(Clockwise from top) BTS, ATEEZ and NCT Dream (Twitter) 

Hanteo Chart, which tracks album and song sales in Korea, released the “Hanteo Global K-pop Report: 2021 Semi-annual Summary” covering the first half of the year. 

In its Global Index of K-pop report, Hanteo Chart released the rankings based on its Global Authentication Chart, “a measure of the global fans’ power” by authenticating albums purchased by K-pop fans around the world. It said that album authentication for the first half of 2021 increased by 50.2 percent compared to the same period last year. 

In the first half of 2021, fans from 119 countries and regions authenticated their K-pop albums, up from 96 in the same period last year. 

The top 10 countries based on K-pop album authentication in the first half of the year are: 

1. US – 19.97% 

2. Malaysia – 17.65% 

3. China – 10.30% 

4. Philippines – 7.23%

5. Thailand – 5.99%

6. France – 5.62%

7. Singapore – 4.87%

8. Russia – 4.59%

9. Japan – 3.03%

10. Indonesia – 2.31%

In the first half of the year, Hanteo Chart said 346 albums of K-pop artists were authenticated. Among K-pop artists, BTS ranked first followed by ATEEZ, NCT Dream, Monsta X and Treasure. 

Hanteo noted that BTS and Stray Kids ranked high on the list despite not releasing any albums in the first half of 2021. 

Here are the top 25 K-pop artists whose albums were the most authenticated by Hanteo Chart: 

1. BTS 


3. NCT Dream

4. Monsta X 

5. Treasure 

6. Tomorrow X Together 

7. Stray Kids 

8. Dreamcatcher 


10. Wonho 

11. Oneus 

12. Super Junior 

13. EXO 

14. NCT 

15. CIX 


17. IU 

18. Victon 

19. Cravity 

20. TWICE 

21. ASTRO 

22. ITZY 

23. BLACKPINK’s Rosé

24. NCT 127 

25. The Boyz 

Hanteo Chart said the top 5 most authenticated BTS albums are: “BE: Deluxe Edition,” “BE: Essential Edition,” “Map of the Soul: Persona,” “Love Yourself: Tear” and “Love Yourself: Answer.” 

The top 10 countries with the most BTS album authentication are: US (33.52 percent), Philippines (17.8 percent), Malaysia (17.01 percent), Russia, Singapore, Peru, France, Thailand, Indonesia and Chile.

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2021/07/09/bts-armys-top-hanteos-album-authentication/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bts-armys-top-hanteos-album-authentication)