Mid-year album sales, only two girl groups make it to the Top 10: Soshi and KARA

In the first half of the year, it may seem like girl groups are performing much stronger than the boy groups. In various TV programs, girl groups seem to be more active. However, the album sales indicate otherwise, because according to the Hanteo charts, out of the 9 albums of idol stars that made the top 10 best selling artists so far for the year 2010, only two groups are able to represent the girl idol group – and these are Girls Generation and KARA. On the other hand, 5 boy idol groups take the rest of the spots, showing that boy idol groups perform better on album sales. The chart is consisted of sales made until June 22 of 2010.

9 member group Girls Generation took the second spot with their second full length album Oh! released last January, with 117,633 albums sold, and the repackaged version took third place, selling 48,827 copies.

KARA released their third mini-album Lupin late February of this year, and with 23,276 copies sold, their took the ninth spot in the chart. Their title track Lupin showed a sharp contrast from their usual bright and lively style, showing a more charismatic image on stage.

The fact that there are only 2 girl idol groups in the list in gaining much interest because these same two groups will be entering the Japanese market very soon, and fans are anticipating the rivalry between them once again. Both groups are scheduled to release singles in Japan sometime in August, and because they are going to be promoting around the same time, the competition between them are gaining much interest as early as now.

Other artists on the list are Super Junior, who is on the top spot with Miinah, selling 119,167 copies, and the repackaged version selling 45,733 at fourth place. At fifth place is 2AM with I can’t let go even if I die (34,474 copies sold), seventh place goes to 2PM’s Don’t stop, can’t stop (29,381 copies sold), eighth place is Beast’s mini-album Shock of the new era (24, 236 copies sold) and rounding up the top 10 is SS501 with Destination (19,790 copies sold).

The only non-idol group artist in the top 10 is world star Rain, who is at 6th place with his special album Back to the basic (33,764 copies sold).

The complete list is:
1. Miinah (Super Junior)
2. Oh! (Girls Generation)
3. Run Devil Run (Girls Generation)
4. Miinah – Repackaged (Super Junior)
5. I can’t let go even if I die (2AM)
6. Back to Basic (Rain)
7. Don’t stop, cant stop (2PM)
8. Shock of the new era (Beast)
9. Lupin (KARA)
10. Destination (SS501)

thanks to anne@KARAholic
translated by coffeebeanie@KARAholic.
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YAY!!! KARA and SS501

GO DSP Talents

Great Job Kamilias and Triple S


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