Top Best-Selling K-Pop Groups that Debuted in 2016 on Gaon

Top Best-Selling K-Pop Groups that Debuted in 2016 on Gaon
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2016 was undeniably a good year for K-pop releases, with numerous famous groups making their debut then.

Want to know which K-pop groups that debuted in 2016 are considered best-sellers now? Then keep on reading!

NCT 127, BLACKPINK, and More: These are the Best-Selling K-Pop Groups that Debuted in 2016 on Gaon

(Photo : NCT 127 Twitter | YG Family Twitter | ASTRO Japan Twitter)

Please note that all data comes from Gaon Music Charts.

NCT 127 is the Best-Selling K-Pop Group That Debuted in 2016

Surprisingly, NCT 127 is the best-selling K-pop group that debuted in 2016. During a year that gave us BLACKPINK and EXO-CBX, NCT 127 rose above the ranks.

According to Gaon Music Charts, NCT 127 has sold 3,044,042 cumulative online and offline album sales.

NCT 127

(Photo : NCT 127 Twitter)

The boys have seen massive success on the Gaon Charts. Their debut self-titled extended play, which was released on Jul. 10, 2016, debuted at number two on the Gaon Album Chart and reached the top spot during the third week of its release.

In 2017, NCT 127 released their second extended play, "Limitless." The album was another commercial success, peaking at the top of the Gaon Album Chart.

That same year, they released "Cherry Bomb" on Jun. 14. The single became their first single to enter the Gaon Digital Chart, peaking at number 47.

NCT 127

(Photo : NCT 127 Twitter)

NCT's first full-length album, "Regular-Irregular," which was released in Oct. 2017, became NCT 127's third Gaon Album Chart-topper, remaining at the top spot for two weeks.

BLACKPINK is the Best-Selling Female K-Pop Group That Debuted in 2016

BLACKPINK took the second-place spot in this list. According to Gaon Music Charts, BLACKPINK has sold 2,519,254 online and offline cumulative album sales. They ranked the highest among girl groups that debuted in 2016.

Like NCT 127, BLACKPINK has also seen massive success on the Gaon Charts.

BLACKPINK

(Photo : BLACKPINK Twitter)

Their debut song "Whistle" topped the Gaon Digital Charts upon its release. It also topped Gaon's download, streaming, and mobile charts. By the end of 2016, BLACKPINK had scored numerous rookie awards, with one of them from the Gaon Chart Music Awards.

Their 2018 release, "Square Up," debuted at the top of the Gaon Albums Charts. The mini-album's title track, "DDU-DU DDU-DU," peaked at number one on Gaon's digital, download, streaming, and mobile charts. "Forever Young," a B-side from "Square Up," peaked at number two.

BLACKPINK

(Photo : BLACKPINK Twitter)

BLACKPINK's Jun. 2020 single, "How You Like That," debuted at number twelve on the Gaon Digital Chart with just one day of tracking. The following week, it skyrocketed to number one on Gaon's digital, download, and streaming charts.

These are the Top 10 Best-Selling K-Pop Groups that Debuted in 2016 on Gaon

*Note: Cumulative album sales seen next to idol group's name

1. NCT 127 - 3,044,042

2. BLACKPINK - 2,519,254

3. NCT Dream - 1,723,766

4. ASTRO - 1,126,255

5. EXO-CBX - 678,068

6. WJSN - 655,935

7. SF9 - 602,972

8. PENTAGON - 560,558

9. VICTON - 483,005

10. I.O.I - 272,000

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These are the Female K-Pop Artists That Have Charted on the Billboard 200

ITZY is the Latest K-Pop Girl Group To Chart on the Billboard 200

ITZY is the latest K-pop girl group to chart on the Billboard 200. Their latest extended play, "Guess Who." entered the Billboard 200 chart at number 148, making it the girl group's first-ever appearance on the list.

It is the fifth highest-peaking album by a Korean female artist to break into the chart. ITZY is the eighth female K-pop act to debut on the chart.

ITZY

(Photo: ITZY Twitter)

Additionally, "Guess Who" ranked at number 164 on the Rolling Stone Top 200. The extended play's title track, "Mafia in the Morning," ranked at number 56 on Spotify's Global Top 200 Chart. This is ITZY's highest-charting song on Spotify's chart.

Itzy is a South Korean girl group formed by JYP Entertainment, consisting of members Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, and Yuna. The group debuted on February 12, 2019, with the release of their single album, It'z Different. The group's commercial success has led to them earning several new artist of the year awards, including Rookie of the Year at the 34th Golden Disc Awards and Best New Female artist at the 2019 Melon Music Awards and the 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards.

LOONA is the 7th Female K-Pop Artist to Chart on the Billboard 200

LOONA's 2020 extended play, "[12:00]," debuted and peaked at number 122 on the Billboard 200 chart. It is the fourth highest-peaking album by a Korean female act on the said chart.

LOONA is the seventh female K-pop act to break into the chart. Additionally, they are the first artists from a small to mid-sized South Korean entertainment company to appear on the chart.

LOONA

(Photo: LOONA Twitter)

Further, "[12:00]" appeared on the Billboard US Heatseekers Albums chart at number one, the Billboard US Independent Albums Chart at number 23, and the Billboard US World Albums

Loona is a South Korean girl group formed by Blockberry Creative. The group was introduced to the public through a pre-debut project which began in October 2016, where each of the twelve members were revealed in a periodic fashion by releasing a promotional single over the following eighteen months. They debuted as a full ensemble with the extended play, [+ +] (2018), supported by the lead single "Favorite" and the title track "Hi High".

