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YesAsia 2021 Bestsellers - Korean Music

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After ranking second in 2020, Stray Kids climbed to #1 as our top-selling artist of 2021 with two entries in the top ten K-pop releases – their second full-length album NOEASY and the District 9: Unlock in SEOUL concert video. Their JYPE labelmate Twice also came in first for female artists, and ranked fourth on the album bestsellers with Taste of Love. ITZY rose to #4 among female artists, and their album Guess Who charted in the top ten for the first time.

SHINee had two albums in the top ten – Don't Call Me at #1 and Atlantis at #8 – in addition to two entries in the video category, making them the second highest-selling male artist. EXO, who followed at #3, came back with another top-selling album Don't Fight The Feeling. NCT Dream and NCT 127 both ranked in the top ten, with the former breaking into the album chart for the first time. Baek Hyun, again, was the only male soloist in the top ten.

Though unable to guard their #1 spot, perennial bestseller BTS still ranked #5 this year, with both the Memories of 2020 and MAP OF THE SOUL ON:E concert videos in the top ten. Besides ranking in the top three for female artists, Loona and Dreamcatcher each secured a position in the album category, while BLACKPINK grabbed two spots with their video releases. Our other best-selling female and male artists also include IU, Red Velvet, Oh My Girl, Mamamoo, (G)I-DLE, WJSN, ATEEZ, TXT and Seventeen.

The below rankings are based on Korean music sales on from January 1 to December 31, 2021.




1. Twice
2. Loona
3. Dreamcatcher
5. IU
6. Red Velvet
7. Oh My Girl
8. Mamamoo
9. (G)I-DLE
10. WJSN


1. Stray Kids
2. SHINee
3. EXO
5. BTS
6. NCT Dream
7. Baek Hyun
8. NCT 127
9. TXT
10. Seventeen

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Published January 11, 2022

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