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BTS, NCT, Stray Kids, TWICE, ITZY, & More, 2021’s Best-Selling K-Pop Artists On Gaon!

by Victoria Marian Belmis / Dec 24, 2021 06:45 AM EST
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2021 was a year filled with amazing musical releases, more specifically albums from talented Korean artists! Notably, Gaon tallied up the score and ranked the best-selling artists of this year!

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As of writing this article, yesterday on the 23rd of December, one of the major Korean music charts, which is Gaon Chart, announced their top-selling Artists in terms of album sales for this year.

The information that Gaon collected is the album sales data that ranged from January to December, which is the 1st up until the 50th week of this year. A handful of talented K-pop artists were able to make the list.

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Here are Gaon's best-selling artists of this year and their respective categories:

Best-selling Male K-Pop Artists

#15 SHINee with 453 thousand album sales

#14 ASTRO with 735 thousand album sales

#13 NCT with 793 thousand album sales

#12 MONSTA X with 831 thousand album sales

#11 EXO Baekhyun with 1.04 million album sales

#10 THE BOYZ with 1.44 million album sales

#9 EXO with 1.49 million album sales

#8 ATEEZ with 1.85 million album sales

#7 TXT with 2 million album sales

#6 ENHYPEN with 2.16 million album sales

#5 Stray Kids with 2.66 million album sales

#4 SEVENTEEN with 3.79 million album sales

#3 NCT DREAM with 3.88 million album sales

#2 NCT 127 with 4.04 million album sales

#1 BTS with 7.20 million album sales

Best-selling Female K-Pop Artists

#10 (G)I-DLE with 218 thousand album sales

#9 STAYC with 280 thousand album sales

#8 BLACKPINK with 432 thousand album sales

#7 Red Velvet with 456 thousand album sales

#6 IU with 458 thousand album sales

#5 aespa with 572 thousand album sales

#4 BLACKPINK Rosé with 622 thousand album sales

#3 BLACKPINK Lisa with 766 thousand album sales

#2 ITZY with 920 thousand album sales

#1 TWICE with 1.59 million album sales

Overall Best-selling K-Pop Artists

#15 NCT with 793 thousand album sales

#14 MONSTA X with 831 thousand album sales

#13 ITZY with 920 thousand album sales

#12 EXO Baekhyun with 1.04 million album sales

#11 THE BOYZ with 1.44 million album sales

#10 EXO with 1.49 million album sales

#9 TWICE with 1.59 million album sales

#8 ATEEZ with 1.85 million album sales

#7 TXT with 1.85 million album sales

#6 ENHYPEN with 2.16 million album sales

#5 Stray Kids with 2.66 million album sales

#4 SEVENTEEN with 3.79 million album sales

#3 NCT DREAM with 3.88 million album sales

#2 NCT 127 with 4.04 million album sales

#1 BTS with 7.20 million album sales

Congratulations to all the K-pop artists who made the list!

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