This year has been huge for K-Pop sales, with the music genre becoming more popular than ever as time goes by and the world discovers how great K-Pop is! The following 10 artists have had the most album sales so far this year, and all of them have had an incredible amount of sold units. Some of them are more experienced groups, while others are relatively new artists! Check them out below.
10. Kang Daniel: 603.8k sales
Kang Daniel made his official solo debut on July 25, 2019. Since then, he’s found immense success as a solo artist! He has released two albums this year, Cyan and Magenta, which sold about 267k and 337k sales respectively. This is incredibly impressive for a solo artist, or even for a K-Pop act in general!
9. ATEEZ: 679.3k sales
ATEEZ is also still a pretty young group, debuting on October 24, 2018. They also released two albums this year: Treasure Epilogue: Action to Answer (which made about 174k sales) and ZERO: FEVER Part.1 (which made about 374k sales). Their latest album was also their first to be Gaon platinum certified!
8. NCT Dream: 689.9k sales
NCT Dream debuted on August 24, 2016, and has been a highly successful sub-unit of NCT! This year, they released one album, Reload, which sold about 655k units, the majority of their sales this year. It’s their first album to be double platinum certified!
7. TWICE: 795.9k sales
TWICE shouldn’t be too much of a surprise on this list, given their popularity! They debuted on October 20, 2015, and have grown to be one of the most successful K-Pop girl groups ever since then. They dropped the album More & More this year, which has sold about 567k copies and is also double platinum certified!
6. Stray Kids: 801.0k sales
Since their March 25, 2018 debut, Stray Kids has quickly risen in popularity! This year, they released Go Live, their first full-length studio album, which was incredible successful with about 323k sales. They also just released their first reissued album, In Life, which has so far sold over 331k units.
5. Baekhyun: 1.05 million sales
Baekhyun is definitely one of the most successful solo artists in K-Pop these days! He debuted as a solo artist in July 2019, and fans loved his solo work immediately. This year, he released his album Delight, which has sold about 1.02 million copies and has been triple platinum certified!
4. IZ*ONE: 1.09 million sales
IZ*ONE is no stranger to success, and has been popular ever since they debuted on October 29, 2018. Their 2020 albums BLOOM*IZ and Oneiric Diary have broken sales records, and are now at around 484k and 553k units sold respectively!
3. NCT 127: 1.54 million sales
NCT 127 is SM Entertainment‘s most successful group of the year! They debuted on July 1, 2016, and have been incredibly popular since they joined the K-Pop scene. They released Neo Zone this year and have sold about 870k copies of that studio album, and their reissued album Neo Zone: The Final Round has also made an impressive 602k sales.
2. SEVENTEEN: 1.59 million sales
SEVENTEEN has seen a huge boost in their success lately, and it’s well-deserved! They debuted on May 26, 2015, and though it took them a bit to get recognized for their talent, they had a promising start since the beginning. This year, their album Heng:garae has made record sales for them, with over 1.40 million copies sold.
1. BTS: 5.51 million sales
And finally, of course, BTS easily comes out on top of this list! They debuted on June 13, 2013, and while they were pretty unknown for some time, they’ve grown to be the most successful K-Pop group ever. Their 2020 album Map of the Soul: 7 has sold 4.18 million copies, making up the majority of their sales this year, though their previous albums are clearly still making plenty of sales as well!