Super Junior have been the kings of physical album sales since 2010, but it's hard to visualize that with just the numbers.
To help visualize the breakdown, a Korean netizen put together pie charts to see how each group did in sales. The pie charts were released in five categories with the first three charts breaking down the sales within the Big 3 companies: SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment. The last two charts broke down the overall percentage based on companies and individual artists.
The SM Entertainment chart showed that Super Junior had accounted for 34% of the entire company's sales, which isn't surprising since they had ranked at #1 for the entire year for the industry. TVXQ, SHINee, EXO-K, and Taetiseo followed. The most surprising was Girls' Generation, who hadn't released an album in 2012 but managed to sell 6% of the label's sales anyway.
As expected, Big Bang dominated YG Entertainment sales in 2012, taking up 50% of the sales as a group. G-Dragon's solo sales put on an additional 26%, which was followed by Psy's 12%, and 2NE1's 4%.
Even though 2PM didn't release a studio album in 2012, they managed to dominate JYP Entertainment's sales anyway, with Wooyoung's solo album sales taking up 36% of the entire company sales. miss A had 19%, Wonder Girls had 17%, and another soloist Jo Kwon had 11%. 2PM also managed to sell 9% of the company sales with previous albums as well. Hopefully, with 2AM having already comeback and 2PM scheduled to comeback this year, we'll see more of an impact from them this year!
Percentage of total album sales in 2012 by company
Since Super Junior and TVXQ took up the #1 and #3 spots overall for album sales in 2012, it's not surprising that SM Entertainment artists accounted for 28% of the total album sales for 2012. They were followed by YG Entertainment, who had 15% of the sales.
Surprisingly, #3 was INFINITE's Woollim Entertainment with 6%, followed by B2ST, 4minute, and G.NA's Cube Entertainment with 5%. FNC Entertainment, with CNBLUE, F.T. Island, AOA, and Juniel followed. Another surprising number came up next with B1A4's WM Entertainment with 3%. JYJ's C-JeS Entertainment came up next, and then JYP Entertainment and Core Contents Media wrapped up the rest of the companies at 3%.
Percentage of total album sales in 2012 by artist
The artists were then ranked, Super Junior and Big Bang took up the first two spots with 10% and 8% respectively. Various Artists was third with 7% which combined all the OST sales. TVXQ came in fourth with 7% as well, followed by INFINITE, SHINee, G-Dragon, B1A4, JYJ's Junsu, and Busker Busker.
How did your favorite artist(s) do?