Bestselling K-pop Albums Of 2021

Total sales of K-pop albums increased 31% from last year! Which artists' albums had the highest sales?

피비 @creatrip
a year ago

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There's no denying the popularity of K-pop, not just in Asia, but also in Europe and America! Korean idols continue to get more and more attention worldwide.

Let's take a look at how much K-pop album sales increased in 2021 and which artists had the best-selling albums.

K-pop Album Sales In 2021

kpop album sales 2021

The popularity of K-pop has continued to rise from 2015 to 2021, with 54,594,222 albums sold in 2021 (sum of sales from 1st-50th week of the year). Compared to 41,707,301 albums sold in 2021, K-pop album sales have increased by as much as 31% in 2021.

It's proof that interest in K-pop is not decreasing, but continuing to increase. 83.5% of album sales are from male artists and 16.1% from female artists.

Now, let's see which male and female artists had the best-selling albums!

Bestselling Albums - Male Artists

1. BTS 

btsSource: Vogue

In 2021, BTS sold 7,208,920 albums, accounting for 15.8% of the total, and placed first in album sales among male artists.

2. NCT127 

nct 127Source: Envi Media

NCT127 came in second place with 4,045,684 album sales, accounting for 8.9% of the total.

3. NCT Dream

nct dreamSource: nct dream official

Following right behind was NCT Dream with 3,887,751 total album sales, making up 8.5% of the total.


seventeenSource: Pigeon week

The SEVENTEEN boys ranked fourth in 2021 with album sales of 3,792,080, accounting for 8.3% of the total album sales.

5. Stray Kids 

stray kidsSource: pinkvilla

Next up is Stray Kids in fifth place with sales of 2,665,405, counting for 5.8 of the total%.


enhypenSource: The Korea Herald

Although it hasn't been long since their debut, ENHYPEN's album sales were ranked 6th, with a total 2,163,075 albums sold, accounting for 4.7%.

7. Tomorrow x Together 

tomorrow x togetherSource: Dazed Digital

Seventh place was Tomorrow x Together, with 2,009,557 albums sold, which was 4.4% of the total album sales.


ateezSource: MyMusicTaste

ATEEZ came in 8th place with album sales of 1,859,364, which is 4.1% of the total.

9. EXO

exoSource: SM Entertainment

EXO's album sales totaled 1,491,396 albums, bringing them into the ninth place among male artists with the highest album sales, and they made up 3.3% of the total.


the boyzSource: Joongang Daily

 Finally, in 10th place was THE BOYZ with 1,440,845 albums sold, which was counted as 3.2% of the total.

Bestselling Albums - Female Artists


twiceSource: TWICE Official

 The female artist with the most album sales was TWICE, who made a total of 1,599,635 sales, accounting for 18.2% of the total.

2. ITZY 

itzySource: The Korea Times

Following their seniors, the ITZY girls came in second with 920,891 albums sold, accounting for 10.5% of the total.

3. LISA 

lisa blackpinkSource: YG Entertainment

 With her debut solo album, BLACKPINK's Lisa achieved 766,486 album sales, making up 8.7% of the total.

 4. ROSÉ 

rose blackpinkSource: Korea Herald

Fellow BLACKPINK member Rosé also achieved success with her solo album, which sold 622,624 copies, making up 7.1% of the total.

 5. aespa 

aespaSource: Rolling Stone

 SM Entertainment's newest group, aespa, was able to sell 572,615 albums, accounting for 6.5% of total sales.

6. IU 

iuSource: Joongang Daily

In sixth came IU, who sold 458,729 albums, accounting for 5.2% of the total.

7. Red Velvet 

red velvetSource: SM Entertainment

The Red Velvet girls were able to achieve a total album sales of 456,405 in 2021, which was 5.2% of the total.

8. BLACKPINK blackpink

Source: lesyeuxdemandu

BLACKPINK sold a total of 432,337 albums in 2021, making up 4.9% of the total.


staycSource: kepoper

In 9th place is STAYC, who sold a total of 280,282 albums, accounting for 3.2% of the total.

10. Dreamcatcher 

dreamcatcherSource: phoenixred

Finally, Dreamcatcher achieved album sales of 264,764 in 2021, accounting for 3% of the total.

Source: gaonchart

What do you think of the male and female K-pop artists with the highest album sales in 2021? Let us know your favorites and which albums you bought in the comments!

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