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Posted by grubbysluggy224 pts Sunday, August 20, 2023

Taking a Look at Pure Sales versus Retail Sales for the Highest Performing K-pop Albums of 2023

Data provider Zipchive shared their results for the top performing K-pop albums of 2023.

The figures represent album sales, indicating the quantity purchased by stores in bulk for inventory, and are juxtaposed with retail sales, which show the actual number of albums acquired by consumers.

It's worth noting that these figures may not be comprehensive. Zipchive primarily sources data from Hanteo sales, and Hanteo itself warns that factors like returns and other exclusions can impact their reported numbers. Regardless, these results have certainly sparked discussions among netizens.

Breaking down the difference by percentage of retail sales tracked by Hanteo:



Album Sales Retail Sales Percentage
1 FACE – Jimin 1,652,127 1,434,904 86.85%
2 ME – Jisoo 1,466,370 1,191,736 81.27%
3 D-DAY – Agust D 1,345,119 863,572 64.20%
4 FML – Seventeen 6,282,680 3,977,178 63.30%
5 EXIST – EXO 1,572,458 971,395 61.78%
6 DARK BLOOD – Enhypen 1,677,601 945,747 56.37%
7 UNFORGIVEN – LE SSERAFIM 1,534,768 840,930 54.79%
8 THE NAME CHAPTER: TEMPTATION – TXT 3,200,921 1,477,688 46.16%
9 I'VE IVE- IVE 1,595,441 703,283 44.08%
10 GET UP – NewJeans 1,765,651 723,132 40.96%
11 MY WORLD – aespa 2,121,118 866,107 40.83%
12 5-STAR – Stray Kids 5,252,435 2,094,470 40.29%
13 THE WORLD EP – Ateez 1,501,397 563,833 37.55%
14 I FEEL – (G)I-DLE 1,267,822 458,009 36.13%
15 YOUTH IN THE SHADE – ZEROBASEONE 1,310,904 371,168 28.31%
16 A MIDSUMMER NMIXX'S DREAM – NMIXX 896,807 230,171 25.67%
17 ISTJ – NCT DREAM 3,838,483 574,607 14.97%

Netizens comments include:

"Jisoo is amazing."

"DREAM is 7 times over, does that make sense?"

"The result here looks like solo artists have more balanced numbers."
"This includes overseas sales? But Stray Kids has less overseas fans than I thought."

"However, the initial sales volume of the Hanteo Chart is based on actual sales volume, which is quite different from the circlet retail album chart."
"The numbers look different for a few monster sellers now."

"Jimin is strong."

"Just looking at the end of the year awards, they reflect the album chart, not the retail..."


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  1. ATEEZ
  2. Jisoo
  3. Jimin
  4. ENHYPEN
  5. EXO
  6. IVE
  7. LE SSERAFIM
  8. NCT Dream
  9. NewJeans
  10. NMIXX
  11. Seventeen
  12. Stray Kids
  13. TXT
  14. ZEROBASEONE
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dmaynel123
dmaynel1235,027 pts Sunday, August 20, 2023 2
Sunday, August 20, 2023

I like this data, the retail sales make a lot more sense relative to the popularity of the groups and the quality of the music. very impressed with Jimin, Jisoo, and Suga!

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4hh20 pts Sunday, August 20, 2023 0
Sunday, August 20, 2023

You listed skz with 2,094,470 retail sales when it clearly says they have 2,694,470 sales and therefore should be 8th with a 51.3% percentage. Fact check before posting next time!

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