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This album barely edged out Seventeen's 'Going Seventeen' (released last month) for the #10 spot. GOT7's album sales keep on increasing with each subsequent release.
EXO's repackaged albums always sell well.
The Chinese version of EX'ACT with very high sales.
The highest sales for a solo release on this list.
The highest sales for a sub-unit in 2016.
The only girl group on the list. No girl group in the past 10 years can compete with their physical album sales besides Girls' Generation.
BTS's popularity keeps on rising much like the hot air balloon depicted on their album cover.
EXO's Winter albums always sell well.
In terms of total volume (adding up all the sales from releases), EXO is still #1. However, they have been dethroned if you only measure the top selling album.
BTS broke two streaks. #1 EXO had the top-selling album for the past 3 years. #2 An SM artist had the top-selling album every year going back to TVXQ in 2008. It's remarkable that BTS has climbed up the ranks so quickly.