July 7, 2022

South Korean K-pop music industry recorded a surge in physical album sales in January, extending its growth momentum this year.

According to data compiled by South Korean music chart tracker Gaon Chart, last month the top 400 albums sold more than 4.05 million copies in and out of the country, up 66.9 percent from the same period previous year.

However, the figure, dropped by 5.4 percentage points from December.

The data showed that of the top 400 albums, boy group Enhypen topped the list by selling 723,478 copies of “Dimension: Answer,” which was released on Jan. 10. The album was repackaging of the act’s million-selling first studio album “Dimension: Dilemma”.

This was followed by S.M. Entertainment’s special winter album “2021 Winter SMTOWN: SMCU Express” with the sales volume of 347,434 copies and girl group Kep1er’s debut album “First Impact,” and 300,099 copies.

The digital music sales in the same month meanwhile, remained almost unchanged from a year earlier.

January’s accumulated sales of the top 400 songs recorded a slight on-year increase, up by 0.4 percent from a year prior. However, compared to the previous month, it represented a 7.1 percent on-month drop.

According to the list, MeloMance’s Kim Min-seok’s “DrunKen Confession” secured the No.1 spot, followed by rapper-songwriter Be’O’s “Counting Stars” and rapper Sokodomo’s “MERRY-GO-ROUND (Feat. Zion.T & Wonstein)”.

Gaon Chart’s head researcher Kim Jin-woo mentioned that digital music sales in the first half this year are likely to show a similar pattern as last year. The market will likely rebound once or twice depending on the possibility of COVID-19 becoming endemic in the latter half.