K-Pop Artists Take 7 Of 10 Spots On U.S. 2022 Best-Selling CDs

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k pop artists take 7 of 10 spots on u.s. 2022 best selling cds

K-pop ruled the top-selling CD albums in the United States last year!

The American music data tracking company Luminate (previously MRC Data), which provides data for the Billboard charts, announced their year-end list of the best-selling CDs of 2022 on 11 January local time.

On the list ranking CD sales exclusively (excluding digital download albums and other formats), K-pop artists held an impressive seven of the top ten positions. BTS, TXT, Stray Kids, TWICE, ENHYPEN, and NCT 127 were the six K-pop artists who made the 2022 list.

With 413,000 copies sold, “Proof” by BTS was the best-selling CD album by a group or male artist in the United States in 2022, and the second-best-selling CD overall, following Taylor Swift’s “Midnights.”

Meanwhile, “minisode 2: Thursday’s Child” by TXT was the third best-selling CD of the year in the United States, selling 227,000 copies.

Notably, Stray Kids was the only artist to hit the top 10 twice: their short albums “ODDINARY” and “MAXIDENT” placed fifth and seventh, respectively, with 204,000 and 177,000 CDs sold, respectively.

The only girl group to make the chart, TWICE debuted at No. 6 with “BETWEEN 1&2,” which sold 199,000 copies.

“MANIFESTO: DAY 1” by ENHYPEN reached No. 8 on the list with 173,000 CDs sold, while “2 Baddies” by NCT 127 closed out the top 10 with 148,000 CDs sold in the United States last year.

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The following are the top 10 best-selling CD albums in the United States in 2022:

  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 a separate year-end list of the top 10 best-selling albums in the United States for 2022, which includes not just CD sales but also digital sales and other physical forms, such as vinyl.

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