Billboard has released its year-end charts for 2017, and there are more releases by Korean artists than ever before on this year’s World Albums chart!
BTS’s mini album “Love Yourself: Her” is the highest ranking K-pop release on the 2017 year-end World Albums chart at No. 2. This is the highest that a K-pop album has ever reached on the year-end chart, breaking the record set by their album “Wings” which came in at No. 6 last year.
“Love Yourself: Her” has spent eleven weeks on the weekly chart so far, and rose back up to No. 1 last week.
Meanwhile, G-Dragon’s solo album “Kwon Ji Yong” has grabbed the No. 5 spot on the World Albums year-end chart, after spending eleven weeks on the chart since its release in June.
BIGBANG’s 2016 album “MADE” follows at No. 6 with eleven weeks on the World Albums chart in 2017 (as well as a week on the chart that ended on December 31 of 2016).
EXO has come in at No. 7 with their fourth album “The War,” which spent ten weeks in total on the World Albums chart.
BTS’s 2016 album “Wings” ranks at No. 9 this year, while their repackaged album “You Never Walk Alone” comes in at No. 11. Both albums have not only had a long history on the chart (with “Wings” spending 25 weeks and “You Never Walk Alone” 24 weeks overall on the chart since their release), they also returned last week to take spots once again.
All together, 2017 has been the most successful year for K-pop on the World Albums year-end chart yet, with six albums in total charting in 2017. This beats the record set in 2016 when BTS and GOT7 charted with a combined three releases.
Billboard has also released the year’s World Albums Artists chart, which ranks artists based on how their work performed on the World Albums chart that year.
After taking the No. 5 spot last year on the 2016 year-end chart, BTS has come in at No. 1 for 2017. G-Dragon, BIGBANG, and EXO have also grabbed spots in the top 10.
Check out the full list below:
2. Celtic Woman
3. Pink Martini
4. The Orchestra of Ireland
8. Celtic Thunder
9. Mumford & Sons
Meanwhile on the year-end Social 50 Artists chart for 2017, BTS has taken No. 1 while EXO comes in at No. 35 and SEVENTEEN takes the No. 41 spot.
Congratulations to all the artists!