BTS has officially been beaten by J-Pop group ARASHI with the honor of being recognized for having the “World’s Best-Selling Album Of 2019”.

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ARASHI | Source: Billboard

According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which counts full album sales (digital and physical) from around the world, announced ARASHI took the crown with a total of 3.3 million units sold across the globe.

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Source: Arashi

The top ten IFPI best-selling albums of 2019 are as follows:

1. ARASHI // 5×20 All the BEST!! 1999-2019 // 3.3 million

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Source: Amazon

2. Taylor Swift // Lover // 3.2 million

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Source: Taylor Swift

3. BTS // MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA // 2.5 million

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Source: Big Hit Entertainment

4. Lady Gaga // A Star is Born OST // 1.2 million

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Source: Target.com

5. Billie Eilish // When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? // 1.2 million

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Source: Discogs

6. Queen // Bohemian Rhapsody // 1.2 million

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Source: Musictales

7. Ed Sheeran // No.6 Collaborations Project // 1.1 million

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Source: Ed Sheeran Official Web Store

8. Ariana Grande // thank u, next // 1 million

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Source: Wikipedia

9. Rammstein // Rammstein // 900,000

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Source: Loud Wire

10. The Beatles // Abbey Road // 800,000

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Source: The Beatles

Japan is home to the second-largest music market in the world, which is a large contributing factor in their achievement, as well as the fact that the group announced they would be taking a hiatus in 2021. ARASHI has a large fan base that has continued to grow since their debut in 1999.

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Source: Soranews24

Japanese netizen reactions to the accomplishment include:

  • “It’s because other countries don’t buy CDs anymore.”
  • “Take that, K-Pop!”