South Korean superstars Twice are back on the Billboard 200 this week with their latest release, Formula of Love: O+T=＜3. The set begins its time on Billboard’s ranking of the most-consumed titles in the U.S. at No. 3 with 66,000 equivalent units, a very healthy sum for a K-pop act. In fact, the full-length only comes in behind new projects by Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, some of the biggest names in the global music industry.
By returning to the top 10 on the Billboard 200, Twice joins a very exclusive club of the most successful South Korean musicians, when looking at the American charts. Twice is now just the fourth musical act of any kind from the Asian nation to chart more than one top 10 album in the U.S., and they’re the first all-female group to do so.
Looking at all South Korean acts and their success on the Billboard 200, BTS lead the way, and in every possible manner. The septet has now sent half a dozen titles into the highest tier on the tally. The band has accrued as many top 10 titles in the U.S. as the other three groups included in this list combined. All but one of the globe-dominating K-pop band’s top 10s in America have reached the No. 1 spot. BTS have now broken into the top 10 on the Billboard 200 with all of the following albums: Love Yourself: Her, Love Yourself: Tear, Love Yourself: Answer, Map of the Soul: Persona, Map of the Soul: 7 and most recently, Be.
SuperM remains the only South Korean musical act (other than BTS) to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, which they managed with their self-titled debut EP. The supergroup, which is composed of members of other highly-successful K-pop bands, also pushed their sophomore project Super One to the runner-up rung, nearly capturing another leader.
A third boy band from South Korea, NCT 127, has also sent two releases into the top 10 on the Billboard 200, collecting their second just a little more than a month ago. The K-pop powerhouses first reached the region in 2020 with Neo Zone, which peaked at No. 5. In October of 2021, they returned to the area with Sticker, which brought them to a new peak position of No. 3.
Before this week, Twice was tied with fellow South Korean bands Blackpink, NCT and Monsta X, who have all appeared somewhere between Nos. 1 and 10 on the Billboard 200 just once, at least so far. It’s likely that these acts will double their placements in the arena sometime soon.
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