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Bestselling albums since 2002: BTS 'Wings' is #1, EXO + Wanna One dominate

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  1. Leonidas_I

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    Since the K-pop industry (SM started the trend) counts album and repack together, I will keep it consistent and do that. Do not shade or bash any artist: selling a lot of albums is an accomplishment either way, with or without a repack.

    According to numbers from Gaon 2016 and 2017 year-end album chart, 'Wings' + 'You Never Walk Alone' sold a combined number of 1,612,835 -- which makes it, in the K-pop industry's eyes, the best-selling K-pop album since 2002. (Obviously before the digital era, artists sold upwards 2-3M albums without repacks.)

    If we're talking about only a single album, though, 'Love Yourself: Her' still remains untouched. But I thought I should give some credit to her predecessor 'Wings'. Congratulations, BTS!

    For the sake of simplification, I omitted albums from solo artists BoA and Kim Gun-mo. This is all idol groups' albums from 2002 onward.

    Bestselling albums (including repack and languages) after 2002:
    1. BTS 'Wings' + 'You Never Walk Alone' -- 1,612,835
    2. EXO 'The War' + 'The Power of Music' + Chinese -- 1,596,959
    3. BTS 'Love Yourself: Her' -- 1,493,443
    4. Wanna One 'To Be One' + 'Nothing Without You' -- 1,355,618
    5. EXO 'XOXO' + 'Growl' + Chinese -- 1,282,497
    6. EXO 'Exodus' + 'Love Me Right' + Chinese -- 1,265,993
    7. EXO 'Ex'act' + 'Lotto' + Chinese -- 1,166,306***
    8. EXO 'Overdose' + Chinese -- 690,356
    9. Twice 'Twicecoaster Lane 1' + 'Twicecoaster Lane 2' -- 676,944
    10. TVXQ 'Mirotic' + repackage -- 596,236
    11. EXO 'Miracles in December' + Chinese -- 565,734
    12. Super Junior 'Mr. Simple' + 'A-CHa' -- 559,233
    13. EXO 'Sing for You' + Chinese -- 519,003
    14. EXO 'Universe' -- 516,062
    15. EXO 'Mama' + Chinese -- 510,680
    *** this number may be off by a thousand or so

    For comparison --
    Bestselling albums (no repack or languages) after 2002:
    1. BTS 'Love Yourself: Her' -- 1,493,443
    2. EXO 'The War' -- 949,827
    3. BTS 'Wings' -- 844,433
    4. BTS 'You Never Walk Alone' (repack) -- 768,402
    5. Wanna One 'To Be One' -- 741,546
    6. Wanna One 'Nothing Without You' (repack) -- 614,072
    7. EXO 'Ex'act' -- 553,911
    8. EXO 'Universe' -- 516,062
    9. EXO 'Exodus' -- 491,505
    10. EXO 'Growl' (repack) -- 482,007
    11. SNSD 'The Boys' -- 460,959
    12. BTS 'Young Forever' -- 458,130
    13. EXO 'The Power of Music' (repack) -- 455,269
    14. BTS 'The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Pt. 2' -- 443,279
    15. EXO 'For Life' -- 442,592
    Congratulations to everyone! If I have inaccurate information, please tell me.

    BTS:
    - the only artist to have surpassed 1M on a single album without repack since 2002.
    - 'You Never Walk Alone' is the bestselling repack, ever.
    - has shown exponential growth regarding their album sales, particularly this year.

    EXO:
    - has the most entries in the first list (nine entries).
    - has the most entries in the second list (seven entries) as well.
    - four albums (repack included) have surpassed 1M.
    - don't underestimate them: they still dominate in the physical department and have demonstrated consistency and growth in their album sales ('The War' and 'Universe' sold more than their predecessors).

    Wanna One:
    - 'To Be One' is the bestselling debut album on Gaon.
    - Their company really did hit the jackpot with Wanna One.
    - Who knows how much they could sell if they didn't disband.

    Extra:
    - SNSD, TVXQ, and Super Junior are the 2nd gen groups on the lists.
    - Twice and SNSD are the only girl groups on the lists.
    - SM Entertainment is the strongest company when it comes to physicals.
    - EXO, SNSD, TVXQ, and Super Junior give SM Entertainment more money than they deserve.
    - The physical market is gradually being revived.
     
  2. Blabluegree

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    That's awesome! Great job everyone! :D
     
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    Lilac_Ace Artist

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    I’m so happy young forever is there! :cryingk: That album was great! :loverr3:
     
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  4. risingtaeyang

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    WINGS is such a masterpiece.

    Love Yourself:Her is royalty.

    I wonder what their next album will be like and what the sales will be like.
     
  5. sonemariam

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    Exo is no joke. Their selling power is insane.

    #EXOLISAMAZING
     
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  6. sonemariam

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    And I'm surprised Suju is up there too, yet, they are so irrelevant.

    And of course Snsd and twice representing girl groups. It's so beautiful.

    Exo is a physical monster. I'll just watch their monster MV.
     
  7. Sephir8

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    She is strong and confident and doesn’t need no repackage to outsell
     
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    Twice and SNSD i see you!! Still doing strong in this male group dominated list :yesr::dancer:
     
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    I see my queens soshi with BG omg ..
    And Universe sold +500k ? I'm so proud of them .
     
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    I wonder how was TVXQ doing before since they're kind of legends for me. :p
    EXO really owns 2010s. Every time I look back at their old days, I feel like... who are they?
    I mean. XD
    [​IMG]

    Especially this cover.
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    How I wish Wanna One is an official group, They made history already. I still feel so proud of them somehow.

    Wings' title songs are still my bops. I start to feel like Spring Day can be tied with Boys in Luv someday. :teeheek:
    And who's this boy?
    [​IMG]
     
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    BTS’ sales improvement though.

    So satisfying to look at and can’t help but make you feel so happy. Fans since day 1 must be so proud
     
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    BTS:omgr:
    wings was really good album
    and EXO wow so many album on the list:whatk:
     
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    Exo's insane. They truly changed the game of Physical Sales.
     
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    Me :waterr::waterr:. Fan since day 1
     
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    :waterr::waterr::waterr:

    BTS ARE DOING SO WELL I'M SO HAPPY
     
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    Yep! So proud of both of them.

    'Universe' sold 500K+ without repack, without multiple versions, without the Chinese version, without promotion, a delayed release, and on a winter album. Their sales are definitely growing ^^
     
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    BTS THOUGHHH:waterr:

    AND LOOK AT EXO TAKING OVEr :omgr::omgr:




    I LOVE STANING KINGS !!!!
     
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    BTS' sales basically exponentially increases, especially this year. They went from 30K on their debut album to almost 1.5M with LY:H.

    Not to mention their older albums are still selling about... 30-90K+ each this year (ex. Young Forever sold 89K, Skool Luv Affair sold 46K). That's consistency and growth, and it's clear that some new ARMYs are buying the new albums, which is cool.
     
  19. Leonidas_I

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    EXO basically took over the entire chart... No room for everyone else :excitedr:

    And BTS' sales are getting more impressive every day.
     
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    Wonder what the numbers will look like after their next comebacks
     

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