EXO Topples BTS For Highest K-Pop Album Sales Of 2016 For Male Idol Group — Block B’s ‘Toy’ Rules Downloads [Video]

EXO could just be the best performing K-pop male idol group of 2016. Koreaboo reports the “Monster” crooners have blown other male idol groups out of the water in terms of sales this year.

According to Koreaboo, the K-pop album that got the most physical sales of any male idol group of 2016 was EXO’s Ex’act. They sold 793,934 physical copies of the album, based on statistics from the Gaon Music Chart. BTS’ Wings came in second with 681,924 physical copies of the album sold.

Soompi reports that the nine-member boy band sold over 1 million copies of their 2016 album and its repackaged version, LOTTO. According to The Korea Herald, 660,000 copies of the Ex’act album were pre-ordered.

For Life, EXO’s special winter album, sold 425,000 copies, according to Soompi.

EXO’s sub group, EXO-CBX also put out a mini album this year called HEY MAMA, which sold 276,000 copies.

According to Soompi, this all means that EXO is now a “triple million” selling group, as all of the albums they have put out have sold a million copies or more.


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The news that they sold the most physical albums of any male idol K-pop group is just icing on the cake for EXO. The group has had a great year.

As Billboard notes, they earned their first No. 1 on the World digital chart this year with “Monster” and this made them the sixth K-pop act to hit No. 1 on prestigious chart. The other Korean artists who have had number one digital songs on Billboard include Psy, BIGBANG, 2NE1, BTS, CL, G-Dragon, and Taeyang.

EXO’s Ex’act album also ended up on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart just like their last album, Exodus, did.

Asia One also reports that the group’s hit single, “Monster” also completed an “all-kill” in Korea, meaning that the song topped all of the major Korean music charts.

But Kai, Xiumin, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O., and Sehun, the members of EXO, weren’t just selling albums this year, they were also selling lots of tour tickets. Their tour dates weren’t in small venues either. EXO were filling stadiums with their fans.

As Fuse TV reported at the time, the American leg of the boy band’s EXO’luXion World Tour was very successful. According to Fuse, they almost sold out The Prudential Center in New York making them only the third K-pop act to do so.

But although EXO has had lots of success this year, there’s another male K-pop idol group that topped a prestigious year-end chart.

Based on the ranking provided by Gaon Music Chart, the most downloaded digital song of any male idol group of 2016 was Block B’s “Toy.” The song was downloaded 824,104 this year.

Winner came in second with “Sentimental” which had 703,483 downloads in 2016. EXO’s “Monster” came in third with 644,370 downloads.

Group: BLOCK B (블락비) Seven Seasons. 2011 pic.twitter.com/O2fx2hP5LG

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