EXO’s ‘EX’ACT,’ top-selling album of first half

July 8, 2016

SEOUL, July 8 (Yonhap) — EXO and GFriend were the top-tier K-pop groups in the first half of this year as far as album sales and streaming numbers, respectively, are concerned, a local music chart company said Friday.

According to the first-half music industry tally released by the Gaon Chart, the Korean vision of the boy band EXO’s third and latest full-length studio album “EX’ACT” topped the Albums Top 100 list, selling 524,823 copies. The rising girl group GFriend was at No. 1 on the Digital Top 100 chart for “Rough” scoring more than 70 million in streams.

The Chinese version of EXO’s same album came in third on the Albums 100 chart with 242,421 copies.

Including “EX’ACT,” a total of nine albums have sold more than 100,000 copies.

Bangtan Boys, also known by the abbreviated name BTS, was at No. 2 for its three-volume album “Hwayangyeonhw,” meaning “the most beautiful moments of life.” It sold 319,327 copies.

“Love & Letter,” the first LP by boy band Seventeen, was the third top-selling album.

Next came boy group GOT7′s EP album “Flight Log: Departure” (157,496); “Page Two,” an EP album by girl group Twice (136,904); “Press It,” the first full-length album by the boy band SHINee’s Taemin (114,017); and “Why,” an EP album by Taeyeon, a member of the Girls’ Generation (103,784).

The JYJ member Kim Jae-joong’s second full-length album “N.O.X” failed to surpass the 100,000 mark in sales but made the top 10 list with 85,420.

South Korean boy group EXO (Yonhap)

South Korean boy group EXO (Yonhap)