Before K-Pop fans counted sales through Hanteo and Gaon, MIAK was the original platform for album sales records. MIAK was created in 1998, over 20 years ago. Now, for the first time in history since the Korean album charts began, BLACKPINK, SEVENTEEN, and NCT have made 21st century history by becoming the first trio of groups to exceed 1 million sales in the same month.
In October, BLACKPINK set their own record by becoming the first K-Pop girl group in history to sell 1 million copies of a single album. As of last month, the group has sold over 1.2 million copies of the album—including over 300,000 copies sold internationally.
But they weren’t the only ones to have such a successful sales month. Following NCT‘s album release on October 12, RESONANCE Pt. 1 sold 1.2 million copies in just one week. The album managed to accumulate 1.1 million stock pre-orders and sold 400,000 copies abroad.
And now, SEVENTEEN has joined their ranks. The album was released on October 19, and yesterday, Pledis Entertainment confirmed Semicolon has already sold 1.06 million copies.
Not only have BLACKPINK, NCT, and SEVENTEEN achieved something huge in their own right, they’ve also set an incredible record for K-Pop, proving the genre’s worldwide popularity. The last time any trio of groups achieved the same feat was 22 years ago, when H.O.T, Seo Taiji, and Sechs Kies also managed to sell 1 million copies each in the same month.