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..."