While the third generation of K-Pop — which includes groups like BTS, EXO, TWICE, NCT, and many others — holds the record for most total album sales within a single generation, the fourth generation is already doing incredibly well for being only a couple of years old! Here’s a look at the 15 best-selling groups from the fourth generation of K-Pop, all of which have surpassed 300,000 total sales already!
VERIVERY debuted under Jellyfish Entertainment on January 9, 2019. Since then, they have released six mini-albums and two single albums, which altogether have sold around 301.3k copies! Their best-selling album, Series ‘O’ Round 1: Hall, came out on March 2, 2021 and has sold 67.8k units.
CIX debuted on July 23, 2019 after being formed by C9 Entertainment. Between then and now, they’ve come out with one full-length studio album as well as four mini-albums, the best-selling one being the full-length Ok Prologue: Be Ok, which came out on August 17 this year! In total, they’ve made about 384.2k album sales.
ONEUS made their debut with RBW on January 9, 2019. They’ve released a full-length studio album, five mini-albums, and one single album since then, which total in sales around 486.1k! Their best-selling album is the full-length Devil, which has sold about 120.6k total units since it came out on January 19 this year.
(G)I-DLE debuted under Cube Entertainment on May 2, 2018, and since then they’ve made six mini-albums and one single album. With all of these combined, they’ve made about 547.0k total album sales! Their best-selling one to date is I Burn, which has made 211.9k sales since they released it earlier this year on January 11.
CRAVITY is one of the youngest artists on this list, and debuted with Starship Entertainment just last year on April 14, 2020. In the time since then they’ve released one full-length studio album and three mini-albums, and with just those four alone, they’ve made 635.8k total album sales! Their best-selling so far is Season 3. Hideout: Be Our Voice, which they released on January 19 this year and has made 176.3k sales.
X1 debuted after being formed by the competition show Produce X 101 on August 27, 2019, and though their group career was short-lived due to complications and vote manipulation scandals, they still sold 654.2k copies of their one album, Emergency: Quantum Leap! It’s stunning to think of how many sales they would have continued to make together.
AB6IX made their debut on May 22, 2019 with the label Brand New Music. Since then, they have released one full-length studio album, one reissued album, and four mini-albums, with their best-selling one being their debut mini-album, B:Complete, which has made 171.6k sales. Overall, the group has sold around 733.6k total albums!
ITZY debuted with JYP Entertainment on February 12, 2019, and from then until now, they’ve created four mini-albums and one single album. Their album sales total about 862.8k units sold, with their best-selling one being Guess Who?, which came out on April 30 this year and has sold 331.7k copies!
TREASURE is another one of the younger groups on this list, debuting on August 7, 2020 with YG Entertainment. They’ve already produced three single albums and one full-length studio album, the latter of which (The First Step: Treasure Effect, released on January 11 this year) is their best-selling at 343.8k sales. Overall, the group has already made around 1.06 million total album sales!
ENHYPEN is the youngest group to make it onto this list, since they debuted on November 30, 2020 with BELIFT Lab, making them the only artist here to be under a year old. Even though they’ve only come out with two mini-albums so far, their total album sales number is around 1.20 million! Their second one, Border: Carnival, is the better selling of the two with 693.4k sales since it came out on April 26 this year!
5. THE BOYZ
THE BOYZ debuted on December 6, 2017 with Cre.ker Entertainment, making them the oldest group on this list. In the time since then, they’ve released two full-length studio albums, six mini-albums, and two single albums, which in total have sold 1.80 million copies! Their best-selling album by far is Thrill-ing, the mini-album they came out with just last month on August 9, which has made 616.0k sales.
IZ*ONE, though they disbanded as planned earlier this year, is the best-selling girl group from the fourth generation currently! They debuted on October 29, 2018 after being formed by Produce 48, and in their time together they released two full-length studio albums and four mini-albums. Their best-selling album was Oneiric Diary, which came out on June 15, 2020 and sold 567.4k units. Overall, the girl group has made 2.09 million total sales!
ATEEZ debuted on October 24, 2018 with KQ Entertainment. In the time since then, the group has released one full-length studio album, six mini-albums (with the seventh to be released only a day from now), and one single album. Their best-selling album, if you include pre-sales, is actually their almost-released seventh mini-album, ZERO: FEVER Part.3, which comes out on September 13 and has already surpassed 810k total sales! Including this, the group has sold around 2.58 million units altogether.
TXT debuted under BigHit Entertainment on March 4, 2019 and has since released two full-length studio albums, one reissued album, and three mini-albums. In total, the group has sold 3.02 million total units, and their best-selling one is The Chaos Chapter: Freeze, which they released on May 31 this year and has sold 825.4k units!
1. Stray Kids
And finally, Stray Kids debuted on March 26, 2018 under JYP Entertainment. In the time between then and now, they’ve created two full-length studio albums, one reissued album, and seven mini-albums, which total 3.42 million sales all together! Their best-selling album is NOEASY, which they just released on August 23 and has reached nearly 1.13 million sales.