EXO & 2NE1 Represent K-Pop's Best Ranking Yet on Year-End World Albums Artists Chart

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The boy band and girl group both charted records on the Billboard 200 this year.

EXO and 2NE1 end their remarkable 2014 years on a high note as the sole K-pop acts to rank on Billboard's year-end World Album Artists chart. Placing at Nos. 7 and 9 respectively, the groups are K-pop's best ranking ever on the chart after G-Dragon and SHINee became the first acts to earn entries last year.

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In May this year, EXO broke into their two splinter groups of EXO-K and EXO-M to release their Overdose EPs with the former outfit promoting the EP in Korean and the latter in Chinese. (Billboard counted all of EXO-K and EXO-M sales as EXO). The Korean version soared into the Billboard 200 at No. 126 while the Chinese peaked at No. 8 on Heatseekers Albums. EXO-K's feat made for the best chart position to date for any K-pop boy band.

Also with 2014's year-end lists encompassing chart entries from Dec. 7, 2013 through Nov. 29, 2014, EXO's holiday-themed EP Miracles in December, released in early December in both Korean and Chinese, likely added a few more sales from festive fans.


Meanwhile, 2NE1 broke multiple records when they dropped Crush in February. After debuting at No. 61 on the Billboard 200, the quartet immediately earned not only the highest chart position and biggest sales week for K-pop albums. The LP spent seven weeks on Billboard's World Albums chart.

2NE1 also saw their 2011 hit "I Am the Best" used in a Microsoft commercial and played on U.S. radio, which likely earned the girls a few extra sales of their 2NE1 2nd Mini Album EP that features the track and five other songs.