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Jonghyun's Top Chart Hits: 'Base,' 'Lucifer' & More

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Jonghyun of South Korean boy band SHINee performs onstage the SM Entertainment The Ballad Vol.2 Joint Recital at COEX on Feb. 12, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. 

The late Kim Jonghyun -- who died on Monday (Dec. 18) -- made his K-pop debut in 2008 with his band SHINee and his solo debut in 2015 with works throughout his entire career ranking as some of his biggest Billboard chart hits.

As a member of SHINee, Jonghyun and his bandmates sold tens of thousands of their singles with their top-selling digital song in the U.S. being their 2010 single "Lucifer," with 67,000 downloads sold to date according to Nielsen Music. It's followed by 2010's "Ring Ding Dong" (38,000 sold), 2010's "Hello" (38,000), 2012's "Sherlock" (30,000) and their debut single "Replay" (21,000).

In regards to Jonghyun's solo releases, his biggest-selling single has been "Crazy (Guilty Pleasure)," his collaboration with Iron off his Base: The First Mini Album EP, with 3,000 downloads. Meanwhile, Jonghyun was also a member of SM the Ballad -- a project for Korean record label SM Entertainment where some of the company's main vocalists recorded ballads together -- with his biggest-selling song coming from the single "Hot Times" (that featured him alongside TRAX's Jay, Super Junior's Kyunhyun and Pentagon's Jinho) with 4,000, followed by "Breath" (a duet with Girls' Generation's Taeyeon) that sold 3,000 downloads. 

Jonghyun had multiple chart hits on the World Albums chart too, hitting the No. 1 spot three different times: once as a soloist with Base and twice with SHINee, thanks to their Odd and Why So Serious? albums. To date, SHINee still ranks as one of just a dozen K-pop acts to score multiple No. 1s on the chart. Meanwhile, only five K-pop singers have managed to hit No. 1 as both a member of a group and as a soloist as Jonghyun did.

Jonghyun's Top 10 Albums on Billboard's World Albums Chart:
(Rank, Title, Artist, Peak Position, Peak Date)
1. Base: The First Mini Album, Jonghyun, No. 1, Jan. 31, 2015
2. Odd: The 4th Album, SHINee, No. 1, June 6, 2015
3. Why So Serious?: The Misconceptions of Me, No. 1, May 11, 2013
4. Everybody, SHINee, No. 2, Nov. 2, 2013
5. (TIE) 1 of 1, SHINee, No. 2, Oct. 22, 2016
5. (TIE), Dream Girl: The Misconceptions of You, SHINee, No. 2, March 9, 2013
7. She Is: The 1st Album, Jonghyun, No. 4, June 11, 2016
8. Sherlock, SHINee, No. 5, March 31, 2012
9. Married to the Music: 4th Album Repackage, SHINee, No. 5, Aug. 22, 2015
10. The Collection: 'Story OP.1', Jonghyun, No. 7, Oct. 3, 2015

Jonghyun's top 10 biggest albums on the World Albums chart is based on performance on the weekly World Albums chart through the list dated Dec. 30, 2017. Titles are ranked based on peak position and ties are broken -- when possible -- by the number of weeks spent at the peak, followed by weeks in the top 10 and then weeks on the chart.

Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield

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