Many Kpop albums have surpassed the milestone of million pre-order copies, however the number of female artists with products on this list is exceptionally modest.
The number of pre-ordered albums is an essential measure for determining K-pop artists’ popularity. In recent years, an increasing number of pre-order records have been set. Their owners can be solo artists or groups, as well as Gen 3 or Gen 4 representatives from big or even small companies.
Here are the 23 highest pre-ordered albums in K-pop history.
23. EX’ACT – EXO
22. 1×1=1 (To Be One) – Wanna One
21. An Ode – SEVENTEEN
20. The Chaos Chapter: Freeze – TXT
19. Delight – Baekhyun
18. LALISA – Lisa
17. The War by EXO
16. ZERO: FEVER Part.3 – ATEEZ
15. NOEASY – Stray Kids
14. Bambi – Baekhyun
13. THE ALBUM – BLACKPINK
12. Love Yourself: Her – BTS
11. Heng:garae – SEVENTEEN
10. ; [Semicolon] – SEVENTEEN
9. Don’t Mess Up My Tempo – EXO
8. RESONANCE Pt. 1 – NCT
7. Don’t Fight The Feeling – EXO
6. Love Yourself: Tear – BTS
5. Love Yourself: Answer – BTS
4. Hot Sauce – NCT Dream
3. Sticker – NCT 127
Sticker is the first album in the top three to receive up to 2 million pre-orders. NCT 127′s product, which was launched on September 17, 2021, obtained an exact amount of pre-orders of 2,120,000 copies. Because the Sticker album has just been available for a week, there are no official sales figures for the first seven days.
2. Map Of The Soul: Persona – BTS
Released on April 12, 2019, BTS’s Map Of The Soul: Persona had a pre-ordered number of 2,680,000 copies, thereby taking the runner-up position in this list. In the first week of sales, 2,130,480 copies of this album were sold.
1. Map Of The Soul: 7 – BTS
BTS is known as the “king of albums”, so it’s not surprising that the first place continues to belong to one of their products. Released on February 21, 2020, the album Map Of The Soul: 7 reached 4,020,000 pre-orders – almost double another album of the same series, which ranked at No. 2.
Furthermore, Map Of The Soul: 7 sold 3,378,633 albums in its first week of release. Currently, this is still the Kpop album with the highest number of pre-orders and first-week sales of all-time.