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Gaon breaks down sales data in various categories for 2016

By KpopJoA   Saturday, January 14, 2017   84,491   6,215   103



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Gaon recently released various numerical charts and compared sales in various categories for 2016.

Cumulative annual Sales of the top 400 albums from 2013 to 2016

Compared to last year, the album sales of the top 400 (compiled of 1st place to 400th place ranking) have increased by 29% from 8,383,913 album sales in 2015 to 10,808,921 album sales in 2016. Gaon attributes the increase thanks to the huge album sales by BTSTWICE, and Seventeen.

Percentage of Album Sales by Artist

Upon analyzing the yearly album sales based on the average of the top 100 albums, EXO recorded the highest percentage of album sales as all their albums accounted for 17% of total album sales. They were followed by BTS with 15.4%, and TWICE with 6.1%. If you were to add EXO-CBX and Lay's solo release, EXO would account for 23% of the total album sales (they accounted for 24.5% of the total in 2015).

Overall in 2016, EXO saw a slight decrease in shares, while BTS is climbing up the ladder.

Distributor Shares (Downloads)

According to the distributor shares for downloads in 2016, CJ E&M increased to 28.5% compared to the previous year of just 4.8%.  LOEN Entertainment decreased by 5.3% with a total of 25.1%, and KT Music decreased 7.8% with a total of 21.3%. CJ E&M enjoyed a huge increase thanks to the success of numerous OST tracks for the most popular dramas.

Distributor Shares (Album)

LOEN Entertainment increased the most in 2016 mainly thanks to BTS's albums 'WINGS', and 'Young Forever', SEVENTEEN's 'Seventeen 3rd Mini Album 'Going Seventeen', as well as their 1st album.

KT Music consisted of 'EXO's EX' ACT', 'For Life- Winter Special Album', TWICE's 'TWICEcoaster- LANE 1', while, CJ E&M major source of revenue were VIXX's 'Zelos', 'Hades', and 'Kratos.'

Music Genre Comparison

The graph above illustrates the music genre comparison between 2015 and 2016 for the top 100 songs in each respective year.  With ballads having 6 more songs and the R&B/Soul genre having 4 more songs in the top 100, an increase compared to 2015. The Dance and Hip Hop/Rap genres saw the biggest decrease in songs in the top 100. The Dance genre had 31 songs in 2015 in the top 100 and that number dropped to 23 songs in 2016. In the Hip Hop/Rap genre, there were 27 songs in 2015 in the top 100 and that number dropped to just 16 in 2016.

  1. EXO
  2. EXO-K
  3. VIXX
  4. Seventeen
  5. (Bangtan Boys) BTS
  6. TWICE
  7. gaon

akayi Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Korea will be hit in asia music industry

clarissaxd Monday, January 16, 2017

Vixx & BTS be slaying for me this year

17caratarohas Monday, January 16, 2017

woah still amazed at how seventeen is doing....they might not be as close to exo and bts even tho they are 3rd its still amazing that they managed to be 3rd alot

Winston Sunday, January 15, 2017

Seems like the term "EBS", representing "EXO-BTS-Seventeen" is a bit true, being the top 3 boy groups in sales. However the gap between E and B is closing while S is like very far behind. 5.7% Vs 2nd placed 15.4%, almost 3 times more.

Moogirl Sunday, January 15, 2017


ahaxd Sunday, January 15, 2017

First of all im not trying to HATE, i just dont UNDERSTAND this... Why did Nct127 win so many rookie awards? Like Seventeen seem way more popular? Like I dont notice a lot of attention or anything for NCT127, while Seventeen seem like they have blown up and got a huge fandom... And then in the ned of the year awards Seventeen wins almost nothing while NCT127 a lot... Is there something im missing? are they maybe more popular in Korea instead of the world so I dont notice it or what? I am not a huge fan of any of the groups so I am not being biased :) Im also a huge fan of SM ent. artists so its not me trying to bring down groups from popular comanies.

ahaxd Sunday, January 15, 2017

in the end* companies*

JungkookxYonghwa ahaxd Sunday, January 15, 2017

Seventeen debuted in 2015, so they were rookies in 2015 and probably won rookie awards in 2015.

jay_t ahaxd Sunday, January 15, 2017

Seventeen did won rookie of the year on 2016 Golden Disk Award, and also World Rookie Award on 2016 Gaon Chart K-Pop Award... and they debuted in 2015. They're not rookie anymore. NCT-127 is still a rookie, even NCTU were debuting less then a year ago.

ahaxd Sunday, January 15, 2017

ahh ok thanks for that guys :) I thought that you are rookie even though you debuted in 2015... thanks for the answers

Hun_Han ahaxd Monday, January 16, 2017

They wouldve had more awards in 2015 for rookie award but iKON debuted in 2015 too and took nearly all the role awards

Hun_Han Monday, January 16, 2017


ky9999 Sunday, January 15, 2017

Folk music and rock music are very under appreciated in korea

Winston ky9999 Sunday, January 15, 2017

i think the above statement is true for most asian markets, like China, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Indoensia etc.

jokerfish Sunday, January 15, 2017

korean rock fans out there staying silently steady.

intricate Sunday, January 15, 2017

no pop in 2015? Either they avoided to categorize anything as pop in 2015, or they didn't know how to categorize certain songs as anything other than pop in 2016... silly either way.

shyloone Sunday, January 15, 2017

Keep your crowns on ma boys, because this year some new jewels will be added too them

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