The success of artists in the music industry depends on sales from both digital downloads and physical albums.
And while different artists have different strengths, netizens recently discussed which form of sales is considered most important for idol groups. While some fans, such as those of SHINee‘s Taemin, have argued that physical sales are more important as they denote a dedicated fandom, others, such as fans of WINNER, have argued that digital sales are more important as they indicate stronger public recognition.
Koreaboo has collected reactions from Netizens who commented on the original article from our Korean source. The below comments are the most popular comments at the time of this article being published.
[+ 261, – 8] They’re both important but album sales means you have a big fandom and downloads mean you have more public recognition
[+ 234, – 85] Of course albums are more important ㅋㅋㅋ idols live off their fandoms
[+ 191, – 50] You can’t ignore album sales
[+ 83, – 56] Downloads are way more important ㅋㅋ fans come and go but public recognition doesn’t ㅋㅋ EXO has strong album and download game so no worries there