In the past, the album sales rankings were often very predictable because the “Big 3” – SM, JYP and YG – always topped the list. However, in recent years, there have been major changes coming from companies that are not very famous at first. In addition, there are many companies that only need 1 or 2 artists to be in the top 10 entertainment companies with the highest total album sales. because their artists have incredible power.
Some notes before reading the rankings:
- Statistics are based on Gaon’s data. Gaon is a chart of physical album statistics based on the total number of albums shipped from record labels / distributors, so the number will be higher than the Hanteo chart (Hanteo only counts the actual number of sold copies).
- Each artist’s total album sales will be counted from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020. All albums sold during this period are counted, including album not released in 2020.
- In this chart, sales from subsidiaries (minor branches, affiliated companies) will be merged with the parent company.
No.10: SEVEN SEASONS
Artists under the company: ATEEZ, Block B
Total album sales for the first half of 2020: 262,344 copies
In the first 6 months of 2020, ATEEZ was the only artist to contribute to Seven Seasons’ album sales. Block B has not been active in recent years, so it can be said that ATEEZ now carries the whole company. Despite this, the group has put Seven Seasons in the Top 10 entertainment companies, surpassing a series of other huge companies such as Cube Entertainment, Fantagio Entertainment, FNC Entertainment and so on.
No.9: KONNECT ENTERTAINMENT
Artists under the company: Kang Daniel
Total album sales for the first half of 2020: 266,880 copies
Similar to ATEEZ’s case, Kang Daniel is the only artist who carries Konnect Entertainment’s album sales. The difference is that Kang Daniel is a solo artist. He sold over 266,000 copies of his albums ‘Cyan’ and ‘Color On Me’ in the first half of 2020.
No.8: YG ENTERTAINMENT
Artists under the company: BLACKPINK, BIGBANG, iKON, WINNER, Akdong Musician, TREASURE, SECHSKIES
Total album sales for the first half of 2020: 293,080 copies
WINNER is the best performing group in the first 6 months of YG with 113,347 album sales. Although BLACKPINK did not release any album during this period, they were still ‘successful’ selling their old albums and ranked 2nd in the company with 78,651 albums sold.
No.7: RBW ENTERTAINMENT
Artists under the company: MAMAMOO, ONEUS, ONEWE…
Total album sales for the first half of 2020: 320,302 copies
In the first 6 months of 2020, MAMAMOO mainly focused on each member’s solo activities. Moonbyul was the most successful member who contributed 103,955 copies to RBW’s total album sales.
No.6: KAKAO M (including EDAM Entertainment, Cre.ker Entertainment, Play M Entertainment)
Artists under the company: IU, Apink, VICTON, The Boyz…
Total album sales for the first half of 2020: 390,903 copies
VICTON is the group that sold the most albums in 2020 when the group contributed 193,954 to the album sales of Kakao M. The Boyz is not so far behind with 103,859 copies sold.
No.5: STARSHIP ENTERTAINMENT
Artists under the company: MONSTA X, WJSN, CRAVITY, K. Will, Wonho, Soyou
Total album sales for the first half of 2020: 595,010 copies
Monsta X is the group that contributed the most to Starship’s album sales with 272,724 copies sold in the first 6 months of 2020. WJSN and CRAVITY are also doing very well, especially CRAVITY despite being a rookie recorded more than 147,000 albums sold.
No.4: CJ ENM’s STONE MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (including Swing Entertainment, Off The Records, N.CH)
Artists under the company: Lee Haeri, IZ*ONE, fromis_9, Davichi, Heize, TOO, X1 (disbanded in 2020 but the data is still recorded because the album continues to be sold)
Total album sales for the first half of 2020: 1,055,575 copies
IZ*ONE continued to demonstrate their album sales power by contributing over 1 million copies to the company’s overall performance. In addition, although X1 disbanded earlier this year, the first and only album of the group ‘Emergency: Quantum Leap’ continued to sell more than 13,590 copies in the last 6 months.
No.3: JYP ENTERTAINMENT
Artists under the company: 2PM, TWICE, GOT7, Stray Kids, ITZY, DAY6…
Total album sales for the first half of 2020: 1,874,178 copies
TWICE is the group that contributes the most with 831,776 copies sold in the first 6 months of 2020. Ranked No. 2 is GOT7 with 446,371 copies.
No.2: SM ENTERTAINMENT (including Woollim Entertainment)
Artists under the company: DBSK, SHINee, EXO, Red Velvet, Super Junior, NCT, SuperM, SHINee, SNSD, Lovelyz, Golden Child, Rocket Punch…
Total album sales for the first half of 2020: 4,305,253 copies
SM continues to present in the top 10 entertainment companies with the best sales, as it has always been. NCT’s units contributed more than 2.2 million copies to the company’s overall sales. Meanwhile, Baekhyun (EXO) is the best-selling solo artist with the power to sell more than 1 million copies in just the past 6 months.
No.1: BIG HIT LABELS (including Pledis Entertainment, Source Music Entertainment)
Artists under the company: BTS, TXT, SEVENTEEN, GFRIEND, Lee Hyun, NU’EST…
Total album sales for the first half of 2020: 7,056,249 copies
BTS was named the best-selling idol group of the first 6 months of 2020 as they have sold more than 5 million copies, including new and old albums. This number alone is enough to help Big Hit topped the chart. However, Big Hit Labels now gets even more power from SEVENTEEN when the group sold 1.3 million albums in the first half of 2020.