Billboard’s Year-end Album Sales Report Included BTS and TWICE Among Its Top 10 Groups

Billboard’s Year-end Album Sales Report Included BTS and TWICE. This December, Billboard published its annual year-end album sales list for 2022. This has been a great year for K-pop as well, with many acts breaking through on international charts. As the number of K-pop fans grows, so do album sales.

In 2022, several K-pop acts appeared on Billboard’s “Year-end rankings – Top Album Sales Artists.” BTS’s fifth-place finish and TWICE’s ninth-place finish were hardly a shock. Only BTS and TWICE made it into the top 10 in the K-pop genre.

Stray Kids almost missed the top 10, coming in at number 11. They were followed by TXT (16), NCT 127 (17), and Seventeen (18). The result is that six K-pop acts have made it into the Top 20 of Billboard’s year-end chart for Top Album Sales Artists.

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BTS

South Korean boy band BTS, aka the Bangtan Boys, debuted in 2013 under Big Hit Entertainment. Many of the songs by the septet (Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook) were written and produced together.

They started as a hip-hop trio, but they’ve branched out into other genres as time has gone on. Their songs generally deal with themes like depression, anxiety, coming of age, grief, finding one’s own identity, and independence.

Their works typically have a parallel universe narrative and make allusions to literature, philosophy, and psychology. After debuting in 2013 with the single album 2 Cool 4 Skool, BTS followed it up in 2014 with the release of their first studio album in Korean, titled Dark & Wild, and their first studio album in Japanese, titled Wake Up. Wings (2016), the group’s second Korean studio album, broke the one million record for album sales in South Korea.

By 2017, BTS had broken through to the international music business, pioneering the Korean pop invasion in the United States. In addition to becoming the first Korean group to have a single certified Gold by the RIAA, the group also made history by being the first South Korean act to have a studio album debut at number one on the Billboard 200 with Love Yourself: Tear (2018).

Love Yourself: Answer (2018) was the first Korean album to be certified Platinum by the RIAA, and BTS became one of the few groups since the Beatles (1966-68) to chart four US number-one albums in less than two years.

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With their Grammy-nominated single “Dynamite” in 2020, BTS made history as the first all-South Korean act to top the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Global 200. After “Savage Love,” “Life Goes On,” “Butter,” and “Permission to Dance,” they were the fastest act since Justin Timberlake in 2006 to achieve four consecutive US number-one singles.

TWICE

JYP Entertainment’s Twice is a South Korean girl group. Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung and Tzuyu are the nine members of the group. Twice formed as a result of the television show Sixteen (2015), and they released their first EP, The Story Begins, on October 20, 2015.

In 2016, Twice became well-known at home because of their song “Cheer Up,” which topped the Gaon Digital Chart, becoming the year’s best-performing single, and was named “Song of the Year” at both the Melon Music Awards and the Mnet Asian Music Awards.

When they released “TT” from their third EP Twicecoaster: Lane 1, it immediately went to the top of the Gaon charts and stayed there for four weeks. There was no better-selling Korean girl group record in 2016 than this EP.

Over 1.2 million copies of Twice’s four EPs and special album were purchased in just 19 months following the group’s debut. They have become the best-selling K-Pop girl group of all time, with over 10 million albums sold in South Korea and Japan combined as of December 2020.

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