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Kpop idols who dominated summer album sales during the past 4 years

Let’s take a look at the list of Kpop idols with the highest physical album sales in the last 4 summers according to Hanteo’s data.

Within a year, new songs are released every month, but fans tend to look forward to some specific time of the year when the number of artists’ comebacks are usually higher. Summer is the time when refreshing, fun songs come out and it’s easier for artists to get high ranks on the music charts. That’s why compared to other seasons, netizens often call some Kpop idols ‘summer kings’ or ‘summer queens’.

Kpop idols who dominated summer album sales during the past 4 years

Besides digital results, have you ever wondered which Kpop artists dominated the physical album sales during summer? On September 16, Hanteo Global – the operator of Hanteo Chart and Whosfan – announced the 8th part of their Hanteo Global Kpop report, in which the company analyzed Kpop’s album trends in the summer during the last 4 years (from June to August each year).

Hanteo Album Chart statistics cover the physical albums sold at official websites and stores in Korea. Hanteo chart only counts the actual number of albums sold and received by the buyer (unlike Gaon chart that also counts the number of albums shipped from record labels/distributors). Let’s take a look at the top 10 Kpop albums with the highest sales in the summer 2018 to 2021.

Note:

  • This is not an individual album ranking, but an artist ranking based on their cumulative sales during summer (June to August) each year.
  • It is not necessary for artists to have albums released in the summer, old or new albums that record high sales in the summer of each year will be counted in the chart.

Summer 2018 (6/2018 – 8/2018)

1. BTS

2. Wanna One

3. SEVENTEEN

4. NU’EST W

5. SHINee

6. BLACKPINK

7. TWICE

8. BTOB

9. Red Velvet

10. Super Junior D&E

BTS released the album ‘Love Yourself: Tear’ in May 2018 with the title track ‘Fake Love’. This is also the album with the most impressive sales in the summer of 2018. Besides, at the end of August 2018, the group released the album ‘Love Yourself: Answer’ with the title song ‘IDOL’ but since the release date was near the summer deadline, this album did not contribute much to the above ranking.

Summer 2019 (6/2019 – 8/2019)

1. BTS

2. Baekhyun

3. Kang Daniel

4. X1

5. EXO-SC

6. NCT Dream

7. Red Velvet

8. U-KNOW

9. Stray Kids

10. ATEEZ

BTS released the album ‘Map of the Soul: PERSONA’ in April 2019 with the title song ‘Boy With Luv’. Despite being released in April, this album continues to generate very high sales during the summer of 2019. Moreover, even the game soundtrack album ‘BTS WORLD’ released in June 2019 also recorded admirable sales.

Summer 2020 (6/2020 – 8/2020)

1. SEVENTEEN

2. EXO-SC

3. IZ*ONE

4. TWICE

5. ATEEZ

6. Kang Daniel

7. BLACKPINK

8. Stray Kids

9. EXO Baekhyun

10. Red Velvet Seulgi & Irene

SEVENTEEN released the album ‘헹가래 [Heng:garæ]’ with the title track ‘Left & Right’ in June 2020 and quickly became a million seller. This is also the most successful album of summer 2020.

Summer 2021 (6/2021 – 8/2021)

1. BTS

2. SEVENTEEN

3. NCT Dream

4. TXT

5. EXO

6. Stray Kids

7. THE BOYZ

8. ASTRO

9. TWICE

10. EXO D.O.

BTS released the single ‘Butter’ in July 2021. Even though it was only a single album, ‘Butter’ sold over 2 million copies. BTS’s old albums also continued to generate sales in the summer of 2021 and help the group maintain their 1st place.

Therefore, in the last 4 summers, BTS has firmly held the position of “Summer Album King” by ranking No.1 in 2018, 2019 and 2021. In 2020, the group released the album ‘Map of the Soul: 7’ in February 2020 and then ‘BE’ in November 2020 – none of the albums came out during the summer.

As for Kpop girl groups, the title “Summer Album Queen” should definitely belong to TWICE. Although they cannot rank in the top when they have to compete with K-pop boy groups, according to Hanteo Global, they are the only girl group included in the top 10 of 3 summer charts (2018, 2020 and 2021) and in the top 20 of 4 summer charts (2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021).

What are your thoughts on the achievements of Kpop idols with the best album sales in the past summers?
What are your thoughts on the achievements of Kpop idols with the best album sales in the past summers?

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