OK-Pop, a Youtube channel run by Circle (Gaon) chart, released a video analyzing the performance of male idols' releases in 2022. The analysis was presented by the Secretary General of KMCA (Korea Music Content Association) and Circle (Gaon) Chart, Choi Kwang-Ho.
He was demonstrating the graph of the physical sales and chart performance of male idols (soloists and groups together) in the second quarter of the past year. The Y-axis was demonstrating the physical sales in the first 4 weeks and the X-axis was showing the unique listeners on MelOn in the first 30 days. Choi Kwang-Ho paid attention to every single group and idol, talking about the possibilities of growth for each.
The mentioned groups and soloists got divided into a few categories:
- Fandom-type (high physical sales due to the big fandom support): Ateez, Enhypen, Stray Kids.
- Public-friendly (unique listeners on MelOn): Highlight, Zico, RM, Winner.
- Unclassified: DKZ, Tempest, Ph1Harmony, SF9, Cravity, CIX, Oneus, Xiumin, Super Junior, Xiumin, J-hope, Kihyun, Key, Treasure, The Boyz.
- Completed idols (strong in both - physicals and unique listeners): Jin, Seventeen, NCT 127, NCT Dream.
As you can see, Jin is the only soloist who made it into the list of "completed idols". Choi Kwang-ho said that Jin's solo debut received lots of attention and it's seen in his album sales and chart performance in Korea. He proved himself to be a soloist who has strong physical and digital results. "Jin was really successful", - Choi Kwang-ho said. The Secretary General summed up the commentary on Jin by saying that his solo music was very well-favored and the artist is definitely going to come back with even better music after his discharge from the military.
Jin sold over 700k albums in just 7 hours in South Korea and demonstrated a stable performance on the local charts; even debuted on MelOn in the first hour after the release, which is nowadays impressive for a male idol.
Choi Kwang-ho also mentioned that Jin's enlistment made him very sad.
Jin's solo performance with "The Astronaut" was indeed amazing, not only locally, but globally too. He has just debuted as a soloist, but Choi Kwang-ho already put him in the category of "completed idols." Moreover, Jin's promo period lasted for a very short time, and he didn't do any fansign events in Korea, nor did he attend any musical shows. And fans are still complaining about Hybe not making any report regarding Jin's sales in the USA and Europe. However, after releasing only one song, Jin is already owning 7% of yearly Hybe's sales.
On a global scale, Jin is the record-owner of the highest first appearance on Billboard Hot 100 in K-pop history. The artist achieved the biggest debut sales by a K-pop soloist on the Global Billboard 200 in history - 62k. Made it to the Top 5 of Digital Sales Debut Weeks in the US in 2022 (#6 in the pure sales list). "The Astronaut" was charting on the Billboard Worldwide Digital Songs Sales chart for 7 weeks. Jin is the highest-peaking K-pop soloist on the Billboard Hot 100 in Japan this decade (#4) and the first foreign artist to top the Oricon Sales chart in the past 11 years. He became the first soloist to get a gold certificate for a single album on Circle (Gaon) after becoming a million-seller there. He also received an RIA certificate in Japan after surpassing 104k sales in a single day.
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