A storm of K-pop releases washed away the competition on the albums survey earlier this week, as three sets broke into the top ten on iTunes in the U.S. simultaneously. Leading the way at #1, a mixtape from BigHit’s RM (a member of the wildly successful group BTS) had fans around the world rushing to hear the set. mono. reached the all-genre chart in a total of 94 countries, but it jumped to #1 in a staggering 88 of them, or nearly 94%. The seven cuts all entered the top 100 on the songs side, led by “forever rain” (#32) and “seoul” (#45), but “forever” had the widest launch globally with chart action in 64 countries. On Spotify, the tracks have over 7.5 million plays combined, aided by some K-pop playlisting at the platform, as “forever” leads at Shazam with around 4,000 tags and YouTube with about 8.2 million views for an official video. It was also a good week for two prominent boy bands, Starship septet Monsta X and JYP nonet Stray Kids, who each reached #7 on iTunes in the U.S. with their latest sets. The former had the larger global opening, landing on the all-genre chart in 60 countries, but the latter did enter in a still respectable 55. Who will be the “seoul” survivor in the end? You make the call.
(Images courtesy of BigHit and Starship Entertainment)
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