In South Korea, it’s not unusual for Okay-pop acts to promote over 1,000,000 albums all through their profession. However Baekhyun, a member of boy band EXO, is a rarity: on July 1, EXO’s firm SM Leisure shared over social media that his Could EP Delight is the primary Korean album to promote over 1 million copies since Kim Gun-mo’s 2001 album, One other Days.
Since its launch on Could 25, Baekhyun’s second solo EP Delight reportedly bought a complete of 1,018,746 as of June 30, surpassing his first EP, 2019’s Metropolis Lights. That album was the best-selling Korean album by a soloist of the 2010s, with over half 1,000,000 album gross sales recorded.
Delight’s lead single “Sweet” created a viral development with its personal “CandyChallenge” hashtag, as individuals throughout the globe carried out the music’s sugar-coated choreography. (The identical hashtag can also be full of kids consuming sweet throughout numerous social media apps, however the two viral tendencies don’t seem to have any connection.)
To have fun the historic feat of changing into the primary soloist in practically 20 years to promote over 1 million albums in South Korea, Baekhyun shared a video with EXO’s followers, referred to as EXO-L, on Twitter. In it, he thanked them for his or her assist and expressed hope that they’ll have the ability to meet collectively offline sooner or later however at present, as a result of state of the world amid the worldwide covid-19 pandemic, seems to be ahead to assembly them once more on-line.
Album gross sales are typically extraordinarily wholesome in South Korea, the place acts like BTS and EXO have commonly bought tens of millions of copies as bodily album gross sales have turn out to be a mainstay within the Okay-pop scene. However that wasn’t all the time the case: not a single album bought over 1 million copies within the nation between the early ‘00s and mid ‘10s, not till EXO’s XOXO bought 1 million copies in 2013, the primary album to take action since 2001. Since then, South Korean album gross sales data have commonly been damaged, with annually pushing the milestone ahead. The present best-selling Korean album of all time is April’s Map of the Soul: 7 from BTS, which took the title from that act’s Map of the Soul: Persona, which made historical past final yr when it turned the best-selling South Korean album of all time.