BTS Gets Beaten By J-Pop Group ARASHI To Win The Honor Of “World’s Best-Selling Album Of 2019”

ARASHI beat big names like BTS and Taylor Swift.

BTS has officially been beaten by J-Pop group ARASHI with the honor of being recognized for having the “World’s Best-Selling Album Of 2019”.

ARASHI | Source: Billboard

According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which counts full album sales (digital and physical) from around the world, announced ARASHI took the crown with a total of 3.3 million units sold across the globe.

Source: Arashi

The top ten IFPI best-selling albums of 2019 are as follows:

1. ARASHI // 5×20 All the BEST!! 1999-2019 // 3.3 million

Source: Amazon

2. Taylor Swift // Lover // 3.2 million

Source: Taylor Swift

3. BTS // MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA // 2.5 million

Source: Big Hit Entertainment

4. Lady Gaga // A Star is Born OST // 1.2 million


5. Billie Eilish // When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? // 1.2 million

Source: Discogs

6. Queen // Bohemian Rhapsody // 1.2 million

Source: Musictales

7. Ed Sheeran // No.6 Collaborations Project // 1.1 million

Source: Ed Sheeran Official Web Store

8. Ariana Grande // thank u, next // 1 million

Source: Wikipedia

9. Rammstein // Rammstein // 900,000

Source: Loud Wire

10. The Beatles // Abbey Road // 800,000

Source: The Beatles

Japan is home to the second-largest music market in the world, which is a large contributing factor in their achievement, as well as the fact that the group announced they would be taking a hiatus in 2021. ARASHI has a large fan base that has continued to grow since their debut in 1999.

Source: Soranews24

Japanese netizen reactions to the accomplishment include:

  • “It’s because other countries don’t buy CDs anymore.”
  • “Take that, K-Pop!”
Source:, Hachima Kiko and Billboard