Oricon is a widely known chart in Japan that ranks the most popular and latest music within the country, be it from a Japanese artist or a foreign artist. Nonetheless, Oricon helps determine the success of a group or singer based on their music sales, such as accumulated album sales, singles sales, or digital sales.

As many K-Pop idols and groups usually release Japanese versions of their songs and albums or release an entirely new Japanese song, the Oricon charts are just as important to them as South Korea’s Gaon and Hanteo.

With that being said, these are currently the best-selling Korean acts on Oricon in 2021 so far, based on their sales from the week of December 28, 2020, until the week of July 5, 2021.

BTS is the Best-Selling Korean Act on Oricon in 2021 So Far

Once again, snagging a spot at the top is BTS! So far, BTS is the best-selling Korean Act on Oricon in 2021, with an accumulated total of more than 1.3 million album copies sold throughout their 20 albums released – both in Korean and Japanese.

Not only that, but according to the charts, BTS’ recently released Japanese compilation album, “BTS, THE BEST,” is the group’s best-selling album in Japan with an accumulated total of 858,237 albums sold, making “BTS, THE BEST” the second best-selling release on Oricon after Japanese boy band Snow Man’s single “Grandeur,” which sold 958,768 copies in the country.


(Photo : Twitter: @BTS_jp_official)

BTS’ studio album, “BE,” which was released back in November 2020, is currently the second-best-selling album by the group in 2021 so far, having a total of 226,823 album copies sold. “BE,” which is a Korean album, contains eight tracks, including the title song “Life Goes On,” that took the No.1 spot in numerous music charts worldwide, such as Billboard’s Global 200, Hot 100, and Digital Song Sales.

Following “BE” is “MAP OF THE SOUL: 7 ~THE JOURNEY~,” the group’s fourth Japanese studio album released back in July 2020, with a total of 45,131 album copies sold, making it BTS’ third best-selling album so far in the year. The album features the Japanese versions of many of their hit songs from previous albums, including “Boy With Luv.”

Meanwhile, BTS is gearing up for the release of their single CD, “Butter,” on July 9.

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SEVENTEEN is the Second Best-Selling Korean Act on Oricon in 2021 So Far

Taking the second spot as the best-selling Korean act on the Japanese chart so far is SEVENTEEN! According to the Oricon chart, SEVENTEEN’s sold a total of 706,458 copies throughout 11 of their albums and singles released. Not only that, but a big chunk of their sales went to their recent Japanese release, “Hitorijanai,” which was released back on April 21, 2021, with 422,350 copies sold.


(Photo : Twitter: @pledis_17)

The group’s second best-selling album is “Your Choice,” their eighth mini-album that was just released on June 18, 2021. Even though the album was just released 12 days ago, SEVENTEEN already accumulated a total of 192,533 album copies sold, breaking numerous of their previous records. “Your Choice” also debuted for the first time on Billboard 200 at No.15, marking the group’s first time on the chart and an impressive feat as they entered within the top 20.

SEVENTEEN’s second Japanese album, “24H,” is the group’s third best-selling album, accumulating a total of 27,156 album copies sold. “24H” was released back in September 2020, with its title track of the same name.

Meanwhile, SEVENTEEN recently performed “Read to Love,” the title track of their “Your Choice” album on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on June 23.

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These are the Top 10 Best-Selling Korean Acts on Oricon in 2021 So Far:

*from the week of December 28, 2020 until the week of July 5, 2021

1. BTS – 1,398,167 album copies sold

2. SEVENTEEN – 706,458 album copies sold

3. TXT – 246,064 album copies sold

4. TWICE – 196,909 album copies sold

5. NCT 127 – 175,003 album copies sold

6. ENHYPEN – 140,994 album copies sold

7. TREASURE – 97,630 album copies sold

8. NCT DREAM – 91,625 album copies sold

9. ASTRO – 90,764 album copies sold

10. Stray Kids – 88,563 album copies sold  

Whose album is your favorite?

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Written by Robyn Joan


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