IU has had a meteoric career as a solo artist in K-Pop, and throughout her fourteen years, she’s been breaking record after record. These 17 records are the highlights of all her achievements, proving why she’s the indisputable Queen of K-Pop.
1. She’s the first Korean female artist to hold a concert at Jamsil Olympic Stadium.
IU’s “The Golden Hour: Under The Orange Sun” Concert will be held from 9/16-9/17 this year, making her the first Korean female artist (including soloists and girl groups) to perform at the Jamsil Olympic Stadium.
it’s official! IU first korean female artist (female soloists & ggs included) to hold a concert at jamsil olympic stadium called “the golden hour: under the orange sun”. we get 2 days & jamsil stadium capacity is 69,950 seats…a legend making history iktr! pic.twitter.com/kukrvSBW2M
— (@serene1219) July 27, 2022
2. “Through The Night”
“Through the Night” is one of IU’s most loved songs, and with 7.5 million unique listeners on MelOn, it’s the first song by a female artist to reach this milestone.
“Through The Night” by @_IUofficial has reached 7.5 million unique listeners on MelOn.
— It is the FIRST song by a female act to reach this milestone. pic.twitter.com/jGFn9eurJi
— IU Charts (@iu_stats) June 25, 2022
3. Most Songs With A Perfect All-Kill
With a whopping 21 songs, IU has the most songs with a perfect all-kill (when a song simultaneously reaches number one on the real-time, daily, and weekly components of iChart).
Artists with most songs with Perfect All-Kill#IU — 21#BIGBANG — 6 [+1]#TWICE #BTS — 4#BuskerBusker #ParkMyungSoo #GDragon #BOL4 #BLACKPINK — 3#2NE1 #PSY #LEESSANG #missA #SISTAR #ONE #BewhY #Heize #Naul #LimChangJung #MCMONG — 2
— KOREAN SALES (@koreansales_twt) April 10, 2022
4. Arist With The Most Unique Listeners
IU has six songs with over 6 million unique listeners on MelOn, making her the only artist to reach this milestone in the platform’s history.
“Blueming” by @_IUofficial has reached 6 million unique listeners on MelOn.
— She extends her record as the artist with the most songs to reach this milestone in the platform’s history (6). pic.twitter.com/tvAOEWRjcI
— IU Charts (@iu_stats) July 21, 2022
5. Most Digital Points On Circle Chart
IU’s Love Poem and LILAC hold the top two spots for albums with the most digital points. These albums have over 3.6 billion points each, and Love Poem is the first and only album in Circle history to surpass 3.8 billion points.
“LILAC” by @_IUofficial has now become the 2nd album with the most digital points on Circle Chart, only behind her own “Love poem”.
Albums with the most digital points on Circle:
#1. Love poem — 3,832,566,304
#2. LILAC — 3,626,670,682 (+1)
#3. MOTS: Persona — 3,621,565,381 (-1) pic.twitter.com/VmwdXv4N8V
— IU Charts (@iu_stats) July 28, 2022
6. Surpassing 7 Million Followers On Spotify
IU is the first Korean female soloist to achieve this milestone, proving that she’s loved by everyone worldwide.
#IU's followers has surpassed 7 million on Spotify.
She is the FIRST Korean female soloist to achieve this milestone.
— IU Spotify STATS (@Stats_IU) June 10, 2022
7. Seven of her songs have spent at least 500 consecutive days on MelOn Daily Chart Top 100.
Every song IU puts out is a masterpiece.
Both “Hold My Hand” and “Celebrity” spent 500 consecutive days on MelOn Daily Chart Top 100.
— IU Charts (@iu_stats) June 12, 2022
8. Billboard K-Pop Hot 100
IU is the artist with the most weeks at number one, the most number-one debuts, and the most number-one hits on Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 Chart.
9. Broker had the longest standing ovation for any Korean film in history.
Whether as an actress or as an idol, IU is breaking records wherever she goes.
[TRANS] 220527 #BROKER by KORE-EDA received 12 minutes standing ovation at #Cannes2022 after its screening, the highest record for any Korean films in history! https://t.co/ULiID4dbSu#LeeJiEun #IU pic.twitter.com/mHV2xGSonn
— Team (@IUteamstarcandy) May 27, 2022
10. Most Songs With Over 1 Billion Digital Index In Gaon’s History
While Gaon has reinvented itself as Circle Chart, it doesn’t change the fact that IU has broken many records on the music chart.
.@_IUofficial has extended her record as the artist with the most songs with over 1 billion digital index in Gaon's history.
• Through The Night
• Love poem
• Celebrity [NEW] pic.twitter.com/6ebX7xdU2D
— IU Charts (@iu_stats) April 28, 2022
11. Most Followed Singer On MelOn
She’s only 3,000 away from reaching 800k.
Browsing through Melon and saw IU only needs less than 3k to reach 800k followers on Melon extending her record as the most followed singer overall on the platform pic.twitter.com/aYpCApR3Wf
— Strawberry Moon (@3viesls) July 16, 2022
12. She’s the first female solo artist to hold a concert in Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Arena.
Jamsil Olympic stadium isn’t the only first IU’s scored when it comes to concerts.
iu the first female solo artist to hold a concert in Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Arena South Korea is hers truly pic.twitter.com/jO3r0R6crc
— t (@jieunlui) November 17, 2018
13. Youngest On Forbes’ List Of “Asia’s 2019 Heroes Of Philanthropy”
IU has the most generous and humble heart.
Forbes names IU as one of few outstanding altruists committed to solving some of the most pressing issues facing the Asia-Pacific in their list of “Asia’s 2019 heroes of philanthropy.”
“-who provide the capital & are personally committed to achieving a long-term vision.” pic.twitter.com/xMx6m8lsed
— t (@jieunlui) December 3, 2019
14. Most Watched Female K-Pop Soloist On YouTube
3.25 billion views prove how in love with IU people are.
— IU Charts (@jieunchart) February 20, 2022
15. Most Music Show Wins As A Solo Artist
It’s 96 wins now, and that number will only climb higher.
— Kpop Girls Charts (@kpopggsuperior) April 17, 2021
16. Most Downloaded Album In Gaon History
The only records IU is breaking now are her own records.
— IU Charts (@iu_stats) December 31, 2021
17. LILAC Is IU’s Most Award-Winning Album.
43 awards for just a single album is the only mic drop needed to silence anyone questioning her power.
“LILAC” is now @_IUofficial’s most award-winning album with 43 awards.
Album Of The Year (MMA)
Artist Of The Year (MMA)
Song Of The Year (GDA)
Lyricist Of The Year (GCMA)
Record Production Of The Year (GCMA) pic.twitter.com/dYH5GSA5uE
— IU Charts (@iu_stats) January 27, 2022