIOR” #8 (8/22/15)
  • “Chocolate” #10 (8/22/15)
  • “Hold You” #14 (8/22/15)
  • “1 of 1” #3 (10/22/16) – 3 Weeks on the Chart
  • “Tell Me What To Do” #3 (12/3/16) – 3 Weeks on the Chart
  • “Rescue” #9 (12/3/16)
  • “If You Love Her” #11 (12/3/16)
  • “Beautiful Life” #12 (12/3/16)
  • “Wish Upon A Star” #16 (12/3/16)
  • “Replay (Nunan Neomu Yebbeo)” #12 (1/3/18)
  • “Good Evening” #8 (6/9/18) – 3 Weeks on the Chart
  • “I Want You” #10 (6/23/18) – 2 Weeks on the Chart
  • “Our Page” #16 (7/7/18)
  • “Countless” #4 (9/22/18)

Social 50

  • #4 – 1/3/18

 

Jonghyun

Billboard 200 – “The most popular albums of the week (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums)”

  • “Poet | Artist” #177

World Albums – This week’s top-selling world music albums

  • “Base” #1 (1/31/15)
  • “Story Op. 1” #7 (10/3/15)
  • “She Is” #4 (6/11/16)
  • “Story Op. 2” #5 (1/3/18)
  • “Poet | Artist” #1 (2/3/18)

Top Album Sales – “This week’s top-selling albums across all genres”

  • “Poet | Artist” #44 (2/3/18)

Digital Albums – “This week’s top-downloaded albums across all genres”

  • “Poet | Artist” #15 (2/3/18)

Independent Albums – Highest selling albums not under a major US label

  • “Poet | Artist” #7 (2/3/18)

Heatseekers Albums – Up and coming artists who have not yet placed in the top 100 of the Top 200 Albums chart.

  • “Base” #20 (1/24/15)
  • “She Is” #20 (6/11/16)

World Digital Song Sales – This week’s top-downloaded songs across all genres

  • “Breath” #8 (1/3/14)
  • “Crazy (Guilty Pleasure)” #12 (1/23/15)
  • “Deja-Boo” #21 (1/31/15)
  • “She Is” #18 (6/18/16) – 2 Weeks on the Chart
  • “Inspiration” #19 (12/31/16)
  • “Lonely” #6 (1/3/18)

Social 50

  • #2 – (1/3/18)

iTunes Featured Artist

  • “Poet | Artist” – The album was featured on the front page of US iTunes on the first days day of release – a position that cannot be paid for and is determined by iTunes curators. The screencap at the top of the post is not of the front page unfortunately.

 

Taemin

World Albums – This week’s top-selling world music albums

  • “Ace” #2 (9/6/14)
  • “Press It” #2 (3/12/16)
  • “MOVE” #3 (11/4/17)
  • “MOVE-ing” #11 (12/30/17)

Independent Albums – Highest selling albums not under a major US label

  • “Press It” #31 (3/12/16)

Heatseekers Albums – Up and coming artists who have not yet placed in the top 100 of the Top 200 Albums chart.

  • “Ace” #20 (9/6/14)
  • “Press It” #7 (3/12/16)

World Digital Song Sales – This week’s top-downloaded songs across all genres

  • “Danger” #4 (9/6/14)
  • “Pretty Boy” #15 (9/6/14)
  • “Ace” #25 (9/6/14)
  • “Press Your Number” #3 (3/12/16)
  • “Drip Drop” #4 (3/12/16)
  • “Goodbye” #14 (8/27/16)
  • “MOVE” #4 (11/4/17)
  • “Thirsty” #23 (12/2/17)


2 thoughts on “SHINee US iTunes & Billboard Chart History”

  • This is a great article. Very helpful to understand the major US charts and why we need to purchase both iTunes digital and the physical album–which I always do. Thanks!

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