K-Pop Artists Claim 7 Out Of 10 Spots On U.S.’s List Of Best-Selling CDs Of 2022


K-pop dominated the list of last year’s best-selling CD albums in the United States!

On January 11 local time, American music data tracking firm Luminate (formerly MRC Data), which supplies the data for the Billboard charts, released its year-end list of the best-selling CDs of 2022.

On the list ranking CD sales only (not including digital download albums or any other format), K-pop artists claimed an impressive seven spots out of the top 10. The six K-pop artists who made the 2022 list were BTS, TXT, Stray Kids, TWICE, ENHYPEN, and NCT 127.

BTS’s “Proof” was the United States’ No. 1 best-selling CD album by a group or male artist in 2022—and the No. 2 best-selling CD overall, after Taylor Swift’s “Midnights”—with 413,000 copies sold.

Meanwhile, TXT’s “minisode 2: Thursday’s Child” was the No. 3 best-selling CD of the year with 227,000 copies sold in the United States.

Notably, Stray Kids was the only artist to make the top 10 twice: their mini album “ODDINARY” ranked No. 5 with 204,000 CDs sold, while “MAXIDENT” followed close behind at No. 7 with 177,000 CDs sold.

TWICE, the only girl group to make the list, came in at No. 6 with their mini album “BETWEEN 1&2,” which sold 199,000 CDs.

ENHYPEN’s “MANIFESTO : DAY 1” made the list at No. 8 with 173,000 CDs sold, while NCT 127’s “2 Baddies” rounded out the top 10 with 148,000 CDs sold in the United States last year.

The top 10 best-selling CD albums of 2022 in the United States are as follows:

  1. Taylor Swift – “Midnights” (640,000)
  2. BTS – “Proof” (413,000)
  3. TXT – “minisode 2: Thursday’s Child” (227,000)
  4. Harry Styles – “Harry’s House” (219,000)
  5. Stray Kids – “ODDINARY” (204,000)
  6. TWICE – “BETWEEN 1&2” (199,000)
  7. Stray Kids – “MAXIDENT” (177,000)
  8. ENHYPEN – “MANIFESTO : DAY 1” (173,000)
  9. Beyoncé – “Renaissance” (163,000)
  10. NCT 127 – “2 Baddies” (148,000)

BTS and TXT also made the separate year-end list of the overall top 10-selling albums of 2022 in the United States, which includes not only CD sales but also digital sales and other physical formats, such as vinyl.



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