Circle Chart announces the list of best-selling artists in 2022

2022 can be considered a successful year for the K-Pop industry, especially the explosive rise of girl groups.

In 2022, a total of 74,195,544 albums were sold, an increase of nearly 17 million albums compared to 2021 and 9 times more than the total number of albums sold 10 years ago – in 2013.

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2022 is also the year that girl groups achieve a lot of success as the ratio of album sales by male and female artists has changed markedly. Male artists account for 83.5% of total album sales in 2021. However, in 2022, male artists only account for 66.2% and female artists contribute 32.6% of sales.

Below is the list of artists with the highest album sales in 2022 as announced by Circle Chart, the data published is based on the total sales of all artists’ albums from the 1st to the 50th week of 2022.

Top 15 artists with the highest album sales in 2022:

  1. BTS – 6,078,249
  2. Stray Kids – 5,837,407
  3. SEVENTEEN – 5,463,151
  4. NCT DREAM – 4,112,887
  5. BLACKPINK – 2,825,311
  6. TXT – 2,788,232
  7. ENHYPEN – 2,697,962
  8. IVE – 2,601,760
  9. NCT 127 – 2,180,619
  10. Red Velvet – 2,121,946
  11. ITZY – 2,105,910
  12. aespa – 1,982,552
  13. TWICE – 1,981,926
  14. TREASURE – 1,480,029
  15. LE SSERAFIM – 1,256,479
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Top 15 male artists with the highest album sales in 2022

  1. BTS – 6,078,249
  2. Stray Kids – 5,837,407
  3. SEVENTEEN – 5,463,151
  4. NCT DREAM – 4,112,887
  5. TXT – 2,788,232
  6. ENHYPEN – 2,697,962
  7. NCT 127 – 2,180,619
  8. TREASURE – 1,480,029
  9. Lim Young Woong – 1,148,680
  10. JIN – 1,038,349
  11. ATEEZ – 1,032,721
  12. NCT – 689,741
  13. Kim Ho Joong – 686,676
  14. RM – 685,416
  15. THE BOYZ – 615,717
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Top 15 female artists with the highest album sales in 2022

  1. BLACKPINK – 2,825,311
  2. IVE – 2,601,760
  3. Red Velvet – 2,121,946
  4. ITZY – 2,105,910
  5. aespa – 1,982,552
  6. TWICE – 1,981,926
  7. LE SSERAFIM – 1,256,479
  8. (G)I-DLE – 1,091,628
  9. NMIXX – 1,044,744
  10. Kep1er – 1,017,376
  11. NewJeans – 691,606
  12. STAYC – 629,924
  13. Nayeon (TWICE) – 543,182
  14. fromis_9 – 326,979
  15. SNSD – 294,419
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Total album sales over the years:

  • 2013: 8,262,089
  • 2014: 7,377,150
  • 2015: 8,383,913
  • 2016: 10,808,921
  • 2017: 16,930,491
  • 2018: 22,819,118
  • 2019: 24,594,928
  • 2020: 41,707,301
  • 2021: 57,089,160
  • 2022: 74,195,544

Percentage of album sales by male and female artists in the last 4 years:

  • 2019: 82.8% (male) : 17.1% (female)
  • 2020: 80.1% (male) : 19.3% (female)
  • 2021: 83.5% (male) : 16.1% (female)
  • 2022: 66.2% (male) : 32.6% (female)
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