According to the 12 months-finish knowledge launched by Korea’s album sales tracker Gaon Chart, the nation’s prime 400 albums offered 57 million copies in and in another country in 2021, up by 36.9 per cent from 41.7 million within the earlier 12 months.
The sales of the highest 400 albums have been on a steep rise after exceeding 20 million for the primary time in 2018. The quantity has since elevated to 25 million in 2019, 41.7 million in 2020 and 57 million in 2021.
Industry insiders say that behind the fast enhance because the coronavirus pandemic started in 2020 is the phenomenon that followers, unable to collect at live concert events and reveals amid the protracted pandemic, soothe their disappointment by buying albums.
Leading the album market final 12 months have been South Korea’s huge two Okay-pop companies — Hybe and SM Entertainment.
Hybe, behind in style boy teams akin to BTS and Seventeen, accounted for 33.5 per cent of the full sales of the highest 100 albums on Gaon’s annual chart, with mixed sales of 26 albums by its artistes on the listing reaching 15.23 million copies.
‘Butter’, the English single launched by BTS in May, sat atop the listing with about 3 million copies, and different Hybe artistes, akin to Seventeen, Tomorrow X Together and Enhypen, additionally produced exceptional performances.