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YesAsia 2016 Bestsellers - Korean Music

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2016 was surely the year of BTS. The popular group came out on top as YesAsia's best-selling artist for the first time. They presided over the album bestsellers with three notable releases: the top two albums and The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt. 2 which charted for two consecutive years. Crowned as the No. 1 female artist of 2016, Twice was also the only female group to break into top ten albums, and twice at that.

SM Entertainment artists are all over the charts as per usual. Though losing the top album spot, EXO again came in first on the DVD chart and ended the year as the second highest-selling artist. SHINee came in third with their strong showing on both the album and DVD charts. Even without launching any new albums, Girls' Generation still ranked ninth among female artists, while leader Tae Yeon ranked seventh in total sales along with Red Velvet in fifth place.

GOT7, Seventeen and B.A.P continued to perform strongly on the album chart, and they're joined in the best-selling male artists lineup by VIXX, Infinite, Big Bang and Monsta X, who rose to top ten for the first time. AOA and Apink secured their places in the female artist chart which also includes some new names – Mamamoo, I.O.I, GFriend and former Girls' Generation member Jessica.

The below rankings are based on Korean music sales on from January 1 to December 31, 2016. Only Korean-language releases are included; check the C-pop and J-pop bestsellers for Chinese and Japanese releases by Korean artists.




1. Twice
2. AOA
3. Mamamoo
4. I.O.I
5. Red Velvet
6. GFriend
7. Tae Yeon
8. Jessica
9. Girls' Generation
10. Apink


1. BTS
2. EXO
3. SHINee
4. GOT7
5. Seventeen
6. B.A.P
8. Big Bang
9. Monsta X
10. Infinite

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Published January 6, 2017

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