On the 10th of February, local Japanese press released an article with the title, ‘The rankings of K-pop artistes with the highest worldwide sales are revealed’.
According to the article, a post about ‘Korean artistes’ sales rankings’ was posted on an online foreign community thread and is spreading rapidly.
The group that came out on top of the rankings is TVXQ. TVXQ’s total sales count is more than twice the amount of Girls’ Generation, who came in at second place, and boasted the group’s superiority. Second place was taken by Korea’s most representative girl group Girls’ Generation, and they were followed by KARA in third place. Big Bang, Super Junior, SHINee, 2PM, CN BLUE, JYJ and B2st made up the rest of the top 10.
The rankings include the official information from over 10 different websites of sales of albums, singles, DVDs, Blu-rays, photobooks, live concert albums, videos and CDs. The validity of the rankings can’t be ignored as the Korean sales counts are taken from the Gaon Charts and the Hanteo Charts, and the Japanese sales counts are taken from the Oricon charts.
Japanese netizens who heard the news left a variety of comments such as, “As expected from TVXQ”, “I wonder who earned more money, Psy with Gangnam Style or TVXQ”, “TVXQ’s popularity is amazing,” and “I’m surprised by the surge in popularity for Girls’ Generation and KARA.”
Meanwhile, TVXQ are currently juggling both individual and group activities. Jung Yunho is appearing in the SBS Monday-Tuesday drama ‘Queen of Ambition’ while Shim Changmin is showing off his humorous wit in KBS 2TV’s ‘Moonlight Prince’. Not only this, but they are also planning to release their new Japanese album ‘TIME’ on the 6th of March.