There is the old saying: numbers don't lie - and judging by the counts of album sales, 2013 is shaping up to be a pretty stellar year for some of most highly regarded K-Pop artists.
According to Instiz, the site that compiles the various charts used to rank music sales in South Korea, these are the top-sellers so far this year.
2013 is off to a great start in K-pop with the return of some of the top acts in the music industry. Even though digital sales have been steadily taking over the physical album sales, this year many idols have enjoyed high album sales.
The ranking isn’t exactly scientific as album releases vary by date, and certain albums have more than one part or include repackage editions.
K-pop is an extremely competitive genre, a small country with a population of merely 50 million people produces new artists literally almost every day. The industry is like a ruthless stepmother: once you make a serious mistake, it might cost you your career and more. Career ups and downs are normal in an artist’s life but in K-pop, once you reached the lowest part, it is very difficult to climb up the mountain again.
2PM held their 'LEGEND OF 2PM' concert at Tokyo Dome on April 21st, 2013.
Jun.K (Kim Minjun) said at the press conference prior to the concert, 'We are able to perform at Tokyo Dome thanks to our seniors such as JYJ, TVXQ, who came to Japan as K-pop stars before us and paved the way for us. Thanks to our seniors' remarkable activities, 2PM can promote in Japan easily and hold a concert at Tokyo Dome.