In the last decade, the best-selling K-Pop albums have gone from making hundreds of thousands of physical sales to multiple millions of sales.

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Super Junior’s Donghae

Despite physical sales being less popular in general now due to the availability of digital albums and songs, K-Pop fans are still showing support for their favorite artists by purchasing their physical albums, which has led to the incredible increase!

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ATEEZ’s San

These are the three best-selling albums released each year, at the year’s end, over the last decade. The first number is how many copies of each album sold in total that year, and the second number is how many copies of the album have been sold to this day.

2012

3. Catch Me by TVXQ!: 256.4k sales (356.2k sales now)

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2. Alive by BIGBANG: 266.8k sales (278.7k sales now)

12

1. Sexy, Free & Single by Super Junior: 356.4k sales (367.5k sales now)

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2013

3. I Got A Boy by Girls’ Generation: 293.3k sales (308.0k sales now)

11

2. Miracles in December by EXO: 433.9k sales (562.6k sales now)

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1. XOXO by EXO: 1.01 million sales (1.30 million sales now)

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2014

3. Tense by TVXQ: 197.0k sales (307.5k sales now)

9

2. Mamacita by Super Junior: 265.8k sales (266.7k sales now)

8

1. Overdose by EXO: 657.8k sales (688.1k sales now)

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2015

3. The Most Beautiful Moment In Life, Part 2 by BTS: 274.1k sales (620.4k sales now)

6

2. Sing For You by EXO: 494.9k (517.2k sales now)

7

1. EXODUS by EXO: 1.21 million sales (1.28 million sales now)

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2016

3. For Life by EXO: 438.5k sales (442.6k sales now)

5

2. Wings by BTS: 751.3k sales (1.11 million sales now)

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1. EX’ACT by EXO: 1.15 million sales (1.19 million sales now)

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2017

3. You Never Walk Alone by BTS: 768.4k sales (1.00 million sales now)

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2. The War by EXO: 1.60 million sales (1.67 million million sales now)

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1. Love Yourself: Her by BTS: 1.49 million sales (2.20 million sales now)

5 (4)

2018

3. Love Yourself: Tear by BTS: 1.85 million sales (2.18 million sales now)

6 (3)

2. Don’t Mess Up My Tempo by EXO: 1.95 million sales (1.97 million sales now)

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1. Love Yourself: Answer by BTS: 2.20 million sales (2.56 million sales now)

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2019

3. Obsession by EXO: 766.3k sales (829.1k sales now)

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2. An Ode by SEVENTEEN: 858.9k sales (991.7k sales now)

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1. Map of the Soul: Persona by BTS: 3.72 million sales (3.75 million sales now)

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2020

3. Heng:garae by SEVENTEEN: 1.38 million sales (1.41 million sales now)

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2. BE by BTS: 2.69 million sales (2.69 million sales now)

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1. Map of the Soul: 7 by BTS: 4.38 million sales (4.38 million sales now)

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2021 (So Far)

3. Noir by U-Know: 177.5k sales

5 (4)

2. The First Step: Treasure Effect by TREASURE: 231.9k sales

1 (7)

1. ZERO: FEVER Part. 2 by ATEEZ: 247.7k sales

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