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YesAsia 2016 Bestsellers - Japanese Music

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Arashi reigned unsurprisingly as the king of J-pop in 2016 with the top-selling album, the top-selling concert and two top-ten singles, making the group our top-selling Japanese music artist for the fourth consecutive year. Hey! Say! JUMP and KinKi Kids also help represent the Johnny's contingent with the former ranking on both the album and concert charts, and the latter cracking into our top-ten singles for the first time this decade.

K-pop artists continued to dominate the J-pop charts with EXO claiming the top-selling Japanese single for the second straight year, and groups like BTS, VIXX, B.A.P, SHINee and Apink coming up big with multiple best-selling releases. Diva Utada Hikaru stands out among the idols with her long-awaited comeback album charting strong at #5 despite being released in only one edition, and Perfume rounds out the album bestsellers at #10.

The below rankings are based on Japanese music sales on from January 1 to December 31, 2016.



1. Arashi
2. BTS
3. EXO
4. SHINee
5. B.A.P
6. Apink
8. Hey! Say! JUMP
9. AOA

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Published January 5, 2017

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