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Gaon Chart compares EXO's incredible album sales over the past 4 years

By beansss   Thursday, June 16, 2016   95,553   14,755   0



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Gaon Music Chart, just like many of us, absolutely believes that EXO will have no problem becoming "triple million sellers" with their 3rd full album 'EX'ACT'. What the chart is more interested in, is predicting exactly how many albums EXO will sell by the end of 2016, which they've laid out below. 

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According to this table, EXO has sold an incredible, cumulative number of 5,325,704 albums in the past 4 years since debut. 

In 2013 and 2015, the group was able to surpass a million in album sales by releasing their 1st and 2nd full albums, as well as repackaged versions of those albums. Goan Chart predicts that the same circumstances will occur with 'EX'ACT' in 2016, but for the first time, EXO may even be able to surpass 2 million in album sales. 

The above graph shows a percentage division of the various albums EXO sold in 2015. EXO's 2nd full album 'EXODUS' (Korean version) took up 26% of their sales in 2015, the Chinese version 15%, the repackaged album 'Love Me Right' 17% and 8% (Korean and Chinese versions respectively), and finally, the two versions of their special year-end album 'Sing For You' took up 18% and 10%, while the last 6% came from miscellaneous sales.

As a result, Gaon Chart concludes that if EXO carry out plans for a repackaged version to their 3rd full album 'EX'ACT', as well as a special year-end album toward the end of 2016, then the group has the potential to not just become a "triple million seller", but may also achieve the unbelievable feat of selling over 2 million albums in the course of a year. 

Do you think it's possible, EXO-L?

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martianonearth Tuesday, June 28, 2016

yeah ok... korean version + chinese version but they don't mention : +++ Japanese Version, Thai version, Taiwanese version.... Yes dude, and you multiply this with repackage and specials...etc... those numbers are artificially build up... all bullshit

Winston Friday, June 17, 2016

Various agency not just SM, have tried to use various marketing tactics to get fans to BUY more than ONE albums, tactics like having different album covers, and releasing random photo cards of the members, and hence some fans may want to buy more albums to have a complete collection set of the cards. or also including a "lucky draw" couple for fan-sign in the albums and to qualify or get picked, you often need to buy more albums to increase your chances. Despite so many "unfair" tactics to try to increase sales, through bulk sales and such, No other groups have achieved this million album feat in Korea for the past 5 or 10 years, even crossing 500k was like a BIG deal.The Physical album market in Korea is small compared to neighboring Japan, who is the 2nd largest market for CD albums in the world after USA. Hence its more common to see Oricon chart sellers hitting Gold (100,000), Platinum (250,000), Double Platinum (500k), Triple Platinum (750k) and Million Seller (1mil), for albums, as compared to Korea's CD Market.The Guinness Book of Records once recorded DBSK's fanclub (Cassiopeia) as the largest fanclub back when DBSK was 5 members, but even than DBSK5 didnt sell over a million copies of Mirotic in 2008, having recorded ard 800k album sales than and it was already an astonishing achievement back then.

hiroonakamura Friday, June 17, 2016

great numbers, although to be honest it might not be THAT difficult to do when you're hugely popular, have lots of fans who bulk buy and - most important - release 4 versions of the same album that you count together.

Winston hiroonakamura Friday, June 17, 2016

That being said, you wonder why so many idol groups are not achieveing this "not THAT difficult" thing. THe reason why its a BIG deal nowadays, because being a Million seller is indeed VERY VERY Hard to achieve, EVEN if you count things like multi-versions of the album. Singers like Jo Sang Mo and Kim Gun Mo and such whom have in the past sold over multi-million Albums is a thing of the past, with the age of internet, music piracy, torrent and people are turning to streaming and downloads, album sales have fallen over the ages, and many Big Music Stores who once are stocked full of CDs and occupy a large floor space, are now closed down.

hiroonakamura Winston Saturday, June 18, 2016

i wasnt talking about being multisellers but selling shitloads of albums. It's easier to get bigger numbers of sales when fans bulkbuy and you have the huge chinese contingency buy the album from korea instead of from chinese sites.

martianonearth Winston Tuesday, June 28, 2016

pfff they just need a popular chinese members in the group and it's easy to go to million... specially when they have 4 version, with multiples languages... open your eyes, you look like a fool

Winston martianonearth Tuesday, June 28, 2016

if you think getting to a million, is just a matter of putting in china member and making more versions of an album, then you are the fool. Any agency in Korea can do things like adding chinese or japanese members. boy groups like Seventeen has a mix of member from different countries as well but they are no where near that million mark, even BTS who is touted to be the next one to hit 1mil, is only going to cross the million mark is they count last year sales as well as this year sales. Tell me which boy group since 2003 DBSK time, crossed 1mil in a single year in album sales, even if you add up all the versions and repacked sales in that year. the answer is NO one did. except EXO. and its hard, really hard to get it. Only those who have tried know it, and those who dun know, just think its so easy as adding China members and making more albums.

allaboutyou Friday, June 17, 2016

EXO doesn't need to combine multiples album to reach 1M. One album with it's repackage version is enough for them to hit the 1M.

