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.
#3 Jaejoong I
- Release date: January 17, 2013
- Albums sold: 206,740
Apart from working as a member of JYJ (and formerly TVXQ), Jaejoong has had a rather successful solo career. He has collaborated with or been featured on tracks with many other singers and has recorded several singles for TV and movie soundtracks.
I is, however, his first solo EP and it looks like it was long overdue. The mini-album debuted at the top of both the Hanteo and Gaon charts in Korea and broke pre-order records in Japan. It also topped the iTunes rock charts in nine different countries. It also debuted at number teo on the Billboard World Albums chart.
To celebrate the album’s release, Jaejoong held a special concert in Ilsan, South Korea on January 26 and 27, which also happened to coincide with his birthday. Sixteen thousand fans came out to celebrate with the singer and all the seats to the show sold out in record time.
Also selling out quickly, the repackaged version of the album, titled Y, sold out all 50,000 copies within 24 hours.
The lead single, “One Kiss,” was released digitally ahead of the EP on January 8 and topped iTunes charts across Asia and the album’s title track, “Mine” impressed fans with its hard sound and cutting-edge music video.