BLACKPINK is the Highest-Charting K-Pop Girl Group on the Billboard 200

Not only does BLACKPINK have several entries on the Billboard 200 Charts, but they are also the highest-charting girl group on the list.

In Oct. 2020, BLACKPINK's first-ever full-length studio album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. They previously held that same record in 2019 with "Kill This Love," which debuted at number 24 on the Billboard 200.

BLACKPINK

(Photo: BLACKPINK Twitter)

BLACKPINK's first Korean-language extended play, "Square Up," was the YG Entertainment's first entry on the Billboard 200. At the time, it debuted at number 40. It was the highest-charting album by a Korean girl group at the time of its release.

Blackpink is a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment, consisting of members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. The group debuted in August 2016 with their single album Square One, which featured "Whistle" and "Boombayah", their first number-one entries on South Korea's Gaon Digital Chart and the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart, respectively.

Blackpink is the highest-charting female Korean act on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 13 with "Ice Cream" (2020), and on the Billboard 200, peaking at number two with The Album (2020), the first-ever album by a Korean girl group to sell more than one million copies.

These are the Female K-Pop Artists That Have Charted on the Billboard 200

*Note: All the albums that have peaked on the Billboard 200 will be under the artist's name.

1. BoA

  • "BoA" (2009) debuted at number 127 on the Billboard 200.

2. Girls' Generation-TTS

  • "Twinkle" (2012) peaked at number 126 on the Billboard 200.

3. 2NE1

  • "Crush" (2014) peaked at number 61 on the Billboard 200.

4. Girls' Generation

  • "Mr.Mr" (2014) debuted at number 110 on the Billboard 200.

5. BLACKPINK

  • "Square Up" (2018) debuted at number 40 on the Billboard 200.
  • "Kill This Love" (2019) debuted at number 24 on the Billboard 200.
  • "THE ALBUM" (2020) debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200.

6. TWICE

  • "MORE & MORE" (2020) debuted at number 200 on the Billboard 200.
  • "Eyes Wide Open" (2020) debuted at number 72 on the Billboard 200.

7. LOONA

  • "[12:00]" (2020) debuted at number 112 on the Billboard 200.

8. ITZY

  • "Guess Who" (2021) debuted at number 148 on the Billboard 200.

Did your favorite K-pop girl group ever chart on the Billboard 200 chart?

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These Are The 22 Highest-Charting K-Pop Albums Ever On The Billboard 200 Chart

The Billboard 200 chart is a weekly chart that lists the top 200 best-performing albums in the United States as of the week it’s posted. The albums and EPs that make it onto the chart are based mostly on physical and digital sales, and since, unlike the World Albums chart, it includes American artists as well as international, it’s not as common for K-Pop artists to make it on the list.

However, there have still been many that have over the last couple of years, some even reaching #1! These are the 22 K-Pop albums that have ranked the highest on the Billboard 200 chart in its history.

22. Mono. by RM

First charted: November 3, 2018

Weeks on chart: 1

Peak position: #26

21. Wings by BTS

First charted: October 29, 2016

Weeks on chart: 2

Peak position: #26

20. BTS World: The Original Soundtrack by BTS

First charted: July 13, 2019

Weeks on chart: 5

Peak position: #26

19. Minisode1: Blue Hour by TXT

First charted: November 21, 2020

Weeks on chart: 2

Peak position: #25

18. Kill This Love by BLACKPINK

First charted: April 20, 2019

Weeks on chart: 4

Peak position: #24

17. Don’t Mess Up My Tempo by EXO

First charted: November 17, 2018

Weeks on chart: 2

Peak position: #23

16. Map of the Soul: 7 ~The Journey~ by BTS

First charted: July 25, 2020

Weeks on chart: 4

Peak position: #14

15. Skool Luv Affair by BTS

First charted: October 31, 2020

Weeks on chart: 2

Peak position: #12

14. D-2 by Agust D

First charted: June 6, 2020

Weeks on chart: 1

Peak position: #11

13. We Are Superhuman by NCT 127

First charted: June 8, 2019

Weeks on chart: 1

Peak position: #11

12. Love Yourself: Her by BTS

First charted: October 7, 2017

Weeks on chart: 44

Peak position: #7

11. Resonance Pt.1 by NCT

First charted: October 31, 2020

Weeks on chart: 9

Peak position: #6

10. All About Luv by MONSTA X

First charted: February 29, 2020

Weeks on chart: 2

Peak position: #5

9. Neo Zone by NCT 127

First charted: March 21, 2020

Weeks on chart: 10

Peak position: #5

8. Super One by SuperM

First charted: October 10, 2020

Weeks on chart: 4

Peak position: #2

7. The Album by BLACKPINK

First charted: October 17, 2020

Weeks on chart: 26

Peak position: #2

6. SuperM by SuperM

First charted: October 19, 2019

Weeks on chart: 10

Peak position: #1

5. Love Yourself: Tear by BTS

First charted: June 2, 2018

Weeks on chart: 15

Peak position: #1

4. BE by BTS

First charted: December 5, 2020

Weeks on chart: 22

Peak position: #1

3. Map of the Soul: Persona by BTS

First charted: April 27, 2019

Weeks on chart: 35

Peak position: #1

2. Map of the Soul: 7 by BTS

First charted: March 7, 2020

Weeks on chart: 61

Peak position: #1

1. Love Yourself: Answer by BTS

First charted: September 8, 2018

Weeks on chart: 98

Peak position: #1

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