Gaon has released a summary of the year 2013, comparing and contrasting digital and album sales for artists, labels, and distributors. You can check out Gaon's 2013 digital rankings and albums charts by clicking on the links.
Check out the summarized data below!
1. Physical sales per artist (out of top 100)
The graph above shows some of the most popular artists in the industry and the percentage of albums sold out of the top 100 in 2013. EXO unsurprisingly dominated with 23.5%--nearly a whole quarter of the albums sold last year. Their senior group SHINee also made an impressive 7.6% while Girls' Generation held 4.7% and Super Junior 1.7%. INFINITE almost caught up to SHINee with 6.9% while Big Bang held 5.9%. Almost another quarter of the graph (23.3%) was reserved for the combined sales of the artists not mentioned separately, which was less than EXO by 0.2%.
2. Physical Sales Per Label (out of top 100)
Probably in large part due to EXO's successful album sales, SM Entertainment was the company that made the most physical sales by having a market share of a whopping 38.9% compared to the other big companies. Woollim Entertainment had 6.9%, followed closely by YG Entertainment with 6.7%. The other labels that did not make a substantial amount on their own were clumped together for a 38.7% market share.
3. Digital Sales Per Label (out of top 100)
Moving onto digital sales, the chart above showed that YG Entertainment was the agency that made the most digital sales with a market share of 5.70%. However, following extremely close behind was Starship Entertainment with 5.69%. SM Entertainment was in the lower half of the list with 3.97%, which the company probably doesn't mind considering their domination of the physical charts.
4. Physical Sales Per Distributor (out of top 100)
As for the distributors, Kt Music sold the most physical albums with 49.7%--almost half of the total for 2013! Loen Entertainment had 18.4% of the market while CJ E&M had 16.9%.
5. Digital Sales Per Distributor (out of top 100)
However, Loen Entertainment proved be the dominant distributor when it came to digital sales. This company took up almost half of the market share with 45.8% while CJ E&M came in second with 25.1%. For digital sales, Kt Music held 15.4% of the market share.
6. Life of Songs in the Top 50
Out of the songs that had ranked on the charts at some point in 2013, which ones lasted the longest? Well, according to the graph above, Girl's Day's "Expectation" (purple line) won for having the longest run. The song stayed on the Top 50 list for a total of 15 weeks! Next would be Lee Seung Chul's "My Love," Davichi's "Turtle," and Baechigi's "Shower Of Tears."