10% Of All The Spots On The U.S. Album Sales Chart Are Filled By K-Pop Releases

INDIO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 19: BLACKPINK performs during 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts … [+] Festival on April 19, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Timothy Norris/Getty Images for Coachella)

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On this week’s Top Album Sales chart, Billboard’s ranking that looks solely at which releases sold the most copies every frame (as opposed to the Billboard 200, which takes into account streaming and purchases of individual songs), the Foo Fighters’ new release Medicine at Midnight pushes Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous out of the top spot, though the latter title remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. 

This time around, there may not be any major new releases from South Korean powerhouses, but stars from that part of the world do control 10% of the entire chart. 10 projects by some of the most successful names in that field land somewhere on the competitive ranking that even the most beloved rappers and pop stars in the Western world have trouble spending any real time on.

The highest-ranking of all the K-pop releases on this week’s Top Album Sales ranking is Blackpink’s The Album, which dips just two spots. The set is still going strong in the wake of the girl group’s live performance on YouTube, which attracted thousands of fans (who paid for the experience) and which resulted in a surge in streams and sales. This time around, The Album settles at No. 13.

Of the 10 titles present on this week’s

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