TXT, NCT 127, And BTS Claim 4 Out Of 10 Spots On U.S.’s List Of Best-Selling CD Albums Of 2021

K-pop artists played a significant role in boosting CD album sales in the United States last year!

According to MRC Data (formerly Nielsen Music), in 2021, the United States saw CD album sales increase for the first time in 17 years. 40.59 million CD albums were sold in the United States in 2021, marking a 1.1 percent increase from 2020 and reversing what had previously seemed like an unstoppable downward trend in CD sales.

In addition to Western singers like Adele and Taylor Swift, K-pop artists helped contribute to that upswing: on MRC Data’s list of the United States’ best-selling CD albums of 2021, four of the top 10 spots went to K-pop groups.

Not only did TXT, NCT 127, and BTS claim four spots out of the overall top 10, but they also had the four best-selling albums by any group or male artist in the United States last year.

TXT’s “The Chaos Chapter: FREEZE” was the United States’ No. 1 best-selling album by a group or male artist in 2021—and the No. 5 best-selling album by any artist—with 215,000 CDs sold.

NCT 127’s “Sticker” was the No. 2 best-selling album by a group or male artist—and the No. 7 best-selling album overall—with 211,000 CDs sold.

While BTS’s 2021 CD single “Butter” did not count as an album (due to its short total playing time), BTS impressively landed two spots in the top 10 with albums from 2020. “Map of the Soul: 7” was the No. 3 best-selling album by a group and the No. 8 best-selling album overall, with 210,000 CDs sold in 2021, and “BE” was the No. 4 best-selling album by a group and the No. 10 best-selling album overall, with 187,000 copies sold.

The top 10 best-selling CD albums of 2021 in the United States are as follows:

  1. Adele – “30” [898,000]
  2. Taylor Swift – “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” [263,000]
  3. Taylor Swift – “Red (Taylor’s Version)” [237,000]
  4. Carrie Underwood – “My Savior” [217,000]
  5. TXT – “The Chaos Chapter: FREEZE” [215,000]
  6. Taylor Swift – “Evermore” [213,000]
  7. NCT 127 – “Sticker” [211,000]
  8. BTS – “Map of the Soul: 7” [210,000]
  9. Olivia Rodrigo – “Sour” [195,000]
  10. BTS – “BE” [187,000]

Congratulations to TXT, NCT 127, and BTS!

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