RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Since the early 2000s, the CD was being increasingly replaced by other digital storage and distribution formats, such as streaming on the Internet.

Reversing the decline, however, sales of physical albums - mainly CDs, but also cassette tapes and LPs - have recorded dramatic growth in South Korea in recent years since 2014.

In 2017, combined sales of the top 400 albums in physical formats totaled 16.93 million copies, an increase of 56.6 percent over the previous year, according to the Korea Music Content Association.

The corresponding figure reached 22.82 million the following year, exceeding . . .

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