MJSpirit28 Friday, June 17, 2016

very much possible ~(^o^)~

purplematoki Friday, June 17, 2016


kokoro666 (Banned) Friday, June 17, 2016

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Tokyoghoul_exo  kokoro666 (Banned) Friday, June 17, 2016

Seriously? 😑 *sigh*

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hiroonakamura  kokoro666 (Banned) Friday, June 17, 2016

exo's sales are also cumulative. no single album of theirs has sold 1 million yet. selling 1 million units of just one album is something that happened only in the old days

parktima hiroonakamura Friday, June 17, 2016

Exo already sold half million with exact in the first week, its been only one week and we already sold half million so selling one million with one albums is not hard, just watch out the exo slayage

Winston  kokoro666 (Banned) Saturday, June 18, 2016

the 1mil BTS sales, is counting from 2015, PLUS 2016 albums, as in total amount of sales since debut, if you do the same count for EXO, they would be at around 4mil sales and going,

hiroonakamura parktima Saturday, June 18, 2016

actually, it's half a million with both versions of the album I read? Besides, my point is still valid. no SINGLE album has sold 1 million for exo yet.

parktima hiroonakamura Wednesday, June 22, 2016

2 versions but still one album......

hiroonakamura parktima Wednesday, June 22, 2016

nah, it's more like two albums because you ahve the same songs but in two different languages and geared to different sets of citizens.

parktima hiroonakamura Wednesday, June 22, 2016

It's one album dumbass, let's not mention bts 2 youtube channels.....

hiroonakamura parktima Friday, June 24, 2016

you can call me names all you want, doesnt change the fact that it is two different albums. for xoxo one was even called HUG while the other was called KISS. and then there's the repackaged albums in two new album types that are also counted together with the original sales numbers for xoxo...i never mentioned that but now that you're all cocky despite being wrong, i thought I'd bring it up to further show you how wrong you are.

allkpopellie hiroonakamura Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I don't understand what's the problem with multiple versions. Rowling sold about 55 millions of copies for Harry Potter volume 1, do we question if it was in English? Spanish? Chinese? It's the same book with a different language, title, wording and even names are not really the same in each version so I don't know what the big deal is about the different versions of their albums. I heard EXO was a million seller and wanted to see numbers, and I can't understand why so much hate and so much denial.

hiroonakamura allkpopellie Friday, January 27, 2017

if that list for book said "most sold books in USA", why would you care about books sold in china, russia, sweden, GB and so on?

allkpopellie hiroonakamura Monday, February 6, 2017

Worldwide for #1, google number, she sold 400 millions copies total worldwide too, I doubt those 400 were all in English, still they were counted in the total sales number. I don't get your logic, one album in 2 languages makes 2 albums? It's the same but different languages.

YesungsCLOUD Friday, June 17, 2016

Woohow!!Total kill! But I have a question? Let's say,during MAMA 2016 can EXO win both album of the year and artist of the year ?Like,it is allowed for the same artist to win both of them? Because in my opinion they deserve the both. I'm more than sure they'll win a lot during music broadcasts because this album is pure gold but it would be awesome to win both artist and album.For the album of the year there is no doubt,though. EXO fighting!

Tam_Ngu YesungsCLOUD Friday, June 17, 2016

Yes, it is allowed ^^ It even happened to them :3

parktima YesungsCLOUD Friday, June 17, 2016

This year exo will definitely win both artist and album of the year, and who knows maybe if they keep their digital slayage just like now then they might win also song of the year

YesungsCLOUD parktima Friday, June 17, 2016

Ooo!So song of the year is based on digital sales!!Good to know ^^. And for artist? Because if I'm not wrong BigBang won(I think :p).If yes,is there any criteria for making that decision? For album,I know it's physical sales in which EXO can't be beaten.

YesungsCLOUD parktima Friday, June 17, 2016

Wow,the previous message may be confusing,sorry ^^.I was refering to the last year MAMA in which BigBang ,once again if i'm not wrong :)),won artist.

Winston YesungsCLOUD Saturday, June 18, 2016

it is possible though more often than not, MAMA tends to give the 3 Daesang (Best Song, Best album and Best artiste) to Different winners instead, to make everyone happy.

parktima YesungsCLOUD Saturday, June 18, 2016

Last year bb won the artist and the year before it exo won the artist and the album awards, every thing is possible with exo

YesungsCLOUD parktima Saturday, June 18, 2016

Yup! I really hope they win as much they can.Even though they may not be my favourite group,I really think they deserve those prizes.EXO fighting ^^!!

ByungSoonLoveUni Friday, June 17, 2016

Congrats Exo~~

ByungSoonLoveUni Friday, June 17, 2016

Of Course it's posibe. Only a matter of time. Let's give them like 2-3 Weeks more ^^

ByungSoonLoveUni Friday, June 17, 2016

* possible

ByungSoonLoveUni Friday, June 17, 2016

Well, 1 million is what i was referring to. But 2 million?? woah....that's much ....!

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