Gaon Chart recently released the top 5 labels' performance in terms of physical album sales and it came as no surprise that Big Hit Entertainment was leading the charge, followed closely by SM Entertainment.
Based on the figures released by the agencies, Big Hit Entertainment was the big winner as BTS' fourth studio album Map of the Soul: 7 sold 4,265,617 physical albums, which alone outperformed the second-ranking label. TXT's fans also managed to contribute 275, 958 in terms of album sales for their second mini-album The Dream Chapter: Eternity which was released in May, this year, All Kpop reported.
Gaon also credited Big Hit Entertainment for its acquisition of Pledis Entertainment and Source Music as their independent subsidiaries as solid investments to prepare for BTS' enlistment.
SM Entertainment also did well for the first half of the year as five albums from NCT and its subunits drew in a total of 2,127,647 in physical album sales. These include NCT 127's second album, its repackaged version, NCT Dream's 4th mini-album, as well as WayV's first album and second mini-album.
EXO's solo releases also managed to sell 1,308,355 physical albums. Suho's solo debut sold 289,738 copies while Baekhyun recently became the first solo artist in 19 years to sell over one million albums when his second solo album Delight sold a total of 1,018,617 less than two months after its release.
Super Junior also contributed to the figure with 270,775 in physical album sales from the prepackaged version of Time Slip and Super Junior KRY's recent comeback. Max Changmin's solo album counted for 113,304 sold albums under TVXQ and Taeyeon of Girls Generation's comeback also sold 49,466 in album sales.
JYP Entertainment and Pledis Entertainment were almost neck and neck in the first half of the year as TWICE, GOT7, Stray Kids and ITZY showed solid album sales with 1,466,372 albums sold from January to June for Park Jinyoung's agency.
Pledis Entertainment also held strong to their position as one of the main contenders among record labels in Korea as SEVENTEEN's seventh mini-album Heng:garæ sold 1,235, 853 physical albums. NU'EST also delivered strong sales with 202,184 from their eighth mini-album.
YG Entertainment got off to a slow start this year with a combined physical album sales from SECHKIES, iKON, and WINNER totaling to 211,059. The figures are expected to pick up with more acts lined up for debuts and comebacks in the second half of the year.