Group Big Bang ranked as the album king in the first half of 2012 in Korea.
According to the sales figure revealed through Gaon chart, Big Bang's fifth mini-album Alive, released in February sold 266,911 copies allowing the group to rank as the top selling album. Big Bang's fifth min-album is the only single album that sold over 200,000 copies among the albums ranked in the chart.
The mini-album's title song "BLUE" and several other songs also ranked high in the music charts for the first half as well. Big Bang's recent special edition album Still Alive sold 117,929 copies, allowing two albums to rank within the top 10 of the album charts.
SHINee's fourth mini-album Sherlock ranked second, recording total sales of 168,161 copies. Third place was taken by Girls' Generation first unit group TaeTiSeo with their debut mini-album Twinkle ranking the highest in album sales among girl groups. TaeTiSeo's album Twinkle sold 120,000 copies.
JYJ's Junsu's first solo album Tarantallegra grabbed fourth place with 126,220 copies, ranking the highest among solo artists. CNBLUE's third mini-album Ear Fun came in fifth place, with 121,735 copies.
Many are anticipating Big Bang to surpass half million album sales within this year. A representative of album distributor KMP Holding stated, "Big Bang is definitely the most popular with approximately 420,000 copies distributed and most already sold in the market. We expect Big Bang to easily surpass the 500,000 sales mark."
Also a representative of Gaon chart shared, "Last year there were 12 albums that recorded over 100,000 sales mark compare to that in the first half of this year there are whopping 9 albums that exceeded 100,000 copies."