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Seventeen’s “FML” Makes History As Best-Selling Album Of 2023

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(CTN News) – In a groundbreaking triumph for the K-pop genre, Seventeen’s “FML” has clinched the title of last year’s highest-selling album worldwide, marking the first time a K-pop act has soared to the summit of the IFPI’s prestigious chart.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) revealed that five of the top 10 albums on its Global Charts for 2023 hailed from South Korean artists, signifying a historic moment for K-pop’s dominance on the global stage.

Released in April, “FML” shattered records as the most pre-ordered album in K-pop history, swiftly ascending to the pinnacle of music charts in South Korea and Japan.

Seventeen Dominates Global Music Scene

Its resounding success extended across borders, securing a spot in the top five charts in the United States and France.

The 13-member powerhouse group, Seventeen, not only claimed the coveted title of IFPI Global Album Award for 2023 but also etched their mark in history with their October release, “Seventeenth Heaven,” which secured the eighth position on the IFPI rankings.

Lewis Morrison, director of global charts & certifications at IFPI, lauded Seventeen’s unparalleled achievements, acknowledging the band members – S.Coups, Jeonghan, Joshua, Jun, Hoshi, Wonwoo, Woozi, DK, Mingyu, The8, Seungkwan, Vernon, and Dino – for continuously pushing the boundaries with their innovative concepts, stellar performances, and exceptional talent.

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K-pop Dominates IFPI Charts: Stray Kids and Seventeen Lead the Way

Fellow South Korean sensation Stray Kids claimed the second spot on the IFPI chart with their album “5-Star,” while American country crooner Morgan Wallen’s “One Thing At A Time” secured third place.

Taylor Swift’s enduring popularity was evident as her albums “Midnights” and “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” rounded up the top five.

Swift’s reign continued beyond album sales, as she was recently crowned global recording artist of the year for the fourth time by IFPI.

Additionally, Miley Cyrus’ chart-topper “Flowers” was unveiled as the best-selling single worldwide in 2023, further underlining the diversity and global appeal of contemporary music.

Seventeen’s meteoric rise to global acclaim and the unprecedented success of K-pop artists signify a dynamic shift in the music landscape, transcending borders and captivating audiences worldwide with their infectious melodies and captivating performances.

As the music industry continues to evolve, one thing remains certain – the resounding influence of K-pop is here to stay.

About the IFPI Global Charts

The IFPI Global Charts offer an unparalleled insight into the performance of artists, albums, and tracks on a global scale.

These charts meticulously gather data from streaming platforms, digital downloads, and physical sales across every country, directly sourced from participating record labels.

Using IFPI’s distinctive methodology, this wealth of data is synthesized into a singular, comprehensive chart figure, providing a holistic view of music consumption trends worldwide.

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Developed collaboratively with IFPI’s member record labels, the methodology behind these charts is designed to accurately reflect global commercial success.

By amalgamating extensive reporting on unit sales and streaming figures with the economic nuances of each consumption type at the country level, the IFPI Global Charts effectively capture the pulse of the global music industry.

In essence, the IFPI Global Charts serve as a definitive barometer of music’s popularity and impact on a global scale, offering invaluable insights into the ever-evolving landscape of the music industry.

Arsi Mughal is a staff writer at CTN News, delivering insightful and engaging content on a wide range of topics. With a knack for clear and concise writing, he crafts articles that resonate with readers. Arsi's pieces are well-researched, informative, and presented in a straightforward manner, making complex subjects accessible to a broad audience. His writing style strikes the perfect balance between professionalism and casual approachability, ensuring an enjoyable reading experience.

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