With 2012 halfway done, Big Bang’s 5th EP, Alive is the biggest-selling album in Korea, Gaon Music reports. Alive has sold 266,911 copies since its release, making it the only album to sell over 200,000 copies in the first half of 2012.
The formidable boy group ranked high with several songs from the album, including the title song “Blue.” Also, Big Bang’s special-edition album Still Alive ranked sixth, selling 117,929 copies, making the group to be the only act to have two top-ten albums.
The runner-up, SHINee, sold 168,161 copies. of its fourth EP, Sherlock.
SNSD’s first unit group, TaeTiSeo sold the most of among K-pop girl groups. The three twinkling girls are perching at the third place with 140,826 copies of its first EP, Twinkle.
JYJ’s Jun Su was the most successful soloist, ranking fourth with his first solo album, Tarantallegra (126,220 copies sold). CNBlue’s third EP, Ear Fun, sold 121,735 to place at no. five.
At the number-seven spot is the first studio album by Busker Busker, one of the most outstanding rookie groups, with 114,760 sold, while the legendary idol group Shinhwa’s tenth album, The Return, comes in at tenth with 77,279.
“Nine releases saw over one hundred thousand copies sold in the first half of this year. That’s noteworthy compared to last year’s record. Last year, twelve sold over one hundred thousand copies,” a source from Gaon Chart said.