K-pop star G-Dragon and boy band SHINee both landed on Billboard’s year-end World Albums Artists ranking — a first for Korean acts. Since the chart began in 1995, no South Korean artist had landed on the year-end chart that ranks the most album units sold by artists Billboard has classified in the “world” genre. G-Dragon and SHINee securing the No. 9 and 10 slots, respectively, come after a slew of major releases from both acts in 2013.
In September, G-Dragon released both his “Coup D’Etat, Pt. 1” and “Coup D’Etat, Pt. 2” EPs — his first Korean release since 2012’s “One of a Kind” EP.
The first landed on Billboard 200, making a rare apperance for K-pop acts on the Billboard 200 at No. 182. “Pt. 1” also hit No. 1 on the World Albums Chart on the Sept. 21 chart. The “One of a Kind” EP went to No. 161 on the Billboard 200 in 2012.
G-Dragon is the leader of K-pop boy band BIGBANG, which sent its “Alive” EP to No. 150 in 2012.
Boy band SHINee had a very busy 2013: two albums, one EP and a compilation album. The compilation album, “The Misconception of Us,” was a combination of the albums “Dream Girl: The Misconceptions of You” and “Why So Serious?: The Misconceptions Of Me” with two new tracks. A new EP, “Everybody,” also dropped in October.
While SHINee did not crack the Billboard 200, “Why So Serious?” did hit No. 1 on the World Albums Chart on the May 11 chart.
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