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YesAsia 2018 Bestsellers - Korean Music

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Once again, world sensation BTS dominated the top spots of our best-selling K-pop album and video charts of 2018 with Love Yourself 'Tear', Love Yourself: 'Answer' and three video releases! The group handily came in first as the top-selling artist of the year. National girl group Twice also kept their #1 position among female artists and re-entered the DVD/Blu-ray chart with the Twiceland Concert.

EXO, the second highest-selling artist, guarded their perennial spot in the top ten with Don't Mess Up My Tempo and Love Shot as well as The ElyXiOn in Seoul. Poet | Artist brought the late Jong Hyun his first best-selling album, and he ranked third among all artists as a soloist. His group SHINee followed at #4 in the male artist category with three video releases in the top 10. Red Velvet climbed to second on the female artist chart while Tae Yeon secured her place at #8. NCT broke into the charts for the first time with their NCT 2018 Empathy project and ranked ninth among male artists (subunit NCT 127 just missed the top ten in 11th place).

BLACKPINK and Loona both debuted on the album bestsellers with their first group albums. Furthermore, they're the only female artists on the top ten album chart! Monsta X and Seventeen had strong years again with best-selling albums. Produce 101 Season 2's Wanna One wrapped up their year and group activities as one of our best-selling artists, while Produce 48's IZ*ONE made it to top 10 artists for the first time along with WJSN and fellow newcomer Stray Kids.

The below rankings are based on Korean music sales on from January 1 to December 31, 2018.




1. Twice
2. Red Velvet
4. Loona
5. Mamamoo
6. Dreamcatcher
7. GFriend
8. Tae Yeon
10. WJSN


1. BTS
2. EXO
3. Jong Hyun
4. SHINee
5. Stray Kids
6. Monsta X
7. GOT7
8. Seventeen
9. NCT
10. Wanna One

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Published January 8, 2019

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